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MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A prosecutor in Georgia says advanced genetic genealogy testing helped authorities solve three rape cases from 1999. Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes said in a press release Tuesday that the three rapes happened between June and October 1999 within a three-mile radius of each other. The district attorney's office began looking into the cold case again in late 2018 and advanced testing techniques led them to a man in Arkansas. They got a DNA sample from the man, 48-year-old Lorinzo Novoa Williams, and it matched the DNA in the 1999 rape kits. Authorities in Arkansas said Williams went missing after the DNA sample was taken and turned up dead.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia’s Republican governor and first lady have announced a slate of legislative measures they want to see enacted to combat human trafficking. Gov. Brian Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp unveiled the proposals on Tuesday. The legislation would make it easier for victims of human trafficking to restrict access to their criminal records. It would also add several felonies to the list of crimes that require registration as a sex offender. One of those is keeping a place of prostitution when the victim is less than 18. The legislation will be formally introduced next week and require lawmaker approval.
ATLANTA (AP) - One of Republican Brian Kemp’s first acts as Georgia governor involved revamping the state's handling of sexual harassment complaints and placing State Inspector General Deborah Wallace as his point person on the issue. Now, Kemp wants to expand Wallace’s office by adding $435,000 to fund five new positions in his proposed fiscal 2021 budget. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the proposed 43% expansion for the small agency comes as other state agencies are being asked to trim their budgets amid a revenue shortfall. Kemp’s budget proposal must be approved by lawmakers for it to take effect.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia’s governor isn’t seeking another income tax cut in the upcoming budget. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp spoke to lawmakers Tuesday about his proposed budget, focusing on efforts to cut spending without harming state services. He's highlighting spending priorities such as $2,000 raises for teachers. State economist Jeffrey Dorfman tells a legislative budget committee that Kemp's budget omits a planned state income tax cut. Dorfman says another tax cut would cost $500 million. Kemp is seeking state budget cuts in many agencies and highlights efficiencies. But agency directors say some cuts will curtail services.
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