Georgia News Roundup
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New president chosen for Georgia technical college

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The president of a community college in Phenix City, Alabama has been chosen for a leadership post at a technical institution in suburban Atlanta.

Technical College System of Georgia officials said in a statement that Chattahoochee Valley Community College President Glen Cannon has been chosen to serve as president of Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Georgia's technical college system Commissioner Ron Jackson announced his selection during the board's monthly meeting in Atlanta on Thursday. Cannon was unanimously approved for the position, which has been open since Sharon Bartels retired in May.

Cannon will begin in his new role Sept. 1. Cannon has been president of the Chattahoochee Valley Community College since 2011 and previously worked in the Georgia technical college system for 22 years.

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Atlanta celebrates World Elephant Day

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's zoo is joining others across North America to get people interested in the plight of African elephants.

Zoo Atlanta says it plans to hold activities to raise awareness, engage interest and inspire action for African elephants and their situation in the wild. The efforts are part of the 96 Elephants campaign. The zoo says Tuesday is World Elephant Day.

The zoo says the campaign takes its name from the estimated number of elephants slaughtered daily for their tusks in Africa.

Zoo Atlanta plans to kick off World Elephant Day early with Go Grey Day on Saturday. Visitors are encouraged to wear gray to show their support, and there will be a variety of activities centered around elephants.



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Georgia woman sentenced in federal grant fraud 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a woman has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for fraudulently obtaining federal grants that were meant to help fight substance abuse.

Authorities say 62-year-old Jessica Regas of Cumming obtained more than $600,000 in federal grants meant to fight juvenile substance abuse but instead used the money to pay personal expenses.

Prosecutors say Regas submitted false statements in her grant applications and continued applying for federal assistance after the business she was applying on behalf of ceased to exist.

She was ordered to serve a year and nine months in prison, three years of supervised release and is also ordered to pay $600,000 in restitution.

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3 pedestrians struck by van on DeKalb County road

TUCKER, Ga. (AP) — A van has struck and injured three pedestrians in DeKalb County.

DeKalb County Fire Department Capt. Eric Jackson said the collision happened Thursday night on a local road near Interstate 285.

Jackson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the conditions of the injured people ranged from moderate to critical.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Valet vendor shutting down at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA (AP) — A valet parking service vendor will end operations at Atlanta's airport because the firm says new competition makes it financially unviable.

AmeriPark's GreenCoat Auto Concierge started business last year at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It offered curbside valet parking and services like oil changes and car washes while travelers were away.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the valet service will stop taking new reservations Friday. The decision comes as the airport plans to add valet service under a new airport parking contract. GreenCoat representatives said the new competition would have drawn away some of its customers and made it financially unworkable to continue.

AmeriPark will fulfill existing reservations.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Feds target international counterfeiting ring

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities say 13 people have been indicted in connection with an alleged counterfeiting ring that involved fake bills manufactured in Israel being circulated in the United States.

An indictment issued Thursday charges 10 people, including four Israelis, with racketeering and conspiring to commit various counterfeiting offenses. Three other defendants were charged with participating in the conspiracy.

Authorities claim the ring manufactured more than $77 million in fake $100 bills over more than a decade.

Officials say the Secret Service first began detecting fake bills believed to be manufactured in Israel in 1999, and that the defendants set up a highly sophisticated domestic printing plant in New Jersey earlier this year.

Arrest and search warrants were executed in May and June in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Florida.

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Heavy storm causes damage across metro Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — A heavy storm that rolled through metro Atlanta brought down trees, flooded streets and caused power outages for thousands of residents.

WSB-TV reports that nearly 22,000 people were without electricity Thursday night throughout Georgia.

In Atlanta, falling trees damaged a dozen cars in one neighborhood. Utility poles were also snapped.

A falling tree slammed into an apartment building in Norcross, damaging four homes. Firefighters said 15 people were displaced. No injuries were reported.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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Gullah Geechee Corridor Commission to meet in North Carolina

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The commission working to preserve the culture of sea island slave descendants in four southeastern states is holding its quarterly meeting in North Carolina.

The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission meets Friday in Calabash. The culture is known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida.

Friday's meeting will focus on the history of Gullah communities in Brunswick County, North Carolina. In addition, there will be discussion of implementing the management plan for the corridor that reaches from near Jacksonville, North Carolina to south of Jacksonville, Florida.

The plan was more than a dozen years in the making and received final approval from the U.S. Department of the Interior last year.

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Woman found slain in DeKalb apartment complex

ATLANTA (AP) — Police are investigating the apparent killing of a woman found inside a DeKalb County apartment complex.

WXIA-TV reports the woman's body was found around 10 p.m. Thursday inside the Shoals Crossing Apartments.

DeKalb County Police Sgt. Steven Dean said the woman was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has not been released.

Authorities have not publicly identified any suspects, but Dean said investigators are following several leads.

Information from: WXIA-TV, 

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