ATLANTA (AP) - As cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, an enormous painting depicting the Battle of Atlanta from the American Civil War will soon reopen to the public. But historians say this painting _ one of the world's largest _ was never intended to celebrate the Confederacy. The painting goes on display Friday at the Atlanta History Center after a two-year restoration effort.

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia House committee has approved legislation that would move the state to new touchscreen voting machines that print a paper ballot, just hours after it was approved by a subcommittee. The fast moving legislation, approved Thursday, will go before the full House for a vote next. The bill was approved by a vote of 13 to 6 along party lines, with Republicans in support.

ATLANTA (AP) - Investigators say THC has been found in a food sample taken from an Atlanta-area middle school, where students were sent to the hospital on Valentine's Day. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Thursday that tests showed THC, the main psychoactive component in marijuana, was found in one of the samples that "has the appearance of cereal."

ATLANTA (AP) - Emory University in Atlanta says it's forming a commission to review racist photos that appear in past yearbooks. News outlets report the school announced the commission Wednesday after a review of decades-old yearbooks uncovered portrayals of blackface. University President Claire E. Sterk wrote in a letter to students that the photos are available online and are a permanent part of the university's record. Sterk says the commission will assess how the school depicted community differences.

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