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Ethics Complaints Lodged Against Gubernatorial Candidates

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Three of Georgia's top gubernatorial candidates are facing ethics complaints filed a month before the May 22 primary elections.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Democrats Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans and Republican Casey Cagle are targets of complaints filed last week.

A complaint by one of Abrams' advisers claims aides for Evans formed a third-party organization to take in unlimited contributions to assist her campaign.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab is making progress in a years-long effort to test thousands of backlogged sexual assault evidence packages, authorities said.
The agency's goal is to clear out the old rape kits by the first of next year, allowing it to then concentrate on new criminal cases coming in for analysis.

"We see a light at the end of the tunnel," Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan said.

Athens News Matters for April 20, 2018

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On the next edition of the show my guests, District 5 challengers Danielle Benson and Tim Denson join incumbent commissioner Jared Bailey to discuss their campaigns and why they’re running for the ACC Commission.

Georgia's largest health insurer and one of its largest hospital groups have signed a peace treaty.

Piedmont Healthcare said Monday that it on Friday completed an agreement with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia.

The agreement means people insured by Anthem Blue Cross can see Piedmont physicians and use services at Piedmont hospitals without paying extra out-of-network charges.

Top managers from both sides met with Gov. Nathan Deal last week and announced a handshake agreement.

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This Friday has been designated as a National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence in Schools. Athens students are among those taking part in a walkout around the nation to address gun violence. Daelynn White is a student at Clarke Central High School. The 16-year old is one of the organizers.

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Jurors in Arizona found U.S. Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz not guilty of second-degree murder in a fatal through-the-fence shooting of a teenager from Mexico, but they deadlocked on a lesser charge of manslaughter.

U.S. District Judge Raner Collins declared a mistrial, meaning that Swartz, 43, could be retried for the 2012 death of 16-year-old Antonio Elena Rodriguez of Nogales, Mexico, who was among a group throwing rocks at border agents during an attempt to smuggle drugs into the U.S.

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From San Francisco to Washington, D.C., e-scooters and dockless bikes have become the latest transportation trend to grip urban spaces — and local governments are struggling to keep up.

The concept is simple: Riders download an app, find and unlock a scooter or bike, and leave it when they're done. Many cost as little as $1, and fans of the services tout them as faster, easier, and greener ways to get where they're going.

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