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New driver's license being rolled out in Georgia
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New driver's license being rolled out in Georgia

New driver's license being rolled out in Georgia
the old license on top vs. the new one

New driver's license being rolled out in Georgia

Have you gotten your driver’s license renewed lately? If so, you’ve likely noticed some changes.

The Georgia Department of Driver Services is rolling out the new licenses in parts of the state including its location in Canton which was part of the pilot project.

“It’s a polycarbonate card and it’s one of the most secure cards we’ve ever had here in Georgia,” says Shevanda Leslie, director of Governmental Affairs and Communications.

The new card is green with a larger peach, has laser-printed engraving which can be felt by running your finger across it, and includes a hologram in the lower right corner. The license holder’s picture has also changed.

“The picture is now black and white instead of color. It’s just a more secure feature and it’s harder for criminals to try and duplicate,” she tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.

When drivers go in to get their license for the first time or get it renewed, they will now receive a full sheet of paper containing their information and picture. Their new license will then be sent in the mail.

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New driver's license being rolled out in Georgia

Terry Holzclaw, of Canton, didn’t know about the new license until he went to get his renewed. But he likes the copy of a new one he was shown.

“It looks more difficult (to duplicate)—so many different features to it that are not on the other one,” he says. 

Leslie says various DDS locations began rolling out the new license last month and all should have them by next month.

But there’s no need to run out and get a new one just yet.

“What they have in their wallet right now is sufficient. Your license is good until it expires,” she says.

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  • Wednesday is the day that vacationers may find out the status of their travel plans as Walt Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando officials presented their reopening plans to Orange County’s Economic Recovery Task Force after COVID-19 forced the closings of the theme parks in March. Update 11:53 a.m. EDT, May 27: Disney guests, along with employees, will be required to wear facemasks, have their temperatures checked and will see a reduction of capacity at the theme parks with signs encouraging the practice of social distancing. Update 11:33 a.m. EDT, May 27: The Orange County Reopening Task Force has approved the plans for both SeaWorld and Walt Disney World. Next the plans go to Mayor Jerry Demings and then Gov. Ron DeSantis. Update 11:05 a.m. EDT, May 27: Walt Disney World will reopen in two waves. Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will reopen on July 11. EPCOT and Hollywood Studios will open on July 15. Update 10:54 a.m. EDT, May 27: SeaWorld Orlando is looking to reopen on June 11. Employees will be required to wear face coverings as will guests ages two and up. The park will be marked in such a way to promote social distancing. Guests and employees will have to undergo temperature screenings. Original report: WFTV reported the presentation would be done virtually Wednesday morning. The presentation will include when the parks can reopen. The plans must be endorsed by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and approved by Gov. Ron DeSantis, WFTV reported. Last week the shopping and entertainment complex Disney Springs held its first phase of reopening with selected stores and restaurants that were shut since mid-March. Visitors are required to undergo temperature screenings, wear masks and abide by social distancing, park officials said in advance of Disney Springs reopening. Walt Disney World employs about 77,000 workers and is the biggest employer in central Florida, The Associated Press reported. Universal Orlando unveiled its plans to reopen last week, hoping to open the gates to visitors on June 5, the AP reported. Legoland Florida will reopen June 1. As for the West Coast, Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain and SeaWorld San Diego, can reopen in California’s phase 3, The Orange County Register reported. Kate Folmar, California’s Health and Human Services Agency spokesperson, said they could reopen in stage 3 if the rate of the spread of the coronavirus and hospitalizations remain stable. Gov. Gavin Newsom said the third stage of reopening California could come within weeks, the Register reported.
  • A Tennessee couple faces multiple charges involving the abuse of their four children after the skeletal remains of one child were found buried in their backyard over the weekend. Another child, a boy of about 15 years, was found confined to the home’s basement, where authorities believe he had been kept for years as punishment for taking food from the pantry and refrigerator, according to court documents obtained by the Knoxville News Sentinel. Michael Anthony Gray Sr., 63, of Ten Mile, is charged with abuse of a corpse, two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated child abuse and three counts of aggravated child neglect, according to Russell Johnson, district attorney general for the Ninth Judicial District. Gray’s wife, Shirley Ann Gray, 60, faces all the same charges. Each of the defendants is being held in the Roane County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond. The kidnapping and child abuse charges are related to two of the children and the child neglect charges are in connection with those two children, as well as a third child, Johnson said Tuesday outside the courthouse. The abuse of a corpse charge stems from the discovery early Saturday morning of bones believed to belong to the couple’s fourth child, a daughter. Her remains were found in a barn behind the family’s rural home. “Obviously, that begs the question about additional charges relative to how that child died, and who’s responsible, and how, for that child’s death,” Johnson said. Listen to prosecutor Russell Johnson speak about the case below, courtesy of WATE.  Johnson said investigators are awaiting tests on the girl’s remains to determine how and when she died. Authorities said none of the children are the Grays’ biological children, but they are the children’s legal guardians. Their exact relationship is not clear. Editor’s note: The following story contains graphic details of child abuse.  The News Sentinel reported that authorities first became aware of the situation Friday when passersby spotted one of the couple’s children walking alone on a road near the family’s home. When Roane County Sheriff’s Office investigators and Department of Children’s Services caseworkers went to the home to investigate further, they found the 15-year-old boy locked inside the basement. See a news report on the case by WBIR below.  The basement was partially flooded, had no electricity or running water and was filled with garbage and mold, the newspaper reported. The warrants, read aloud in court Tuesday, indicated the boy was forced to use a bucket to relieve himself. He had been confined to a room in the basement since the summer of 2016, shortly after the family moved to Tennessee from Meridian, Mississippi, according to the warrants. Investigators allege that the boy’s 10-year-old sister was also confined to the basement room in 2017 for stealing food. She was fed nothing but bread and water and died a few months later, according to the court documents. “She was buried just outside the door in a pole barn with the goats, chickens and the pigs,” the judge read in court. Michael Gray admitted to burying the girl, authorities said. Listen to a portion of Tuesday’s court hearing below, courtesy of WBIR. The arrest warrants allege that none of the children, who were reportedly home-schooled, had been to a doctor in more than six years, the News Sentinel reported. The couple admitted that all four had been diagnosed with “failure to thrive” the last time they had a checkup. The surviving children’s growth appears to have been stunted due to malnutrition. Despite Shirley Gray’s claims of home-schooling the children, their education was obviously lacking, the warrants allege. “(Two of the children) appear to have no formal education and were, in fact, amazed by what a refrigerator does when they observed one in their foster home,” the warrants say, according to the News Sentinel.
  • A roll-on product used to relieve pain has been recalled because it failed to meet child-resistant packaging rules. causing concerns about poisoning of children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday in a news release. Sanvall Enterprises, based in Doral, Florida, recalled its Rapid Alivio Pain Relieving Roll-On, which was packaged in a 3-fluid ounce white plastic bottle with a white cap and a red, white and blue label, the CPSC said. 'Rapid Alivio,” “Maximum Strength Pain Relieving Liquid” and “Para Dolor Muscular” are printed on the label. The lot numbers 18032201, 18032301, 19040501, or 19052801 are printed on the bottom of the bottle, and the UPC code 605100014225 is printed on the side of the label. The product contains methyl salicylate and must be in child-resistant packaging as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act, the CPSC said in its release. However, the CPSC said the packaging was not child-resistant, posing a risk of poisoning if the contents are swallowed by young children. The CPSC said the recall involves 5,400 units, which were sold between August 2016 and June 2019. The products were sold at Navarro Discount Pharmacy and Walmart stores in South Florida, the CPSC said. Consumers should immediately store the roll-on in a safe location and out of reach of children and contact Sanvall Enterprises for a full refund, the CPSC said. Consumers with questions can call Sanvall Enterprises collect at 305-887-1090 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. They also can email the company at SanarNaturals@Sanvall.com and in the body of the email provide a name, address, and photo of the product or online at www.Sanvall.com and click on “Recall -- Important Safety Information -- Rapid Alivio Roll-On” for more information.
  • More than 5.6 million people worldwide – including more than 1.6 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun to shift their focus toward reopening their economies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the U.S. here. Live updates for Wednesday, May 27, continue below:  Washington DC to begin first phase of reopening Friday Update 11:45 a.m. EDT May 27: Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C. announced Wednesday that this week the District will begin its first phase of reopening businesses shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic. Bowser said her previously issued stay-at-home order will be lifted Friday, though she noted that 'the virus is still around us.' “The public health emergency will continue and gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited despite lifting the stay-at-home order this Friday,” she said in a post on Twitter. Beginning Friday, businesses deemed nonessential will be allowed to reopen for curbside, front-door or delivery service, Bowser said. Barbershops and hair salons will be required to operate on a by-appointment basis with customers sitting no less than 6 feet apart from one another. The announcement came after Bowser said health officials had noted a 14-day decrease in the community spread of the virus. Earlier Wednesday, Bowser said health officials in the District have confirmed 8,406 cases of COVID-19 so far. At least 445 people have died in the District of coronavirus infections. 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Officials said that as of 5 p.m. local time Tuesday, the most recent date for which data was available, 37,460 people had died nationwide of COVID-19. 72 new cases of COVID-19 reported in DC Update 10:30 a.m. EDT May 27: Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C. said Wednesday that 72 new coronavirus infections have been reported in the area, raising the total number of cases in the area to 8,406. Bowser also announced five more people between the ages of 55 and 75 had died of COVID-19 in Washington D.C., bringing the total number of deaths in the District to 445. Wall Street opens higher on economic stimulus hopes Update 9:50 a.m. EDT May 27: Stocks opened higher Wednesday on Wall Street, led by financial stocks. Global stock markets rose after the European Union proposed more economic stimulus. European markets rose Wednesday after the EU commission proposed a new 750 billion-euro ($825 billion) package of financial aid meant to help the region’s economy recover from what is already considered the deepest recession in living memory. Benchmarks in Shanghai and Hong Kong, however, retreated after the White House said a proposed national security law might jeopardize the Chinese territory’s status as a global financial center. Fauci says he wears a face covering to protect self, others and set an example Update 9:45 a.m. EDT May 27: The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Wednesday that he’s been wearing a face covering anytime he’s outside to protect himself and others and to set an example. “I do it when I’m in public for the reasons that ... I want to protect myself and protect others and also because I want to make it be a symbol for people to see that that’s the kind of thing that we should be doing,” Fauci said during an interview on CNN. Fauci noted that masks are “not 100% effective” at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus, however, he said “It’s sort of (like showing) respect for another person and (having) that other person respect you.” “You wear a mask, they wear a mask -- you protect each other,”he said. National Women’s Soccer League to resume play in June Update 8:55 a.m. EDT May 27: Officials with the National Women’s Soccer League announced Wednesday that the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup will begin next month, marking a return to play for the league’s nine teams. The 25-game tournament will kick off June 27 at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. Officials said the games will be played without spectators. “As our country begins to safely reopen and adjust to our collective new reality, and with the enthusiastic support of our players, owners, as well as our new and current commercial partners, the NWSL is thrilled to bring professional soccer back to the United States,” NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird said in a statement. Officials said the tournament in June will be the league’s first competition since the 2019 NWSL Championship, in which the North Carolina Courage defeated the Chicago Red Stars to be named champions for the second consecutive year. Global deaths near 351K, total cases soar past 5.6M Update 7:47 a.m. EDT May 27: The global death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus reached 350,876 early Wednesday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. In the four months since the virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, it has infected at least 5,614,458 people worldwide. Meanwhile, 13 nations now have total infection counts higher than China’s 84,103.  The 10 nations with the highest number of infections recorded to date are as follows: • The United States has reported 1,681,418 cases, resulting in 98,929 deaths. • Brazil has recorded 391,222 cases, resulting in 24,512 deaths. • Russia has confirmed 370,680 cases, resulting in 3,968 deaths. • The United Kingdom has reported 266,599 cases, resulting in 37,130 deaths. • Spain has confirmed 236,259 cases, resulting in 27,117 deaths. • Italy has reported 230,555 cases, resulting in 32,955 deaths. • France has confirmed 182,847 cases, resulting in 28,533 deaths. • Germany has reported 181,293 cases, resulting in 8,386 deaths. • Turkey has recorded 158,762 cases, resulting in 4,397 deaths • India has recorded 151,876 cases, resulting in 4,346 deaths. Google plans to reopen some offices in July as coronavirus fears linger Update 7:29 a.m. EDT May 27: Specifics were sparse, but Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees Tuesday that the company plans to reopen “more buildings in more cities” starting July 6, CNN reported. Employees at the unspecified locations will return, but only about 10% building occupancy will be allowed in the beginning, ramping up to 30% capacity by September, the network reported. “We’ll have rigorous health and safety measures in place to ensure social distancing and sanitization guidelines are followed, so the office will look and feel different than when you left” Pichai wrote in a blog post, adding, “Our goal is to be fair in the way we allocate time in the office, while limiting the number of people who come in, consistent with safety protocols.' New CDC guidance reveals COVID-19 antibody tests fail about half the time Update 7:02 a.m. EDT May 27: Antibody tests intended to detect if subjects have been infected previously with the novel coronavirus might provide accurate results only half the time, according to the latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. According to the new intelligence, “Antibodies in some persons can be detected within the first week of illness onset,” but the results are not consistently accurate enough to base important policy decisions on their outcomes. “(Antibody) test results should not be used to make decisions about grouping persons residing in or being admitted to congregate settings, such as schools, dormitories, or correctional facilities ... (Antibody) test results should not be used to make decisions about returning persons to the workplace,” the CDC warned. Lawmakers urge suspension of Trump’s July 4 military parade amid pandemic Update 6:09 a.m. EDT May 27: Calling the scheduled event a “vanity project,” members of Congress representing the capital region petitioned the defense and interior departments Tuesday to suspend plans for U.S. President Donald Trump’s second annual July 4 military parade, The Washington Post reported. Muriel E. Bowser, mayor of the District of Columbia, is preparing to reopen portions of the nation’s capital, while both Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan have already relaxed some social distancing policies, yet stay-at-home orders remain in place in all three areas. “Given the current COVID-19 crisis, we believe such an event would needlessly risk the health and safety of thousands of Americans,' they wrote in the letter to the department chiefs. “Further, this event would come at the cost of millions of taxpayer dollars while we are facing an unprecedented economic downturn due to the pandemic.” Read the lawmakers’ complete letter to the defense and interior departments. “The American people have shown tremendous courage and spirit in the fight against this global pandemic just as our forefathers did in the fight to secure our independence, and both deserve celebration on America’s birthday this year,” White House spokesman Judd Deere wrote in an email to the Post. Worldwide coronavirus deaths top 350K Update 4:46 a.m. EDT May 27: The global death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus reached 350,752 early Wednesday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. The United States – with nearly 1.7 million cases, resulting in 98,929 deaths to date – remains the nation with the highest number of infections and virus-related deaths. Brazil now reports the second-highest number of cases worldwide with 391,222, while the United Kingdom’s 37,130 virus-related deaths rank as second highest globally. Trump gives NC governor 1 week to decide if RNC stays in Charlotte amid coronavirus concerns Update 3:27 a.m. EDT May 27: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday dismissed President Donald Trump’s tweets threatening to move the Republican National Convention from Charlotte. “I’m not surprised by anything I see on Twitter,” Cooper said. “It’s OK for political conventions to be political, but pandemic response cannot be.” According to WSOC-TV, the governor said state health officials will continue to work with convention organizers to draft guidelines that will ensure the event can be conducted safely during the coronavirus pandemic. In a series of tweets Monday morning, the president threatened to pull the event out of North Carolina if Cooper doesn’t immediately sign off on allowing a full-capacity gathering in August, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Coronavirus has infected more than 62K US health care workers, CDC reports Update 2:10 a.m. EDT May 27: An estimated 62,344 health care professionals in the United States have contracted the novel coronavirus to date, resulting in at least 291 deaths, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed. The latest figures represent a nearly seven-fold increase in less than six weeks. According to CNN, the CDC last highlighted the number of cases among health care workers April 15, revealing a total of 9,282 cases at that time. US coronavirus cases approach 1.7M, deaths near 99K Update 12:40 a.m. EDT May 27: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States surged toward 1.7 million early Wednesday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,681,212 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 98,916 deaths.  The hardest-hit states remain New York with 363,836 cases and 29,302 deaths and New Jersey with 155,764 cases and 11,194 deaths. Massachusetts, with 93,693 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 6,473, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 113,195. Only 16 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 6,000 cases each. Five other states have now confirmed at least 52,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • California: 99,684 cases, resulting in 3,823 deaths • Pennsylvania: 72,778 cases, resulting in 5,163 deaths • Texas: 57,230 cases, resulting in 1,546 deaths • Michigan: 55,104 cases, resulting in 5,266 deaths • Florida: 52,255 cases, resulting in 2,259 deaths Meanwhile, Maryland, Georgia and Connecticut each has confirmed at least 41,000 cases; Virginia, Louisiana, Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 32,000 cases; Colorado, North Carolina, Minnesota, Tennessee and Washington each has confirmed at least 20,000 cases, followed by Iowa with 17,703 and Arizona with 16,864; Wisconsin and Alabama each has confirmed at least 15,000 cases, followed by Rhode Island with 14,210 and Mississippi with 13,731; Nebraska and Missouri each has confirmed at least 12,000 cases, followed by South Carolina with 10,416; Kansas and Delaware each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; Kentucky, Utah, the District of Columbia and Nevada each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases, followed by New Mexico with 7,130; Arkansas and Oklahoma each has confirmed at least 6,000 cases. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • An Oregon woman decided to sew some face coverings for her fellow employees. When they gave her money for them, she decided to play a Keno-8 spot ticket. Lorna Hewitt has never been so lucky. She won $126,784.70 in the Oregon Lottery game and claimed her prize Tuesday, lottery officials said in a news release. The winnings came at a good time for Hewitt, who was working part time at a grocery store in Sisters after being laid off from her job as a waitress because of the coronavirus pandemic. “I don’t play a lot, but thought I was doing something to help, maybe I would win,” Hewitt, of Sisters, told lottery officials. After taking a job at the grocery store, Hewitt said she got the idea to make masks. Her coworkers liked the idea. “They liked them so much, they started giving me some money for them,” Hewitt said. “So, I started selling them, because my boss couldn’t order any more, there was a shortage.” So, she made the masks and then made a small investment in the Keno 8-spot game. But when she won, Hewitt said she felt a little guilty. “I was making the masks with fabric I already had, and I just happen to get in at a good time,” Hewitt told lottery officials. After claiming her cash prize, Hewitt went to a fabric store in Salem to buy supplies for more masks. “My masks are popular, and I want to keep making them – and maybe some other things,” Hewitt said.