Georgia News Roundup
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Deal to visit Israel on trade mission

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal is heading to Israel for a trade mission that will include visits to historical sites and meetings with government and business officials.

The delegation leaves Friday and will return the following Thursday.

Deal says he and other members of the delegation will be promoting Georgia and exploring opportunities for additional investments in the state by Israeli companies.

Deal says such trade missions can pay "huge dividends" in that companies decide where to move or to expand "based on feeling comfortable and knowing the leadership that is in place."

Deal has meetings scheduled with the mayor of Jerusalem, representatives of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and officials with several Israeli-based companies.

State officials are also planning a reception for Israeli business executives to highlight the state.

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Zoo Atlanta mourning 7-year-old Warthog

ATLANTA (AP) — Zoo Atlanta officials say they're mourning the loss of a 7-year-old warthog.

Zoo officials said Thursday that animal management and veterinary teams are working to determine the cause of the warthog's death.

Officials say the warthog, named Vern, has been taken to the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine for a necropsy.

Officials say Vern and his mate, Shirley, were the parents of five piglets. The couple's most recent piglets, Lex and Eleanor, were born in April.

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"Selma" movie to start filming in Selma

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Filming for the movie "Selma" is scheduled in Selma next week.

Casting director Cynthia Stillwell tells the Selma Times-Journal that extras are being fitted for their costumes this week, and work should begin Monday in Selma.

Production designer Mark Friedberg says much of the work will be around the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where voting rights marchers were beaten in 1965.

The movie is about civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., including his role in the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery. The movie crew is due in Selma after filming in Atlanta this week. Filming is also planned in Montgomery.

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Bicyclist, 13, struck by 2 cars and killed

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police in Atlanta's northeastern suburbs are investigating a traffic accident that killed a 13-year-old boy as he rode his bicycle.

Gwinnett Police Cpl. Ed Ritter said Justin Shaw was riding his bike downhill on a street in the Lawrenceville area on Wednesday when he failed to stop at the stop sign and pulled out in front of a couple of vehicles.

Ritter tells WSB Radio that Shaw was hit by the first vehicle, then thrown into the path of oncoming traffic and hit by a second vehicle. He died several hours later at a hospital.

Ritter says he doesn't anticipate any charges being brought against either driver.

Information from: WSB-AM.

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Police: Man killed by officer pulled 'replica' gun

CLARKSTON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a metro Atlanta police officer shot and killed a man who pulled out a replica gun that police said looked real.

Interim DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy tells WSB-TV that the shooting happened early Friday morning at an apartment complex in Clarkston.

Conroy said officers were called to the complex because of reports that a man was yelling and banging on doors.

Conroy said an officer confronted the man and the suspect pulled out what the officer believed was a gun. Conroy said the officer then shot the man, who later died at Grady Memorial Hospital.

No police officers were hurt in the shooting.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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19-month-old girl drowns in family swimming pool

EASTMAN, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the drowning death of a 19-month-old girl in a family swimming pool near the central Georgia town of Eastman.

The Telegraph reports that the girl, McKinley Faith Adkinson, died late Thursday afternoon.

Coroner Joe Smith said an ambulance crew performed CPR all the way from Log Cabin Road to Dodge County Hospital, but McKinley did not survive.

Authorities said the girl's 10-year-old sibling also was at home with a 19-year-old babysitter when the girl was found in the pool about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, 

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Street to be transformed into 'lifelong community'

ATLANTA (AP) — Regional planners and experts on "tactical urbanism" hope to show this weekend how the concept could work in the Atlanta neighborhood known as Sweet Auburn.

The Atlanta Regional Commission and others say they want to show what a "lifelong community" might look like by temporarily transforming two blocks of Auburn Avenue east of downtown.

The commission said the aim is to create a place that allows young and old to live well and age in place.

Organizers of the event say younger and older adults are looking for some of the same characteristics in neighborhoods: walkable and bikeable communities close to shopping and amenities.

Several events are planned for Saturday and Sunday, including demonstrations in urban gardening and a farmer's market, art tours, food trucks, health screenings and exercise classes.

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Paine College put on probation by accrediting body

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Paine College in east Georgia has been placed on probation by its accrediting body.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges implemented the sanction after it said the private school in Augusta failed to correct problems during the past two years.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that Thursday's action is the most severe and final sanction possible before accreditation is revoked.

Commission spokeswoman Pamela Cravey said the college is in violation of nine standards relating to fiscal stability, institutional policy, qualified officers, control of finances, control of sponsored research, institutional environment, and federal student financial aid programs.

Paine College officials did not comment to the Augusta newspaper on Thursday.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , 

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Handel joins PAC boosting female GOP candidates

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Georgia Senate candidate Karen Handel says she's joining the advisory board of ShePAC, a political action committee aimed at supporting conservative female candidates.

Handel finished third in last month's Republican primary for Georgia's open Senate seat. Rep. Jack Kingston and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue will meet in a July 22 runoff and the winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November.

Handel said Friday in an email to supporters that even though she won't be on the ballot this year, she plans "to work hard to elect strong, conservative women across America," including Joni Ernst in Iowa and Mia Love in Utah.

The Georgia Senate race is among a dozen or so being watched nationally as Republicans look to take control of the Senate from Democrats.

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Atlanta lawyer Adams to join Georgia ethics commission

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta-based lawyer Mary Paige Adams has been appointed to serve on Georgia's ethics commission.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle announced the appointment Friday, saying Adams "has the experience and upstanding moral character to ensure these important duties are carried out appropriately."

Adams will replace a spot currently held by Commission Chairman Kevin Abernethy, whose term is set to expire July 1. A meeting will be scheduled to elect a new chair. Brunswick attorney Hillary Stringfellow has currently been serving as vice chair.

Over the last two years, the commission has been mired in staffing issues, lawsuits and allegations of outside influence. Earlier this month, the commission said it would settle for more than $1.8 million with three former employees alleging retaliation stemming from an investigation into complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

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Kings to receive posthumous Congressional award

ATLANTA (AP) — Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, will posthumously receive a Congressional Gold Medal this month, marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Bernice King says she and her brothers are deeply honored that their parents' work is being recognized by Congress. The gold medals are awarded each year to recognize individual achievements.

King says she is especially pleased that her mother is a co-recipient of the honor. She says Coretta Scott King was the driving force that maintained national awareness of Martin Luther King Jr.'s nonviolent philosophy and legacy.

King and her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King, plan to accept the award at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on Tuesday afternoon.

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Feds urge southeastern states to develop rail plan

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The head of the Federal Railroad Administration is calling on state officials to develop a shared vision of rail service along the southeast corridor.

FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo spoke Friday at a Virginians for High-Speed Rail event in Richmond.

Szabo challenged officials in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia to develop a plan for service along the Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.

Officials say passenger ridership has been setting record highs in the Southeast. Freight rail traffic in the Southeast also has been increasing.

The Federal Railroad Administration is working officials across the country to lay the foundation for a higher performance rail network.

Szabo says regional planning could effectively yield seamless passenger rail travel all along the East Coast from Boston to Atlanta.

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