Georgia News Roundup
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Emory to help train nurses to care for veterans

ATLANTA (AP) — Emory University's nursing school and the Atlanta VA Medical Center are teaming up to train nurses to care for veterans.

Emory says the VA Health System is anticipating a nursing shortage as increasing health needs of aging and returning veterans coincide with a projected wave of nurse retirements.

Emory is one of six nursing schools in the country that was chosen for the VA Nursing Academic Partnership program through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The partnership provides $4 million to fund 10 new faculty positions at Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and to increase the university's undergraduate nursing class by 100 students over five years.

Other schools selected include Arizona State University, Marquette University, New Mexico University, Oregon Health & Science University, and the University of Minnesota.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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State Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens urging caution with sparklers

ATLANTA (AP) — State Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is urging Georgians to use caution with sparklers as the July 4th holiday approaches.

Hudgens said Tuesday that sparklers aren't considered illegal in the state although all other fireworks are. Hudgens says sparklers can burn at temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees and should be properly used under adult supervision.

Hudgens says about 8,000 people are treated for firework-related injuries annually and most of them are children.

Hudgens says use of illegal fireworks is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or a year in jail.

The fire commissioner will participate in safety demonstrations at the Columbus Fire Department Thursday morning and the Macon Fire Department Friday afternoon.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Police: Villa Rica clerk fatally shoots robber

VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) — A clerk has shot and killed a robber whom police say was trying to steal money from a Villa Rica store.

WSB-TV reports the robbery Tuesday night happed at the Junior Food convenience store in Carroll County.

Police said a 19-year-old suspect entered the store just before it was set to close. The robber pointed a gun at the clerk and started taking cash.

Authorities said the clerk pulled his own gun and shot the robber, who died of his injuries. The suspect's name was not immediately released.

No charges are expected against the clerk.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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