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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government says the number of whales entangled in fishing gear has declined recently, but the entanglements remain a critical threat to rare species. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday there were 53 confirmed cases of large whales entangled in gear in the U.S. in 2020.

ATLANTA – Ocmulgee Electric Membership Corp. announced plans Tuesday to launch a fiber-optic network that will provide high-speed internet service to customers in five Middle Georgia …

ATLANTA – Georgia is about to embark on a new form of transportation technology that fits the needs of the era of e-commerce. Legislation the General Assembly passed this year that takes effect on Friday will authorize “personal delivery devices” better known as delivery robots to ply the state’s highways and sidewalks.

ATLANTA – The University System of Georgia generated an economic impact of $19.3 billion across the state during the last fiscal year, up $700 million – or 3.8% – over fiscal 2020. That economic impact translated into 152,629 full- and part-time jobs, about a third of which were on campus and two-thirds off campus.

ATLANTA – Georgians now have easier access to information about their government, thanks to a small-but-mighty team working behind the scenes to present data to the public. The Georgia Data Analytics Center website features “data dashboards” that take complex data from state agencies and put it into simple charts, graphs, and maps.  

ATLANTA – Georgia Power is asking the state Public Service Commission (PSC) for a rate hike of nearly 12% during the next three years, with the vast majority of the increase front-loaded into 2023.

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) — Shoe manufacturer Okabashi says it will hire 250 workers and invest $20 million to double production at its headquarters in suburban Atlanta. CEO Sara Irvani says the privately-held company will be able to make more than 2 million pairs of shoes annually at its Buford factory within five years.

ST. CATHERINES ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Crews are fighting a wildfire that's scorched hundreds of acres on an unspoiled island known for archaeological treasures on the coast of Georgia.

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s highest court has overturned the murder and child cruelty convictions against a man whose toddler son died after he left him in a hot car for hours. The Georgia Supreme Court opinion released Wednesday says the jury saw evidence that was “extremely and unfairly prejudicial.”

ATLANTA (AP) — State Rep. Bee Nguyen will be the Democratic candidate for Georgia secretary of state in November. Nguyen is set to face Republican incumbent Brad Raffensperger and Libertarian Ted Metz in the general election.

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