News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT
ATLANTA (AP) - Civil rights advocates are objecting to a proposal to close about 75 percent of polling locations in a predominantly black south Georgia county. The Randolph County Board of Elections plans to meet Thursday to discuss a proposal that would eliminate seven of the county's nine polling locations. The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia has sent a letter demanding that the polling places not be closed.
ATLANTA (AP) - Democratic Party Chairman Tom Perez says he's talked to deputy Keith Ellison about allegations that he physically abused an ex-girlfriend. Perez says the Democratic National Committee takes any domestic abuse allegation seriously. Perez adds that the matter will not dampen Democratic enthusiasm ahead of the November midterms.
ATLANTA (AP) - A top aide to former Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed has become the latest person to plead guilty as part of an ongoing federal corruption investigation. Katrina Taylor-Parks pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to accept bribes while she was Reed's deputy chief of staff. Federal prosecutors say Parks conspired from 2011 to February 2014 to accept bribes from a city vendor.
ATLANTA (AP) - About nine months after a panel recommended the immediate renaming of Confederate Avenue in Atlanta, city officials are planning a public hearing. Following last summer's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a woman was killed, an Atlanta resident began a name-change petition drive for the Atlanta road. Atlanta is among several cities _ including New Orleans, Baltimore, Dallas and Richmond, Virginia _ which have reviewed Confederate symbols in recent years.
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