ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has agreed to spend millions of dollars on new programs for rural communities as part of its $26 billion state budget proposal. The Senate on Friday approved its version of a spending plan for the financial year starting July 1. The vote sets up negotiations between House and Senate leaders to hash out differences in their funding plans by Thursday, the last day of the legislative session.
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a 6-year-old girl was killed in a Georgia house fire that injured her family. WSB-TV reports the Lithia Springs home was destroyed by the Thursday afternoon fire. County Communications & Community Relations Director Rick Martin says the child's mother, father and another child were injured. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
ATLANTA (AP) - A day after a ransomware cyberattack hobbled the city of Atlanta's computer network, city officials said they were working around the clock to get things up and running again. The city's information security team noticed that something was amiss with the city's server around 5:40 a.m. Thursday and began an investigation. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said they are working to get to the bottom of the problem, but she asked people to be patient.
ATLANTA (AP) - The final piece of Gov. Nathan Deal's years-long criminal justice overhaul is expected to see a vote in the Georgia House early next week, after passing through committee. The proposal, passed by the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee Thursday, would give judges more leeway in forgoing cash bail for low-income offenders and more opportunities to impose community service rather than fines.
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