Georgia News Roundup
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Oncology group hosting conference in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of radiation oncology care workers, researchers and more are expected to meet in Atlanta this month for an annual conference.

The American Society for Radiation Oncology is hosting its 55th annual conference at the Georgia World Congress Center from Sept. 22 through 25 and organizers say part of it will highlight improvements in care for prostate cancer, cancers impacting women, children and more.

Organizers say attendees will include oncologists from all disciplines, medical physicists, biologists and other industry representatives.

An ASTRO spokeswoman says the organization is comprised of more than 10,000 members who are dedicated to improving patient care through professional development.

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Georgia Department of Driver Services is offering host motorcycle licensing session

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Department of Driver Services is offering a mobile motorcycle testing course later this month.

The department encourages all motorcycle riders to be licensed and trained, and organizers say the mobile testing sessions are a convenient way for valid permit holders to take tests for the Georgia motorcycle license, also known as Class M.

The testing session is being held Sept. 21 during the fifth annual Gold Wing Road Riders Motorist Awareness day at the Cumming Marketplace.

Cumming is about 40 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

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Georgia Department of Natural Resources deer hunting season to open Saturday

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say deer hunting season will open at the end of the week.

Officials say deer hunting season officially begins Sept. 14. Department spokeswoman Melissa Cumming says last year, more than 113,500 archers harvested nearly 60,200 deer. The hunting season ends in January.

Chief of Game Management John Bowers says heavy rain this spring and summer led to more natural foods, which should translate to an increase in deer quality.

Cummings says many public hunting grounds offer specialty hunts, including primitive weapons, adult and child hunts and ladies only hunts.

Cummings says hunters are allowed to harvest a maximum of 10 antlerless deer and two deer with antlers per season.

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Historical society approves marker for deadly fire

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Historical Society has approved a historic marker to commemorate the deaths of dozens of young women who perished in one of the nation's deadliest fires.

The victims were killed when a tornado slammed into their Gainesville factory and the building caught fire in 1936.

The tornado struck the Cooper Pants Factory, causing a collapse that set off the fire there. The Times of Gainesville reports that the fire trapped many of the workers inside, killing from 40 to 125 mostly young women.

The Gainesville City Council decided late last year to submit an application to the Georgia Historical Society to place a historic marker at the site. Jessica Tullar, special projects manager for the city, said she has been told that the marker has been approved.

Information from: The Times,

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2 people die after being pulled from burning home 

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — Firefighters pulled a man and a woman from a burning duplex north of Atlanta, but both were later pronounced dead.

Three firefighters were recovering from minor injuries after the early Monday morning blaze in Sandy Springs.

Officials said fire crews had to force their way into the building on North River Parkway. Once inside, they found a man in his 50s and a woman in her 80s, both in cardiac arrest.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office said both people were later pronounced dead.

WSB-TV reports that one firefighter hurt his knee while getting the woman out of the home. Another burned his hand when the flames inside the home rekindled. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a third firefighter became overcome by heat. The firefighters are expected to recover.

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