Georgia News Roundup
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Brazilian business leaders to visit Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's Office of International Affairs is welcoming a corporate delegation from Brazil.

City officials say Brazilian business leaders will visit Atlanta Thursday morning. The visit is part of a larger effort to expand Atlanta's business identity internationally.

The event is being hosted at the Brazilian Consulate General Office at the One Alliance Center in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood.

Officials say Brazilian information and technology firms will meet with local companies for networking sessions.

City officials say Atlanta is home to about 6,000 Brazilian residents and companies that are affiliated with the country employ more than 5,000 people in the state.

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Officials testing water in DeKalb County

TUCKER, Ga. (AP) — DeKalb County officials say they should know by Thursday afternoon whether to rescind a boil water advisory in the Tucker area.

County officials said a temporary fluctuation in water pressure left a portion of the county's water system below Georgia Environmental Protection Division regulations.

Officials say the water has been sampled and test results should be available Thursday afternoon.

DeKalb County officials plan to update residents on the water's status once the test results are available.

Tucker is about 15 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

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Georgia deer hunting registration deadline approaching

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials are reminding hunters that the deadline to apply for deer season is quickly approaching.

Department spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says the deadline for the deer quota hunt is Sept. 1.

A quota hunt is a hunt that allows a predetermined number of hunters to participate. Wildlife officials say a quota is used to conserve wildlife and their habitats, while providing a high-quality hunting experience and maintaining a high level of safety.

Officials say interested hunters need to complete an online application.

Online: Hunting quota

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Gov. Deal orders review of education guidelines

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered an extensive review of national education guidelines known as Common Core standards.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Deal also asked the State Board of Education to "un-adopt" part of the program that includes sample English test selections that some parents object to.

Deal also asked the board to develop a new social studies curriculum that emphasizes, among other things, civic and fiscal responsibility. The governor also urged members to come up with a model reading list for school boards across Georgia.

The Atlanta newspaper reports that Deal's order signals his declining support for Common Core amid criticism that the guidelines are a federal takeover of education policy. The voluntary set of reading and math standards has become a divisive issue in Georgia politics.

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Funeral set for boy who died after football tackle

FAIRBURN, Ga. (AP) — Funeral services have been set for a suburban Atlanta high school player who suffered a deadly spinal cord injury during a preseason football game.

The funeral for 16-year-old De'Antre Turman is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral at 212 Riverside Parkway in Austell.

The junior at Creekside High School in Fairburn fractured a vertebrae in his upper spinal cord during a scrimmage Friday night, investigators in the Atlanta area's Fulton County Medical Examiner's officials have said.

One of Turman's coaches from an after-school college prep program told WXIA-TV that the teen appeared to go limp immediately after tackling the receiver from the opposing team.

Georgia High School Association Executive Director Ralph Swearngin has said his agency will investigate the circumstances of the death.

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Firefighters rescue 2 people from burning home

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Firefighters outside Atlanta rescued a man and woman who were found unresponsive in a burning home.

Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge says that someone passing by the home on Lester Road in Lawrenceville around 4:30 a.m. Thursday reported the fire. Arriving crews, who found the structure engulfed in flames, went inside to search for occupants and battle the blaze.

Rutledge said the firefighters found the two people during the initial search and removed them from the home. Authorities said both people were unresponsive. They were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with advanced life support measures in progress.

Conditions of the two people were not known early Thursday.

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Fort Benning leaders study cost-cutting directive

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Officials at Fort Benning say they're considering a recent directive from Army leaders that calls for 25 percent cuts from the Georgia's installation's budget and personnel costs at the headquarters level.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the Georgia base's Maneuver Center of Excellence under the command of Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster and other installations were notified of the plan earlier this month. The directive was outlined in an Aug. 14 memo from Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno and Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

A deadline for the review is Sept. 11, more than two weeks before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

Fort Benning spokesman Gary Jones said officials are still studying the internal document and had not yet figured out all of its implications.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,

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