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September 10, 2019 - 12:00 am


Ossoff to challenge Perdue for US Senate seat in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Former congressional candidate Jon Ossoff says he will challenge Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue in 2020.

The Georgia Democrat tweeted Monday night that he has, "some big news to share..."

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Ossoff says he plans to "mount a ruthless assault on corruption in our political system" that's prevented Congress from addressing urgent issues. Ossoff is the fourth Democrat to announce a bid for the seat.

Perdue is a former Fortune 500 chief executive with strong ties to President Donald Trump.

The 32-year-old Ossoff says he will raise a grassroots army by expanding his network of supporters who helped him raise roughly $30 million in a 2017 special election he narrowly lost to Republican Karen Handel.

Ossoff has already received a high-profile endorsement from Atlanta Democrat and civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis.


Schools chief hired after cheating scandal won't be rehired

(Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's school board won't renew the contract of the superintendent who was hired in the aftermath of a cheating scandal that involved multiple educators.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports board Chairman Jason Esteves announced Monday that the board told Superintendent Meria Carstarphen in July but delayed the public announcement to avoid disrupting the start of school. Esteves says he hopes she'll remain until her contract ends June 30.

Carstarphen wrote to colleagues that she wanted to stay.

Officials said letting a contract expire doesn't require a public vote.

Esteves wouldn't say how many board members opposed renewal.

Parent Brigitte Peck told Esteves that showed a lack of the transparency that's essential for community trust.

Multiple school officials were indicted in 2013 in the scandal affecting thousands of students. Some were convicted.



The Latest: Ship owner thanks all for rescue of crew members

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The South Korean company that owns the cargo ship that capsized off the coast of Georgia says it's grateful to everyone involved in the rescue of four crew members.

In a statement, Hyundai Glovis Co. Ltd. said the rescue of the crew members Monday was "deeply appreciated."

The statement added that the company's staff is also "fully engaged" with agencies that are focused on limiting any damage to the environment.

The Golden Ray flipped on its side and caught fire Sunday as it left Brunswick, Georgia, with more than 4,000 vehicles inside.

Three crew members were rescued from one room. The fourth was in a separate compartment. All were rescued Monday.

All four were described as alert and in relatively good condition. They were taken to a hospital for further evaluation.


Georgia man accused of raping wife surrenders to police

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Georgia man accused of raping his estranged wife at knifepoint and trying to stop her escape.

News outlets report 40-year-old Eugenio German surrendered to Gwinnett County police on Saturday on charges including rape, false imprisonment and aggravated assault.

Police responded Sept. 1 to a report that German had choked, raped and chased the woman. Authorities have said the woman tried fleeing the attack in her car and the pursuing German rammed it with his own vehicle.

They spoke with German at a Lilburn home and then met with the victim in Duluth. Officers were then unable to find German, who police say has been separated from his wife of less than a year.


Abrams to 2020 Democrats: Go after 'unlikely' voters

ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams is pushing national Democrats to treat Georgia as a 2020 battleground and replicate nationwide her 2018 strategy of attracting unlikely voters to the polls.

The Atlanta Democrat lost a close governor's race last year but she and her campaign manager argue in a strategy memo obtained by The Associated Press that their effort to expand the electorate is the blueprint for Democrats in 2020.

The argument highlights a potential fault line for Democrats. Some party leaders want to focus on flipping white voters who helped Trump in Midwestern states like Wisconsin and Michigan. Others want to drive turnout among younger and nonwhite voters.

Abrams calls that a "false choice."

Abrams sent the memo Monday to top Democratic presidential candidates, various national party committees and key party strategists.


2 injured in crash between Atlanta police car, commuter bus

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities in Atlanta say a police officer crashed his cruiser into a MARTA commuter bus, injuring both drivers.

News outlets report Atlanta police say the bus had a green light and was moving through an intersection early Monday when the officer crashed into it with his cruiser. WGCL-TV reports police say the officer had not been responding to a call and investigators are unsure why his cruiser's lights and sirens were activated.

The station quotes police as saying the officer suffered facial injuries and a concussion, while the bus driver complained of leg injuries. The bus was carrying a single passenger who wasn't harmed. Police are reviewing surveillance video from the bus.


Georgia lawmakers again consider gambling to pay for HOPE

(Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia state lawmakers are again exploring the idea of new legalized gambling to help fund the HOPE scholarship program.

If gambling in the state is expanded, the type of activity allowed will greatly determine how much money can be raised.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that casino gambling brought in record numbers last year, but the thoroughbred horse racing industry is shrinking.

Experts say sports betting's impact would be minimal.

State lawmakers are studying the potential for economic benefits with expanded gambling.

Adding horse racing or casino gambling in the state would require Georgians to approve a constitutional amendment allowing the expansion.



NWS chief backs forecasters who contradicted Trump

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The head of the National Weather Service is defending forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump's claim that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to Alabama as it approached the United States.

Director Louis Uccellini told a meteorology convention Monday that forecasters in Birmingham did the right thing when they tried to combat public panic and rumors that Dorian posed a threat to Alabama. Uccellini says it was only later that they found out the source of the mistaken information.

Speaking at a meeting of the National Weather Association in Huntsville, Alabama, Uccellini said Birmingham forecasters "did what any office would do" to protect the public.

Trump has defended his tweet about Alabama and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued an unsigned statement critical of the Birmingham forecasters on Friday.

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