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Dickens Moves Forward With Plans to Turn City Jail Into Diversion Center

Your AM Rundown: Plus, Bowen Homes redevelopment gets delayed, and Uncle Arthur talks lack of Black coaches in the NFL

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To develop the Center for Diversion and Services, Mayor Andre Dickens put forth two important legislative items. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
  • Mayor Andre Dickens is moving forward with plans to convert the city jail into the Center for Diversion and Services. The 24-hour facility will be designed to increase the range of options available to local law enforcement when responding to calls driven by mental health issues, substance abuse, and extreme poverty. “By developing the Center for Diversion and Services, we are providing one central location for coping and recovery resources for our most vulnerable residents,” Dickens said.
  • A Georgia Senate panel just approved legislation that would ban transgender public school students from competing in girls’ sports. SB 435 was approved in a 6-4 vote along party lines, which clears the way for it to reach the full Senate.
  • Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank says “we have failed” when it comes to the NFL’s teeny percentage of Black head coaches and questionable hiring practices. In other news, the Dirty Birds will be watching the Super Bowl from the couch just like the rest of us this Sunday.

ICYMI: Our friends at The Atlanta Voice made a list of all 15 coaches and players with Georgia connections at Super Bowl LVI.

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