Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia Democrats name coordinated campaign leaders

ATLANTA (AP) — The Democratic Party of Georgia has announced its selections for the leaders of the state party's coordinated campaign.

Tracey Lewis, former strategic adviser for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, has been chosen to serve as the campaign's executive director. Lewis has also worked with the Alliance for Climate Protection and has held leadership positions in several other campaigns and voter outreach initiatives.

Managing partner of Franklin Communications, Cabral Franklin, has been chosen as the campaigns senior adviser. Franklin has served as a consultant for several local and state politicians and political action groups.

The selections were announced over the weekend during the party's state conference in Dublin.

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Young nuclear industry professionals convene in Georgia

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — About 100 young professionals in the nuclear energy industry are expected to meet in east Georgia this week for an annual meeting on advancing nuclear power.

The Augusta Chronicle Reports members of the Southeast chapter of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear group are expected to meet for a conference in Augusta. According to the organization's website, the conference runs from Tuesday to Friday.

Conference organizer and analyst Sandra Stewart says Augusta is a prime location for the conference since four nuclear reactors are under construction in Georgia and South Carolina. Stewart says the organization's Southeast region has the most of eight chapters in North America.

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

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Georgia museum to explore modern relevance of Civil War

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum is hosting a forum later this month on the relevance of the Civil War in the modern world.

Director of the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs Camille Russell Love says the museum will host a panel of experts who will also participate in a question and answer session with visitors on Aug. 21.

The panelists include Atlanta Civil War historian Michael Shaffer, CEO of the Richmond, Virginia-based American Civil War Center, Christy Coleman, Assistant Director of the Washington, D.C.-based African American Civil War Memorial and Museum Hari Jones and more.

The event is free and open to the public.

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SCLC meeting focuses on past, future

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is discussing both the past and future of civil rights during its national meeting in Birmingham.

The group will begin its 2014 convention on Monday morning with a round-table discussion involving participants in the civil rights movement from years past.

Later, Alabama State University President Gwendolyn Boyd and actress Robin Givens are scheduled to participate in a luncheon with a theme of empowering women for the future.

Also, the mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin will participate in a discussion of so-called "stand your ground" laws.

The SCLC national convention began Sunday in Birmingham and concludes with a breakfast Wednesday.

The late Martin Luther King Jr. served as the first president of the Atlanta-based civil rights organization.

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Missing Alabama teen found dead

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say foul play was involved in the death of a missing teenager whose body was found in southeast Alabama.

The Russell County Sheriff's office is treating the death of 19-year-old Keonte Chavis of Phenix City as a homicide.

Chavis' remains were found late Saturday in a wooded area near Seale. Police had been searching for her since Thursday, when she was last seen in Phenix City.

An autopsy is planned for Monday to determine the cause of death.

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Fire destroys historic Hancock County Courthouse

SPARTA, GA. (AP) — The historic Hancock County Courthouse has burned down in the central Georgia town of Sparta.

Authorities say the call went out about 3 a.m. Monday that the more than 130-year-old building was on fire. It was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrive.

The red brick exterior walls were still standing hours later, but the interior is burned out and the courthouse's majestic clock tower is gone.

The state fire marshal's office will be called to determine what started the fire.

The Hancock County Courthouse was completed in 1883 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The building has recently been under renovation.

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Work to shore up Tybee Island set for November

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is making preparations for the latest round of work aimed at shoring up the coastline of Tybee Island.

The Savannah Morning news reports the agency is looking for contractors to work on the project, set to begin in November. The contractors will dredge as much as 1.4 million cubic yards of sand from about a mile offshore and then pump it on the beach where bulldozers will spread it.

The federal government covers about 61 percent of the project, with the city paying the rest. Officials say the last effort six years ago cost nearly $10 million.

Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman says timing is key to make sure erosion doesn't accelerate, with the sand providing needed protection from storm surges.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com 

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Alabama judge appears in court after battery arrest

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge from Alabama is expected to be released from an Atlanta jail pending a background check after being arrested over the weekend on suspicion of battery.

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller appeared Monday in a Fulton County court via video conference from the jail. He faces a misdemeanor battery charge after Atlanta police responded early Sunday to a reported altercation with his wife at the Ritz-Carlton hotel.

A magistrate judge set a $5,000 bond for Fuller pending a background check. Fuller is due back in court Aug. 22.

A nominee of President George W. Bush, Fuller has served in the Middle District of Alabama since 2002. The 55-year-old judge and former prosecutor is best known for presiding over former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman's public corruption trial.

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Ex-Georgia police chief back in federal court

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah's former police chief is back in court after prosecutors obtained a new indictment against him, adding a false statement charge to the federal extortion and gambling case.

The Savannah Morning news reports former Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Willie Lovett pleaded not guilty Monday to the latest indictment, which restates much of the original charges. The federal judge handling the case allowed the 65-year-old Lovett to remain free on his previous bond.

Prosecutors have accused Lovett of extorting the operators of an illegal gambling ring in exchange for protection from police. Prosecutors say Lovett accepted cash payments on five separate occasions and the arrangement began in 2004.

Lovett resigned in 2013 after a 40-year career following a sexual harassment complaint by an officer.

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Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com

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