Georgia News Roundup
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Deal to speak at Vietnam War commemoration event

ATLANTA (AP) — Governor Nathan Deal is expected to attend a ceremony celebrating the partnership between Georgia and the U.S. Department of Defense to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Georgia Department of Veterans' Services officials say a ceremony Deal is scheduled to appear at in the North Wing of the State Capitol will formalize the partnership Thursday morning.

Deal is expected to issue a proclamation recognizing the partnership and will ask Georgians to participate in recognizing the 50th anniversary by thanking veterans who fought or died in the war.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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NAACP Georgia chapter prepares for 71st convention

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia chapter of the NAACP is gearing up to host its 71st annual Georgia State convention in Columbus.

Organizers say the event will run from Oct. 3-6 and is being held at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.

This year's conference is slated to include panel discussions on gun violence, economic sustainability and more.

Online: www.naacpga.org

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Officials to unveil fitness centers at Georgia schools

ATLANTA (AP) — State and national officials are scheduled to visit three metro Atlanta schools to cut ribbons at new fitness centers.

The National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Council is scheduled to officially open fitness centers at Berkmar Middle School in Lilburn and C.L. Gideons Elementary and Harper Archer Elementary school in Atlanta this week.

Organizers say the campuses were chosen as national champion schools this year for their work toward promoting physical fitness.

Bill Bradley, the foundation's spokesman, says the organization is working to provide schools across the country with the resources they need to build a nation of physically fit children.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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3 people shot to death at home in Atlanta suburbs

SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police were searching for a gunman after finding the bodies of three people shot to death in Atlanta's northeastern suburbs.

Officers responded to the home in Snellville around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, after someone called 911 to report a domestic dispute in the Gwinnett County community. They found two people wounded outside the home. WSB-TV reports that one of them died.

Gwinnett County police Officer Jeffrey Richter tells CBS Atlanta that officers weren't sure if the person who fired shots was still inside the home, so they called for a SWAT team to clear it. Once inside the home, officers found two more people shot to death.

Richter tells WXIA-TV that police do not believe the shooter is among the dead or wounded.

Officers were searching for the suspected gunman early Monday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia's newest state park opens Monday

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's newest state park officially opens Monday.

The 1,316-acre Don Carter State Park is on the northeast part of Lake Lanier.

The Times of Gainesville reports that the vision for the park began as a view of tree-covered land from a helicopter by the park's namesake, Gainesville businessman Don Carter, and former Georgia Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Tanner.

The DNR ended up buying land in a process that lasted well over a decade.

The park is the first state park for Hall County. It's also the first state park on the shores of Lake Lanier.

Information from: The Times, http://www.gainesvilletimes.com

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