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Sparklers and ground fireworks like these, sold in a tent in a Norcross shopping center, are currently legal in Georgia.
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Georgia voters will be faced with four Constitutional amendments on Election Day. The fourth one asks whether taxes on the sale of fireworks should fund trauma care and public safety services. 

That may sound like a good idea, but the Georgia NAACP doesn't think so. President Francys Johnson says the the consumption-based tax is regressive, and would affect people in different ways.

"People who make higher incomes pay a smaller share of their overall income for that consumption of that good," he says. "This will largely be born on the backs of poor Georgians."

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Tuesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Civil rights groups say they plan to deploy election observers to polling sites in several Georgia counties this election.

Those observers will keep an eye out for instances of voter intimidation, said Georgia NAACP president Francys Johnson.

“They will be looking for … people who may be displaying the Confederate battle emblem, for example. Or people who will be displaying firearms within 150 feet of a polling place,” Johnson said.

The Georgia NAACP is working with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the ACLU and the Legal Defense Fund.

Jim Smith steps out of a voting booth after marking his ballot at a polling site for the New Hampshire primary, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Nashua, N.H.
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A group of advocacy organizations filed a federal lawsuit against Gwinnett County Monday over district lines and at-large voting, claiming the voting method prevents minority voters from being able to elect candidates of their choosing.  

The suit argues that no minority has ever been elected to the county’s Board of Commissioners and Board of Education. More than half the population in Gwinnett County is black, Latino or Asian-American, according to U.S. Census data.

Civil rights veteran Andrew Young is apologizing for referring to some people who are demonstrating against police violence as "brats."

Young tells WSB-TV he didn't mean to offend demonstrators. And the former U.N. ambassador says his own granddaughter told him she was ashamed of him.

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A group of black clergy members has said they will mobilize their congregations against Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to allow the state to intervene in failing public schools. Along with the Georgia NAACP, a group of about 25 clergy members delivered a letter Thursday to the governor’s office with more than 100 signatures from religious leaders across the state. 

Voters will decide in November on a constitutional amendment to create what's called the "Opportunity School District." Opponents of the plan say it takes away local control from communities.

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Fayette County officials are set to meet with the NAACP on Wednesday in an attempt to settle a lengthy voting rights fight.

Earlier this month, Atlanta U.S. District Judge Timothy Batton ordered the parties into mediation with Georgia State University law dean Steven Kaminshine. The two parties are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m.

Both the Fayette Board of Commissioners and the NAACP declined to comment, citing the meeting. A meeting with the Fayette County Board of Education, which was also named in the suit, was scheduled for earlier this week.

 This July 8, 2007 file photo shows NAACP Chairman Julian Bond addressing the civil rights organization's annual convention in Detroit.
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The list of major events in the life of civil rights leader and activist Julian Bond is a long one.

Bond was the co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was a member of the Georgia General Assembly, the first African-American to be nominated for a major party vice presidential candidacy and chairman of the NAACP ─ and that's just for starters. 

Bond, 75, died over the weekend in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Horowitz, and five children, one of which includes Atlanta Councilman Michael Julian Bond. 

Worshippers embrace following a group prayer across the street from the scene of a shooting at Emanuel AME Church, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting, killing multiple people.
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Authorities in North Carolina have caught the suspect in a deadly church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina after an overnight manhunt.

Investigators say 21-year-old Dylann Roof opened fire, killing nine members of a bible study group Wednesday night at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the oldest congregations in the south.

  Francys Johnson, the president of the Georgia chapter of the NAACP, said during an interview on “A Closer Look” that “We all stand with Charleston.”

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Georgia's NAACP chapter president is calling for a Dublin, Georgia, teacher and her husband — a local school board member — to resign after allegations that the teacher made negative comments about President Barack Obama during class.

Parents of a Georgia middle school student told The Courier Herald of Dublin that the teacher told students that Obama is Muslim and that Christians should not follow him.