News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police in Georgia say a disabled man whose mother is accused of trying to scam him out of $200,000 has been found safe. Gwinnett County police tweeted 20-year-old Lee Earnest Longmire was found safe and is staying with family. Citing a police statement, news outlets report officers found him Friday but aren't saying where because they're still investigating. His mother, 58-year-old Yvonne Longmire, was arrested this month on charges including identity theft.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp could soon have wide leeway in reshaping the state's health care system under a bill given final passage Monday by the state House. The measure authorizes Kemp's office to pursue a Medicaid waiver. It'll give Georgia the flexibility to expand Medicaid more conservatively than federal rules typically allow. It also caps eligibility for any Medicaid expansion to those at or below the federal poverty level, limiting the number of Georgians who could be covered.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An arrest warrant affidavit says a Georgia man accused of shooting a man in New Orleans 18 times told police he'd been involved in violent crimes in Georgia and Alabama before the shooting. News outlets report that 25-year-old Kwane Brown told police that when a driver behind him flashed his lights around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, he thought the driver was "after him" so he exited his car and shot the man. He told police he'd also shot people in Georgia and robbed a gas station in Alabama.
ATLANTA (AP) - A former Republican congresswoman says she's running in 2020 to try to win back the Georgia seat she lost last fall. Karen Handel announced her comeback campaign Monday. She was defeated in November by Democratic gun control activist Lucy McBath, who won the 6th District seat by barely 1 percent of the vote. The suburban Atlanta district had long been considered safe for Republicans.
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