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MACON, Ga. (AP) — Middle Georgia’s largest city has bulldozed a homeless camp, saying it was a health hazard. Local news outlets report that Macon-Bibb County crews on Wednesday cleared the camp near the Ocmulgee River north of downtown Macon. City-county officials say they told camp residents last week that they had to leave, citing a lack of sanitation and open fires near gas stations.

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is hiring a Fulton County prosecutor to lead the state’s new gang prosecution unit. Carr announced Wednesday that Fulton County Deputy District Attorney Cara Convery will run the unit when it starts operating July 1.

PEMBROKE, Ga. (AP) — A coastal Georgia county is restarting court trials and government services after a deadly tornado damaged a courthouse and other government buildings on April 5. Court proceedings resumed this week in a part of the Bryan County courthouse that wasn’t damaged when the twister hit Pembroke.

ATLANTA – Georgia tax collections rose slightly last month compared to May of last year after two consecutive months of soaring revenues caused by a delay in last year’s filing deadline until mid-May. The state Department of Revenue collected almost $2.7 billion last month, up 1.6% from May of 2021.

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia health officials say the first case of monkeypox has been confirmed in the state. The Georgia Department of Public Health announced the news Monday on Twitter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a suspected case found last week is monkeypox.

ATLANTA – The Alabama company looking to open a titanium mine near the Okefenokee Swamp is being confronted with an additional hurdle. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reversed an earlier approval of the project and now will require Twin Pines Minerals to reapply for a federal permit. The company already is seeking permits from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.  

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Just in time for summer, Georgia's largest public beach is banning smoking in the sand. City officials on Tybee Island decided to snuff out cigarette smoking and use of other tobacco products on its beaches in an effort to reduce litter.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Japanese equipment maker plans to spend $140 million on a new factory in Georgia, adding 500 workers to the 3,000 it already employs in the northeastern part of the state. Kubota Corp. says the new factory will make front-end loaders, opening in Gainesville in 2024.

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) — One person was hospitalized Thursday and others were sickened by a possible hazardous materials release at a Georgia warehouse. Dublin Fire Chief Matthew Cutler tells local news outlets that firefighters were called to the Best Buy distribution center. More than 20 employees were complaining of irritation to their eyes, nose, and throat from an unknown powdered substance.

VIDALIA, Ga. (AP) — Officials have confirmed a highly contagious variety of bird flu in a backyard flock in southeast Georgia. State Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black says it's the first confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in domesticated birds in Georgia this year. The Toombs County resident kept a flock of chickens, turkeys, ducks, peafowl and other birds. He noticed dozens of ducks died in a 24-hour period.

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