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Georgia Gas Prices Surge After Fuel Tax is Reinstated


Georgia’s pump prices are on the rise following the return of the state’s fuel tax. Governor Brian Kemp had initially suspended the tax in September through an executive order, citing elevated gas prices as an emergency for residents of Georgia. Governor Kemp’s decision to suspend the fuel tax resulted in a monthly loss exceeding $150 million for the state’s road construction and maintenance projects, which are typically funded by the fuel tax. As of Dec. 6, the statewide average price of gas is $3.07 per gallon, which is 28 cents higher than last week and 17 cents higher than last month. 

Drivers in the Atlanta metro area are currently paying $3.13 per gallon, marking a 31-cent increase from last week and a 17-cent jump from last month. In Gwinnett County, residents have seen fuel costs climb to $3.09 per gallon.

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Georgia Supreme Court justices appear skeptical of Athens DA’s claim of open records exemption

In an upcoming ruling, Georgia’s Supreme Court will weigh in on a claim brought by Athens-Clarke District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez, arguing that top prosecutors are exempt from the state’s open records laws. The case involves assertions that the trial court overlooked a constitutional provision in denying Gonzalez’s motion to dismiss an open records complaint, mirroring similar immunity arguments made by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a separate case related to the 2020 presidential election interference.

CNN sets first Biden-Trump presidential debate for June 27 in Atlanta

CNN announced today that it will host a debate between President Joe Biden and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the network’s Atlanta studios on June 27, with no audience present. Both candidates have agreed to participate, marking a pivotal moment in the lead-up to the November election as they engage in direct exchanges over key issues.

Georgia public colleges to expand admissions testing requirements for fall 2026

Georgia colleges are reverting to requiring standardized test scores for all new applicants, signaling a shift from pandemic-era policies. Beginning in fall 2026, institutions including Augusta University, The University of Georgia, and Georgia Tech will mandate SAT or ACT scores, a decision unanimously approved by the Georgia Board of Regents.