Georgia News Roundup
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Sen. Chambliss honored by Georgia Chamber

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Chamber is gearing up to honor U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss at its annual Congressional Luncheon in Macon.

Organizers say the event Monday morning is being hosted at the Macon Marriott Centreplex. Organizers say Chambliss is being honored for his contributions to the state and for his career in public service.

Chambliss, a Republican from Moultrie, last year announced plans to retire from the U.S. Senate after his current term.

Chambliss serves on several Senate Committees, and is the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Jury to resume deliberations in Sneiderman trial

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The jury in the Andrea Sneiderman case is expected to resume deliberations Monday.

The case went to the jury Thursday after the defense and prosecution gave their closing arguments. Jurors failed to reach a verdict after deliberating all day Friday and the judge instructed them to return Monday.

Sneiderman's husband, Rusty Sneiderman, was shot in November 2010 outside a suburban Atlanta preschool. Her former boss Hemy Neuman was convicted in the killing in March 2012, but he was found mentally ill.

Prosecutors accused Sneiderman of lying to police investigating her husband's death and lying under oath during Neuman's trial. The 13-count indictment included charges of making false statements, hindering an investigation and perjury.

Sneiderman's defense said prosecutors had a weak case but were desperate to convict Sneiderman of something.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Clayton State student shot near campus

MORROW, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the shooting of a Clayton State University student near the campus south of Atlanta.

Police say the student was shot in the parking lot of the Clayton Station Apartments around 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities say the student and a co-worker were getting out of a car parked near a group of about 10 unfamiliar people. The pair was walking to their apartment when shots were fired, apparently by one of the people in the large group.

WSB-TV reports that the student was shot under the right arm and in the ankle. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in good condition.

Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Woman in boat struck by train trestle on Ogeechee River 

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a 25-year-old woman died Sunday after a boating accident on the Ogeechee River in the Savannah area.

The Savannah Morning News reports that police and paramedics responded to King's Ferry boat ramp off U.S. 17 around 5:23 p.m. Sunday.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Capt. Doug Lewis said Shana Crozier of Savannah was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lewis said investigators were told that a boat went under a train trestle east of the ramp in the Ogeechee River in Chatham County when Crozier was hit by the trestle. Authorities say Crozier stood up in the boat and hit the trestle.

There were other occupants in the boat, which Lewis said was about 18 feet long.

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

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Ex-judge dropped from sexual harassment suit 

ROME, Ga. (AP) — A former northwest Georgia magistrate judge has been dropped as a defendant in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually harassing three female former employees.

The Fulton County Daily Report writes that a federal judge in Rome issued an order dropping Bryant Cochran from the suit that also names Murray County.

The judge determined the county, not Cochran, employed the women and that it was the county that was responsible.

Cochran still faces another lawsuit filed by a woman who says he propositioned her and orchestrated a scheme to have her arrested on bogus drug charges after she didn't accept his advances.

Attorneys for Cochran and the women have previously confirmed a grand jury was investigating his actions.

Cochran resigned from the bench about a year ago and has denied any wrongdoing.

Information from: the Fulton County Daily Report, http://www.dailyreportonline.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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