Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia state patrol welcomes 46 new cadets

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Public Safety has welcomed 46 new cadets to the Georgia State Patrol.

Officials say the new cadets graduated Friday at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth and will report to their posts Sept. 1. The graduation featured a keynote address by Gov. Nathan Deal and remarks by Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mark McDonough.

The new cadets graduated after 31 weeks of training, which included 18 weeks at the academy, 12 weeks of field training and week of graduation preparation.

Officials say the cadets spent more than 1,500 hours on training and covered topics including driving, defensive tactics, vehicle stops, Spanish, criminal law and more.

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Northwestern State has 9 president finalists

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The University of Louisiana system says consultants have recommended nine candidates for president of Northwestern State, including three current or former college heads.

Those are Bossier Parish Community College chancellor James Henderson, Georgia Highlands College interim president Renva Watterson and Betsy Boze, former president of The College of the Bahamas. Boze is currently a senior fellow of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

The other six have been high-level administrators, system spokeswoman Leah Jackson said in a news release. They include Robert Mock, Jr., vice president for student affairs at the University of Kentucky and Michelle Johnston, senior vice president for administrative affairs at the University of Montevallo in Alabama.

The others are: Ron Dempsey, a vice president at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia; consultant Eugene Gilchrist, a former official at the University of Louisville; Linda Rinker, executive vice president for academic affairs at Davenport University in Michigan, and Marwan Wafa, vice chancellor and dean at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus.

The school based in Natchitoches got 41 applications.

The search committee is scheduled to choose a president by the end of September. It will meet Thursday in Baton Rouge to choose semifinalists to interview in Natchitoches the week of Sept. 8.

Northwestern State's longest-serving president, Randall Webb, announced his retirement in April. A new president is expected to be named at the end of September.

Northwestern State has nearly 9,000 students in more than 50 degree programs in Natchitoches, at campuses in Leesville and Shreveport and other centers in central Louisiana.

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Georgia officials offer online deer hunting application

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia wildlife officials are encouraging deer hunters to fill out an online application that will allow them to participate in this season's deer quota hunt.

Officials from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division officials say the deadline to submit an application for deer quota hunting is Sept. 1.

Game management chief John Bowers says the state has seen a 25 to 30 percent increase in the number of deer quota hunt applications over the past few years and more young people are getting involved in hunting.


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Trust donates land along Chattahoochee River

WEST POINT, Ga. (AP) — More public land is being added along the Chattahoochee River in west Georgia, with the aim of providing more access to the waterway that forms the Georgia-Alabama border.

The nonprofit Trust for Public Land on Tuesday announced the donation of 124 acres in the West Point area.

The organization, which works to protect public land across the country, said in a statement the land being protected along the Chattahoochee is part of larger plans to create "greenway" areas along the river.

The trust said West Point envisions a public greenway on either side of the Chattahoochee from the city to the West Point Dam Recreation Area. The group said the land donation also supports a goal of creating the Chattahoochee River Blueway, a paddling route from West Point Lake to Columbus.

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Crews rescue woman from Chattahoochee River

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say rescue crews were able to reach a woman trapped on a rock in the Chattahoochee River and bring her to safety.

Atlanta Fire Rescue spokeswoman Janet Ward said the woman was stranded in the river Monday in the Peachtree creek area.

Ward tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the woman was pulled from the water a short time after police and firefighters were dispatched to the river.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Gas truck crashes, overturns in Phenix City yard

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — Crews have been cleaning up an estimated 3,500 to 7,000 gallons of gasoline after a semitrailer overturned in the front yard of a home in eastern Alabama.

Authorities say the tractor-trailer crashed and overturned outside a home on Summerville Road in Phenix City shortly after 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that a hole the size of a garden hose was discovered spilling gasoline into the yard. Two smaller 4,500-gallon gasoline trucks were used to empty out the contents of the larger truck's tank.

Authorities say the driver of the semi was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries. No one else was injured in the crash.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 

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Man found shot to death in Crawford County

KNOXVILLE, Ga. (AP) — State and local law officers are investigating a killing in Crawford County, west of Macon.

Crawford County sheriff's officials say the crime happened Monday morning at a residence on Haywood Circle. Sheriff's deputies responded to the home at 11:02 a.m. Monday and found a man fatally shot inside.

The Telegraph reports that officials were withholding the man's name pending notification of the family.

The body was being taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab for an autopsy. Few other details were available early Tuesday.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, 

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Inspection: Brakes functional on runaway Georgia car 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Investigators say the brakes were functioning properly on a car that rolled out of a driveway and hit four children in Hall County, but there's no indication the emergency brake was applied at the time of the accident.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Brodie Forrester tells The Times of Gainesville a certified mechanic inspected the car after the accident in late July that left four children injured.

Authorities charged 32-year-old Oleksandra Myrna with four counts of reckless conduct for failing to use the emergency brake. Attorney Doug Henry says his client disputes the charges.

Henry says Myrna had been driving the car for a few weeks and her young son who usually climbs over the console to exit the vehicle may have accidentally knocked the car's gear shift into neutral.

Information from: The Times, 

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Activists in 6 states plan to spread North Carolina protests

By Jonathan Drew, Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Organizers of regular protests at the North Carolina Legislature are being joined by NAACP leaders in a half-dozen other states to launch a week of demonstrations.

The North Carolina NAACP says that Friday will be the first of seven days of demonstrations. In North Carolina, a coalition led by the NAACP has protested at the Capitol nearly every week during the past two legislative sessions.

NAACP leaders from Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee and Wisconsin said on a conference call Tuesday that they will hold demonstrations in their states during some or all of the seven days. Organizers say demonstrations are also being planned in Mississippi.

About 900 people were arrested at protests during the 2013 legislative session in North Carolina, and about 100 were arrested during this year's session.

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Georgia regulators approve nuclear plant spending

ATLANTA (AP) — State utility regulators have approved Georgia Power's latest spending on a new nuclear plant.

The members of the Public Service Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve Georgia Power's expenditure of $389 million to build two new reactors at Plant Vogtle (VOH'-gohl). The vote covered construction spending during 2013.

The utility is expected to spend more than $6 billion on its share of the massive project.

Executives for the Southern Co. subsidiary have said the first of the new reactors should be operating in late 2017, while the second is supposed to come online late in 2018.

State monitors have said Georgia Power and its co-owners of the new plant may face challenges sticking to that schedule.

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