Georgia News Roundup
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Bike ride raises $155,000 for injured toddler

JEFFERSON, Ga. (AP) — An athlete raising money for an injured Georgia toddler has raised more than $150,000 during a 900-mile cross-country bike ride.

Dave Nazaroff left from New York City Wednesday morning, and arrived in Jefferson, Ga., Monday morning as part of the fund-raising effort for Tripp Halstead.

The boy was on the playground of his day care center in Winder when a large tree branch fell and struck him on Oct. 29, 2012.

WSB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/15aZnXl) that money raised will be used to ensure that Tripp's mom, Stacey Halstead, can stay by his side while he recovers.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Flesh-eating disease victim receives service dog

SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A metro Atlanta woman is moving forward in her recovery from a battle with flesh-eating bacteria.

WSB-TV reports 25-year-old Aimee Copeland, of Snellville, met her new service dog on Sunday. The labradoodle named Belle visited Copeland to get acquainted with her new surroundings. She will train for another month at the PSD Academy & Registry in Cocoa, Fla., before permanently returning to Georgia.

Belle will help Copeland with daily tasks, such as turning off lights and retrieving her medicine.

Copeland contracted a rare infection called necrotizing fasciitis in May 2012 after falling from a zip line and gashing her leg. The disease forced doctors to amputate both of her hands, her left leg and her right foot. She's partnering with PSD to create a nonprofit called Paws of Mind.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Barrow looks to install panic buttons at schools

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia congressman has introduced legislation to install panic buttons at schools to silently alert police to emergencies.

Democratic U.S. Rep John Barrow spoke during a news conference in Augusta Monday and told the Augusta Chronicle his idea to install panic buttons between 2014 and 2018 has earned support from state and national law enforcement and education agencies.

Barrow says he wants to reauthorize a $30 million matching grant program for school security that was created under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to install the panic buttons.

Barrow introduced legislation to reauthorize the grant program Friday and it has been referred to the House judiciary committee.

The congressman represents Georgia's 12th district, which includes 19 counties in the southeastern region of the state.

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

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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DeKalb county disputes service charges with Brookhaven

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (AP) — Leaders of a newly-created city are working with DeKalb County officials to determine how much they should pay for certain county services.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that leaders of Brookhaven — which incorporated in December — say $500,000 should be enough to pay the county for police and park maintenance service for about six months.

A deal between city leaders and county officials in March initially called for Brookhaven to pay the county about $525,000 monthly for police protection, and $400,000 for 11 months of park maintenance.

In a letter to the county, city officials offered to pay $500,000 for six months of police service and nothing for help with the parks.

Officials say they'll continue negotiating, although the county is expected to finalize its midyear budget soon.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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