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Civil rights leader to place papers at Emory

ATLANTA (AP) — Emory University says civil rights leader Rev. C.T. Vivian will place some of his and his late wife's papers in the school's library.

Vivian worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. His wife, Octavia Geans Vivian supported her husband's work with that organization and was also involved in the local civil rights movement.

Octavia Vivian wrote "Coretta," a biography of King's wife, which was originally published in 1970 and was revised with additional material in 2006 after Coretta Scott King's death.

The Vivians' papers include binders of notes and articles about civil rights activities and issues, as well as notes and outlines for speeches.

President Barack Obama presented C.T. Vivian with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in November.

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Benefit for son of runner who died in Savannah

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A fundraiser is being held to benefit the son of a 35-year-old Columbia runner who collapsed died last year at the finish of the Savannah marathon in Georgia.

Jack and Jane Sport is raising money Thursday for the Jake Zeman College Fund. Brooks Running is launching a new apparel line, and a portion of the night's proceeds will go toward the fund.

Zeman died in November after falling ill during the Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon. Friends have set up the fund to help his son, Jack, eventually pay for college.

The event is free and open to the public.


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Police probing death of coastal Georgia teen

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police in coastal Georgia say they're investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy whose body was found in front of a house.

Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police say the body of William Elijah Norman was found in front of a house in West Savannah Wednesday morning.

Authorities didn't provide details on the teen's cause of death and no arrests have been made. Tipsters are asked to call Crimestoppers at 912-234-2020. Police say a cash reward may be offered in the case, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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Semi crash ties up rush hour traffic in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say they've reopened a busy Atlanta freeway after a semitrailer jack-knifed, blocking all northbound lanes for a time.

WSB-TV reports that the crash on Interstate 75 near Cleveland Avenue had blocked all lanes for about 20 minutes during the morning rush hour.

Those lanes were reopened by 9 a.m., but traffic was still slow in the area. It was not immediately known whether anyone was hurt in the crash.

Information from: WSB-TV, 

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Prescription overdose summit planned for Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta will host a meeting on the nation's growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

A group of politicians on Thursday announced the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit will be held in Atlanta in April. The third annual meeting will bring together health officials, doctors, educators, drug treatment providers and others to discuss ways to fight the problem. Two previous meetings were held in Florida.

Among this year's scheduled speakers is the actor Matthew Perry, formerly of the sitcom "Friends." He has acknowledged past struggles with prescription drug abuse.

More than 15,000 Americans die annually from prescription painkiller overdoses. Health officials say the problem has become an epidemic in the last 10 years.

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Bill would allow firefighters to have guns on duty

ATLANTA (AP) — Legislation proposed in the Georgia House would allow firefighters in the state to carry guns while on duty as long as they gain permission from their employer.

The bill introduced Thursday was assigned to committee, where it will be reviewed.

The legislation would allow the guns to be carried openly or concealed, as long as the firefighter has the permission of the local fire department.

The bill comes nearly a year after a group of firefighters in Gwinnett County were held captive by an armed gunman who was later killed by police. The firefighters, who had been responding to an emergency medical call at a house, were not harmed.

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Phenix City council approves school bond issue

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — The Phenix City Council in eastern Alabama has approved a nearly $20 million bond issue for improvements to the city's school system.

City Finance Director Steve Smith said the school district is borrowing about $10 million for new capital projects and refinancing about $10 million more in existing debt.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the bond issue had already been approved by the school board, but also required council action.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 

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