Georgia News Roundup
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Bernice King to speak about judge's order

ATLANTA (AP) — The daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. plans to speak out about a judge's order that she turn over her father's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize to the court's control pending the outcome of a legal dispute.

The civil rights icon's estate is run by his two sons, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King. The estate's lawyers on Jan. 31 asked a judge to order their sister, Bernice King, to surrender the items.

A judge last week set a deadline of Wednesday for the items to be placed in the safe deposit box and for the keys to be handed over to the court.

Bernice King plans to hold a news conference Thursday along with some supporters at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where her father and grandfather preached.

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New aerial images of Georgia coastline being collected

ATLANTA (AP) — State Department of Natural Resources officials say that several local and federal agencies have teamed up to provide aerial views of coastal Georgia that are expected to help planners and scientists.

Department officials say the images — known as orthoimagery data — are used in geographic information systems, and can be combined with other images to help scientists, planners, regulators and others better identify ground objects.

Coastal Resources Division specialist Sonny Emmert says the new orthoimagery dataset offers an accurate, high-resolution look at Georgia's coastline that can be used in a number of ways.

Officials say the images will increase research accuracy and improve regional natural resource maps.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to display the dataset on its Digital Coast website April 1.


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Georgia's jobless rate declines to 7.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's unemployment rate has declined to 7.3 percent.

State labor officials say this marks the seventh consecutive month that Georgia's jobless rate has declined.

The new seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January, the latest month figures are available, was released early Thursday morning. It is down from 7.4 percent in December and 8.6 percent in January a year ago.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the rate fell because nearly 16,000 more Georgians were employed. Also, the number of new layoffs for January fell to the lowest level in eight years.

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Large fire damages historic buildings in Georgia town

CLARKESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A large fire did heavy damage to historic buildings in downtown Clarkesville, when flames swept through the downtown area in the northeast Georgia mountain town.

Firefighters responded to the initial blaze at the Sweet Breads Cafe, housed in an old warehouse that dates to the 1930s on East Water Street, around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

CBS Atlanta reports that the flames quickly spread from the restaurant to the back of the business, which faces Washington Street.

WXIA-TV reports that at least a half-dozen businesses were damaged in the Habersham County town about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Habersham County Commissioner Natalie Crawford tells WSB-TV that the buildings were filled with pine wood, which fueled the blaze. She said the devastation has left townspeople heartbroken.

There were no reports of any injuries.

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Man killed, woman wounded in DeKalb County gunfire

ELLENWOOD, Ga. (AP) — Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and a woman hospitalized in DeKalb County, outside Atlanta.

Police tell WSB-TV that three children were inside the home in the Ellenwood area when the gunfire happened late Wednesday night. Someone called 911, and arriving officers found two people shot. The children were not injured.

Police say they believe the shooting may be related to a domestic dispute, but they're not sure what sparked the violence.

Police did not disclose the relationship between the two shooting victims, but said the man died and the woman was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Her condition wasn't available early Thursday morning.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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Students urge UGA to make arch more accessible

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Some University of Georgia students are urging administrators to make the school's iconic arch accessible to everyone so they can participate in a campus tradition.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that people with limited mobility disabilities can use a ramp to get to the UGA Arch.

But Khaled Alsafadi, who will graduate this year, wants to be able to go through the Arch as other students do as part of the school's graduation tradition.

Alsafadi uses a wheelchair to get around. He can get to the Arch, but not go through it because of its steep steps leading down from the UGA campus to a sidewalk beside Broad Street.

UGA spokesman Tom Jackson says that school officials are listening to the concerns and reviewing all options.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, 

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Police arrest woman found in Bieber's rented home

By Jeff Martin, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Police in suburban Atlanta have apprehended a woman they say was found sleeping in a bedroom at a home rented by pop star Justin Bieber.

Sandy Springs police say 23-year-old Qianying Zhao of nearby Doraville was found at the home shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday. The home is owned by music producer Dallas Austin.

Police say she told officers that she had come to attend Bieber's birthday party and entered the unoccupied home through an unlocked door.

But police say Bieber's party was earlier in the week at another location.

Police say she told officers she was Bieber's friend, but investigators believe she's one of millions of fans who follow him on Twitter.

She faces a charge of criminal trespass. It wasn't immediately known whether she has an attorney.

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