Georgia News Roundup
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2 Georgia schools recognized for green initiatives

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal education officials say two Georgia schools are among the 48 to receive a national award recognizing schools' efforts to reduce their environmental impacts.

U.S. Department of Education officials say Arcado Elementary School in Lilburn and High Meadows School in Roswell earned the department's Green Ribbon designation. Officials say the awards recognize efforts to promote better health, reduce utility costs ensure effective environmental education strategies and more.

Officials say Arcado practiced innovative water conservation strategies and is home to an herb garden and compost area. Federal officials highlighted High Meadows for using energy efficient appliances, establishing a campus-wide recycling program and performing regular air quality tests.

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Georgians urged to turn in unused medications

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal authorities are urging Georgians to drop off their expired, unused and unwanted pills to help combat prescription drug abuse.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is partnering with national, state and local law enforcement for its eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event is set to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at sites around the state.

To find a nearby collection site, people can go to the DEA's website, click on the "Got Drugs?" icon, and follow the links to a database where they can enter their zip code.

Only pills and other solids, like patches, will be accepted. Liquids and needles will not be taken.

During the most recent take-back event in November, Georgians turned in more than 8,150 pounds of medications.

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Grand jury: Deadly use of force unauthorized

EUHARLEE, Ga. (AP) — A grand jury has determined that a police officer's use of force in the fatal shooting of a teenager was not authorized.

WSB-TV reports that a grand jury made the determination involving Euharlee police Cpl. Beth Gatny after hearing testimony over parts of two days.

Bartow County District Attorney Rosemary Greene tells WSB Radio that her office will seek more evidence to determine whether any criminal violations may have occurred.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang has said two Euharlee police officers were serving two probation violation warrants Feb. 14 when a 17-year-old boy opened the door with a gun pointed at them.

An attorney for relatives of the teenager, Christopher Roupe, says the family disputes that account. They say he was holding a Nintendo Wii video game controller.

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Atlanta Public Schools approves record budget

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's public school system has approved a record $658 million budget.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Atlanta Public Schools spending plan includes pay raises, elimination of furlough days and expansion of charter schools, accounting for much of the increase from the $595 million budgeted for the 2013-2014 school year.

The new budget was approved Tuesday by the Atlanta Board of Education with a 6-3 vote.

The spending plan covers 50,000 students, 6,600 employees and 100 schools.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Deal set to sign bill expanding gun rights in Georgia

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign legislation expanding where people with licenses to carry can bring their guns in Georgia.

The bill signing will take place midday Wednesday at an event in Ellijay with top officials including House Speaker David Ralston.

The bill makes several changes to state law. It allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don't have certain security measures. It also allows religious leaders to decide whether it's OK for a person with a carry license to bring a gun into their place of worship.

And school districts would now be able, if they want, to allow some employees to carry a firearm under certain conditions.

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Georgia man pleads not guilty in deadly North Dakota crash

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A truck driver from Georgia has pleaded not guilty to three counts of negligent homicide stemming from a fiery crash in the western North Dakota oil patch that killed three men.

Fifty-year-old Vernon Wright, of Hiram, Ga., could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Authorities allege that Wright was driving a tanker trailer filled with crude oil and was at fault for a crash on U.S. Highway 2 three miles east of Stanley last June. The tanker trailer exploded and five other vehicles involved in the accident burned for about five hours at the crash site. Two men from Minot and one from Rhame were killed.

A judge on Tuesday did not immediately set a trial date for Wright.

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Savannah beekeeper rescues swarm at restaurant

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A swarm of honey bees outside a Savannah restaurant got an Earth Day gift on Tuesday.

As Savannah resident Diane Christoff and her sister Cindy Bailey left Joe's Crab Shack, they spotted the swarm of bees in a flower urn. Christoff says she worried an exterminator visit was inevitable and called a beekeeper before that could happen.

The Savannah Morning News reports that beekeeper Steve Salter scooped the bees, weighing about three pounds, from the urn and moved them into a cardboard box ( Salter says he has worked with swarms of 50,000 to 60,000 bees, much larger than the swarm outside the restaurant.

The honey bees will join the five hives Salter keeps at his home on Tybee Island.

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