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

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ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia’s highest court says parts of a lawsuit filed against a sperm bank can proceed. The state Supreme Court ruling came Monday in a lawsuit filed by Wendy and Janet Norman against Xytex Corporation. The lawsuit alleges that the sperm bank misrepresented its process for screening donors and provided incorrect medical and educational history of their donor. The justices said some parts of the lawsuit are barred by a previous Georgia Supreme Court ruling that doesn’t allow claims for “wrongful birth.” But it says other claims that don’t treat the birth of the couple’s child as an injury can proceed.


MACON, Ga. (AP) – Federal authorities say a former University of Georgia student who ran a Ponzi scheme and defrauded more than 100 investors has been sentenced to five years in prison. U.S. Attorney Charlie Peeler, in a news release, said U.S. District Judge C. Ashley Royal sentenced 23-year-old Syed Arham Arbab, of Atlanta, on Friday. Arbab was also ordered to pay $509,000 in restitution to his 117 victims. Arbab pleaded guilty in October 2019 to a one-count bill of information charging him with securities fraud.


ATLANTA (AP) – Georgians who choose to vote by mail are getting another way to keep track of their ballot throughout the process. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that BallotTrax is a service launched in Georgia on Friday. It will allow voters to receive text messages, phone calls or emails about the progress of their absentee ballot. Notifications from BallotTrax will provide the same information already available on Georgia’s My Voter Page but in an alert. Voters can be notified when ballots are issued, received, accepted and even if they’ve been rejected. BallotTrax is a division of a software development company based in Denver.


(AP) – A Congressional delegation has visited a detention facility in rural Georgia and said the conditions and the treatment of the women held there is even worse than has been reported previously. Several members of Congress visited the Irwin County Detention Center. They called Saturday for it to be shut down pending an investigation, adding they heard horrific stories about women being forced to undergo unnecessary gynecological procedures with dirty equipment that left them with serious infections. They also were told of allegations the staff at the detention center do not take even the most basic precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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