Gene found in Georgia sewer water could be ‘global threat’

University of Georgia scientists have found a gene that causes bacteria to be resistant to one of the world’s most important antibiotics in sewer water in Georgia. Researchers say they discovered the MCR-9 gene, which causes resistance to colistin, while testing sewage water in an urban environment in Georgia. Read the full article: 

How school districts are responding to Covid surge

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike due to the omicron variant, many school districts across Georgia are re-evaluating their policies to keep children safe. Read the full article:

Kemp, Carr file fourth lawsuit against vaccine mandates

Governor Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr said they have filed a lawsuit to challenge the Biden administration’s Head Start vaccine and masking mandate. This as the Georgia Department of Public Health releases data showing the second day of a spike in new cases that some experts believe could be the start of the fifth wave of COVID-19…

Insurance commissioner vows to change culture at troubled agency

The man picked by Governor Brian Kemp to clean up the Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner is new to the insurance industry, but battle-tested on many levels of law enforcement. Read the full article:

State pays out nearly $900,000 to three employees fired by Beck

More controversy surrounding convicted former State Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck. The state of Georgia has settled a whistleblower lawsuit filed by three long-time Insurance Department employees who claimed then Commissioner Beck fired them because he believed they leaked information to Senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell. Read the full article:

Drug agents seize 9,000 pills laced with fentanyl

Drug enforcement agents are ramping up efforts to get fake fentanyl-laced pills off the streets in the Atlanta metro area. In one day alone, seized more than 9,000 fentanyl-laced pills and 2 kilograms of pure fentanyl in the metro area last week. Read the full article:

Georgia morgues running out of space due to Covid deaths

A rise in COVID-19 related deaths is overwhelming some Georgia coroners’ offices and medical facilities. Several facilities are running out of morgue space right now due to the significant increase in COVID-related deaths. Some are even reaching out to the state for help because they don’t have anywhere to store these bodies. Read the full article: