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Mechanical problem leads to train fire in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of Atlanta's public transportation agency say a fire on a train has led to delays in north and southbound service.
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Agency spokesman Lyle Harris says a mechanical problem led to a fire Tuesday on a northbound train at the Five Points station in downtown Atlanta.
Harris says passengers were safely evacuated from the train and no injuries were reported.
Details on the mechanical problem weren't immediately available. Harris says north and southbound trains are sharing a single rail line and that passengers should expect delays.
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Georgia inmate, girlfriend linked to telephone scam

PELHAM, Ga. (AP) — Sheriff's officials in western Georgia say a prison inmate and his girlfriend are accused of targeting the elderly in a red-light camera scam.

Clay County Sheriff's spokeswoman Mary Justino told the Florida Times-Union that 27-year-old Ashley Nicole Dean found stories about areas with red-light cameras and relayed that information to 38-year-old Daniel Ray Floyd — who is serving a 20-year sentence in the Autry State Prison for armed robbery, DUI and additional offenses.

A warrant says Floyd used two cellphones he had in his cell to impersonate a sheriff's lieutenant and tell elderly victims that they needed to pay nearly $500 for traffic violations and missed court dates, or face jail time.

Authorities say Floyd and Dean are facing fraud-related charges. It's unclear if they have attorneys.

Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union,

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Bill looks to expand right to carry guns in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — The right to carry a gun would be expanded under a proposal from Georgia lawmakers.

Republican state Rep. Rick Jasperse submitted legislation Tuesday that would allow people with a government-issued license to carry guns to take their weapons into churches if religious leaders allow it. Churches are now off-limits.

The bill would also allow school districts to decide whether to arm an employee. GOP lawmakers have said they hope the provision will deter school attacks.

Similar legislation failed last year when supporters tried to allow older students to carry guns on college campuses. Lawmakers have now abandoned that proposal.

However, they are seeking to make it a civil penalty rather than a misdemeanor for a license holder to carry a gun on campus.

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Georgia ethics commission terminates staff attorney

ATLANTA (AP) — The staff attorney for the state ethics commission has been terminated, nearly three weeks after a Georgia State Patrol trooper was called to the agency's office on a report of an intoxicated state employee.

Commission Chairman Kevin Abernethy says commissioners made the decision to terminate Elisabeth Murray-Obertein during a Tuesday meeting. She had previously been on administrative leave since the Jan. 8 incident.

Murray-Obertein has been a key witness in a legal fight involving two former commission employees suing the agency and alleging retaliation for work investigating ethics complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

Murray-Obertein's attorney Brian J. Sutherland says he and his client are disappointed by the commission's action. When asked if a lawsuit was planned, Sutherland said his client is considering her options.

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