Georgia News Roundup
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Deadline for Georgia alligator hunting license July 31

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say the deadline to apply for an alligator hunting license is approaching.

Department spokeswoman Melissa Cumming says 850 applicants will be selected for the 2013 alligator hunting season, which runs from Sept. 7 to Oct. 6. The deadline to apply for a license is July 31.

Cummings says 850 hunters harvested 247 alligators last year. They alligators were an average of about 8 feet long, and the longest was more than 13 feet long.

Cummings says most alligators in the state live south of Columbus, Macon and Augusta in natural wetland habitats — such as marshes, swamps, rivers, ponds and lakes.

Hunters are asked to visit the department's website to apply for a license.

Online: Alligator Hunting

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines to hire 300 pilots

ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines officials say the company will hire 300 pilots starting in November.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the development marks the first pilot hiring since 2010 for Atlanta-based Delta.

Company officials say they will add 50 pilots per month from November through early 2014, then about 20 per month through September 2014.

Pilots who were previously furloughed will have first dibs on the positions, but not all are expected to return.

Pilots from Delta Connection carriers Compass and Endeavor Air are expected to fill some of the positions, along with experienced pilots from elsewhere such as other regional carriers and the U.S. military.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Police probe wreck that killed woman, child

LILBURN, Ga. (AP) — Police are continuing to investigate why a pickup truck left the road outside Atlanta and struck and killed a woman and a child as they stood on a sidewalk in an Atlanta suburb.

Their bodies were found around 6:45 p.m. Thursday in a grassy area beside the sidewalk, near Calvary Baptist Church in Lilburn.

Lilburn police say the driver of the pickup tried passing another vehicle and lost control of the truck. Authorities say the driver fled the scene but was later arrested.

Capt. Thomas Bardugon says the driver is expected to face charges. The suspect's name and the names of the victims have not been released.

Lilburn is about 20 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia ports authority unveils mobile command center

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Ports Authority has unveiled a new Mobile Command Center for use in hurricanes or other natural disasters.

Ports officials said in a release Thursday that Georgia Ports Authority's entire operation can be run from the mobile center, which is 53 feet long and is equipped with cameras, computers, radios and televisions.

Cameras mounted on the center's entrance and roof supply 360-degree surveillance of the immediate surroundings.

Officials say construction of the approximately $1.5 Mobile Command Center was funded mostly through grants from the Department of Homeland Security. The Georgia Ports Authority funded about 25 percent of the center's construction.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Newborn giant panda cubs thriving on mother's milk

ATLANTA (AP) — Zoo Atlanta officials say twin newborn Giant Panda cubs are gaining weight because they are nursing well with their mother.

The twin males born to Lun Lun and her partner, Yang Yang, are the first giant panda twins to be born in the U.S. since 1987. Lun Lun delivered the cubs Monday evening.

Rebecca Snyder, the zoo's curator of mammals, said in an update Thursday that they are thriving on their mother's milk.

Snyder said the cubs lost weight after the birth -- which is normal -- but gained weight steadily since then and are now nearing their birth weights. She said that's a good sign that they are healthy and will continue to grow and remain strong.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Youth campers recover after 17 hurt in bus crash

CHATSWORTH, Ga. (AP) — Young people involved in a youth ministry program in the north Georgia mountains are recovering at their camp after a bus crashed on Fort Mountain, sending 17 people to hospitals with mostly minor injuries.

WRCB-TV reports that the wreck happened Wednesday, as a bus was transporting a group of campers and supervisors back to dorms at the Global Youth Ministry Camp Fort Mountain in Murray County.

Authorities say the bus crashed into trees, but camp officials said it could have been worse.

Roger Glidewell, Global Youth Ministry executive director, said the trees caught the bus and kept it from going down an embankment.

Authorities said all but three of the 17 injured were back at the camp by Thursday evening. Most are from the St. Charles, Mo., area near St. Louis.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. 

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