News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EST
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia’s state election board has adopted a set of rule changes to account for new voting machines being rolled out across the state. Election officials acknowledged that some of the rules adopted may still need further tweaking. But they went ahead and adopted them because they're under a tight timeline. Changes include removing language referencing the old voting machines and inserting language referencing the new ones. Georgia’s presidential primaries are scheduled for March 24, but advance voting will begin three weeks earlier on March 2. Another change updates the procedure that county officials must follow when an absentee ballot is rejected.
ATLANTA (AP) - Proposed budget cuts in Georgia could mean fewer state troopers on the road, fewer lawyers defending poor people and fewer probation officers. That's what state agency heads told lawmakers Wednesday as budget hearings continued. Gov. Brian Kemp has proposed overall increases to the state budget. The Republican would spend more on teacher pay and funding for K-12 schools, colleges and universities. He'd also spend more on the Medicaid health insurance program. But Kemp has proposed more than $200 million in cuts to other agencies for the remainder of the current budget year, and more for next year. Kemp says the cuts will clear the way for his spending priorities and offset lagging state revenues.
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Six people have been arrested in the shooting death of a Georgia man during a home invasion. News outlets report the suspects announced Wednesday include four men and two girls. Authorities say 21-year-old Cross Henderson was fatally shot Saturday at a home in Columbus. Authorities say the shooting happened during a home break-in. Police say the department's SWAT team, sheriff's officers and firefighters helped catch the suspects while executing search and arrest warrants. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for later this month.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is visiting Germany on an economic development mission for his second official trip abroad. The Republican governor departed on Tuesday and plans to return this weekend. One of Kemp’s first planned stops is a ribbon cutting at the state’s new European office in Munich. Kemp also plans to visit several German companies with a presence in Georgia. In 2018, exports to Germany from Georgia totaled $2.3 billion, while imports from Germany to Georgia totaled $9.8 billion. Kemp said the country is Georgia’s fourth largest export market.
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