News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT
ATLANTA (AP) - Actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish has canceled her upcoming Atlanta performance because of Georgia's new restrictive abortion law. News outlets report that the "Girls Trip" star sent a statement to ticketholders Saturday afternoon. She says she cannot "in good faith" perform in Georgia unless it withdraws the so-called heartbeat bill. The new law would ban abortion before many women know they are pregnant. Unless it's blocked in court, it's set to go into effect in 2020.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's film industry appears to be on the brink of a boom thanks to abortion law controversies in other states. The Albuquerque Journal reports a recent spike in film productions and industry in the state comes as Hollywood targets both Georgia and Louisiana over recently passed restrictive abortion laws. The jump comes as New Mexico is set to more than double its annual state spending cap on film incentives.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man has received a 20-year prison sentence without the possibility of parole after he admitted attacking a Chatham County deputy sheriff in court last year. The Savannah Morning News reports 43-year-old Ernest Lee Brooks, of Savannah, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery on deputy James Barbee on Feb. 1, 2018. He also pleaded guilty to a related charge of obstruction of Barbee. As a result of the attack, Barbee suffered a torn rotator cuff and disc damage. His arm remains in a sling.
ATLANTA (AP) - A newspaper reports that internet speeds in Georgia are far slower than what has been reported by the federal government. An analysis of internet speed test results by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that internet speeds were about one-fourth as fast as those reported by the Federal Communications Commission. The newspaper reports that internet speeds averaged about 6.3 megabits per second in Georgia from June to December 2017.
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