Georgia News Roundup
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Clayton State University hosts international economics summit

MORROW, Ga. (AP) — Clayton State University officials say the school will host scholars from 28 countries for an economics conference.

Officials say three international economics organizations are hosting an interdisciplinary conference at the university in Morrow between July 25 and July 29.

School spokesman John Shiffert says the conference is the largest gathering of scholars who are focused on economic psychology and behavioral economics.

Morrow is about 15 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

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Department of Natural Resources offers registered boaters free fishing

ATLANTA (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is offering birthday gifts to Georgia anglers.

Department spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says beginning in July Georgia residents who have a boat registered with the state can fish on their birthday and for two days afterward as part of their boat registration fee.

Department officials say the three-day bonus they're offering to about 300,000 Georgia boaters also extends to some of the state's shooting ranges and more.

Officials say boat owners must carry a state identification, their plastic vessel registration card and show proof of valid vessel registration.

Trout fishing and big game hunting require additional paid licenses. Saltwater fishing and migratory bird hunting also require additional permits, which are free.

Online: Georgia Wildlife

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Woman shot in face in apparent accident at motel

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A 24-year-old woman is hospitalized after being shot in the face in a hotel room in Cartersville, just northwest of Atlanta.

A witness described the shooting, which happened around 5:45 a.m. Saturday, as an accident.

The witness told Cartersville police that he was in a room at the Courtesy Inn when a man was showing off a black pistol. A police report states the woman said "you couldn't shoot anybody," and the man responded, "yea I will, I'll shoot you," then jokingly put the gun in the woman's face. The witness said the woman grabbed the gun and it went off.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports ( that the woman was flown by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and was in critical but stable condition Saturday night.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Man burned after throwing gas on outdoor fire

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a man is recovering after he was burned by an outdoor fire northeast of Atlanta.

The Times of Gainesville reports ( that he threw gas on the fire Sunday on Spout Springs Road in south Hall County. He was flown by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell said about 36 percent of the man's body was burned.

Few other details were available early Monday morning.

Information from: The Times,

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Rescuers search for jet skier on Lake Hartwell 

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — Officials are searching for a 15-year-old boy who was on a jet ski in Lake Hartwell.

Miriam Bratcher with the Anderson County Technical Rescue Team says the crew was called to the lake shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Bratcher says the boy failed to meet his family at a boat ramp at Saddler's Creek State Park.

Officials say the family had decided to move the jet ski as storms moved into the area.

The Williford Fire Department, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Anderson County Sheriff's Office are helping with the search.

Rescue workers in Hart County, Ga., also were searching for the teen.

His name has not been released.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Missing woman's body found near Georgia coast

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The body of a young mother of two who had been missing for five days was found on Sunday, and police believe she was slain.

Authorities say 22-year-old Amber Whited had been missing since Tuesday, when she left her job at Golden Isles Harley-Davidson in Brunswick around 11 a.m. for a lunch break.

The Brunswick News reports that her white, 1992 Honda Accord was found Wednesday afternoon with a flat tire along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Brunswick.

Her body was found Sunday, about 15 miles from the car, by investigators who noticed what appeared to be a recently tamped foot path leading into some woods.

Police say they have a suspect in the case, but no formal charges had been filed as of Sunday.

Information from: The Brunswick News,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Move to give Army Rangers Dahlonega forest land draws controversy 

DAHLONEGA, Ga. (AP) — The rumble of Humvees and the buzz of choppers are already commonplace to the neighbors of Camp Merrill, an elite Army base in the rolling hills north of Dahlonega. Some worry they're about to become a lot more frequent if a north Georgia lawmaker's late legislative push succeeds.

The Army wants to take over a 282-acre swath of land that it leases from the Forest Service to train Army Rangers. After two decades of negotiations didn't yield a deal, Gainesville Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Collins stepped in with an amendment to a defense bill that gives the Army the land.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that environmental groups worry that an expanded military presence could threaten pristine forestland, pollute churning streams and restrict access to hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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