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

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OCILLA, Ga. (AP) – A nurse at an immigration detention center in Georgia says authorities performed questionable hysterectomies, refused to test detainees for COVID-19 and shredded medical records. Advocacy group Project South has filed a complaint with the Homeland Security Department’s internal watchdog that relies heavily on the nurse’s words. Dawn Wooten calls a gynecologist who works outside the facility “the uterus collector.” She says she saw a sick-call nurse shred a box of detainee complaints without looking at them. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it will defer to the Homeland Security inspector general.


STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) – An activist group has presented its plans for changes to Confederate imagery at Georgia’s popular Stone Mountain Park, including a suggestion that it stop maintaining a colossal sculpture of Confederate leaders. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that members of the Stone Mountain Action Coalition spoke Monday at a meeting with board members of the association responsible for the park. The coalition is also proposing that officials remove the Confederate flags at the base of the mountain and change the names of streets and other park features with Confederate affiliations. But the proposal faces an uphill battle.


WAVELAND, Miss. (AP) – Hurricane Sally is crawling toward the northern Gulf Coast at just 2 mph, a pace that’s enabling the storm to gather huge amounts of water to eventually dump on land. Forecasters now expect landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday near the Alabama-Mississippi state line. Rain from the storm’s outer bands is already pummeling parts of the Florida Panhandle, where Gov. Ron DeSantis declared an emergency. President Donald Trump has declared an emergency for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Sally has sustained winds of 85 mph, which forecasters expect it to maintain until it hits land.


CANTON, Ga. (AP) – A suspect in Georgia left his good luck behind when he abandoned a winning lottery ticket while fleeing sheriff’s deputies. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office says the man had a Georgia Lottery scratch game card worth $100 when he ran away during a traffic stop on Interstate 75 on Monday. Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Jay Baker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the man, who was not identified, was later taken into custody. The lottery ticket was in a backpack that also had methamphetamine.

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