Monkey farm suit filed; Vaping bill clears state House committee; Another Ga. trooper killed

*A group of residents in Bainbridge have filed a lawsuit against taxing local entities over a proposed monkey breeding facility, alleging they worked in secret dealings with the facility and did not follow open meeting laws. The $400-million project would be for breeding macaque monkeys that would be shipped to labs around the world for research. Residents say they’re concerned about property values and environmental impacts of the proposed project.  

*State lawmakers are considering a bill to create a vape products registry. It would allow the state agriculture department to list products that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. One vape shop owner who spoke during a committee meeting Monday said it would be a death blow to the industry. Fines and potential license suspensions would be levied against any store selling something that’s not approved.  

*Another Georgia state trooper has been killed in an on-the-job incident. The Georgia Department of Public Safety says Chase Redner was with agency’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team and was on an investigation site on I-75 North in Morrow early Tuesday morning when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle.  Redner had been a trooper since 2017.  Just a few weeks ago another trooper lost his life while he was chasing a speeding motorcycle. He died when his car left I-85 and struck an embankment.