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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis Needs Security After Threats

Your AM Rundown: Plus, early voting for runoff elections kicks off.

Fulton County’s district attorney Fani Willis has led a racketeering indictment against rappers Young Thug and Gunna, and announced a special grand jury would look into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 presidential election results. (Ben Gray/Associated Press)

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Here’s what’s up in Atlanta today: 

  • Fani Willis, Fulton County’s district attorney, is concerned about her safety. Willis has reportedly increased security around her after receiving threats from supporters of former President Donald Trump as well as of Atlanta-based rappers Young Thug and Gunna. Recently, she led a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) indictment against the rappers and others connected to Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life record label. Also, earlier this year, she announced a special grand jury would look into Trump’s efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 presidential election results. An investigation into the threats is currently being carried out. 
  • Juneteenth is fast approaching, but not everywhere in metro Atlanta will be recognizing it. The federal and state holiday has not received any official recognition from cities such as Sandy Springs and Smyrna. Our political reporter Chauncey Alcorn explores why.
  • Some Black women across Clay, Randolph, and Terrell counties may soon be getting a financial boost. The In Her Hands initiative provides $850 every month for two years for Black women living at or below the poverty line in specific areas of Georgia. Last month it launched for women — and trans and nonbinary people — in Old Fourth Ward. Now applications from Black women residing in the three counties who were impacted by COVID-19 are being accepted
  • It’s hot hot y’all! The first heat wave of the year is here. Temperatures across Atlanta this week will consistently be in the 90s, but feel like it’s in the triple digits. Black people are disproportionately affected by extreme heat events, including heat-related deaths and illnesses, so it’s important to stay safe. Here are some tips to do just that. 

ICYMI: Those runoff elections we’ve been talking about? Early voting began Monday. Find out where you can cast your ballot here

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