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Shooting investigated in Jackson Co, suspects arrested in Franklin Co

Shooting investigated in Jackson Co, suspects arrested in Franklin Co

Investigators in the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office continue to sort through details of a shooting that left two people wounded with what were described as non life-threatening injuries: three people were arrested after the shots were fired at an apartment complex off Highway 124 in Jackson County.  A North Carolina man is arrested in a manhunt that ended in Franklin County: Mikal James is 33 years old, from Charlotte. He and 28 year-old Rashad Sinclair, also of Charlotte, were arrested after a traffic stop and after James tried to run away on foot. They were booked into the Franklin County jail on drug and weapons charges. 

Kemp bus tour begins with stops in Athens, Jefferson

Kemp bus tour begins with stops in Athens, Jefferson

Secretary of State Brian Kemp launched his statewide bus tour Monday with a trip to a former city jail converted into a coffee shop, where he outlined a crackdown on illegal immigration. The Republican told a few dozen supporters it was “insane” that immigrants in the country illegally get healthcare coverage when “residents are getting priced out of the market.”  In a nod to Gov. Nathan Deal’s criminal justice overhaul, he said tougher restrictions on access to insurance benefits should also be up for consideration.  “I’m all for accountability courts and helping those who need helping,” he said. “But for those who are here illegally, and not following the rules, we need to send them home.” Kemp is one of five leading Republicans in the race to succeed Deal. He faces Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, former state Sen. Hunter Hill, business executive Clay Tippins and state Sen. Michael Williams in the May primary.  Two Democrats – former state lawmakers Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans – are competing for their party’s nomination. After his campaign stop, Kemp said discussions with hospital executives who lament about spending millions in indigent care to people who aren’t in the country legally helped inform his policy. “I get that medical professionals have a duty to do that, but the American people are paying for it,” said Kemp, who like other Republican contenders is a critic of the Affordable Care Act. “Families are paying $2,000 a month for insurance with a $5,000 deductible. And people are fed up with that.”

A-CC Commissioners meet

A-CC Commissioners meet

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners will meet tonight: a 6 o’clock agenda-setting session at City Hall. Commissioners will get an update on the Oconee Rivers Greenway project. There is also more talk about County sidewalks, and proposed capital improvements for the Athens-Ben Epps Airport.  The Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission meets today: 4 o’clock this afternoon at the Government Building on Dougherty Street.  There is an afternoon meeting of the Lyndon House Arts Foundation, 5:30 at the Lyndon House on Hoyt Street in Athens.  The Board of the Morton Theatre corporation meets today. It’s a 5:30 session at the Theatre on Washington Street in Athens.  The Athens Airport Authority meets this afternoon, 3 o’clock at Athens-Ben Epps Airport. Madison County’s Planning and Zoning Board meets, 6:30 tonight in Danielsville. This afternoon’s Gainesville City Council session gets underway at 5:30 at the Public Safety Complex in Gainesville. 

While Trump backs bipartisan gun bill, there’s no guarantee of action in Congress on guns

The White House on Monday signaled that President Donald Trump is willing to back at least one bipartisan measure to strengthen the national instant check system for those who buy firearms, as Democrats in the House and Senate continued to argue that action by the Congress on gun violence is long overdue.

“While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

In a written statement sent to reporters, Sanders said the President spoke to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) on Friday; the [More]