Georgia News Roundup
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Former poet laureate to speak at Emory graduation

ATLANTA (AP) — A former U.S. poet laureate is the keynote speaker at Emory University's 168th graduation exercises.

Rita Dove will deliver the address at the ceremony for 4,200 seniors who are graduating from the school in Atlanta on Monday.

The Ohio native served as poet laureate from 1993 through 1995, and she won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 1987.

Commencement will include recognition for six Tibetan monks who have spent the last three years at Emory. They are part of a program to integrate modern science into Buddhist study.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Military exercises could slow traffic at Robins

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) — Traffic could be slower than normal around Robins Air Force Base this week.

The military says exercises are beginning Monday to test readiness and emergency response at the central Georgia installation. The Macon Telegraph reports that officials will evaluate the base's response to natural and manmade threats.

A news release says there may be delays entering and exiting the base because of the drill. Services might also be scaled-back at some locations because of restricted access.

The exercise ends Thursday.

Robins is home to a materiel command that manages aircraft, engines, missiles and other equipment worldwide. It has about 23,000 civilian employees.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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UGA cheerleaders to appear on 'Today'

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia's cheerleaders are visiting New York for an appearance on early morning TV.

The Georgia cheerleading squad will appear on NBC's "Today Show" on Monday.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports the UGA squad was the only collegiate group chosen to appear on the show's "Varsity Week."

The Bulldogs are sending 12 cheerleaders and one mascot to New York City to do a one-minute routine at Rockefeller Plaza. They'll also appear before and after commercial breaks.

Producers selected participants based on videos from the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Collegiate National Championships.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Dispute ends in stabbing, shooting death in Snellville

SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A woman in suburban Atlanta was stabbed in the back and a man was found fatally shot in the head when officers responded to a call in Snellville.

Police say the man's death is being investigated as a suicide.

Officers were dispatched to an address on White Pine Road around 1:15 a.m. Sunday after a caller said he stabbed his girlfriend and needed help to be sent to the residence, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Police said they could hear a person screaming for help when they arrived. They forced open the locked front door and found the woman lying face-down with a stab wound in her back.

The man was located in the kitchen with a gunshot wound to his head and a weapon nearby, authorities said.

The woman told police that she and the man argued before the incident. She was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Snellville is about 25 miles east of Atlanta.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Copper thieves do heavy damage to Atlanta church

ATLANTA (AP) — Members of a small Atlanta church are without a place to worship after thieves stripped the copper from the building, gutting its walls and ceilings and ripping out copper wires and pipes.

New Faith Full Gospel Church Pastor Beverly Kempson said the damage is so bad that the thieves might as well have burned the building down. She said it looks like someone took an ax to the church on Jonesboro Road on the city's south side.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that an usher who arrived first Sunday morning discovered the damage.

Atlanta police spokesman Officer John Chafee said no arrests have been made.

With no plumbing or electricity, Kempson said she and her husband do not know when or where the congregation's 50 members will meet.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Dalton to open new trail for runners, bikers

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — Runners and mountain bikers in Dalton will soon have a new trail in the heart of the northwest Georgia city.

Dalton Parks and Recreation Department Director Steve Card says an opening ceremony for the new hiking and biking trail on Mount Rachel could be held in the next month or so. He said crews hope to complete the final grade work in the next couple of weeks if weather permits.

The Daily Citizen of Dalton reports that the trail loops around Mount Rachel. Card said the total length is about 1.8 miles.

Card said the project will cost about $350,000 and has been funded completely through grants from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the federal community development block grant program.

Information from: The Daily Citizen, http://www.daltondailycitizen.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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3 suspects face charges after Montgomery County gambling raid

MT. VERNON, Ga. (AP) — Three suspects face charges in south Georgia after law officers raided businesses where they suspected illegal gambling was taking place.

WTOC-TV reports that all three suspects -- one from each business -- face charges of taking part in an illegal gambling operation.

The arrests took place Friday night in Montgomery County. They involved two stores in Uvalda and one in Higgston.

They come after a more than two-month investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and state officials.

Montgomery County is about 170 miles southeast of Atlanta.

Information from: WTOC-TV, http://www.wtoctv.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Jogger struck, killed by vehicle in Laurens County

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a 58-year-old Laurens County man, who was struck and killed by a vehicle as he was jogging.

The Courier-Herald of Dublin reports that the accident happened Sunday morning on Antioch Church Road, just off of Dublin-Eastman Road in Laurens County.

Laurens County Deputy Coroner Nathan Stanley said Dr. John Mitchell Bahouth died from blunt trauma.

Stanley said Bahouth was jogging with his wife when he was struck. He was pronounced dead in the emergency room at Fairview Park Hospital.

The Georgia State Patrol investigated the accident. Few other details were available Monday morning.

Laurens County is about 120 miles southeast Atlanta.

Information from: The Courier Herald, http://www.courier-herald.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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3 women report sexual assaults in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Police in Columbus are investigating after three female patients of a long-term health care facility reported that they were sexually assaulted.

The women reported the assaults on Friday, saying they were victimized at the River Towne Center on Warm Springs Road. They said the crimes happened between late April and Friday.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the women range in age from their mid-50s to mid-70s.

Few other details were immediately available.

Columbus Police Sgt. Craig Haggis with the department's sex crimes division said more details about the case might be released Tuesday.



Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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