Georgia News Roundup
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Carter to speak at death penalty event in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter plans to speak at a conference on the death penalty in Atlanta.

The Carter Center and the American Bar Association's Death Penalty Due Process Review Project are hosting the daylong National Symposium on the Modern Death Penalty in America on Tuesday.

The event will feature a series of panels on issues that affect death row inmates from arrest to execution. It aims to build upon the American Bar Association's analysis of death penalty systems in 12 states that account for nearly two-thirds of the executions in the modern death penalty era in the U.S.

The conference will feature remarks by Carter and by American Bar Association president James R. Silkenat, as well as a call to action by Southern Center for Human Rights president Steve Bright.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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New chairman picked for Emory Board of Trustees

ATLANTA (AP) — The Emory University Board of Trustees has elected an alumnus as its new chairman.

Officials said Monday that Emory graduate and business executive John Morgan of Swainsboro was chosen to lead the board at its Nov. 8 meeting.

University President James Wagner calls Morgan an "unusually thoughtful person," who respects opposing views and is devoted to the humanities.

University officials say Morgan is the owner of Morgan Timber, a timber and real estate management and development company. Morgan also owns real estate investment firm South Coast Commercial. Officials say both businesses are based in Bluffton, S.C.

Morgan says he'll work to make sure the 45-member board is communicating effectively to ensure that members share a uniform vision of the way the school should be governed.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia school launching film industry training program

MORROW, Ga. (AP) — Clayton State University is launching a program to train Georgians to work in the state's expanding film and television industry.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that the university is launching a 24-week apprenticeship program that will pair students with industry veterans.

University of Georgia Director of Economic Forecasting Jeff Humphreys says metro Atlanta has a roughly 8-percent unemployment rate, which could lend the industry a large pool of workers once they're retrained.

The financial impact of the film industry on the state of Georgia has grown from $200 million in 2007 to nearly $4 billion.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Most of central, north Georgia under freeze warning

ATLANTA (AP) — A freeze warning has been issued for most of central and northern Georgia as arctic air approaches the region.

The National Weather Service said the warning will be in effect from 5 p.m. Tuesday until 10 a.m. Wednesday. A wind advisory has also been issued.

Forecasters project that temperatures will fall into the low 30s late Tuesday afternoon and dip into the low 20s overnight. They say that will result in wind chill readings dropping into the teens by Tuesday night.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Candlelight vigil set for girl in child abuse case

ATLANTA (AP) — A candlelight vigil is planned for 10-year-old Emani Moss, whose emaciated and burned body was found in a trash bin.

WXIA-TV reports that the vigil is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church on Flat Shoals Parkway in the Decatur area of DeKalb County.

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter says he may request the death penalty for the girl's parents. The girl's father, Eman Moss, and her stepmother, Tiffany Moss, face murder and child cruelty charges.

Gwinnett County police have said they believe the girl was starved to death. Her body was found in a trash bin at a Lawrenceville apartment complex Nov. 2.

Information from: WXIA-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Girl, 2, severely burned when gas ignites on slide

LOGANVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old girl was severely burned when gasoline sparked a fire on a slide where she and her sister were playing.

Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman said deputies believe one of the girls poured gasoline on the outdoor slide to make it more slippery. Authorities say they believe a spark from static electricity ignited the gas Saturday morning at their father's Loganville-area home.

Chapman said the girl was in a medically induced coma and in critical condition Monday at Grady Memorial Hospital.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that authorities are treating the case as an accident and do not anticipate filing any charges. The girl's 4-year-old sister was not seriously injured.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Airlift supplier to US military in bankruptcy

By Randall Chase, AP Business Writer

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Global Aviation Holdings Inc., the largest provider of private airlift services to the military, has filed for bankruptcy protection in Delaware, citing the cancellation of missions.

Global Aviation, based in Peachtree City, Ga., listed up to $1 billion in both assets and liabilities in its Chapter 11 filing Tuesday.

The company, which has about 1,040 employees, has obtained bankruptcy financing from its first-lien secured lenders and will continue operations during the bankruptcy, but said it will cut about 16 percent of its workforce.

In its filing, the company says Air Mobility Command's decision to cancel certain flying missions beginning Dec. 1 reduced its planned revenue for 2013 by approximately $13 million and projected 2014 revenue by about $54 million, and created significant overcapacity in the military charter cargo business.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Friends mourn former Alabama athlete slain in Georgia

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Friends are mourning the death of a former Alabama State University basketball player who was slain in Georgia while trying to sell an iPhone he had advertised on Craigslist.

Police say they've charged two teenagers in connection with the killing of 25-year-old Jevon Nathan Freeman. He was found shot to death Nov. 6 in Clayton County, just south of Atlanta.

WSFA-TV reports that Freeman was a guard on the Alabama State basketball team from 2007-2010.

Alabama State men's basketball coach Lewis Jackson said Freeman was a "happy-go-lucky kid" who was fun to be around and worked hard in practice every day.

Martha Freeman, the victim's mother, said Jevon Freeman used Craigslist to earn extra money to help support his family.

Information from: WSFA-TV, http://www.wsfa.com/

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