News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida lawmakers approved the use of a $19 million federal grant to improve security ahead of the 2018 elections. Thursday's vote came a week after a federal indictment was released outlining Russian hacking during the 2016 election, including attempts targeting Florida county election offices. Last Friday's indictment said county offices in Georgia and Iowa also were allegedly visited "to identify vulnerabilities."
ATLANTA (AP) - A former baggage handler at Atlanta's airport has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to helping smuggle guns onto passenger planes bound for New York City. A federal judge sentenced Eugene Harvey on Thursday. Harvey pleaded guilty in December after reaching an agreement with prosecutors.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia woman is in jail after putting the body of her newborn son in a freezer. Results of an autopsy to determine whether the boy was born alive are pending. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution cites a Cobb County police arrest warrant that says 45-year-old Carol June Sautter gave birth to the full-term baby in June, but the boy did not survive. The Cobb County Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday that the autopsy results are not complete.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) - Police in Maine have played a key role in the arrest of a man suspected in a series of burglaries and thefts with outstanding warrants in nine states. York County Sheriff William King Jr. says an investigation by his department and other law enforcement agencies has led to the arrest of 55-year-old Joseph Hodge of Jacksonville, Florida. The Portland Press Herald reports Hodge was taken into custody early Wednesday at an Auburn motel.
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