Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has been elected to head the southern region of the National Association of Attorneys General.
Olens' office said in a news release Monday that Olens was elected chair by attorneys general from the other southern states during the national organization's meeting earlier this month in San Diego.
The organization's southern region includes 13 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the authorization of up to $397 million in bonds to build a new baseball stadium for the Braves in Cobb County.
Three Cobb County residents opposed the authorization and appealed a Cobb County Superior Court ruling approving the bond issuance to the high court.
The unanimous opinion published Monday says an intergovernmental contract used to authorize the bonds is valid, that the issuance of the bonds does not violate Georgia's Constitution or revenue bond laws and that the process used to validate the bonds was not improper.
The Supreme Court has upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions.
The justices on Monday voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
The drug was used in executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma in 2014 that took longer than usual and raised concerns that it did not perform its intended task of putting inmates into a coma-like sleep.
After a 5-4 decision from the Supreme Court on Friday, same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.
Writing the majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy said that “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”
For the past three years, State Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jackson County, has filed bills to require that no Confederate memorials be moved or replaced in Georgia unless they are given new places with similar prominence to their previous location.
Benton wrote his first bill after the statue of former U.S. Senator Tom Watson, an avowed white supremacist, was moved out of the Georgia state capitol plaza.
A Confederate flag is planted next to the grave of Confederate soldier William Philip Mitchell as a cemetery worker pauses while walking through Oakland cemetery April 22, 2013, in Atlanta. Georgia observes Confederate Memorial Day marking the anniversary of the end of the Civil War.
Georgia activists say the state should end holidays celebrating the Confederacy.
State Sen. Vincent Fort, an Atlanta Democrat, said he's developing legislation for the next session to eliminate Confederate Memorial Day and Confederate History Month.
A man accused of killing 9 people in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been shown in photos with the Confederate battle flag. Officials across the country have called for the removal of Confederate flags and symbols.
The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. John Becker, 30, of Silver Spring, Md., waves a rainbow flag in support of gay marriage outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday.
The Supreme Court has declared in a 5-4 ruling that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.
Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.
The states affected by the ruling are: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, most of Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.
Millions of Americans in 34 states, including Georgia, are buying affordable healthcare through the federal government’s online marketplace. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell guarantees that will continue, at least for now.
The court ruled in a 6-3 decision Thursday that the federal tax subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act are legal. The ruling means more than 6 million Americans can keep their health plans.
The United States Supreme Court upheld a crucial provision of the Affordable Care Act in a 6-3 ruling Thursday, allowing federal health subsidies for lower income Americans to continue in the case of King v. Burwell.
The ruling means that more than 6 million people who receive government assistance with their health premiums won’t lose their insurance.
The CEO and editor of the online health news site, Georgia Health News, Andy Miller said during an interview on "A Closer Look” he expected a closer ruling.
Jessica Ellis, right, with “yay 4 ACA” sign, and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act, react with cheers as the opinion for health care is reported outside of the Supreme Court in Washington,Thursday. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.
It’s been 14 years since former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes had the Confederate battle cross removed from the official Georgia state flag. He still considers that decision a major factor for his 2002 re-election loss.
As South Carolina legislators consider removing a Confederate flag that flies over their state capitol, Barnes said he’s never regretted his decision.
“If I had to do it now, I’d do it all over again,” Barnes told Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer on “A Closer Look.”
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed defended his recent record and went after his critics during an extensive and in-depth interview on “A Closer Look” Tuesday afternoon.
The conversation comes as the city and its government are busy with enterprise ventures, programs and problems. There are big infrastructure projects planned – including road and bridge repair. A new Falcons stadium is underway, and the future of Turner Field when the Braves leave is turning into a thorny and contentious issue with some community groups.
The CDC has taken back millions of dollars in HIV prevention money the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness failed to spend. Now, the Fulton Commission has ordered a full audit of the department.
Georgia is one of 34 states that elected not to set up its own health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act and let the federal government run its exchange instead. This March 1, 2014, file photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov, seen in Washington.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of this month on a case that could mean 412,000 Georgians covered by "Obamacare" lose their subsidies. That means their monthly health insurance premiums could skyrocket.
Georgia is one of 34 states that elected not to set up its own health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act and let the federal government run its exchange instead. The high court will decide, in King v. Burwell, whether people insured through federally-run health care exchanges, such as Georgia, are still eligible for monthly subsidies.
State Rep. Ron Stephens, Savannah-R, is rolling the dice on casino gambling in Georgia, despite past opposition from state lawmakers.
Stephens introduced legislation in March proposing a constitutional amendment to allow casino gambling in the state, as well as a bill that would limit the number of casinos in the state to just six in five specific geographic areas. Atlanta is the only city that would be allowed to host more than one casino under Stephens' legislation.
The legislation also says those with conditions such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis and sickle cell disease would have to be near death or have severe symptoms to get the oil.
Medical cannabis oil is now legal in Georgia for people with eight different medical conditions, but getting it could mean breaking federal law. Georgia lawmakers are working on several ways to address this issue.
Tuesday, Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald is expected to announce the state has completed a registry for cannabis oil users.
Chairman of the U.S. House Transportation Committee Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania hosted a roundtable at Georgia Tech to discuss the region's transportation and infrastructure challenges. Pictured left is Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Graves. He represents Georgia's 14th Congressional District.