A proposal to change Georgia's gun laws would close one loophole potentially allowing mentally ill people to purchase firearms. Still, state judges are concerned the proposal could open another gap allowing mentally ill people to carry guns.
A day after the Georgia NAACP blasted Gov. Nathan Deal for comments about replacing DeKalb County school board members, the Governor returned fire. He said the NAACP was focused solely on the issue of race following his suspension of six members of the majority black board over accusations of financial mismanagement.
The budget for the next fiscal year cleared another legislative hurdle Tuesday. The spending plan passed the state House, and now heads to the state Senate for approval. State leaders added money for school enrollment, increased healthcare costs and an expanded pre-Kindergarten calendar. Most state agencies, nonetheless, had to cut 3 percent from their budgets.
Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke will file no charges against the Macon police officer who shot and killed 49-year-old Sammie Davis Jr. on the afternoon of December 21. Facts that Cooke revealed at a news conference Tuesday cast a different light on information that has stoked outrage and racial tension in Macon for months.
The Atlanta Police Department is looking for more Spanish-speaking officers and 911 operators. The department says it needs more Spanish speakers to better serve the diverse community. Chief George Turner says the city has a growing base of Hispanic residents, and there are also a lot of Spanish-speaking visitors each year.