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A Georgia city's policies illegally restrict access to utility services, and those policies disproportionately affect black and Latino residents, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.

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In 1940, a black teenager was lynched in LaGrange. The crime was barely acknowledged and for years it was forgotten.

Until Thursday night. More than 70 years later, the LaGrange Police Chief officially said, “I’m sorry.”

'It should never have happened.'

Two hundred people packed into the pews of Warren Temple United Methodist Church in LaGrange.

The audience was evenly mixed, black and white. LaGrange police officers stood along the sides.

From the stage, Police Chief Lou Dekmar started a story. 

In an emotional ceremony, the mayor and police chief in a west Georgia city apologized for the lynching of a black man more than 75 years ago.

LaGrange Police Chief Lou Dekmar said the killing of Austin Callaway, who was taken from the city jail by a band of armed white men in 1940, should never have happened.

Closer Look: Empowering Students; Outkast; And More

Aug 26, 2016
Troup County Comprehensive High School in LaGrange, Georgia

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

An official in the west Georgia city of LaGrange is praising four teenagers for taking the initiative to find jobs instead of succumbing to the pressure to join gangs.

News outlets report that LaGrange Housing Authority CEO Zsa Zsa Heard wrote in a widely shared Facebook post that she hired the 13-year-old and 14-year-old boys on the spot last week when they asked her for a job so they could avoid being approached by gang members.

Heard tells WXIA-TV that the boys had asked her for jobs during prior school breaks last year, but at that time she hadn't understood why.

National Civil War Naval Museum

Civil War sesquicentennials are just about over, with some of the last observances in Georgia taking place this weekend in Columbus and LaGrange.

In this week's travel segment, “City Lights” contributor Kevin Benefield says that the National Civil War Naval Museum, located on the Chattahoochee River in Port Columbus, will have free admission Friday through Sunday.