Georgia News Roundup
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Atlanta homicide investigator featured on TV show

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say one of their homicide detectives will be featured in a show on the TLC Network.

Officials said in a statement that an episode of the network's show "Women of Homicide" will feature Investigator Summer Benton, an 11-year department veteran.

Department officials say women account for only about 15 percent of homicide detectives nationwide. Benton is expected to be featured on the show's second episode, which airs April 16.

Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy says Benton has solved 23 cases and is a hostage negotiator for the City of Atlanta.

Police Chief George Turner says Benton is an integral part of the Homicide Unit and will give viewers a glimpse of a day in the life of an Atlanta homicide investigator.

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GSU to host Turkish author for Islamism discussion

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State University officials say they're planning to host a Turkish political commentator and author for a discussion on Islamism.

Officials say Mustafa Akyol will deliver a lecture titled "The Future of Islamism: Lessons on Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey" on April 17.

GSU officials say Akyol is based in Istanbul and specializes in issues related to Islam, Turkey, modernity and more. Officials say Aykol writes columns for two Turkish newspapers and the International New York Times.

The lecture is being hosted in the Georgia State University Student Center's speaker's auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.

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Ex-first lady Rosalynn Carter to honor Betty Ford

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Rosalynn Carter is scheduled to visit Grand Rapids to honor the 96th anniversary of the birth of fellow former first lady Betty Ford.

The wife of the late President Gerald Ford died in 2011. The Ford Presidential Foundation says Carter is to participate in a luncheon discussion about friendship among America's first ladies. It is one of two events planned for Tuesday at a Grand Rapids hotel and the Ford Presidential Museum.

There also is to be a panel discussion at the museum later in the day about the impact of Betty Ford's breast cancer diagnosis on women's health in the 1970s.

Gerald Ford died in 2006. He represented Grand Rapids in Congress before becoming vice president and president.


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DeKalb County school system eyes charter status

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — DeKalb County could soon become the latest metro Atlanta school system to pursue charter school status.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that all Georgia school districts must decide by summer 2015 whether to maintain their current structure or pursue a charter school status.

The charter school status is expected to move more decision-making from the central office to school buildings.

If DeKalb County opts for charter school status, it would join Fulton County in that category.

Gwinnett County, Georgia's largest school district, chose a middle ground, becoming an "Investing in Educational Excellence" district and keeping more central control than a charter system.

DeKalb County Superintendent Michael Thurmond is recommending charter status instead of the status quo or the middle ground selected by Gwinnett.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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King's Hawaiian to expand northeast Georgia plant

OAKWOOD, Ga. (AP) — King's Hawaiian Bread plans to expand its production facilities in northeast Georgia and hire 450 new employees over the next two years.

The Times of Gainesville reports that the expansion is taking place at the company's plant in Oakwood.

The bakery opened its local production line in the Hall County community in 2010 as part of its East Coast operations to meet growing customer demand.

On Monday, King's Hawaiian signed a partnership with Georgia Quick Start, an arm of the state's Department of Economic Development, and Lanier Technical College to customize training programs for the expanded workforce needed on its new production lines.

The company's Georgia expansion plans include the addition of a 120,000-square-foot production facility.

Information from: The Times, 

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Man killed in wreck identified as Phenix City man

SMITHS STATION, Ala. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man killed in an eastern Alabama car crash.

Alabama State Troopers say 41-year-old Morris L. Reese of Phenix City died after his SUV struck a tree on Lee County Road 207, about two miles west of Smiths Station.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety said the wreck happened around 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Smiths Station is about 10 miles northwest of Columbus, Ga.

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1 person dead, 1 wounded in Augusta shooting

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and another wounded in Augusta.

Richmond County sheriff's officials say deputies discovered the slaying early Tuesday morning, while responding to a call to Broad Street near the exit ramp leading to South Carolina.

Investigators tell The Augusta Chronicle ( that one person died and a second person suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

Few other details were available early Tuesday morning.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , 

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Man waives extradition after Chicago standoff

CHICAGO (AP) — A man facing charges for holding police at bay for hours during a standoff on Chicago's iconic Lake Shore Drive is waiving extradition to Georgia.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Joseph Felton Jr. appeared briefly in Cook County court on Monday. He agreed not to fight efforts by Georgia officials to return him to that state, where he's wanted in connection with a murder that took place last month in Hampton, Ga.

The 44-year-old was seated in a wheelchair and had a patch covering his eye. He'd been hospitalized after the crash.

He was arrested in mid-March, hours after his car crashed in Chicago following a chase from a nearby suburb. The University Park man is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery, fleeing police and being a fugitive.

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Island prepares for 'Orange Crush' of young people

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Tybee Island officials say they're bringing in extra police officers from nearby communities for the expected spring gathering of young people known as "Orange Crush."

Authorities say they've learned from social media that Orange Crush will likely take place April 19, so the extra officers will be on the island during that day and into the early morning the following day.

The event is a gathering of college-aged party-goers that's not officially sanctioned. Event announcements are spread by social media, and Tybee Island residents say previous Orange Crushes have resulted in beaches littered with beer cans and trash.

On Easter Sunday, Tybee Island plans its annual inter-denominational Sunrise Service at the pier. City officials say they're taking every step to ensure that the area is clean before the sun rises on Sunday.

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