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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

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Georgia medical board dismisses most complaints without taking disciplinary action

(The Center Square) — The Georgia Composite Medical Board routinely dismisses an overwhelming majority of the complaints it receives, but unreliable data make it challenging to say precisely how many cases it closes without taking action. Additionally, investigators at the agency potentially handle hundreds of cases annually, seemingly leaving them with little time to investigate the volume of complaints. The Center Square’s findings this spring align with a November 2020 state audit that warned the

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Pedestrian deaths increase in Georgia and officials blame speeding and distracted driving

(The Center Square) — Georgia is increasingly dangerous for pedestrians, and a new analysis revealed the state outpaces the increase nationally. In 2021, the number of pedestrian traffic fatalities in The Peach State increased by 45.6% from 2019 and 23.8% from 2020, according to an analysis from the Governors Highway Safety Association. But it’s not just a Georgia problem; the organization’s review found that the 7,485 pedestrian traffic deaths nationwide in 2021 was a 16.7%

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Georgia investigation forces Pennsylvania-based company to improve upkeep of Peach State cemeteries

(The Center Square) — A Pennsylvania-based company that maintains and operates more than 300 cemeteries nationwide will step up its upkeep of four Georgia cemeteries following a state probe. The state launched an investigation following complaints about seven Georgia cemeteries StoneMor Inc. operates. The state put four cemeteries on “conditional registration with heightened supervision” for two years, while relevant issues at the three other cemeteries were remedied. StoneMor will spend an additional $400,000 to maintain

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Georgia’s tax collections in April were up nearly 80% from year before

(The Center Square) — Georgia continues to see increased revenues, as the state’s net tax collections for April increased 78.9% over a year ago. The state took in more than $5 billion, an increase of $2.2 billion from a year ago. So far this year, net tax collections topped $27.5 billion, an increase of roughly 26.7%, or $5.8 billion, from last fiscal year. Officials say year-over-year comparisons of tax collections are difficult because of the

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Georgia Lottery amasses $367.2M in profits for last quarter

(The Center Square) — The Georgia Lottery brought in more than $367.2 million in profits during the third quarter of fiscal 2022, state officials said. For the first three quarters of fiscal 2022, between July 1, 2021, and March 31, the lottery transferred more than $1.1 billion to the state’s Lottery for Education Account. Since its inception, the lottery has transferred more than $24.6 billion to the state. “Our solid third-quarter performance is great news