Georgia News Roundup
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Teen arrested in fatal Georgia hit, run crash

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police in Douglas County say an anonymous tip has led them to a teen accused in a fatal hit and run accident outside a police station.

Authorities have said Gary Latimer was released from a holding cell Sept. 17 and was hit by a car just minutes afterward.

Investigators say 18-year-old Tabitha Paige has been arrested in the crash. The woman used a teleconference to appear before a magistrate judge Monday and told authorities she didn't mean to hit Latimer. Paige said she was preoccupied with family issues at the time of the crash.

Police have said Paige's car was found in Alabama and she's being held without bond.

It's unclear if Paige has an attorney.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia schools integrating technology into classrooms

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Three schools in eastern Georgia are testing a program aimed at further integrating technology into everyday classroom experiences.

Richmond County Technical Magnet School, Hephzibah High and Dorothy Hains Elementary are each 100 percent wireless, which has helped the schools launch the "Bring Your Own Technology" initiative.

Students in some classes are allowed to use their cellphones and laptops for research, and are asked to submit homework assignments via email. The Augusta Chronicle reported Monday that the school district is looking to expand the program to all of its campuses if each of them have full wireless Internet capabilities by August.

School officials say students who don't have smartphones or laptops will still be able to use desktop computers and other devices provided by the schools.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Gov. Deal in Panama to tour canal expansion 

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal is in Panama touring the major expansion underway of the Panama Canal and says the project there underscores the need for the Port of Savannah to deepen its shipping channel.

Deal toured the canal Monday and said in a phone interview that he was impressed with the scope of the work being done in Panama to make way for super-sized cargo ships.

The governor says the state is anxious to start spending its money to begin deepening the Savannah shipping channel to accommodate for the larger ships. The state is waiting on Congress to take action sometime soon to eliminate a bureaucratic hurdle.

Deal says "if it was up to Georgia, we would have been dredging a long time ago." Deal returns to Georgia on Tuesday.

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