Georgia News Roundup
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Jekyll Island offers visitor classes on alligators

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Jekyll Island is offering weekly educational courses for visitors curious about one of the main predators living at the state park — the American alligator.

Park officials say the Wednesday morning classes at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will explain alligators' habitat and lifestyle. There are also safety tips for visitors in case they run into any gators during their stay — such as keeping a safe distance, and not feeding the animals.

A recent study for the Jekyll Island Authority estimated about 125 alligators live on the island. The vast majority are believed to measure less than 6 feet in length.

Greg Skupien, a University of Georgia graduate student who helped with the study, says run-ins between people and alligators on Jekyll Island are rare.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Lawmakers to gather in Georgia for conference in August 

ATLANTA (AP) — State lawmakers and staff from around the country will be gathering in Atlanta next month for a conference on a wide variety of issues facing states.

The National Conference of State Legislatures will be hosting its 39th annual legislative summit at the Georgia World Congress Center beginning Aug. 12.

It's billed as the largest gathering of its kind where lawmakers and staff gather to discuss topics including helping veterans find jobs and regulating drones. The conference features a health summit in which U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is expected to offer an update on the response to the federal health care law.

Other speakers include retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


OSHA, Hispanic group hold construction safety fair 

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities are teaming up with a Hispanic construction organization in Georgia to hold a construction safety and health fair for construction workers and their families.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a statement that it is working with the Georgia Hispanic Construction Association to sponsor the event on Sunday at the Santa Fe Mall in Duluth.

OSHA staff plans to hand out Spanish-language publications and to answer questions about on-the-job safety and health issues.

There will also be some free construction-related workshops, classes and discussions. Topics are to include: residential construction, ladder usage, landscaping, heat illnesses, personal protective equipment and the hazards of dealing with lead and asbestos.

Exhibitors and vendors will be on hand to conduct safety demonstrations involving tools and equipment.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Hearing set in Dunwoody preschool slaying case 

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A hearing is set for Friday to discuss one of the final remaining legal issues before the trial of Andrea Sneiderman is to begin.

Sneiderman, who is accused of arranging for her husband to be killed outside a suburban Atlanta preschool, is set to stand trial next week.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Friday's hearing will determine whether jurors will hear conversations regarding whether the Dunwoody widow had an affair with the man convicted of killing her husband.

She is accused of arranging for her former boss, Hemy Neuman, to kill her husband, Rusty Sneiderman, outside the preschool in November 2010.

Andrea Sneiderman has consistently denied any involvement in the death of her husband and has pleaded not guilty. She has also repeatedly denied being romantically involved with Neuman.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Attention shifts to alternate site for NFL stadium 

ATLANTA (AP) — Attention is shifting to a second site for a stadium that would be the new home for the Atlanta Falcons.

A deadline to buy two churches on the stadium's preferred site is just over a week away, and no deal with the congregations has been reached.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a Georgia World Congress Center Authority committee will vote Wednesday on a measure involving the second site.

The committee plans to decide whether to ask the state to give the Falcons permission to begin "due diligence work" on the alternative site to determine whether it's suitable to build the $1 billion stadium. That site is a half-mile north of the Georgia Dome.

Officials continue to negotiate with the churches near the preferred site, south of the Georgia Dome.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Girl, 16, hospitalized after boating accident 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — State officials are investigating a boating accident on Lake Lanier that injured a 16-year-old girl.

Department of Natural Resources spokesman David Allen said the teen was climbing into a boat on Sunday when she fell and was cut by the propeller near Buford Dam. The Times of Gainesville reports that she suffered a 16-inch cut to her left thigh.

The girl, whose name was not released, was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville. Allen said she is expected to recover from the injury.

Information from: The Times,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Search for suspects continues after teen killed 

FOREST PARK, Ga. (AP) — Clayton County police say they are still searching for suspects after a 13-year-old boy was shot to death during an armed robbery outside Atlanta.

Authorities say two men in an SUV approached Steven Galindo as he was putting air in his sister's tire Monday night in Forest Park. Officials say they demanded the keys to the woman's car and their other belongings.

Police say Galindo's sister gave one suspect her keys and the other man tried starting the woman's car. Authorities say the car didn't start and one of the suspects began shooting at the woman's vehicle. Galindo and his sister tried running away, but the teen was hit by gunfire.

Family and friends gathered Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil near the spot where the child was killed.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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