Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia Sea Turtle Center to release 2 more turtles

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's hospital for sick and injured sea turtles on Jekyll Island plans to return two more of its patients to the wild.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center was scheduled Friday to release Cinnamon, a loggerhead sea turtle found weak and thin on Blackbeard Island in June, and Ebb, a green sea turtle found dehydrated on Jekyll Island last month, at the state park's beachside Great Dunes Park.

Sea Turtle Center officials say it's the third time this month that pairs of turtles have been returned to the ocean after recovering sufficiently to survive in the wild.

The center says it has cleared more than 30 of its turtle patients for release this year.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Federal officials to discuss Georgia school shooting

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — DeKalb County School officials say U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is planning a video conference with district officials to discuss the shooting at a Decatur elementary school earlier this week.

Officials say Duncan plans to speak with Interim Superintendent Michael Thurmond and other district representatives Friday morning about how the district responded to the shooting at McNair Discovery Learning Academy on Tuesday afternoon.

Police have said 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill fired at them before a school bookkeeper talked him into surrendering peacefully. The school was evacuated and no police, teachers or staff members were injured. Hill has been arrested on several criminal charges.

School district officials say the teleconference is being hosted in a boardroom at the DeKalb County School District's building in Stone Mountain, Ga.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Commerce secretary set to visit Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker is set to visit Atlanta and meet with business leaders as well as education and government officials.

The Commerce Department says Friday's visit is part of a nationwide listening tour. In a statement, Pritzker says her goal is to "serve as a bridge to the business community — both domestically and abroad — so that we can work together to strengthen the economy and create jobs and opportunities for all Americans."

The secretary will be visiting the Global Center for Medical Innovation, a nonprofit organization that works with universities, research centers and others on the commercialization of new medical technology.

Pritzker will also participate in a discussion with manufacturing and shipping company officials hosted by UPS and tour the U.S. Census Bureau's regional office.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Gun found, students brawl at Atlanta high school

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating a gun found at a high school that was the scene of a large brawl involving more than a dozen students.

The fight at The New Schools at Carver happened one day after the gun was found, though police don't believe the gun had anything to do with the brawling, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Police say a revolver was found in a 16-year-old girl's purse on Tuesday. The gun, which was wrapped in a blue bandanna and a hair bonnet, contained two rounds. She told police she was holding the gun for a fellow student, a boy who police describe as a known gang member.

Police say about 20 students fought in front of Carver shortly after exiting school buses Wednesday morning.

Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said school resource officers called for additional officers and had to deploy pepper spray to stop the fighting. Paramedics were called to the school to treat students for minor injuries.

"At this time, it appears that the fight was between members of two neighborhoods and the Atlanta Police Gang Unit was called to investigate," Campos said.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Service honors 7 family members killed in crash

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Pictures of birthday parties and other family events flashed on screens at a northwestern Indiana church during funeral services for the seven family members killed in an Interstate 65 construction zone crash,

Hundreds attended Thursday's service at Family Christian Center in Munster for the three adults and four children who died when a semitrailer slammed into their stopped SUV.

The Post-Tribune reports cousin James Torres said relatives decided to wear colors rather than black to be joyful. The Times reports remembrances were read about all seven victims.

Killed in the crash were sisters 35-year-old Yvette Williams of Atlanta, Ga., and 27-year-old Lindsey Williams of Merrillville; their uncle 49-year-old Amado Mangual of Merrillville; and the women's children, 5-year-old Yazmin Goldman, 3-year-old Arielle Goldman, 5-year-old Jamin Osborne and 7-year-old Jasmin Osborne.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Tubman Museum work to resume this year in Macon

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A new Tubman African American Museum is expected to open by January 2015 after construction resumes late this year in Macon.

Museum Director Andy Ambrose gave an update on the timeframe Thursday at a meeting of the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority.

Ambrose said design work is being completed now, and interior construction should begin in November or December. That would complete a long-dormant shell of a building on Cherry Street, which the Urban Development Authority now owns.

The Telegraph reports that work on the Cherry Street property stopped in 2005 when the museum ran out of money. Ambrose said the new construction will cost about $5.5 million, while the museum has commitments of at least $6.2 million to complete the work.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia metal thieves target car and truck batteries 

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say metal thieves are targeting auto batteries in Georgia.

The thieves might be taking advantage of a loophole in the state's current law that does not treat batteries as a regulated metal, WALB-TV reported.

Albany police say they've seen a spike in car and truck battery thefts, and especially warn large fleet holders to safeguard their equipment.

The Albany station reports that Georgia's current law for regulated metals exempts auto batteries from the record keeping requirements at metal recyclers like copper, brass, or aluminum, to try to slow down metal thefts.

However, due to the increase of battery thefts across the state, the Georgia Recyclers Association has asked all of its members to voluntarily begin treating batteries as a regulated metal, and keep records of who sells them.

Albany police say the metal recyclers are cooperating, but warn the thieves are often targeting businesses where they can get several batteries quickly.

Police also urge car owners to keep their doors locked, so thieves can't pop the hoods and steal the battery.

Information from: WALB-TV, http://www.walb.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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3-day red snapper season this weekend 

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The three-year-old moratorium on red snapper fishing in the Southeast is being lifted this weekend.

Fishermen in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida will again be able to catch red snapper, but only from Friday through Sunday.

Biologists in all the states will be checking the fish caught to gather information about the size and sex of the fish and better determine next year's red snapper populations.

The moratorium on catching red snapper was instituted in waters off the four states back in 2010 because of concerns they were being overfished.

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