Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia agency updates environmental regulations

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission is hosting a meeting in Savannah to discuss updated regulations meant to protect soil and water near urban development sites.

The list of regulations, called the "Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia" will be the topic of discussion at the commission's meeting at the Costal Georgia Center on Nov. 13.

Officials say they're presenting changes to the manual to the public, and similar meetings have been held in Columbus and Cartersville. Officials say another meeting on the topic is scheduled for Nov. 18 in Atlanta.


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Free entry to Georgia national park for Veterans Day 

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area officials are inviting Georgians to take advantage of free entry to the park for Veterans Day.

Park spokesman Rudy Evenson says the park will continue waiving its entry fee at boat ramps, picnic areas and parking lots Monday in honor of veterans day.

Evenson says the park joined 400 others that are affiliated with the National Park Service to waive fees during the holiday weekend.

Officials say a free pass is also available for active duty service members and their families allowing them to visit more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests and more.

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Marathon runner who died in Savannah is identified

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Savannah have released the identity of a marathon runner who collapsed and died near the finish line.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police say 35-year-old Jake Zeman of Columbia, S.C., died after falling ill during Saturday's Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon.

Race medical director P.Z. Pearce said the death was a difficult and tragic situation, and that event officials are asking everyone to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers.

Organizers say 14,700 runners were at the starting line for the main 26.2-mile race and a half marathon.

The men's full-marathon winner was 23-year-old Eric McDonald of Groveland, Mass., with a time of two hours, 29 minutes and 47 seconds. The women's winner was 23-year-old Alyssa Kulik of Columbia, S.C. Her time was two hours, 53 minutes and nine seconds.

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Clark Atlanta to host town hall on prostate cancer

ATLANTA (AP) — Clark Atlanta University is gearing up to host a town hall forum exploring potential factors contributing to high rates of prostate cancer in African-American men.

University officials say panelists from the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition, the University of Pennsylvania, the American Cancer Society, and the university's Center For Cancer Research And Therapeutic Development will discuss the issue Thursday at 1 p.m.

University spokesman Larry Calhoun says African-American men have the highest rates of prostate cancer in the United Sates. Calhoun says causes that contribute to the higher than average rate among black men are mostly unknown.

The discussion is being hosted in the Robert W. Woodruff Library.

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Freeze watch issued in north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — A freeze watch has been issued for almost all of north Georgia ahead of an arctic blast of air that's expected to send temperatures plummeting.

The National Weather Service says the freeze watch will be in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning. Temperatures in some parts of north Georgia could fall to the mid-20s Tuesday night.

The watch includes all of metro Atlanta and several Georgia cities including LaGrange, Eatonton, Athens, Gainesville, Blairsville, Dalton and Rome.

Forecasters say a dusting of snow is possible in the north Georgia mountains, but they say little or no snow accumulation is expected across most of the state.

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More flights added at Savannah/Hilton Head airport

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is gearing up for more flights in the coming year as airlines expand service at the coastal Georgia airport.

The Savannah Morning News reports that passengers booking trips out of the airport for March are able to choose from about 45 more flights and 5,000 more seats a week than last March.

JetBlue recently announced it would begin service from Savannah to New York and Boston early next year, which has the most impact on flight options. The daily flights to Boston's Logan International Airport and twice-daily flights to John F. Kennedy International Airport add 2,100 seats a week.

Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways are also expected to carry more passengers with the addition of more flights.

Information from: Savannah Morning News,

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Woman gunned down at birthday party near Atlanta 

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police in Atlanta's northeastern suburbs are searching for a suspect after a woman was shot and killed and another woman wounded by gunfire at a birthday party.

Authorities say both victims were found in the garage of a home on Crystal Lake Drive in the Lawrenceville area early Sunday evening.

Police say the gunfire happened during a birthday party, and police tape surrounded a bounce house on the front lawn. WXIA-TV reports that gunfire can be heard in the background of the 911 call.

Police said they're searching for a 40-year-old man seen leaving the scene in a Volvo after the shooting around 5 p.m. Sunday. They say a felony murder warrant has been obtained for that man's arrest.

Police didn't release information about the wounded woman's condition.

Information from: WXIA-TV.

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Falling tree kills man in east Georgia

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say an east Georgia man was killed when a tree fell on the tractor he was driving.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the accident happened Saturday in Columbia County.

Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison said 77-year-old Jeff Cash was using a Bush Hog when a rotting tree fell on top of the tractor.

Men who had been working nearby found Cash around 3 p.m. after they grew concerned when they could hear the tractor running but no longer saw Cash making his rounds.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle,

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