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Rep. Tyrone Brooks pleads guilty to tax charge

ATLANTA - Georgia state Rep. Tyrone Brooks pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of filing a false tax document and no contest to five counts of mail and wire fraud.
Schools' plans are called insult

COLUMBIA --- Civil rights leaders said Friday that school districts around the Southeast should scrap plans to use the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to make up for snow days.
State Rep. Tyrone Brooks indicted

ATLANTA -- State Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for misappropriating almost $1 million in charitable funds.
Analysis: Georgia Democrats can't catch a break

ATLANTA -- The Murphy's Law of politics has proven true recently for Georgia Democrats just when many forces are creating momentum for them.
Miller: Obama should stay put

ATLANTA --- Former U.S. Sen. Zell Miller called President Obama's decision to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay "nuts" Thursday and said it would risk the lives of civilians while giving terrorists new freedoms.
Black lawmaker calls on colleagues to help college

ATLANTA - State Rep. Tyrone Brooks on Monday urged elected officials across Georgia to help Morris Brown College overcome a financial crisis that is threatening to close the school's doors.
Government briefs

Augusta commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to uphold their License Department's denial of an adult entertainment license for Augusta Video Inc., the owner of X-Mart.
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Georgians aim to help end violence

ATLANTA - It might be half a world away from the halls of Georgia government and the thriving Atlanta business community, but advocates pushing for the state and its companies to get rid of all investments tied to the violence in Darfur say they're cautiously optimistic about the progress their campaign is making.
Black leaders demand justice

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials is holding its annual convention in Savannah this weekend, with leaders planning to focus on the case of Genarlow Wilson, a young black man imprisoned for engaging in consensual sex as a teen.
1946 lynching case reopened

ATLANTA - Members of a civil rights group that has pushed for years to reopen investigations into the decades-old lynching at Moore's Ford Bridge near Monroe said Friday they are pleased that the U.S. Department of Justice has decided to take another look.