News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EST
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's top election official says the 2020 election could draw over 1 million more voters to polling places compared to the previous presidential race. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told local election officials Wednesday in Savannah that turnout next November could top 5.3 million voters. That's compared to nearly 4.1 million when President Donald Trump was elected in 2016. Georgia is rushing to meet a court-ordered deadline to retire its outdated voting machines before any ballots are cast next year. The new machines must be delivered statewide by the time advance voting in the presidential primaries begins in early March.
NASHVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A south Georgia sheriff is looking for people who shot at deputies.Berrien County Sheriff Ray Paulk tells WALB-TV that shots were fired from across a street while he and deputies were searching a house on Sunday. A patrol car was hit twice, but no one was hurt.Paulk says deputies chased the person they believed shot at them, but says the person got away in the dark.No description of the alleged shooter is available.Deputies arrested two men after their search, seizing drugs, guns and cash.
ATLANTA (AP) - Charges have been dropped against two Iranian-born researchers after an Iranian scientist who also faced charges was released in a prisoner exchange. Over the weekend, U.S. officials released Masoud Soleimani in exchange for a Chinese-American graduate student. Soleimani had been charged with violating trade sanctions by trying to have biological material brought from the U.S. to Iran. His former students who live in the U.S., Mahboobe Ghaedi and Maryam Jazayeri, had been charged along with him. Federal prosecutors dropped the charges against Soleimani on Saturday and dismissed the charges against the two women Wednesday.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Army is ordering a court-martial for a Georgia soldier charged in a vehicle rollover that killed a West Point cadet. A spokesman at Fort Stewart in southeast Georgia said Wednesday that Staff Sgt. Ladonies Strong will face a general court-martial on charges including involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide. Strong was charged after a June 6 training crash killed 22-year-old Christopher J. Morgan at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. An additional 19 cadets were injured when the truck they were riding in rolled over. No court dates have been set. The Army has not confirmed whether Strong was driving the truck.
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