Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia to receive $2.8 million in housing funds

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia congressman says the state is receiving $2.8 million in affordable housing funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta.

In a statement, Democratic Rep. David Scott said the money will help create or rehabilitate seven affordable housing projects throughout the state.

Scott says the Waverly Terrace Senior Apartments in Columbus, the Middle Georgia Center in Dublin and the Bethel Housing Preservation project in Albany are among the seven developments that will benefit from the funding.

Scott says additional developments in Lawrenceville, Atlanta and Griffin are also receiving a portion of the funding. Recipients are slated to receive between $100,000 and $500,000 each.

Scott of district 13 represents several parts of the metro Atlanta region in Cobb, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, and Henry counties.

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Atlanta to host black college success summit

ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of historically black colleges and universities, educators and others are expected to meet in Atlanta for a national summit on student success at black colleges.

Officials from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities say the conference June 19-21 will be focused on developing regional and national strategies for improving student success at historically black colleges and universities. Atlanta is home to several HBCUs, including Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College and Morris Brown College.

Organizers say the summit is expected to include discussions on diversity and inclusion, effective retention and graduation programs, increasing international opportunities and more.

The summit is being held at the Embassy Suites hotel in downtown Atlanta.

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Police seek vehicle in West Georgia hit-and-run

WEST POINT, Ga. (AP) — Georgia state troopers are asking for the public's help in locating a vehicle and driver suspected of being involved in a deadly hit-and-run accident that left a pedestrian dead in west Georgia.

Officials say the crash happened around 2:45 a.m. Monday on Interstate 85 in Harris County, near the exit to West Point, Georgia, and just across the Alabama line.

No details about the male pedestrian were immediately available.

The Georgia State Patrol said in a statement that investigators believe the man was struck by a Pontiac Grand Prix, with a model year between 1997 and 2003.

They say the car may be either a 2- or 4-door model, and will have damage to the right front corner and windshield. The vehicle may also be missing the right-side passenger window.

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Phenix City police probe fatal hit-and-run crash

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — Police in the eastern Alabama town of Phenix City are searching for suspects after a 25-year-old Phenix City man was struck and killed by a car.

The Russell County Coroner's Office said Contaves Smith died early Sunday morning after he was hit by the car on Highway 165 near the Fort Mitchell Fire Department.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that no information on a suspect was immediately available.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 

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Macon considers return of minor league hockey

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The Macon-Bibb County Commission is expected to discuss the possibility of minor league hockey returning to the central Georgia city.

The Telegraph reports that Kevin Dowdell, director of sales and marketing for the Macon Centreplex, is scheduled to meet with commissioners Tuesday evening to make a presentation on the possibility of the Augusta RiverHawks moving to Macon.

The RiverHawks, established in 2010, have been unable to play several games in Augusta's James Brown Arena due to the facility's mechanical issues.

RiverHawks owner Bob Kerzner told the Augusta Chronicle in October that he was considering moving the team to a new city.

The Macon Centreplex includes the Macon Coliseum, which has been home to the Macon Whoopees from 1973-74; the Macon Whoopee from 1996-2002; and the Macon Trax from 2002-2005.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, 

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Motorcyclist hits moose, suffers minor injuries

LUNENBURG, Vt. (AP) — A motorcyclist has suffered minor injuries after her bike clipped the back end of a moose on a Vermont road.

Vermont State Police say 44-year-old Christina Hansen of Dallas, Georgia, was traveling east on U.S. Route 2 in Lunenburg on Monday night when she struck the moose.

Hansen, who was wearing a helmet, was treated for minor injuries at a hospital. The motorcycle had minor damage to its side.

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Delta Air Lines reopens museum after renovations

By Jeff Martin, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines is re-opening a museum at its Atlanta headquarters after extensive renovations in hopes of luring tourists to the company's original aircraft maintenance hangars on the north edge of the world's busiest airport.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Delta CEO Richard Anderson are expected to attend the newly renovated museum's grand opening Tuesday.

The 68,000-square-foot museum, housed in hangers that date to the 1940s, traces Delta's history from crop-dusting and air mail service to its first passenger flight from Dallas to Jackson, Mississippi, on June 17, 1929.

The museum includes Delta's first Douglas DC-3 and its first Boeing 767 jet.

Its oldest plane is a Northwest Airways Waco 125, purchased in 1928. Northwest Airways later became Northwest Airlines, which merged with Delta in 2008.

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