Georgia News Roundup
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US Attorney hosting prisoner re-entry summit

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to attend a summit this week on prisoner re-entry programs in northern Georgia.

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia said in a release that the office is hosting a re-entry summit Wednesday morning at the Richard B. Russell Federal Building in downtown Atlanta.

Officials are planning to discuss employment opportunities for those who have been incarcerated and benefits being offered to businesses that employ ex-convicts.

U.S. Attorney's officials say about 700,000 people are released from state and federal prisons annually in the U.S. Officials say 66 percent of state prisoners and 40 percent of federal prisoners reoffend within three years of release. Prosecutors say barriers to employment and stigmas associated with ex-convicts are factors in the recidivism rates.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Georgia man facing charges in accidental shooting

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police in Savannah say charges have been filed against a man who accidentally shot himself in one of his fingers.

Authorities say 23-year-old Alajuawon Williams was arrested after being discharged from the Memorial University Medical Center Monday afternoon because police determined the gun he shot himself with was stolen.

Investigators say Williams told them he was checking to see if the weapon was loaded when he accidentally pulled the trigger.

The man has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Witnesses thought police helicopter flew too low

ATLANTA (AP) — Some witnesses expressed surprise at how low a police helicopter was flying before it crashed into an Atlanta neighborhood, killing the two officers on board.

The witness accounts are included in a newly-released report from the National Transportation Safety Board, which is still investigating what caused the chopper to go down. It crashed in flames during the search for a missing child on Nov. 3, 2012.

The report states that one witness outside a gas station saw the helicopter and said "Why is that helicopter flying so low?" Another witness at a MARTA station recalls making a similar comment.

An Atlanta police officer in a car on the ground told investigators he saw an object explode in his peripheral vision. A few seconds later, the helicopter fell into the street and exploded.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Fundraising effort planned after 18 horses killed

BISHOP, Ga. (AP) — A fundraising effort is planned to help the owners of horses that were killed after a fire destroyed their stable at a northeast Georgia equestrian center.

Authorities say 18 horses died after the Friday morning blaze at the Brookwood Equestrian Center near Bishop. Oconee County Fire Chief Bruce Thaxton said one of the 18 horses was able to get out of the barn, but was injured so badly that it had to be put down.

Marie Greer of Covered Bridge Equine in Watkinsville tells The Athens Banner-Herald (http://bit.ly/1bqa0Jp) that a silent auction is being planned to help raise funds. Details were still being worked out.

King Howington, who owns the farm with his wife, Melanie, said the benefit is aimed at helping those who boarded horses at the farm.

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

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Vermont Law School partnerships to expand diversity

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Law School has partnered with several historically black colleges and universities to expand racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.

The law school has partnered with Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and Morehouse College and Spelman College in Atlanta.

Each partnership is tailored to the interests of the college or university. The agreement with Central State University, for example, is designed to attract prospective students to the J.D./Master of Environmental Law and Policy and the J.D./Master of Energy Regulation and Law programs at Vermont Law.

The partnerships with Morehouse College and Spelman College are designed to facilitate admission of qualified students to law school in general and Vermont Law in particular.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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MLK estate wants his daughter to give up his Nobel

By Kate Brumback, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — The estate of Martin Luther King Jr. is asking a judge to force the civil rights icon's daughter to relinquish her father's Nobel Peace Prize and "traveling bible."

The complaint against Bernice King was filed Friday in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta by her father's estate, which is controlled by her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King.

The lawsuit says Martin Luther King Jr.'s heirs in 1995 assigned their rights to property inherited from the civil rights icon to the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc. The lawsuit says Bernice King has "secreted and sequestered" the peace prize and "traveling bible" in violation of that agreement.

Bernice King did not immediately return a message left with the spokesman for the King Center, where she is CEO.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Metro Atlanta man sentenced in fatal DUI wreck

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — A metro Atlanta man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for driving drunk during a crash that killed his teenage daughter and left another one of his daughters critically injured.

Anthony Eugene Johnson appeared in court Tuesday and was ordered to spend seven years in prison and five on probation.

Prosecutors have said Johnson was drunk on June 3, 2012 when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a tree near Stone Mountain. Authorities have said he was driving with four of his children in the car.

His 15-year-old daughter died, and his 11-year-old daughter suffered a serious brain injury.

Johnson was arrested after the crash and was later released on bond. Prosecutors have revealed he had two prior DUI arrests in 2002 and 2004.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Child traffic deaths drop 43 percent over decade

By Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — A new report shows fewer children are dying in traffic accidents, and officials say that's because more young kids are buckled up.

Over a decade, the number of children 12 and under who died in crashes dropped by 43 percent. Health officials say increased use of car seats and booster seats drove the decline.

Still, a third of the 650 children who died in 2011 were not buckled up. That was the case in almost half of the black and Hispanic deaths compared to a quarter of white deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report on Tuesday.

Online: CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns 

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