Georgia News Roundup
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Graham named university librarian at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Officials with the University of Georgia say Toby Graham has been selected as university librarian and associate provost after a national search.

Graham has served in a variety of key roles for more than a decade with UGA Libraries and will start his new position on Sept. 1.

UGA President Jere W. Morehead said this week that Graham has "the background, personality, drive and dedication to move the libraries forward in the coming years."

Graham has served as deputy university librarian since 2009, overseeing fundraising and involved with strategic planning, administration and resource allocation.

As university librarian, Graham will oversee the four principal facilities of the UGA Libraries — the main library, science library, Miller Learning Center and Russell Special Collections Building.

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First quarter Georgia insurance settlements reach $2.1M

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says his department's consumer services division helped consumers recoup millions in settlements in the first quarter of 2014.

Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says his office has answered more than 4,000 complaints and helped consumers receive more than $2.1 million in claims settlement disputes with insurance companies.

Hudgens says specialists in the consumer services division can help with issues concerning life, health, auto and homeowners insurance.

Hudgens says the department has helped retrieve more than $32 million for consumers since he took office in 2011.

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Georgia wildlife officials urge patience with geese

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia wildlife officials are asking landowners to be patient with Canada geese during their summer molting period.

State waterfowl biologist Greg Balkcom says geese begin losing their feathers and growing new ones in late June and early July. During this time, the birds are unable to fly and are known to frustrate landowners who are irritated with the volume of feathers and feces the birds produce.

Officials say landowners may turn to several harassment techniques to try getting the birds to move — although the methods aren't entirely foolproof.

Landowners can try chemical repellents, mylar balloons, noise makers and wire or string barriers. Officials say landowners can also get permits from the state Game Management office to have the geese captured and relocated by a licensed nuisance wildlife trapper.

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Georgia man walking on I-10 in Mississippi killed

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Highway Patrol says a Georgia man was struck and killed while walking on Interstate 10 near Ocean Spring.

Jackson County Deputy Coroner Jason Moody tells The Sun Herald 53-year-old Gary Dean Thibeault, of Roswell, Georgia, was hit Tuesday in the westbound lane of I-10. Moody said Thibeault died of blunt-force trauma.

Other details about the accident were not immediately available.

Information from: The Sun Herald, 

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Macon leaders OK measure aimed at hockey team

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The Macon-Bibb County Commission has approved a rental agreement for Augusta's minor league hockey team to play in the Macon Coliseum if the team moves to the central Georgia city.

The Telegraph of Macon reports that commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the five-year agreement.

Kevin Dowdell, director of sales and marketing for the Macon Centreplex, said the Southern Professional Hockey League last week authorized Macon to host a franchise. The Centreplex includes the coliseum, where Dowdell said hockey supporters hope to average 2,100 fans at games.

The Augusta RiverHawks have been unable to play several games in Augusta's James Brown Arena due to problems with the facility's ice system.

The RiverHawks are in discussions with Macon officials about a possible move to central Georgia, team owner Bob Kerzner told The Augusta Chronicle. Kerzner confirmed Tuesday that he's had talks with city officials about potentially moving the RiverHawks to the Macon Coliseum, the Augusta newspaper reported.

If the team does move to Macon, Dowdell said the first games wouldn't be played in the coliseum until fall 2015. He said that would allow time to get local sponsors on board and whip up enthusiasm.

Macon has had minor league hockey teams before. The Macon Coliseum was 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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Pedestrian killed by vehicle on east Georgia road

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in east Georgia are investigating the death of a pedestrian, who was struck by a vehicle as she walked on a Richmond County road.

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said 19-year-old Sujada Lazana Truitt of Martinez was struck as she walked down Old Savannah Road around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Bowen said she was wearing dark clothing and walking near the double-yellow line in the area of the center of the road.

Authorities said the vehicle driver remained at the scene after the crash.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the death was the fifth pedestrian fatality in Richmond County this year.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , 

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Woman found shot to death in Columbus home

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the killing of a Columbus woman.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan the woman was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday inside a home near Forrest and Reese roads. Her name and age were not immediately unavailable.

Bryan said the home was in disarray with some items knocked over, including a television on the floor.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports ( that the woman's death is the 11th homicide in Columbus this year.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 

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New civil rights museum also explores human rights

By Kate Brumback, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — A new museum set to open in Atlanta next week builds on the legacy of the city's civil rights history and explores modern human rights struggles.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights CEO Doug Shipman says his goal is to educate visitors about fights for rights, but also to leave them with a sense of hope. The museum, at one end of Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, opens Monday.

The museum showcases the civil rights movement and modern human rights struggles separately but also aims to show how they're related.

The museum has permanent exhibits, such as a linear presentation of the civil rights movement and the personal papers of Martin Luther King Jr., but will also have a constantly changing series of exhibitions about ongoing struggles worldwide.

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Shooting near Atlanta CVS leaves 1 dead, 1 wounded

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating a shooting outside a CVS Pharmacy that left one man dead and another man wounded.

Police said one of the men was shot outside the northwest Atlanta CVS around 6 p.m. They say he then walked into the business, where he collapsed and died. Authorities identified him as 28-year-old Michael Holmes of Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the wounded man was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

Police said in a statement that they believe the man who died and the suspected shooter were acquainted, and that the crime might have involved drugs.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Former Hostess plant in Maine up for sale

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A former industrial bakery in Biddeford, Maine is for sale for $8.45 million.

The Portland Press Herald reports Wednesday that the listing ends hope the bakery will be reopened by the company that took it over after Hostess Brands filed for bankruptcy and laid off 370 employees. Flower Foods acquired the bakery last year and is selling the plant and eight other bakeries and 21 depots across the country.

A spokeswoman for Georgia-based Flower Foods told the Press Herald the Biddeford bakery and the eight others don't fit the company's strategic growth plan.

The 265,000-square-foot bakery was built in 1998.

The Hostess shutdown in November 2012 put a total of 500 Maine residents and 18,000 people nationwide out of work.

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