Georgia News Roundup
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Alabama, Florida reject keeping water data secret

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Alabama and Florida have rejected a proposed plan to keep secret the results of a water study being done by a private group.

The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders group had sought to keep the data confidential. The Times of Gainesville reports that the group had concerns about information leaks from an ongoing water study conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology's Georgia Water Resources Institute.

The stakeholder group had voted to keep its data secret until it could be released as part of an overall plan on water usage, the focus of ongoing legal battles between the states.

It wanted Alabama and Florida to enter into a memorandum of understanding agreeing to confidentiality.

Georgia Environmental Protection Division Director Jud Turner said it's disappointing that Alabama and Florida declined to sign the deal.

Information from: The Times, http://www.gainesvilletimes.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Georgia man misfires gun in cafe; no one hurt

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a man accidentally fired his gun in a northeast Georgia restaurant, sending the bullet through his seat and ricocheting off the floor.

Athens-Clarke County police say the 22-year-old Loganville man was carrying his gun between his belt and his pants at the Fatz Cafe on Wednesday.

Police say that when he reached into his pocket to get money for his meal, one of his fingers got caught in the trigger guard of the .45-caliber pistol.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that after shooting through the seat and bouncing off the floor, the bullet was found on top of a chair. No injuries were reported.

The man's name wasn't released. A police report states that he had a permit to carry the weapon, but his method wasn't the safest way.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Masked men steal donation box from Wal-Mart store

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are searching for two masked men accused of stealing a Children's Miracle Network donation box from a Walmart store in central Georgia.

Sheriff's officials say two men entered store on Harrison Road in Macon shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday and picked up the charity box. An employee told deputies the men wore black ski masks and left the store in a tan or gold Ford Taurus with the license plate obscured by a piece of cloth.

A sheriff's report states that the employee could not place a value on the theft but provided deputies with photos taken from surveillance footage.

The Telegraph of Macon reports that the Salt Lake City, Utah-based Children's Miracle Network raises money for 170 children's hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.

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

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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