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BC-GA--Georgia Weekend Items, ADVISORY, GA

April 5, 2019

Editors:

Here’s a list of Georgia stories expected to move so far for his weekend - April 6-7, 2019.

Moving Saturday

XGR--DID NOT PASS-2019

ATLANTA _ While Georgia’s 2019 legislative session brought plenty of action by the time it came to a close this past Tuesday, several proposals introduced by lawmakers failed to move forward. They include enhanced penalties for hate crimes, greater protections for actions driven by religious belief, a state takeover of Atlanta’s airport and a 20-year extension on a jet fuel tax exemption. By Ben Nadler. UPCOMING: 600 to 700 words.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ Georgia Southern University’s new President Kyle Marrero is pledging to be a president for both Statesboro and Savannah campuses. Marrero said since the consolidation of Georgia Southern and the former Armstrong University, students haven’t understood the strengths of the combined university, in part because the leadership has changed so often.

Information from The Savannah Morning News. UPCOMING: 300 words.

Moving Sunday

DRAG QUEEN-LIBRARY

ALPHARETTA, Ga. _ A metro Atlanta drag queen invited to read to children at the library said he feels discriminated against after the Fulton library system removed “Drag Queen Story Time” from its events calendar. Steven Igarashi-Ball, who performs in drag mostly for charity as Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker, said he is confused by the change because he was invited to perform by the staff at the Alpharetta library branch after they saw how successful the story time was at the Ponce de Leon Avenue branch inside the Perimeter.

Information from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. UPCOMING: 350 words.

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Moving Saturday

MARTIAL ARTS FOR THE BLIND

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ Martial arts instructor George Freeman said he believes everyone has the right to defend themselves. And he’s working to share that belief with others through a self-defense program for the blind at his martial arts studio in Savannah. “The community of blind people and those with low vision are not represented at most schools,” said Freeman.

By Brittini Ray. The Savannah Morning News.

Moving Sunday

JAIL ESCAPE MYESTERY SOLVED

ATHENS, Ga. _ When Michael Millstead escaped from the Clarke County Jail 37 years ago, he became a rare fugitive from justice who was never apprehended. But that deceptive life came to an end in January 2017 when by his own hand authorities said he hung himself in a Tallahassee, Fla., townhouse where he was considered a “squatter.” However, word did not get back to Athens until February this year that this man who made a dramatic 1980 escape from the local jail with three other inmates was dead. The hunt was over.

By Wayne Ford. The Athens Banner-Herald.