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Who’s watching the Hawks? Not many   

Who’s watching the Hawks? Not many   

The Atlanta Hawks are tied for the worst record in the NBA. Predictably, the team’s local TV ratings have dropped dramatically. The decline is the largest by any NBA team in its home market this season. > More:  How many Atlantans are watching Hawks games? All 82 Hawks games this season are being televised on Fox Sports Southeast. The Hawks’ next game is Friday at Indiana.  > Also:  Seating changes coming to SunTrust Park

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.”

Mueller unveils new indictment, charging lawyer with lying to investigators

The probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections produced another indictment on Tuesday, as the feds charged a man with making false statements to investigators working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, also accusing the lawyer of deleting emails, and not cooperating with the probe.

The initial document released by a Washington, D.C. federal court showed Alex Van Der Zwaan lied about his interactions with Rick Gates, who has already been indicted by Mueller’s office.

Gates, who once worked on President Donald Trump’s campaign, already faces charges of a money laundering conspiracy, and failure to file as a foreign agent.

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