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

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ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia’s state election board has referred problems in the state’s most populous county during the June primary to the attorney general’s office for further review. The referral was decided Thursday by a 2-1 vote of the board after a presentation of an investigation by the secretary of state’s office into problems in Fulton County during the June 9 primary. The allegations include polling places opening late, inadequate training of poll workers and failing to provide necessary Election Day forms to polling places. An attorney for the county acknowledged problems but said the county had taken substantive steps to ensure they aren’t repeated.


CUMMING, Ga. (AP) – Several Black Lives Matter protesters disrupted a campaign event with Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas. Thursday’s event in the northern Atlanta suburb of Forsyth County was part of a campaign swing by Loeffler through north Georgia. Loeffler was appointed to the post by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. She is seeking election this year. About 60 people attended the Thursday event where two Black women questioned Loeffler’s stance and began chanting, “Black lives matter.” They were accompanied by two other protesters.


SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) – A longtime pastor with metro Atlanta churches was sentenced to five years in prison and another 15 years of probation on child molestation charges. On Thursday, the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office said 81-year-old Benjamin August Harter pleaded guilty to three counts of child molestation last month. Harter was arrested Aug. 30, 2019, five days after the Forsyth sheriff’s office learned of the molestation accusations. Harter must register as a sex offender when he is released from prison. Harter served as pastor at Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church in Sandy Springs, beginning in 2014. He was also the pastor at Bethany Primitive Baptist Church for nearly three decades beginning in November 1971.


VIENNA, Ga. (AP) – A 58-year-old man has died in an industrial accident at a Georgia poultry processing plant. Dooly County Coroner Ricky Hudson says the maintenance worker was killed at the loading dock of the Tyson Foods plant in Vienna on Thursday afternoon. The employee was pronounced dead at the scene. He wasn’t immediately identified. Hudson didn’t release any further details about the accident. Tyson Foods said in a statement that company officials, local authorities and the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration are investigating. Vienna is about 55 miles south of Macon.

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