Georgia News Roundup
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Federal education official to speak in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — A senior U.S. Department of Education official is scheduled to speak during a community forum in Atlanta.

Department of Education officials say senior adviser for nonprofit partnerships Michael Robbins is giving closing remarks at the Grad Nation Community Forum at the Loudermilk Center in Atlanta on Wednesday.

Officials say Robbins is expected to talk about the types of partnerships among schools, communities and families that are necessary to keep students engaged.

Grad Nation, a branch of the America's Promise Alliance, is a group of organizations looking to address dropout rates in American schools. The organization's goal is raising the country's high school graduation rate to 90 percent by year 2020.

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GSU recognized for improving graduation rate

ATLANTA (AP) — The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities has recognized Georgia State University for its work in increasing its graduation rate.

School spokeswoman Andrea Jones says GSU was given the association's Most Visible Trailblazer Award Tuesday for raising its graduation rate by 22 points in the past decade.

Jones says Georgia State monitor students as they begin their studies and use an early warning tracking system to intervene if it looks like a struggling student's academic future is in jeopardy.

Jones says the university was also recognized by the Education Advisory Board in Washington, D.C. last week for contributing to a national effort to increase college completion.

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Police: 2 Georgia men charged in LSU-Ala ticket scam

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Police say two Georgia men are accused of selling fake tickets to the LSU-Alabama football game in Tuscaloosa last weekend.

Tuscaloosa police say a man who purchased counterfeit tickets flagged down an officer on the University of Alabama campus hours before game time on Saturday.

The officer located a suspect but didn't have enough evidence for an arrest.

Police say the officer later found a suspect's car, which had counterfeit tickets inside.

Authorities arrested 44-year-old Alfonso Bernard Daniels of Atlanta and 48-year-old Collin Christopher Young of Ellenwood, Ga. Each man is charged with 16 counts of possession of a forged instrument.

The men are jailed in Tuscaloosa with bond set at $240,000 each.

Courts aren't available to show whether either man has a lawyer.

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Panel to consider suspension of Sen. Don Balfour

ATLANTA (AP) — A panel will consider whether a Republican lawmaker accused of illegally claiming state pay should be suspended from office.

A grand jury indicted state Sen. Don Balfour in September on felony charges of making a false certificate, theft by taking and a count of false statement and writing. He's accused of illegally claiming legislative expense pay and double-billing the state and his private employer for at least one expense.

Balfour's attorney, Patrick McDonough, has said that Balfour did nothing criminal.

Two Republican state lawmakers and a retired Georgia Supreme Court chief justice will hold a hearing Monday morning on whether Balfour should be suspended from office while his criminal case is pending. Balfour is a Republican from Snellville.

The panel has until Friday to make a decision.

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Jury expected to deliberate in boating deaths case

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The case of a man charged in a boating accident on Lake Lanier that killed two boys could soon be headed to a jury.

Paul Bennett is charged with homicide by vessel, failure to render aid, reckless operation and boating under the influence.

His fishing boat collided with the front of a pontoon boat on June 18, 2012, killing 9-year-old Jake Prince and 13-year-old Griffin Prince.

Bennett's attorney said the wreck was an accident. Prosecutors say Bennett was boating while intoxicated.

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Camden County deputy sheriff dressed as black inmate

WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — A Camden County deputy sheriff is under scrutiny for painting his face black and dressing as a prisoner for a Halloween party.

WTLV-TV reports that Deputy Sheriff Chad Palmer attended a party in blackface makeup. A picture shows him in a black-and-white prison uniform. Palmer would not discuss the incident with the TV station. He couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.

A spokesman for Sheriff Jim Proctor says the costume was "unacceptable." Proctor is scheduled to discuss the incident during a news conference Wednesday.

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Midway school evacuated for possible explosive

MIDWAY, Ga. (AP) — Police have evacuated a middle school in Midway after finding a possible explosive device.

Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes told WTOC-TV that investigators had not confirmed Wednesday whether the suspect item was an explosive. The device was behind the school near a tree line.

The school located southwest of Savannah has been evacuated. No injuries have been reported.

Information from: WTOC-TV, http://www.wtoctv.com/

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CIA declassifies Camp David Accords intelligence

By Bill Barrow, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — The Central Intelligence Agency has declassified 1,400 pages of intelligence related to the Camp David Accords that former President Jimmy Carter negotiated in 1978 with the leaders of Israel and Egpyt.

The documents include political and personality profiles of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (mehn-AH'-kehm BEH'-gihn) that Carter read before the 13-day summit at the presidential retreat.

Carter said Wednesday in Atlanta that the documents helped him prepare him to negotiate what became the first treaty between the Jewish state of Israel and one of its Arab neighbors.

There also are transcripts of U.S. National Security Council sessions and summaries of key meetings among U.S. officials, Egyptians and Israelis.

The papers cover the period from January 1977 through March 1979.

Online: Camp David papers: www.foia.cia.gov/collection/carter-camp-david-accords

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Gov. Deal, Mayor Reed,
Braves officials meet 

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed have met with representatives from the Atlanta Braves after the team announced it would leave the city for a new stadium in the suburbs.

Deal spokesman Brian Robinson would not describe the brief discussion that took place Wednesday at the governor's office. Robinson said that Deal would comment on the stadium proposal later in the day.

Earlier this week, the Braves announced that the team would leave its current stadium in downtown Atlanta for a new $672 million facility in the Cobb County suburbs.

Reed has said the city could not compete with the financial assistance offered to the team by Cobb officials.

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