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MARTA Begins Nationwide Search for New CEO

Your AM Rundown: Plus, the voter registration deadline for the May 24 primary is approaching!

MARTA transit station
A MARTA transit station is seen in Atlanta in this 2013 photo. (Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

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Here is Your AM Rundown, with news updates in 400 words or less. Get caught up on headlines and other developments you might’ve missed. 

Here’s what to know for today: 

  • MARTA is looking for a new chief executive, and hired a recruiting company to help make it happen. The board of directors voted in favor of paying about $250,000 to Krauthamer & Associates to replace former CEO Jeffery Parker, who died in January. The metro transit agency says there is no timetable for the nationwide search.
  • Last week, Gov. Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 319– — the “Constitutional Carry Act” — into law. Now, Georgia’s Black civil rights community is reacting to the “travesty” that they say will disproportionately impact communities of color. Read our story here.
  • To stay up-to-date on developments from City Hall to the Capitol, check out the Political Reporter’s Notebook from Capital B Atlanta’s state and local politics reporter Chauncey Alcorn.
  • There is a new top cop in town for Avondale Estates residents. Harry Hess will take over as chief of police on April 26. Lynn Thomas, the city’s last police chief, retired following the department’s failed attempt for accreditation last September.

ICYMI: Know your status! The deadline to register to vote in time for the May 24 primary election is exactly one week away on April 25. Have questions? Our explainer breaks down everything Black voters need to know ahead of the 2022 midterm election season.

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