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State attorneys general ask Department of Justice to investigate violence against pro-life groups

(The Center Square) — The attorneys general of 19 states want the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate what they say is growing violence targeting pro-life groups nationwide. Last month, Politico published a leaked draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion, apparently revealing the nation’s highest court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, which established abortion as a constitutional right, and Casey v. Planned Parenthood. The leaked opinion, purportedly penned by Justice Samuel Alito, comes in

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Atlanta Regional Commission to use $45M in federal funds for transit projects

(The Center Square) — The Atlanta Regional Commission plans to use $45 million in federal money on various transit projects, including a program to help local transit companies buy electric buses and install electric vehicle charging stations. ARC, a planning agency for 11 counties and more than 70 cities in the Atlanta region, allocated the money from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act as part of an amendment to the region’s Transportation Improvement Program.

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Georgia’s Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority approves $1.3B budget

(The Center Square) — The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority board has approved a $1.3 billion fiscal 2023 budget. The budget’s $587.6 million for operations includes $458.3 million for labor expenses as the agency works to return service to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels. MARTA’s budget anticipates $652.7 million in operating revenues, including $321.4 million in sales tax, $140.4 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding, $73.5 million in federal operating assistance and $67 million in passenger

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Georgia’s statewide anti-gang unit will start work on July 1

(The Center Square) — Georgia’s new statewide gang unit will soon start prosecuting crimes across The Peach State. Georgia’s more than $30.2 billion fiscal 2023 budget includes $1.6 million for the new Gang Prosecution Unit, which will be housed in the attorney general’s Prosecution Division. Additionally, House Bill 1134 gave the attorney general concurrent jurisdiction to prosecute criminal gang activity statewide. The state hired Fulton County Deputy District Attorney Cara Convery, the deputy district attorney