Reactions to J&J vaccine in Cumming not a cause for alarm, state says
State officials are halting COVID vaccinations at a Cumming site after eight people had adverse reactions to getting a Johnson & Johnson shot there Wednesday. The CDC is evaluating the situation in the Atlanta suburb and in three other states – Iowa, Colorado and Michigan. One person in Cumming... Read more
Bootleg fentanyl linked to spike in overdoses
Story updated Georgia’s Department of Public Health has issued a warning about a cluster of overdoses from counterfeit pills that contain fentanyl, a potent opioid drug. Roughly 100 cases are suspected in the Augusta area, according to Public Health officials. But there also have been cases reported in the... Read more
Employer teamwork boosts vaccine access for Latino community
Three rival Georgia carpet companies took a break from their floor-covering competition to focus on a foe that united them: COVID-19. Mohawk Industries, Shaw Industries and Engineered Floors collaborated on a COVID vaccination event for the workers at their Dalton-area plants recently. Almost 5,000 shots were administered over two weeks... Read more
Georgia gun rights bill: The surprise was what didn’t happen
By Andy Miller and Rebecca Grapevine The Georgia House’s last-day inaction on a contentious gun rights bill took many by surprise. That included opponents of House Bill 218 such as state Sen. Michelle Au. The Johns Creek Democrat not only opposed the gun rights expansion, but sponsored her own... Read more
Gun rights legislation fails to get final approval in Georgia House
Georgia’s controversial gun rights bill that was approved Monday by the Senate never got a final OK in the House on the last day of the General Assembly. House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) said after the session ended Wednesday night that the recent mass shootings, including one in... Read more

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