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The Atlanta Braves hosted fans at Truist Park Friday night for the first time since 2019.

Truist Park on Friday night.

Last year, MLB teams played a shortened season in front of empty seats as the world responded to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, fans are gradually being welcomed back into stadiums across the professional sports leagues in the country.

This return comes as Georgia’s coronavirus cases continue to decline and vaccinations increase. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 20% of Americans are now fully vaccinated.

But it has not been a complete return to normalcy. At the stadium, reminders of the…

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is unlikely to see a restoration of the $91 million cut from its budget in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic last year.

The department, which serves over 200,000 Georgians with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders, is set to receive no additional state funding in the amended fiscal year 2021 budget and a $22 million increase for fiscal year 2022. Democratic state Rep. Shelly Hutchinson, a mental health practitioner, criticized the budget proposals for being too small to address the mental health challenges of the state.

“It’s a…

Adyson Harrah

Covering state government in Georgia.

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