News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EST
ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will have to sit for questioning about comments he made that seemed to express concern about minority voter registration. The order is part of a lawsuit filed by Fair Fight Action, an organization founded by Kemp's 2018 Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams. The lawsuit accuses Georgia's secretary of state and election board members of mismanaging the 2018 election in ways that deprived some citizens of their constitutional right to vote. Kemp’s deposition will be limited to two hours and must be completed by Jan. 10.
ATLANTA (AP) - The current editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is disputing an upcoming film's depiction of the newspaper's reporting and decision-making processes surrounding the fatal 1996 Olympic park bombing. Editor Kevin Riley has written an op-ed taking particular issue with the portrayal of reporter Kathy Scruggs. A lawyer for the paper has demanded a public statement and a “prominent disclaimer” that some events in the film “Richard Jewell” were imagined for dramatic purposes. Director Clint Eastwood dismissed the criticism of his movie, saying the paper likely is looking to “rationalize" its actions.
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A Confederate heritage group is suing a Georgia city over the removal of rebel flags and flagpoles from a historic cemetery where more than 500 Confederate soldiers are buried. The Sons of Confederate Veterans filed the lawsuit Wednesday stating Columbus city leaders violated the organizations civil rights under the “monuments act” by removing Confederate flags from Linwood Cemetery. Confederate flags were banned from city property by former Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. The group told city officials they would fly the rebel battle flag over the cemetery in October. City officials warned that crews would remove the flag and the flagpoles. The city has 60 days to respond.
ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's SunTrust and North Carolina's BB&T have combined into a megabank with a new name, Truist, but the completion of their merger won't immediately change the name of the Atlanta Braves home field. Both companies announced the finalization of their merger on Monday, forming the nation's sixth-largest bank, with about 10 million customers. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports it could take up to two years for the old brand names to be replaced on larger properties such as the baseball park, as well as branches, websites and other services. Truist vows to spend more than $100 million on philanthropy in Georgia and North Carolina.
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