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NEWARK, N.J.—More than two dozen people recently sat around a conference table in this working-class city, poring over crime statistics and pondering how to bring the numbers down. Most weren’t police officers, and the focus wasn’t on boosting arrests. Instead, the Newark Public Safety Collaborative, which is spearheaded by academics and includes social-service agencies, hospitals, schools, police and the city, talked about installing new streetlights and figuring out why bodegas seem to be magnets for crime.
The University of Wyoming’s law school has launched a new center for gun research funded in part by executives from the firearms industry, which its founders say will bring new viewpoints to the field of study. While Second Amendment advocates have funded academic studies and research before, the new Firearms Research Center at the University of Wyoming is the first venture of its kind at an academic institution in recent decades, according to gun researchers.
MEMPHIS, Tenn.—The city of Memphis, Tenn., on Friday evening released body-camera footage capturing the encounter with police that led to the death of Tyre Nichols after a traffic stop earlier this month. The footage from officers’ body cameras showed what took place after Mr. Nichols, a 29-year-old man, was pulled over by police on Jan. 7, a scene authorities repeatedly warned would be brutal and upsetting for the public to see.
Then President Donald Trump rallied supporters at a campaign event in Rome, Ga., in November 2020. ATLANTA—A judge heard arguments Tuesday over whether to publicly release the findings of a special grand jury that investigated former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis , the state prosecutor in Atlanta leading the investigation, said prosecutorial decisions are imminent and urged the judge to hold off on publicly releasing a report by the special grand jury that summarizes its findings. She said public disclosure at this time would undermine her office’s investigation.
Then President Donald Trump rallied supporters at a campaign event in Rome, Ga., in November 2020. ATLANTA—A judge on Tuesday will hear arguments over whether to publicly release the findings of a special grand jury that investigated former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia. The hearing, scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. ET, could shed light on the status of the most serious investigation by a state-level prosecutor into Mr. Trump’s postelection conduct.
President Trump rallied supporters at a campaign event in Rome, Ga., in November 2020. ATLANTA—A judge on Tuesday will hear arguments over whether to publicly release the findings of a special grand jury that investigated former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia. The hearing, scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. ET, could shed light on the status of the most serious investigation by a state-level prosecutor into Mr. Trump’s postelection conduct.
A polling place last year in Georgia, where runoffs are triggered if no candidate in a general-election race secures more than 50% of the vote. ATLANTA—Several groups across the political spectrum have pressed the Georgia legislature to consider eliminating the state’s general-election runoffs, after second rounds of voting in three Senate races that critics say were costly for local governments and exhausting for voters in recent years. Leaders in the GOP-dominated statehouse say they have little interest in significant changes—for now.
A faction of House Republicans who have spent days blocking Rep. Kevin McCarthy from gaining the speaker’s gavel is facing intense arm-twisting in Washington from their own party, but its members are unlikely to encounter much pressure back home, local GOP leaders in some of their conservative-leaning districts said. McCarthy’s opponents—about 20 House members—exposed divisions in the GOP between mainstream leaders seeking to gain the reins of power in Washington and those in the party who want power to be less concentrated. The holdouts have made various demands related to committee assignments, chamber rules and desired issue votes. The House was slated to reconvene Thursday after Mr. McCarthy failed to secure the speakership in rounds of voting Tuesday and Wednesday.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with his wife, Casey, and their children during an inauguration ceremony in Tallahassee, Fla.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis , a potential leading Republican presidential contender in 2024, attacked what he called “faddish ideologies” and Washington’s “floundering federal establishment” in remarks Tuesday at the inauguration of his second term. Mr. DeSantis, 44 years old, said the state’s law-and-order agenda and its rejection of severe restrictions during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic had motivated people from other states to move to Florida in recent years. In December, the U.S. Census Bureau declared Florida—with 22.2 million residents—to be the nation’s fastest-growing state from 2021 to 2022.
ATLANTA—A criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump‘s efforts to overturn his election defeat in Georgia has produced a flurry of activity in the last month, with several high-profile witnesses appearing before a special grand jury that is now nearing its end, according to a person familiar with the matter. While the panel in Atlanta can’t issue indictments, the 23 citizens sitting on it are expected to write a report on their findings, which could include recommendations that indictments be brought. That process could extend into next year, the person said.
On the eve of Georgia’s senate runoff election, Sen. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, attended get-out-the-vote events in Atlanta, while Republican Herschel Walker attended suburban rallies. ATLANTA—Georgia voters head to the polls Tuesday in a runoff election that will determine whether incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock goes back to Washington or he is replaced by GOP challenger Herschel Walker . Mr. Warnock spent election eve holding various get-out-the-vote events with younger people in Democratic-leaning Atlanta, while Mr. Walker spent much of the day at rallies in Republican areas of the northern suburbs.
ATLANTA—Incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock won reelection in a Georgia runoff contest Tuesday, defeating GOP challenger Herschel Walker , who had been backed by former President Donald Trump. The Associated Press called the race for Mr. Warnock Tuesday night. With 96% of the vote counted, Mr. Warnock had 50.8% to 49.2% for Mr. Walker.
ATLANTA—Georgia voters headed to the polls in a runoff election that will determine whether incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock goes back to Washington or he is succeeded by GOP challenger Herschel Walker . Mr. Warnock spent election eve holding various get-out-the-vote events with younger people in Democratic-leaning Atlanta, while Mr. Walker spent much of the day at rallies in Republican areas of the northern suburbs.
ATLANTA–Well over 1 million people went to the polls Tuesday in a runoff to determine whether incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock goes back to Washington or is replaced by GOP challenger Herschel Walker , according to Georgia officials. Most polls closed at 7 p.m., and Tuesday’s voting went smoothly with few problems across the state, according to Gabriel Sterling , chief operating officer of the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, which oversees elections. Election day followed record-breaking early voting in the runoff in which about 1.85 million in-person and mail-in votes had been tallied by Dec. 2, the last day of early voting.
ATLANTA—Georgia’s closely watched Senate race between incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker will be decided in Tuesday’s runoff election, as voters exhausted by nonstop advertising and urgent appeals to go back to the polls settle the last of the 2022 Senate midterm elections. Even before the runoff, the race was one of the most expensive in congressional history. As of Friday night, the last day of early voting, 1.85 million Georgia residents had cast their ballots early in-person or by mail, about 26% of the state’s active voters, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, which oversees elections.
ATLANTA—Georgia voters have suffered through an extra dose of political ads because of Tuesday’s U.S. Senate runoff, and their pain has meant extra profit for WSB-TV, the station that has seen more money pass through it in 2022 than any other in the nation. More than $86 million in political advertising flowed into the ABC affiliate so far this year, according to data from the ad tracker AdImpact. It is a windfall generated by a confluence of high-profile races for governor and U.S. Senate, including the bonus of the runoff between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker . “Not only did they have multiple competitive races, but then they got a whole extra bite at the apple” with the runoff race, said Ken Goldstein , a polling and political analyst who has done academic research on campaign advertising.
Early voting this week at Atlanta’s Metropolitan Library. Under Georgia law, a runoff was triggered for the U.S. Senate after neither candidate won more than 50% of the vote. Gary Esslinger, 54 years old and from Covington, Ga., tried to vote Tuesday but the line was long. Mr. Esslinger instead came back early Wednesday during a heavy rain and was able to vote quickly. He voted for Mr. Walker, but he said he was tired of all the campaigning.
Severe storms spawning tornadoes, hail and high winds swept across the South Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning, killing at least two people in Alabama, state officials said. A 39-year-old mother and her 8-year-old son died around 3:30 a.m., Wednesday when their home was struck by severe weather, likely a tornado, said Capt. Joshua Douglass Sr. with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. The boy’s father, 51, was injured and is being treated at a nearby hospital, Capt. Douglass said.
Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday was re-elected by about 300,000 votes out of 3.9 million cast, a larger margin than in his previous win. ATLANTA—Georgia Republican Gov. Mr. Kemp defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams by a larger margin than in their first contest in 2018. In May, Mr. Kemp trounced a Trump-backed challenger, former Sen. David Perdue , in a primary vote.
Georgia’s closely watched Senate race between incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker is headed to a Dec. 6 runoff, according to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger , who oversees elections. “I will ask the voters to come out and vote one last time,” Mr. Raffensperger said Wednesday. He said his office had already begun the work of building ballots and counties had already started making preparations for more voting.
ATLANTA—Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger, Herschel Walker , are headed to a runoff election in December, sending Georgia voters back to the polls in a high-stakes Senate showdown for the second time in two years. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger Wednesday said neither candidate will notch the required 50% support under state law, largely because of the presence of Chase Oliver, a Libertarian Party candidate, on the ballot. Mr. Oliver received enough votes to prevent one of the major-party candidates from winning outright.
ATLANTA—To win a single Senate seat, Republicans and Democrats have spent the equivalent of $30.83 on every one of the 7.8 million eligible voters in Georgia. That comes to somewhere north of $241 million and counting. For all the money spent, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and his Republican opponent, Herschel Walker , a former All-Pro running back for the Dallas Cowboys, remain virtually deadlocked, many polls show. A few have shown Mr. Warnock gaining momentum in recent days.
JACKSON, Miss.—As state and local officials in Mississippi’s capital continue fighting over responsibility for the breakdown that recently left most of the city without clean drinking water, tensions are rising over how to address rampant violent crime. Mississippi officials are planning to more than double the size of the police force that protects the Capitol and state office buildings to 170 officers by the end of next year. They gave the police force power to patrol a larger area of Jackson, which has one of the highest per capita homicide rates in the U.S. The Jackson Police Department, which has about 250 officers, will continue to oversee the remaining 92% of the city.
A judge has ordered Mark Meadows , former President Donald Trump’s final chief of staff, to testify before a special grand jury in Atlanta investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, a spokesman for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said. A state court judge in Pickens County, S.C., ruled that Mr. Meadows is a necessary witness in the investigation, rejecting arguments by the former Trump adviser that he isn’t required under South Carolina law to testify.
VICKSBURG, Miss.—Sections of the Mississippi River are approaching low water levels not seen in more than three decades, disrupting a vital supply lane for agriculture, oil and building materials and threatening businesses including barge and towboat operators, farmers and factories. The low water, caused by a lack of rain in the Ohio River Valley and the Upper Mississippi, has halted commercial traffic and river boat cruises at numerous spots below Illinois. Prices to ship goods have more than doubled in a matter of weeks. Barges are grounding on sandbars in unprecedented numbers and many ports and docks no longer have water deep enough for commercial boats to safely reach them.
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