Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia Department of Labor to hold seasonal job fair

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Department of Labor is continuing an effort to fill roughly 500 seasonal positions at the Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

Labor officials say the department is hosting a job fair Saturday and again March 29 at its Gainesville Career Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Officials say Saturday's fair will focus on hiring lifeguards and water quality control workers at Lanierworld.

The March 29 event will focus on hiring for all positions including food service, culinary team members, admissions personnel and retail workers.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old.

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Georgia university host women's leadership conference

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Brenau University Women's College in Gainesville is hosting a leadership conference to celebrate its 135th anniversary.

The conference titled "Beyond 135: A Women's Leadership Colloquium" is being hosted at the Northeast Georgia History Center from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday.

The event is expected to feature several workshops and guest lecturers, covering topics including collaborative leadership, effective communication and more.

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University of Kansas gets $1M donation

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas has received a $1 million donation that will be used for a new business school scholarship program.

The gift from Jerry and Kay Jennett, of Valdosta, Ga., will create the Jerry and Kay Jennett Finance Scholars Program.

Jerry Jennett is a 1963 graduate of the university and CEO of Georgia Sulfur Corp.

The school said Thursday it's the second scholarship the Jennetts have established at the University of Kansas. They gave $200,000 in 2010 for a business school scholarship for undergraduates who work for or have internships with the university's athletics department.

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Suspected drug activity leads to hotel evacuation

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (AP) — At least four people are facing drug charges after a hotel was evacuated amid fears of an explosive device just northeast of Atlanta.

Police in Brookhaven were called to a Holiday Inn on Chamblee Dunwoody Road Thursday, after employees reported possible drug activity involving hotel guests.

Police say they encountered the suspects as they were exiting a hotel elevator. They say one man ran from officers to a nearby Phillips 66 gas station and somehow made it to the roof of the gas station.

CBS Atlanta reports that officers surrounded the gas station, and were eventually able to apprehend the suspect.

Police Lt. Brandon Gurley tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that officers removed a suspected explosive device, which had prompted the evacuation of hotel guests for several hours.

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State fire marshal probes cause of house explosion

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The state fire marshal's office is investigating the cause of a house explosion in the north Georgia town of Dawsonville.

CBS Atlanta reports that the blast happened around noon Thursday at a two-story home on Wildwood Court.

The homeowner was not inside at the time, and no one was injured.

Cathy Holcombe, who lives two houses away, said the explosion "rocked our house."

Dawsonville is about 50 miles north of Atlanta.

Information from: WGCL-TV, http://www.cbsatlanta.com/index.html 

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Airline passenger faces court hearing in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A preliminary hearing is planned for an airline passenger accused of flying from Atlanta to Birmingham in one person's name, then obtaining boarding passes in someone else's name for two more flights.

The preliminary hearing for 30-year-old Robert Quran Hick is set for 1 p.m. Friday in federal court in Birmingham.

Hick is also accused of trying to enter a secured area of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport by going up a downward escalator Sunday.

FBI agents say Hick arrived on a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta, then got a United Airlines representative in Birmingham to give him boarding passes in someone else's name for two other flights to Chicago and Colorado Springs.

Kevin Butler of the federal public defender's office, which is representing Hick, didn't return phone calls regarding the case.

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Parents warned after abduction attempts reported

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Public Schools officials are warning parents and students to be on guard after recent reports of attempted child abductions.

Four child abduction attempts have been reported near Atlanta schools in the past three weeks, authorities said.

Atlanta Public Schools spokeswoman Kimberly Willis Green said strangers have recently approached students as they've walked to school or prepared to get on school buses.

None of the cases have occurred on school property, but the school system is working with Atlanta police to ensure student safety, Green told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"Earlier this week, APS made the decision to launch a safety campaign targeted toward student walkers and bus riders," the school system said in a statement. "The district plans to distribute robo-calls, send letters to parents including safety tips, and produce radio and television public service announcements."

School officials want students to travel in groups and be very alert and aware of their surroundings at all times, said Marquenta Sands, director of security for Atlanta Public Schools.

Members of a group called the 360 Movement are distributing flyers around neighborhoods where the attempted abductions have been reported, WXIA-TV reported.

Islord Shasun and others printed flyers with the suspect and vehicle descriptions and canvassed neighborhoods around Crawford Long Middle School and M. Agnes Jones Elementary.

"Some people in the community can't wait until a tragedy happens," Shasun told the station. "We have to be proactive to prevent this to save our children. There are crazy, sick people out there."

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Groups join forces to increase voter registration

ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of three community groups say they're joining forces to address issues and increase voter registration in minority communities ahead of the Georgia primary elections in May.

A news conference with leaders of the New United Coalition is planned for 11:30 a.m. Friday at the West End Mall in Atlanta.

The group says the coalition is made up of founders, leaders and volunteers of three Atlanta-based community groups: the Voter Empowerment Collaborative; Simply United Together Global; and the New Order Human Rights Organization.

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Police seek to ID 2 vehicles in attempted assaults

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — DeKalb County and Emory University police are seeking to identify two vehicles as they continue to investigate a series of attempted sexual assaults near the school's campus.

DeKalb County police say one of the vehicles is an older-model, dark-colored, two-door pickup truck with a diamond tool box in the rear. The other is a dark-colored Jeep Cherokee, which may have been in the area and could possibly assist in the investigation.

Officials say three attempted sex assaults between December and January have been reported and may be connected to a rape on Emory's campus on Feb. 11.

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