Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia police officer pulls man from burning home

MORROW, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in metro Atlanta say a police officer rushed into a burning home to save a man lying unconscious on the floor.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Clayton County police officers were at the scene of a house fire in Morrow early Sunday when 32-year-old Cassandra Jones told them her husband was still inside.

Police say officer Rocky Lee kicked in a kitchen door and crawled through thick smoke to find 37-year-old Fabian Jones and pull the unconscious man to safety.

Police say Fabian Jones was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to a hospital with non-life threatening burns.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Police: Athens burglar doused furniture in bleach

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Athens-Clarke County police say a homeowner reported that a burglar did more than $20,000 in damage by dousing furniture and other items with bleach.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports the owner told police that nothing in the home appeared to have been stolen. The break-in was reported to police over the weekend after the homeowner returned after being gone for several days.

The police report says someone broke into the home on Wood Lake Place through a back door and dumped bleach on all of the furniture inside. A large amount of bedding, clothing and towels also got soaked with bleach.

Police have not identified any suspects.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, 

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Immigrant student advocacy group plans UGA rally

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — An immigrant student advocacy group is planning to protest a policy that blocks immigrant students from attending some of the state's universities.

Eduardo Samaniego of the Georgia Dreamers Alliance tells the Athens Banner-Herald his group is planning to march to the office of University of Georgia President Jere Morehead Monday to demand that he speak out against a state Board of Regents policy that blocks immigrant students from attending some of the state's most competitive schools.

The students are able to attend smaller schools, but must pay out-of-state tuition and are ineligible for financial aid.

UGA spokesman Tom Jackson says the school supports freedom of expression and the group has a right to protest as long as they stay within the parameters of their permit.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, 

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Augusta shelter: 70 percent of animals euthanized

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Records show Augusta's city-run animal shelter euthanized about 70 percent of the dogs, cats and other species that came through its doors last year.

The Augusta Chronicle reports Augusta Animal Services records show 6,578 of the 9,340 animals that came to the facility last year were given lethal injections. The numbers were about the same in 2012. Shelter director Sharon Broady blames a high percentage of animals not being spayed or neutered, owners abandoning their pets and low adoption rates.

Georgia doesn't have a central database for comparing shelter euthanasia rates. The U.S. Humane Society says euthanasia numbers nationwide have fallen sharply over four decades from about 15 million dogs and cats in 1970 to 3.4 million last year.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , 

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Guilty pleas scheduled Monday in dog fighting case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The first wave of guilty pleas in a multi-state dog fighting investigation is scheduled this week in Alabama.

Four people are due in federal court Monday in Montgomery. The four are Michael Martin of Auburn, Ala.; Jennifer McDonald of Fairburn, Ga.; Sandy Brown of Brownsville, Ala.; and Robin Stinson of Elba, Ala. They filed court papers last week saying they want to plead guilty. More defendants are due in federal court Tuesday and Wednesday to enter guilty pleas.

Federal officials filed charges against 14 people last year from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. They were accused of supplying dogs or participating in high-stakes dog fights in east Alabama. Federal investigators seized more than 400 pit bulls.

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Gov. Nathan Deal signs $42.4 billion budget

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a $42.4 billion state operating budget, with improving revenues allowing the state to increase public education spending by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Deal signed the fiscal 2015 budget Monday, touting it as the largest single year increase in K-12 funding in seven years.

Besides the additional education funds, the state will increase spending on some programs that help low-income individuals, steer an additional $35 million to the expansion of the Savannah port and dedicate more than $14 million to improving Georgia's emergency response system after a January storm left thousands of motorists stranded on Atlanta-area highways.

The budget also includes $17 million for a parking deck next to the new Falcons stadium. Paying off the debt will cost about $30 million.

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Clark Atlanta receives $7.4 million NIH grant

ATLANTA (AP) — The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $7.4 million grant to the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development at Clark Atlanta University.

School officials said in a statement Monday that the grant from the agency's National Institute on Minority Health Disparities will be used to recruit more scientists to build a competitive research center focused on health disparities associated with prostate cancer.

Officials say the money will also be used to expand the center's existing research initiatives.

Clark Atlanta President Carlton E. Brown says he considers the grant as a vote of confidence in the university from the NIH.

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