Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia university launching black male support program

ATLANTA (AP) — Clark Atlanta University is launching an initiative intended to bolster the retention and achievement of black male students.

University officials say the program titled "Male Initiative of Recruitment, Reward, and Overall Retention" has been in the planning stages for months and is being launched on the heels of President Barack Obama announcing a national effort to support the academic engagement of black males.

School officials are expecting to elaborate on the program's details during a discussion Wednesday evening in the Bishop Cornelius L. Henderson Student Center.

Officials say the program will focus on leadership, mentoring, recruitment and retention.

CAU Vice President for Student Affairs, Carl E. Jones, says several factors including lack of college preparation, financial challenges and more can have negative impacts on college enrollment rates for black men.

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Former US ambassador to Vatican to speak at Emory

ATLANTA (AP) — A former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican is set to speak at Emory University in Atlanta.

The university says Miguel Diaz will present the Aquinas Center of Theology's fifth annual Major Catholic Speaker Lecture on March 6.

His lecture will be titled, "Though Hispanic Eyes, God, International Relations and the Human Good." It aims to explore how religion can contribute to the development of human rights.

Diaz was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1963. His family moved to Miami in 1972. He was appointed by President Barack Obama to be the ambassador to the Vatican from 2009 to 2012.

The lecture is free and open to the public but tickets are required.

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Man struck by cars, killed trying to cross freeway

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck and killed by cars on the city's Downtown Connector.

Police say the man was killed around 10 p.m. Tuesday in the southbound lanes of the freeway near Williams Street.

Atlanta police Officer John Chafee says the preliminary investigation shows that the man was on the left shoulder of the southbound lanes and tried to cross those lanes. Police say he was struck by multiple vehicles and died on the freeway.

Authorities say two vehicles stopped and remained at the scene.

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1 killed, 1 hurt helping motorist change tire

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed one man and critically injured another man as they helped change a tire on a metro Atlanta freeway.

DeKalb County police say two women had called the men to help them change the tire when the men were struck by a pickup. It happened around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday on westbound Interstate 20, near Panola Road.

Police said a pickup truck they said was not maintaining its lane struck the men and kept driving. A second car followed the truck until the driver was pulled over.

Authorities tell WSB-TV that one of the men was hospitalized in critical condition and the other one died.

The crash snarled traffic during the early part of the Wednesday morning rush hour.

Information from: WSB-TV, 

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Georgia Senate Majority Leader announces retirement

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Senate Majority Leader Ronnie Chance has announced plans to retire at the end of his term.

Chance addressed his Senate colleagues Wednesday, talking about the importance of family in announcing his decision not to seek re-election.

A father of three young children, Chance has served in the Senate since 2005 and is one of the top GOP leaders in the Georgia General Assembly.

Chance, a Republican from Tyrone, previously served as floor leaders for both Gov. Nathan Deal and former Gov. Sonny Perdue. In his speech, Chance thanked his colleagues, who responded with a standing ovation.

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North Georgia inmates escape after removing toilet

DAHLONEGA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are looking for a north Georgia jail inmate who they say escaped by removing a toilet from a cell wall.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports two men broke out of the Lumpkin County Detention Center late Tuesday.

One inmate turned himself in after he was injured trying to scale the center's razor and barbed wire fences. The second inmate remains on the loose.

Officials say the missing inmate should be considered dangerous. He was in jail on felony drug, weapons and other charges.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Man gets 30 years in shooting of Atlanta officer

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A 21-year-old man has pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the shooting of an Atlanta police officer nearly two years ago.

DeKalb County Judge Linda Hunter sentenced Cameron Maddox to serve 30 years in prison followed by 20 years on probation.

Authorities say Maddox climbed onto a rooftop in Atlanta's Little Five Points neighborhood in March 2012 and used a stolen .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun to shoot at Officer Dexter Toomer. He also fired at four people as they traveled in a vehicle on a nearby road.

Toomer was struck in his leg. He was released from the hospital the next day.

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$2,000 reward offered for missing Georgia man

OXFORD, Ga. (AP) — The family of a missing Newton County man is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to his location.

Robert "Bobby" Weaver III went missing in September. The 28-year-old Oxford man was last seen walking down Georgia Highway 142 with his dog.

Weaver's father tells The Covington News that the family hopes the reward will prompt someone to come forward with helpful information.

The younger Weaver is 5-feet-8 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He has a medical condition that causes a staggered walk.

Information from: The Covington News,

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