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Judge temporarily closes medical sterilization plant in Newton County

A Newton County judge issued an order temporarily closing the Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) medical sterilization plant in Covington.

Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton issued the order Monday, a week after EPD Director Rick Dunn filed a complaint against the company. The plant will be required to install enhanced pollution controls, undergo air testing and file mandatory reports with the court.

“This agreement allows for cleaner operations and improved, long-term accountability at BD's medical sterilization facilities in Covington and Madison,” said Governor Brian P. Kemp in a statement.

Two companies announce plans to locate in Georgia

Two companies have announced plans to add jobs to Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Alfrex, a fire-proof exterior panel manufacturer, will move its North American headquarters to Hall County and invest $6.2 million. Thirty jobs will be added in the Buford area. The company is a subsidiary of Unience, a Korean manufacturer.

Canadian company Rangle will bring 30 jobs to Fulton County. Rangle is a software company with another location in Amsterdam.

Georgia may remove 4 percent of voters from rolls

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office is expected to remove about 4 percent of Georgia voters who haven’t cast a ballot in the past seven years, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The purge will affect about 330,000 voters who will be notified before they are removed from the list.

The move is opposed by voter right’s group Fair Fight Action.

“Fair Fight Action is tracking and analyzing Secretary of State purge data and is currently engaged in litigation that concerns this very issue,” the group said in a statement on its website. “We will conduct our own efforts to notify these voters, including volunteer phone banks.”