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Latest Georgia news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 3:23 AM EDT
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POLICE SHOOTING-DEATH

Atlanta man dies after shot by police during foot chase

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) — A man shot by police in suburban Atlanta during a chase has died. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says 17-year-old Vincent Demario Truitt of Atlanta died Tuesday after being shot by Cobb County police. State investigators say police tried Monday night in Austell to stop a car reported as stolen in Atlanta. Police say two of three passengers tried to run away and officers pursued on foot. The GBI says one of the men brandished a handgun and was shot by a Cobb County officer. Police say the vehicle’s other two occupants were arrested — a 17-year-old on an outstanding warrant and a 15-year-old on charges related to the stolen vehicle. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek charges in the shooting.

ODD-SEX DOLL-CORPSE

Cheeky Corpse: Georgia detectives discover body is sex doll

ALLENHURST, Ga. (AP) — It seemed like a major crime for Allenhurst, a town of less than 700 people in southeast Georgia. A female body was spotted by the railroad tracks. Liberty County deputies gathered at the scene and waited for the coroner. It took a while before they realized the joke was on them: The corpse was actually a sex doll. Detective Mike Albritton told WSAV-TV that officers found the apparently dead body Tuesday, but couldn't touch it without a coroner at the scene. Only then did they search for injuries and learn the truth. Detectives said the sex doll was anatomically correct, with realistic features and was fully dressed.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-KENTUCKY

87 protesters arrested at Kentucky attorney general's home

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police say 87 demonstrators who gathered at the home of Kentucky’s attorney general to demand justice for Breonna Taylor have been arrested. News outlets report protesters with the social justice organization Until Freedom gathered Tuesday for a sit-in at the home of Daniel Cameron. Police say they were charged with the felony crime of “intimidating a participant in a legal process"; disorderly conduct, and trespassing. Taylor was fatally shot by police on March 13 during a narcotics investigation. Her death set off weeks of protests and calls for the officers to be charged. Cameron said the group’s actions won’t bring justice and will further divide the community.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-CHILD KILLED

Mourners pay final respects to girl shot to death in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Mourners are paying their final respects to an 8-year-old Atlanta girl slain near the site of an earlier police killing. Children and adults filed past the body of Secoriea Turner at the public viewing Tuesday. Secoriea wore a gold-colored dress, a gold tiara and black sneakers. A private funeral is planned for Wednesday. Secoriea was gunned down on the Fourth of July while riding in an SUV near the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man, was killed by a white police officer on June 12. Crews demolished the burned-out shell of the restaurant Tuesday that became the focus of protests after Brooks was shot.

TRUMP

Trump looks to scale back environmental reviews for projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to announce a new federal rule to speed up the environmental review process for proposed highways, gas pipelines and other major infrastructure. Critics are describing the move as a dismantling of a 50-year-old environmental protection law. Trump will travel to Atlanta on Wednesday to announce the federal rule as he seeks to make it easier to meet some of the country’s infrastructure needs. The government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, Brett Hartl, says such a change may be the single biggest giveaway to polluters in the past 40 years.

ABORTION-GEORGIA

Federal judge voids Georgia 'heartbeat' abortion restriction

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge is permanently blocking Georgia’s 2019 “heartbeat" abortion law, finding that it violates the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones ruled against the state Monday in a lawsuit filed by abortion providers and an advocacy group. Jones had temporarily blocked the law in October, and it never went into effect. The new ruling permanently enjoins the state from ever enforcing House Bill 481. The measure sought to ban abortions once a “detectable human heartbeat” was present, with some limited exceptions. Cardiac activity can be detected by ultrasound as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Jones found the law violated the 14th Amendment. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who has supported the restriction, immediately vowed an appeal.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-GEORGIA

Analysis: Georgia tracing smaller share of infections

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis finds Georgia public health investigators are reaching a smaller share of people who may be infected as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state rises. The newspaper finds that contact tracers interviewed 37% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 between June 23 and July 8, down from 60% between May 15 and June 22.  Georgia State University public health Professor Harry Heiman says that with the number of coronavirus infections soaring in Georgia, it may be impossible to keep up. The number of confirmed infections statewide topped 120,000 Monday, while the trend in deaths rose for the fourth day in a row. A total of 2,600 people are in Georgia hospitals with the virus, another record.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-CHILD KILLED

Parents of slain Atlanta girl plead for help to find killer

ATLANTA (AP) — The parents of an 8-year-old Atlanta girl slain near the site of an earlier police killing pleaded for the public to help find whoever is responsible. In an emotional Monday news conference, the family announced an “all-hands-on-deck" effort that will include canvassing several neighborhoods with flyers, and a new hotline for tips and a total of $50,000 in reward money. Atlanta police released images late Sunday of a second person of interest in the killing of Secoriea Turner on the Fourth of July. It happened near the Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by a police officer.

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