Top of the morning! Welcome to Your AM Rundown, where you’ll get updates on local news to start the day. In 400 words or less, we will bring you up to speed on both top stories and other developments you might’ve missed. Here’s what to know for today:
- Want your voice to be heard in the conversation about how the city handles police reform and public safety? Now you can. The city is asking residents to fill out this survey so more can be learned about your experiences with APD and other departments. In the meantime, read up on reporter Donnell Suggs’ explainer on how to file a complaint against law enforcement.
- You know what? Let’s just leave the whole COVID-19 mask debate for the parents to decide. That’s exactly what Gov. Brian Kemp is aiming to do by pushing legislation that would allow parents to determine if students should wear masks in schools. Here’s what he had to say about it.
- In a big year for state elections, a potential delay for when Georgia primaries take place is on the table. Why? A federal judge suggested he might delay the state’s primary elections until June or July. That is, if he finds that the state’s redistricting efforts illegally worked to suppress Black voters.
- Remember that update we got from MARTA earlier this week about survey results tied to the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) over Light Rail Transit (LRT) in southwest Atlanta? Well, there was a town hall Tuesday night where residents met with city officials to discuss the survey results and things got heated, to say the least.
- The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall, once a retail staple in the metro area, has new owners and they have big plans in store. Located less than 10 miles from downtown, the development is big news for Black residents who represent over 70% of the population living within a five-mile radius of the mall. You can see the site plans and other pertinent information here.
ICYMI: Georgia native Elana Meyers Taylor is back. The Olympic bobsledder and three-time medalist was cleared for competition after starting the 2022 Winter Games in isolation due to testing positive for COVID-19. Taylor, who has used her voice to shed light on racism in the sport, gave fans an update via Twitter. Taylor’s quest for more medals resumes Saturday, Feb. 12, at 8:30 p.m. (EST) on NBC.
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