Georgia News Roundup
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East Georgia hospital eyes new facility in Evans

EVANS, Ga. (AP) — An east Georgia hospital has decided to pursue a proposal to build a $150 million hospital in Columbia County.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that University Hospital's board voted Thursday to move ahead with the effort.

University and Doctors Hospital were shot down earlier this year on similar but competing proposals to build a free-standing Emergency Department in Columbia County, the state's largest county without a hospital.

The Georgia Department of Community Health ruled there were adequate resources in Augusta to serve the county and the proposals failed to demonstrate the need to add more and denied the necessary Certificate of Need.

However, Columbia County officials are looking at exceptions that could still give them the certificate needed to build a hospital.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Savannah cracks down on unpaid tour company fees

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — City officials in Savannah are cracking down on unpaid and under-reported fees paid by tour companies.

The Savannah Morning News reports that it's part of an attempt to reduce late payments and restore lost sales tax revenue.

Companies that conduct sightseeing tours within Savannah's historic district are required to pay $1 for each adult taking the tour and 50 cents for children 12 and under. Revenue from the fees is generally used for the maintenance of the Historic District.

To collect an estimated $15,000 in remaining delinquent payments, the city sent letters this week to nine non-compliant businesses, stating they had five days to pay or face sanctions by Dec. 30. Possible sanctions include the suspension of tour permits and access to parking and other areas.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Duck Dynasty star Jep Robertson to visit Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Jep Robertson, one of the stars of TV's Duck Dynasty, is scheduled to appear at an Atlanta running race this weekend as debate rages over comments by his father and fellow cast member.

A&E suspended Phil Robertson for comments about gay people that he made during an interview with GQ magazine. Several fans of the show reacted angrily, saying Robertson has a right to voice his views.

Jules Jeptha "Jep" Robertson, who is Phil Roberton's youngest son, is scheduled to appear at the "Duck Dash Atlanta" 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday at Turner Field.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the race is billed as "a complete redneck 5k." The event's website states that awards will be presented by Jep Robertson for 5K overall champions and the "most redneckedness" costume.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Police searching for Roswell child find 2 bodies

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — Roswell police say they've found two bodies during their search for a missing 4-year-old boy and his father.

Roswell police Officer Lisa Holland says the bodies of a male and a child were found shortly after 10 a.m. Friday in a wooded area, about a half-mile from his apartment in the Atlanta suburb.

Police had issued a child abduction alert early Friday morning and began searching for Jesus Dominguez when officers found his mother Thursday afternoon, severely beaten and unconscious in the apartment on Old Holcomb Bridge Way. She was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

Holland tells The Associated Press that police believe the bodies are that of the child and father, but are awaiting positive identification from the medical examiner. Police are treating the case as a murder-suicide.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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