Georgia News Roundup
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Clark Atlanta announces Barnes & Noble partnership

ATLANTA (AP) — Clark Atlanta University officials have announced Barnes & Noble College will manage and operate the university's bookstore.

University spokesman Larry Calhoun said Monday that the bookstore is closed this week and will reopen July 15 under new management.

Clark Atlanta President Carlton Brown says he's confident the partnership will serve both the campus and the broader community.

Officials say Clark Atlanta students will also be able to participate in the Barnes and Noble GenNext Panel, which is a national online panel aimed at having students give insight to help the company ensure the products they're offering are in line with course material and emerging trends.

Barnes & Noble College CEO Max Roberts says the company is committed to providing the latest in educational content and an unmatched retail experience.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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UGA to donate sturgeon to Atlanta food bank 

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are donating 1,900 pounds of California white sturgeon that had been part of a research study to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

UGA associate professor Doug Peterson said in a statement Monday that researchers didn't want the sturgeon to be thrown out. Although fish used in studies are normally disposed of, Peterson says research only involved testing a fish's swimming ability.

Officials say an Atlanta seafood company processed the sturgeon, which yielded about 950 pounds of high-quality fillets for a value of $9,000. The Atlanta Community Food Bank distributes more than 35 million pounds of food and groceries annually in metro Atlanta and north Georgia.

UGA officials say three live sturgeons also were donated for a Tennessee Aquarium exhibit.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Woman killed when truck clips SUV near Atlanta 

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police in Gwinnett County say a woman traveling with her family was killed when a tractor-trailer truck clipped her SUV and left the scene.

Police later located the truck driver who went on to make a delivery in Cobb County. They told WSB-TV that he may not have realized he hit the SUV, and the collision remains under investigation.

The collision occurred about 1:20 p.m. Monday on Interstate 85. Police said the tractor-trailer truck was changing lanes when it clipped the SUV. The SUV went up an embankment and flipped several times.

A female passenger was killed. Two children were injured, but police said their injuries did not appear life-threatening.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Augusta sheriff offers changes for downtown safety 

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The sheriff in Augusta say improving safety downtown should include closing a section of Riverwalk Augusta overnight, installing security cameras and creating a new tax district to increase patrols in the downtown area.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree presented his recommendations to the Augusta Commission on Monday. They come after a couple was beaten at night earlier this year at the riverwalk. The Augusta Chronicle says Roundtree recommended closing riverwalk between Fifth and Ninth streets from 11 p.m. until sunrise. He said that would give officers probable cause to ask people why they were in the area after closing.

The sheriff also recommended installing 32 cameras along Broad Street. He estimated that would cost about $342,000. He also proposed creating a special tax district to provide funds for extra patrols.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle, http://www.augustachronicle.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Common Core tests could exceed Georgia's budget

ATLANTA (AP) — National tests being created for the Common Core educational standards could cost Georgia more than its current budget of $25 million for all types of assessments.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the tests being created by a consortium of state education leaders known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers could run as high as $27.5 million for Georgia.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Nathan Deal, Stephanie Mayfield, says Deal is exploring options because of concerns about the cost of the assessments.

The partnership has set a ceiling of $18.50 per student for the English test it is developing and $18.50 for the math test it's creating. That's the first two subjects covered by Common Core. Georgia currently spends $8 to $9 per student on assessments.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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