Georgia News Roundup
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King Center to celebrate Civil Rights Act of 1964

ATLANTA (AP) — A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is to be held at the center dedicated to preserving the legacy of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The landmark legislation outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin, as well as ending segregation in schools, workplaces and facilities that serve the general public.

King was present when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the act into law on July 2, 1964.

The celebration at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change Friday is set to feature speeches and presentations by federal officials, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, the Rev. Bernice King, and three civil rights icons: the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, C.T. Vivian, and Ambassador Andrew Young.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Child car seat inspections to be offered in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police in Athens are planning free child safety car seat inspections.

Police said the checks will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday at outside the Georgia Square Mall on the Atlanta Highway. They are being done in coordination with SafeKids Athens.

Police said in a statement that 80 percent of child safety seats are not installed properly. They're inviting motorists to have their car seats inspected by a certified technician.

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Doctor: Ex-Atlanta schools head can't endure trial

ATLANTA (AP) — A doctor says Atlanta's former school superintendent can't endure a trial in the system's test cheating case due to her health.

Beverly Hall's oncologist, Dr. Laura Weakland, said in a sworn statement that Hall can't endure a trial because of side effects from chemotherapy and progression of cancer.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard suspended an assistant district attorney for reacting to the delay. Howard said the prosecutor wrote "Surprise, surprise" in an email inadvertently sent to all parties in the case.

Howard said in a statement that he suspended the prosecutor because he can't ignore "the appearance of insensitivity to Dr. Hall's condition."

Hall is among more than 30 Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Energy officials discuss German waste in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Energy Department officials say the German government is paying researchers at the Savannah River Site near Aiken to study how to handle waste that might be sent to South Carolina.

The research is focused on how to separate materials in the waste.

Gary DeLeon with the Energy Department says if the material is processed, an easier way is needed to handle it. DeLeon says a method has been developed to separate the highly enriched uranium. It could be blended to make fuel for nuclear reactors.

The United States has a longstanding program to bring back nuclear waste created by American-generated atomic material that sent to foreign countries for research.

Anti-nuclear activist Tom Clements says it would be bad for South Carolina if the material is sent here.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Man gets life sentence in Gainesville slaying

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A judge has ordered a man to spend life in prison with no parole in the killing of a man gunned down outside a Gainesville store.

The Times reports that Joseph Williams last month was convicted of malice murder in the June 2013 killing of Adrian Thompson in the parking lot of Peppers Market & Grocery.

At a Thursday hearing in Hall County Superior Court, Judge Jason Deal ordered Williams to spend life in prison with no parole.

The judge told Williams that he doesn't recall a case in which the evidence of malice was so clear. Referring to surveillance video of the crime, the judge said, "You kept shooting until he quit moving."

Information from: The Times, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Police seek suspect after kitten thrown off bridge

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Animal control officers in Savannah are seeking the public's help in the search for a person they say threw a 10-week-old kitten over the railing of the Diamond Causeway Bridge.

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police said its Marine Patrol and Animal Control officers were able to rescue the male kitten that survived the fall on Thursday.

They said the kitten fell into the water, swam to shore and then became stuck in mud. The animal is now recovering at the Metro Animal Control Shelter.

Police are asking anyone with information on the case to call Crimestoppers.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

2 companies plan Southeast Wisconsin expansion

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Plans by two companies to expand operations in southeastern Wisconsin could bring more than 800 jobs to the area.

The packaging materials company Uline says it will relocate its Midwest distribution center and 475 jobs from Waukegan, Ill., to Kenosha. The company plans to buy 200 acres and build a 1 million-square-foot distribution center, which it expects will be operational by 2016.

The Kenosha News says just last month, Uline announced plans to double the size of its headquarters in nearby Pleasant Prairie.

Meanwhile, Briggs & Stratton Corp., says it will add 220 full-time jobs and 150 seasonal positions at its suburban Milwaukee plant after closing a factory in McDonough, Georgia. Briggs plans to move production of riding lawn mowers, pressure washers and snow blowers to Wauwatosa (wah-wah-TOH'-sah) in 2015.

Information from: Kenosha News, 

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