Georgia News Roundup
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Historic preservation concerns stall Georgia project

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Historic Preservation Commission in Augusta has declined to approve several elements of a large renovation planned for the city government's downtown campus.

The Augusta Chronicle reports Chairman Jim Anderson says the commission only received the application a few days ago and needs more time to consider it.

The application calls for the demolition of an annex building at a historic former synagogue, which has housed the city Planning Department for decades. The newspaper reports the snag isn't the first for the proposed $40 million renovation project.

City officials have expressed concerns about a plan to pay for the project, which would include designating all of downtown Augusta as a "slum" under state laws to make it eligible to borrow money at lower rates.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle, http://www.augustachronicle.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Kentucky among 7 states in teacher training pilot 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky and six other states will participate in a pilot program to train teachers.

The seven states — which also include Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Washington — will work over two years with educators, training programs, colleges and universities, and school districts to improve teacher preparation.

The Network for Transforming Education Preparation was created by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Gov. Steve Beshear said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday served on the council's Task Force on Education Preparation and Entry into the Profession.

A news release from Beshear's office said 17 national organizations will support the states' work to bring about change in educator preparation.

Holliday says more is expected of students and teachers, and it's important to make sure teachers are prepared for the task.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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House committee to hold 'red tape' hearing

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Members of a state House committee will be holding a hearing this Tuesday in Augusta as part of its "Red Tape Watch Initiative."

The House Small Business Development Committee has been holding meetings across the state to hear about regulatory challenges people and businesses face. The meeting in Augusta at The Snelling Center will be the group's third. The meeting starts at 5 p.m.

House Speaker David Ralston says regulatory challenges continue to be some of the leading issues facing small businesses.

Ralston launched the initiative in January 2012 and credits it with leading to legislation easing the way for some land reuse and development and another measure that provided an exemption for licensed real estate brokers assisting in short sale transactions.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Officer staking out truck stop is struck by van

ATLANTA (AP) — A police officer is recovering after he was struck by a minivan while staking out a truck stop that's been the scene of several thefts from semitrailers.

DeKalb County police had set up the stakeout near International Park Drive and Bouldercrest Road early Monday morning after receiving several complaints from truckers about the thefts.

Police say the officers spotted a couple of suspects trying to pry open the doors of a Tyson Foods trailer. WSB-TV reports that when the officers approached, the suspects tried to get away and struck the officer with a dark-colored Chrysler minivan.

DeKalb County police Lt. Dane Cunningham said authorities are looking for the minivan, which may have damage.

The officer is recovering at DeKalb Medical Center with a bruised hip.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Carter to speak at forum on US-China relations 

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter is among those headlining an upcoming forum in Atlanta on U.S.-China relations.

The Carter Center and Emory University say the public forum on Nov. 11 and 12 will bring together American and Chinese leaders and scholars to discuss the future of relations between the two countries.

Other speakers include former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Mayor of Shanghai Xu Kuangdi and former U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky.

Events will be held at both the Carter Center and the Emory University campus. This event is open to the public, but a $20 online reservation is required to attend on Nov. 11.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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NTSB: No distress call from plane before crash 

TIFTON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities investigating a deadly air crash say the small plane had descended from its cruising altitude before radar and radio contact was lost.

The National Transportation Safety Board says in its preliminary report that no distress calls or further communications were received from the pilot before the plane plunged into a field north of Tifton Oct. 18. The area is about 40 miles east of Albany.

A nearby resident told investigators the plane flew over his house very fast, but then fell straight down. He said clouds were low at the time.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Piper PA-28 had departed Merritt Island, Fla., heading to an airport in La Grange. The lone occupant, 39-year-old Michael Elliott Leadlay of Orlando, Fla., was killed.

The NTSB's investigation is continuing.

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