News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT
ATLANTA (AP) - A predominantly black county in rural Georgia is facing a nationwide backlash over plans to close about 75 percent of its voting locations ahead of the November election. County officials say the locations are inaccessible to those with disabilities. Critics say the closures will disenfranchise black voters ahead of an election in which a black candidate is running for governor for the first time.
ATLANTA (AP) - With Amazon.com expected to soon name its site for a second headquarters, Atlanta's mayor said a colossal development planned for downtown represents a once-in-a-lifetime shot to transform the city. Amazon launched a high-stakes municipal beauty pageant in January by narrowing its list of potential locations to 20 finalists, including Atlanta. The company has said it expects to declare the winner of the headquarters and its roughly 50,000 jobs by year's end.
ATLANTA (AP) - States are tapping into $380 million approved by Congress to help them shore up their election systems amid ongoing threats of Russian interference. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission says states are using the money to improve cybersecurity, buy new voting equipment, and boost training and communication. Making it more difficult for hackers to access voter registration databases is among the priorities.
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) - Lawyers representing Stockbridge, Georgia, have filed a federal lawsuit claiming a plan to carve off part of that city to create a new, whiter, wealthier city is unconstitutional. They say the plan to create Eagles Landing impairs citizens' right to vote and harms the city's ability to pay bond obligations.
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