News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT
MACON, Ga. (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence has made his presence felt in the race for Georgia governor, headlining a rally for Secretary of State Brian Kemp ahead of the GOP primary runoff. Saturday's rally in Macon came after President Donald Trump tweeted his "full and total endorsement" for Kemp, who faces a contentious GOP runoff Tuesday against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. The Republican winner on Tuesday will face Democrat Stacey Abrams in November.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A century-old dam is being removed to clear a passage on the Middle Oconee River in Georgia. The Athens Banner-Herald reports the removal began this week clearing debris that had clogged the two breaches. It shoved hundreds of tons of rock into the Middle Oconee just above the dam to form a pad for large machines that move on tracks to roll out into the river.
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) - A city in Georgia will soon be moving its inmates. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports after a unanimous vote by the City Council, Sandy Springs has approved a deal with the city of Smyrna to house its prisoners. The deal is effective Aug. 1 and runs through June 30, 2019.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A federal agency is getting an influx of funding to repair beach erosion and other damage to the Georgia coast caused by recent hurricanes. The Army Corps of Engineers says Congress has approved supplemental funding that includes $13 million for renourishment of the beach on Tybee Island near Savannah.
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