News from Around the State
- Out of $5.9 million in cash collected by the Muscogee County Superior Court Clerk’s office from 2010 to 2019, only $210 was deposited to office accounts, an FBI agent testified Wednesday in the fraud case against former chief deputy clerk Willie Demps. (Read it on the Columbus Ledger Enquirer)
- A self-described voting watchdog organization and a Republican state legislator who represents a suburban Atlanta district are suing to prevent the state’s continued use of an electronic voting system that uses a barcode to verify how a ballot is cast. Read it on the Georgia Recorder
- Chicken Plant Explosion: Three companies cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in July for the nitrogen leak that caused six deaths at Foundation Food Group are appealing the citations, while one has reached an informal settlement agreement. (Read it on The Gainesville Times)
- Marietta council members dropped a proposal to tamp down on the use of bows and arrows and crossbows in city limits Tuesday night. The proposal had been drawn up to make it harder to bow hunt in the city. (Read it on The Marietta Daily Journal)
- As many manufacturers continue to complain of worker shortages, Kia Georgia Inc. is reopening its online application process for hourly production positions for the first time since 2011. Read it on Global Atlanta
- Rep. Buddy Carter endorsed Herschel Walker in his run for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, ending Carter’s flirtation with entering the race for the statewide post. Read it on Savannah Now
- Nuclear regulators said Friday that they will give greater scrutiny to construction of two new nuclear reactors being built at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle after a special inspection found electrical cables were not properly separated. Read it on News4Jax.
- Georgia school district to require teachers get vaccinated against COVID-19 (Read it on WSBtv)
- Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) who were tasked this year with researching the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic in China said in an article published in the science journal Nature that the window for ascertaining the origins of the virus is quickly closing. Read it on The Hill.
- Georgia State University fired an instructor who refused to teach in a classroom without a mask mandate. Read it on Inside Higher Ed
- A professor at Georgia College & State University resigned from her position after a student refused to wear a mask in her class—saying that the school policy is “in opposition to all science and reason” and that it “literally becomes teachers die trying.” Read it on Newsweek.