Georgia News Roundup
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Atlanta street vendors to protest city's policy

ATLANTA (AP) — Some of Atlanta's street vendors are planning to protest a new ordinance regulating their business.

CBS Atlanta reports that a rally and protest is set for 12:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

In March, Atlanta police told vendors they were violating an ordinance that prohibits the obstruction of city sidewalks through the sale or display of goods.

The previous administration required vendors to contract with a single company to sell items in public spaces, but a Fulton County Superior Court judge in December 2012 struck down that policy, leaving the city with no ordinance under which to issue permits.

Police started enforcing the prohibition on public vending in late March, shortly before the NCAA Final Four tournament was held at the Georgia Dome.

Information from: WGCL-TV,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Woman, 85, dies in Eatonton house fire 

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) — State fire officials say an 85-year-old woman was killed when fire swept through her home in Eatonton.

Fire Investigators with Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens' office say the blaze, which killed Kathryn Perry, happened early Sunday morning on Old Copelan Road in Eatonton. The Putnam County community is about 75 miles southeast of Atlanta.

Fire officials say the blaze was caused by Perry not disposing of her smoking material properly.

It brings Georgia's fire death total to 70 for 2013.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Court reinstates death penalty in west Georgia case

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court has reversed a Muscogee County court ruling in a decision that reinstates the death sentence for Johnnie Worsley for the 1995 rape and murder of his 17-year-old stepdaughter and the murder of his wife.

The Supreme Court of Georgia's unanimous decision was released Monday.

The court's summary of the case states that Worsley drove to Alabama after the killings and stole a car from a dealership. Worsley left behind a note in the car that stated: "May you all forget for what I done. I now must go to hell and pay for what I am, but still love you."

In 2012, the Muscogee County court had set aside the death sentences after finding that his trial attorneys had been incompetent and ineffective. The state Supreme Court disagreed.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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