Georgia News Roundup
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Savannah to recycle college students' throwaways

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah is making an extra effort to recycle items typically thrown away every year by college students leaving the city for summer break.

At the end of May, the city plans to partner with the Savannah College of Art and Design, as well as Goodwill and Keep Savannah Beautiful, to keep the usual piles couches, microwave ovens and other goods from going straight to the landfill.

From May 31 to June 4, students will be able to arrange for free pickup of furniture and appliances. Dump trucks will make rounds of neighborhoods near the downtown campus. And Goodwill will have staff at a drop-off site to sift through discarded items for goods that can be reused.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Robins AFB holds annual memorial garden ceremony

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) — Just before Memorial Day, airmen and civilian workers at Robins Air Force Base are remembering co-workers who have died in the past year.

The middle Georgia military base was holding its annual memorial ceremony Thursday at Camellia Gardens, where plaques outside the entrance bear the names of 1,896 airmen and civilians who worked at Robins and have died since the garden was established in 1976.

This year officials are remembering 59 late colleagues who had been assigned to the base.

The memorial service is a 37-year-old tradition started by Robins Air Force Base officials along with the Middle Georgia Camellia Society and the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Bartow County DA re-indicts after juror issue

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Officials in Bartow County say a woman serving on its grand jury has been removed after authorities determined she was not a U.S. citizen.

WXIA-TV in Atlanta reports the woman is a legal U.S. resident but that one has to be a U.S. citizen to serve on the grand jury. District Attorney Rosemary Greene says the issue prompted attorneys to re-indict more than 130 cases.

Greene says prosecutors were fortunate the issue was caught before any cases went to trial.

The TV station reports jurors used to be chosen from among registered voters but a change in state law allows jurors to be selected from among registered drivers.

That leaves it up to courts to verify who is qualified to serve.

Information from: WXIA-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Report: Manufacturing plant planned for Kingsland

KINGSLAND, Ga. (AP) — A new $3.5 million manufacturing plant is being planned for Kingsland.

The Brunswick News reports Summer Industries is behind the project. The manufacturer of various items including paperboard tubes and composite cans also has plants in Florida, Mississippi, New York and North Carolina.

Steve Summer is CEO of Summer Industries and tells the newspaper that city officials along with the Kingsland Development Authority "did an outstanding job putting together an incentive package that was tailored to suit our needs." Mayor Ken Smith says he's pleased with the announcement and expects Summer Industries will be community partners as the city continues to market and promote itself.

The plant is being planned near Interstate 95. Darren Harper with the development authority says no timeline has been set for construction to begin.

Information from: The Brunswick News, http://www.thebrunswicknews.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Feds investigate after plane parts land on Clayton County home

ELLENWOOD, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating after a Boeing 747 on approach to Atlanta's airport lost parts from its right wing that landed on a woman's house in Clayton County.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday the China Airlines flight landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after Sunday's incident. No injuries were reported.

Homeowner Pamela Ware told WSB-TV in Atlanta that she's thankful she survived after part of the wing hit her house Sunday afternoon.

The TV station reports another piece of the plane landed in front of a Walmart a few miles away.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Riverdale High School to graduate 5 sets of twins

ATLANTA (AP) — A high school in Clayton County is set to graduate five sets of twins during its graduation ceremony on Friday.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the five sets of twins will be among the 234 graduates of Riverdale High School receiving diplomas at Friday's ceremony at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The newspaper says the twins are Raven and Kirstyn Miller; Jasmine and Briana Gaunt; Briana and Ashley Adair; Kamhad and Kashad Magwood and Damidrick and Damitrious Cowser.

School officials say the twins have been active in several organizations and played sports.

The ceremony is set for 3:15 p.m. Friday and is part of Operation Graduation, where eight Clayton County high school graduation ceremonies are being held over three days this week at the Georgia Dome.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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New Fulton elections chief: Add early voting sites

ATLANTA (AP) — Rick Barron will take over next month as Fulton County's new elections chief, as the department continues to deal with a state investigation into problems at the polls.

Barron tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he wants to make voting more convenient, minimize mishaps and improve transparency. He wants to increase early voting sites from six to as many as 25.

Barron was previously an elections administrator in Williamson County, Texas.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp is investigating a series of problems during last year's elections. In November, thousands of registered voters didn't appear on voter rolls, creating long lines and confusion. Fulton County used more paper ballots than the rest of the state combined.

The department has also faced internal turmoil, with five directors or interim directors in seven years.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Conference set to settle Savannah dredging suits

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a hearing to formally settle lawsuits challenging the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel.

A tentative settlement was reached last month and U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel is slated to hold a hearing next Wednesday in Charleston.

Environmental groups and a South Carolina agency sued last year, contending deepening the 32-mile shipping channel will dredge up toxic cadmium.

Under the settlement, the Army Corps of Engineers would have to perform more mitigation, the Georgia Ports Authority would provide more than $25 million in conservation efforts and transfer 2,000 acres of salt marsh to South Carolina.

The plaintiffs could go back to court if tests of equipment designed to replenish oxygen in the water do not work.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Arrest made in slaying of former NFL player

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Police in suburban Atlanta say an arrest has been made in the death of former NFL player David McMillan III.

DeKalb County police Sgt. W.L. Wallace says 31-year-old McMillan was shot outside his car early Saturday morning. Wallace says McMillan and a man identified as 19-year-old Antonio Faust got out of Wallace's car and fought briefly before the shooting.

Wallace says Faust surrendered to authorities Tuesday and told investigators he had gotten a ride from McMillan and tried robbing him at gunpoint.

According to the NFL's website, McMillan is from Hinesville, Ga. and played for the Cleveland Browns between 2005 and 2007.

Faust is being held on a murder charge in the DeKalb County jail and was scheduled to appear in court Thursday. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Savannah man sentenced to life in rape case

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Savannah man accused of strangling a woman and raping her in front of her 1-year-old daughter has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Jerry Lewis Howard was sentenced Thursday for the 2007 incident. Officials with the Chatham County District Attorney's office say he was granted a retrial in the case in 2010.

Authorities have said Howard's then 28-year-old girlfriend returned to his house after the two had broken up to retrieve some of her things. Officials say 50-year-old Howard got into a fight with the victim and attacked her in front of her daughter.

Howard was charged with aggravated assault and child cruelty.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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