Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m.

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Isaias is forecast to return to hurricane strength early as it approaches the Carolinas, where residents are being warned to brace for flooding rains and storm surge. Isaias remained a tropical storm with winds of 70 mph on Monday morning, where the storm remained more than 200 miles south-southwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Conditions in Myrtle Beach were overcast but calm Monday morning as people strolled the shoreline. In North Carolina, officials were wrapping up evacuations of Ocracoke Island, which took a beating from Hurricane Dorian last year. The National Hurricane Service said Monday morning that the storm is growing stronger again as it moves toward the Carolinas with maximum sustained winds around 70 mph.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska telecommunications company has completed a deal to sell its Anchorage TV station to a Georgia company that already owns an Anchorage channel and will now control the state’s two leading broadcast news stations. The Anchorage Daily News reports that GCI Inc. and Atlanta-based Gray Television Inc. announced the agreement for Gray to purchase most assets of Anchorage CBS station KTVA. Gray Television already owns KTUU, the NBC-affiliated TV station in Anchorage. The Federal Communications Commission allowed the sale because KTVA was financially struggling and GCI could not find another buyer. Gray operates TV stations and digital properties in more than 90 television markets.


BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (AP) – U.S. marshals are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man accused of killing two people outside a Connecticut bar as authorities search for him in the Northeast and South. Marshals are looking for Russell Smith, of Windsor, Connecticut, who police say is wanted in the fatal shootings of brothers Aaron Walker and Franklin Spencer in Bloomfield on Feb. 22. Officials say Smith has been known to visit people in New England, New York, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Marshals Service says Smith should be considered armed and dangerous.


DALLAS, Ga. (AP) – Parents in some states are getting their first look at a new school year as the coronavirus continues to cause upheaval in school systems around the country. Parents in Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee are among those who will be the first to navigate the new academic year as schools open up in parts of those states this week. Many school districts had offered parents a choice of at least some in-person classes or remote instruction. But an uptick in COVID-19 cases in many states has prompted school districts to scrap in-person classes at least for the start of the school year, including Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington.

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