ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge says a lawsuit that challenges Georgia's current voting machines and seeks statewide use of paper ballots can move forward. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg issued an order Tuesday rejecting the state's request to toss out the lawsuit.

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Georgia say a former county commissioner used her elected position to extort $1,000 from a contractor. Sharon Barnes Sutton was arraigned Tuesday before a U.S. District Court judge in Atlanta on charges of extortion and bribery.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A federal judge says Georgia's oldest city violated the free-speech rights of tour guides by requiring them to obtain a license until the local law was scrapped years ago. The ruling in U.S. District Court is largely a symbolic victory for Savannah tour guides who sued City Hall four years ago over the 1978 licensing ordinance. Savannah's city council repealed the law in October 2015 just a few months after the lawsuit was filed.

HINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A citizen-soldier in the Army National Guard has been buried in southeast Georgia after he died from undisclosed causes while deployed to Afghanistan. The funeral for 22-year-old Spc. Miguel Holmes of Hinesville was held Tuesday. Holmes served in the 48th Infantry Brigade of the Georgia National Guard.

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