Georgia News Roundup
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Emory law school hosts talks on law and religion

ATLANTA (AP) — A number of well-known scholars on law and religion are set to speak at Emory University's law school.

The "Christianity and Human Rights" event on March 26 is the inaugural event in a five-year spring lecture series at the Emory University School of Law.

Topics are set to include religious freedom, women's rights and sexual expression, as well as restoring the rights and dignity of those in prison.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Alonzo L. McDonald Distinguished Scholar Lectures on Christian Scholarship is a new series of annual lectures at Emory.

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Sen. Johnny Isakson to speak at UGA commencement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — University of Georgia officials say U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has been selected as the school's spring commencement speaker.

The undergraduate spring commencement ceremony is scheduled for May 9 at 7 p.m. at Sanford Stadium. In a statement, UGA President Jere Morehead called Isakson a great public servant and statesman who has been an advocate for public education.

University of Georgia College of Education dean emeritus Arthur M. Horne is scheduled to speak at the school's graduate commencement at 10 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum.

Tickets are not required for either ceremony.

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Georgia group mulls sharpshooters to reduce deer herd

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — A coastal Georgia conservation and development authority is considering bringing in sharpshooters to address an overpopulation of white tailed deer.

Conservation director of the Jekyll Island Authority Ben Carswell tells the Brunswick News he's creating a control plan that could include hiring sharpshooters to cull the island's deer herd.

A committee studying the overpopulation is waiting to hear results of a feasibility study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Carswell says he's expecting to hear back from federal officials by the end of the month. The committee studying the issue has also discussed controlled hunting, controlling reproduction and reintroducing natural predators — like bobcats — to thin out the herd.

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Trial in Macon law grad slaying moved to McDonough

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The trial of a man charged with killing and dismembering a law school classmate in Macon has been moved to Henry County about 60 miles away.

The Telegraph reports a court order filed Wednesday says the trial for 28-year-old Stephen McDaniel will be held in McDonough. It is scheduled to begin April 28.

McDaniel is charged with murder in the June 2011 slaying of 27-year-old Lauren Giddings, who had just graduated from Mercer University Law School. Her torso was found in a trash bin outside the apartment complex where Giddings and McDaniel were neighbors. The rest of her remains were never recovered.

McDaniel's defense attorneys had asked to move the trial, saying news coverage of the case would make it impossible to seat an impartial jury in Macon.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, 

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Dump truck sends car crashing into Georgia apartment

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say nobody was injured when a runaway dump truck rolling downhill struck a car and sent it crashing through the wall of an apartment in metro Atlanta.

WSB-TV reports the truck was being used on a grading job in Norcross when it rolled 40 yards down a hill Wednesday night. Gwinnett County firefighters say the truck plowed into a car, shoving it halfway through a ground floor unit at the Arbor Mill Apartments.

Investigators say the driver had stepped away from the truck when it started rolling. Nobody was inside the apartment that was damaged.

Firefighters were called out to secure the apartment and determine if it was structurally sound.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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Athens mayor says some pot use should be legal

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The mayor of Athens-Clarke County, who's seeking re-election this year, says possession and use of small amounts of marijuana should be legal.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports Mayor Nancy Denson announced her pro-pot position for the first time Wednesday night at a debate on the University of Georgia campus.

Denson told dozens of students and Athens residents: "I'd like to see small amounts of marijuana decriminalized." The mayor also said that being caught with a small amount of pot for personal use shouldn't "create a criminal record that follows someone for the rest of their life."

The mayor's opponent, local activist Tim Denson, has been running on a platform that includes legalizing possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. They will face off in the nonpartisan election May 20.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, 

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Georgia lawmakers face busy final day of session

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers still have some tough issues to tackle on the final day of the 2014 legislative session.

The state House and Senate will adjourn for the year Thursday night. Before their midnight deadline, lawmakers will have to decide whether to let Georgians with licenses carry guns into bars and churches, whether to allow some medical marijuana use by patients with cancer, glaucoma and some seizure disorders and how to overhaul the state's child welfare system.

The Legislature has pushed through the 40-day session quickly so that lawmakers can leave the Capitol and hit the campaign trail. Legislators are prohibited from raising money during the session, and Georgia primaries come early this year on May 20.

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Metro Atlanta teen slain in parking lot shooting

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Police in metro Atlanta are investigating the fatal shooting of a teenager in DeKalb County.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the 18-year-old victim died after being shot at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was found in the parking lot of a gas station.

By Thursday morning, a makeshift memorial had sprung up at the scene as family and friends left stuffed bears, candles and other mementos.

Police have not said what they think motivated the shooting or announced any arrests. The victim's name was not immediately released by authorities.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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School bus, truck collide head-on in west Georgia

BUCHANAN, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a head-on collision between a pickup truck and a school bus in west Georgia that injured several school children and both drivers.

The Georgia State Patrol says the crash happened Thursday morning on Highway 120 in Haralson County between the cities of Buchanan and Tallapoosa. Troopers say the pickup truck crossed the center line and struck the bus head-on.

The State Patrol says the driver of the truck — a 17-year-old girl — was airlifted to an Atlanta hospital with serious injuries. The agency said the bus driver and approximately five children riding the bus were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.

The highway was expected to remain closed for several hours Thursday as troopers investigated the crash.

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