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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta, GA, United States

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Recent articles by Ben:

Federal judge: Congressman can’t avoid testimony before Fulton special grand jury

A federal judge on Monday indicated that a Georgia congressman couldn’t kill a subpoena from the Fulton County special grand jury studying whether former President Donald Trump and his allies illegally tried to sway Georgia’s 2020 elections. → Read More

Fulton DA faces biggest decision of career as Trump grand jury looms

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who's spent the last 15 months investigating former President Donald Trump and allegations of election interference in Georgia, is set to make the biggest decision of her career after a special grand jury convenes to collect new evidence and testimony. → Read More

Fulton fires 2 elections workers accused of shredding voter applications

The state is investigating accusations that Fulton County elections workers shredded voter registration applications. → Read More

Fulton official steps down after AJC/Ch. 2 probe on per diem spending

A long-time board member of the Development Authority of Fulton County (DAFC) is stepping down following an joint investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News that found tens of thousands of dollars in questionable per diem spending at the agency. → Read More

Pandemic worsens substitute teacher shortage in metro Atlanta

More teachers are staying home for quarantine and other health reasons, while fewer substitutes are willing to take their places. → Read More

Fulton nears vote count completion

Georgia election update: Fulton County, which includes most of Atlanta, was not finished counting votes before dawn on Thursday. → Read More

Fulton election results delayed after pipe bursts in room with ballots

Fulton County’s absentee-by-mail processing operation at State Farm Arena was delayed four hours today after a water pipe burst in a room with ballots. → Read More

Incoming Fulton sheriff plans to hire deputies, fix up notorious jail

For the first time in more than a decade, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office will soon have another leader. Incoming sheriff Patrick Labat defeated fellow Democrat Sheriff Ted Jackson last week. Labat, the longtime Atlanta jail chief, will take over the county's massive detention facilities, which have been subject of regular controversy for years with accusations of terrible conditions that… → Read More

Cobb, Fulton County Schools to start school year online

“I know we need to get back to face-to-face instruction,” Ragsdale said. “That is why we tried to offer parents two options — in-person and virtual — to start the school year. Unfortunately, public health guidance does not make that possible.” Looney said his reopening strategy always was based on the numbers of community spread. “Unfortunately, that data continues to move in the wrong… → Read More

Fulton certifies rocky election results; commissioner contests race

The Fulton County elections board has certified the results from its June 9 presidential primary election that featured new Georgia voting equipment. → Read More

Fulton to re-open tag offices Monday after months of COVID-19 closures

After three months of being closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, Fulton County will be re-opening its tag offices to the public on Monday. Those overdue on tag renewals and registering private car sales will be able to do some in a safe environment, Fulton Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand said. → Read More

New machines, same pain for Fulton County voters

It started bad for Fulton County voters Tuesday and didn’t get much better. → Read More

Fulton increases precinct hours to protect public, poll workers

Fulton County early voting precincts will open 2 hours earlier and physical changes are coming to some polling places, both in hopes of reducing COVID-19 coronavirus spread. → Read More

Banned funerals, shuttered shops: Local leaders confront global virus

Local officials spoke with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about all the ways they are responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus and its effects. → Read More

Fulton schools cancels classes ‘until further notice’ amid coronavirus fears

Fulton County Schools will close school and district offices starting at midnight “until further notice,” said Superintendent Mike Looney at an emergency meeting of the school board. → Read More

Fulton schools to stay closed another day after coronavirus case

Fulton County schools has delayed when it will announce its decision on whether to re-open schools after closing for a day due to a teacher contracting coronavirus, which is officially named COVID-19. → Read More

Johns Creek mayor arrested in alleged domestic incident with wife

Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker has been arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge for an alleged domestic incident with his wife. → Read More

South Fulton’s first ethics hearing ends with more infighting likely

The new city of South Fulton held its first ethics hearing this week, ending without blame placed on Councilman Khalid Kamau. → Read More

Fulton Chairman Pitts: purchasing card system ‘too loosey goosey’

Some Fulton County commissioners say their colleagues are spending too much taxpayer money on unreas... → Read More

Fulton tries to make sure all are counted for 2020 Census

Fulton County is trying to ensure a full count during the upcoming U.S. Census — because population equals money. Georgia has lost out on $3 billion over the last decade due to Census under-counting, according to Fulton’s head of intergovernmental affairs Fran Calhoun. → Read More