Georgia News Roundup
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GDOT set to begin road maintenance projects

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Department of Transportation officials say they're ready to begin working on bridge upgrades and highway resurfacing projects throughout the state.

Officials say an Auburn, Ga.-based company will build a new $6.1 million bridge above CSX railroad tracks on a portion of Georgia Route 90 in western Macon County. The structure is expected to open in May of 2015.

A Marietta-based company will execute a $2.8 million highway resurfacing project on Interstate 75 in Bartow County, which is expected to be completed by September.

Officials say nearly 60 miles' worth of highway will be resurfaced in nine counties throughout the state.

GDOT officials say the department will publicly announce detours, closures and other traffic concerns before road work begins.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Former Mississippi governor to speak at Georgia forum

ATLANTA (AP) — A civil justice forum in Atlanta is slated to feature former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour as a guest speaker.

Organizers of the 2013 Civil Justice Forum say Barbour is expected to discuss how the state approached civil justice reforms and how the initiatives impacted the state's economy. Barbour served as the state's governor between 2004 and 2012.

The event is being hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Heritage Foundation Thursday at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Organizers say the event is expected to feature discussions on the importance of judicial elections, and issues that are expected to be prominent in the 2014 legislative session.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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House fire claims man's life in southwest Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities are investigating a deadly house fire in southwest Atlanta.

Atlanta Fire Rescue officials say firefighters were called to the Lawton Avenue home around 12:10 a.m. They found the male homeowner unconscious, in a rear bedroom. CBS Atlanta reports that he suffered from burns and smoke inhalation and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital but later died.

Fire officials say the blaze was contained to the bathroom. Firefighters also found a dog in the kitchen. It was unharmed in the fire and turned over to animal control.

Information from: WGCL-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Flight diverted with landing gear light on 

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Airline officials say a Delta Air Lines flight from Miami to Atlanta had to be diverted to Orlando because a landing gear door indicator light was on.

Airlines spokesman Morgan Durrant said in an email that the crew of flight 362 "followed established procedures" on Monday afternoon after the light was seen in the flight deck. The plane landed safety at Orlando International Airport. Delta technicians are examining the aircraft.

A message left with airport officials was not immediately returned.

The plane was carrying six crew members and 159 passengers.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Home invaders steal Christmas gifts near Atlanta 

FOREST PARK, Ga. (AP) — Police south of Atlanta are on the lookout for two gunmen who stole Christmas presents and electronic items from a 9-year-old boy and his grandparents.

WXIA-TV reports that home invaders broke into the house in Forest Park through an unlocked door around 8:30 p.m. Monday, as the boy played video games on the couch. Police say one of the suspects held the family at gunpoint while the other grabbed items throughout the home.

Forest Park police Lt. Wesley Elliott said the suspects made off with about $800 worth of gifts, electronics and household items, including a comforter.

No one was hurt, but the boy's grandparents said he was very emotional about what happened.

Police said they have only a vague description of the suspects.

Information from: WXIA-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Board denies demolition approval for Macon church 

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Macon's zoning commission has denied an application that would have allowed a historic downtown church to be demolished to make room for a doughnut shop.

The Telegraph reports that the commission voted 4-1 Monday against the plan involving Tremont Temple Baptist Church, which was built in 1897.

The congregation moved out of the building in 2007, saying problems with leaks, mold and termites had rendered it unusable for church services and too expensive to maintain. They've been planning to sell the building to a developer who has filed plans to build a Dunkin Donuts on the church property.

The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission made it clear Monday that the church has 30 days to appeal the denial.

Church members declined comment as they left the meeting.

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

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