Georgia News Roundup
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UGA Foundation adds new board members

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia Foundation has elected four new trustees and added five new ex-officio board members.

The university said the board also bestowed emeritus trustee status on four outgoing members at its recent annual meeting on St. Simons Island. The changes take effect Tuesday.

The new elected trustees are: Dave Battle of Brooklyn, New York; Richard W. Courts IV of Atlanta; John Mangan Jr.; and Susan Donziger Sherman, of St. Louis, Missouri.

The new ex-officio voting trustees are: Kelly Kerner, who becomes UGA vice president for development and alumni relations Tuesday, and David Shipley, a professor in the UGA School of Law.

The ex-officio non-voting trustees are: UGA provost Pamela Whitten; UGA Staff Council chair Michael Lewis; and UGA Student Government Association president Drew Jacoby.

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Georgia juvenile detention centers to offer career help

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is planning to launch seven career guidance centers for juvenile offenders.

Officials said in a statement Monday that the youth career guidance centers will be housed in detention centers throughout Georgia.

Department officials say the help is meant to offer young offenders the training and guidance necessary for them to make a successful transition from the juvenile justice system to the job market.

Officials say the centers will be located in the libraries of detention centers in Americus, Atlanta, Augusta, Eastman, Macon, Midland and Milan.

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Metro Atlanta college to offer logistics program

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A metro Atlanta technical college is launching a logistics management concentration in hopes of supporting the industry, which has a major presence in the region.

Officials from Gwinnett Technical College said in a release Monday that the school will launch a two-semester logistic management concentration on Aug. 20 and final applications for the program are due July 31.

School officials say logistics is the business of moving goods and services between manufacturers, retailers and consumers in fast, reliable ways.

Officials say the concentration is focused on young newcomers and working professionals and classes will be offered in the evening.

Some of the courses are expected to cover several subject areas including business logistics, materials management, purchasing and more.

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Deadly wreck closes all southbound lanes of I-85

CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities blocked all of the southbound lanes of Interstate 85 at the start of the morning rush hour in metro Atlanta as they investigated what appeared to be a deadly traffic crash.

The Georgia Department of Transportation reports that at least one person was killed in the incident around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

DeKalb County police tell CBS Atlanta that three pedestrians were struck on the freeway.

Commuters heading into Atlanta could see at least one person lying motionless in a right lane of the freeway, just northeast of the city near the exit to Chamblee-Tucker Road.

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Man shot to death through windshield of car

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating the killing of a man who was shot through the windshield of his car.

Police say the shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Monday, near St. James Drive and Lookout Avenue in northwest Atlanta.

Police tell WAGA-TV that they were responding to a "shots fired" call and found a male dead in the driver's seat of his Honda. Authorities say the bullets came through the windshield, and the victim appeared to have been the driver of the vehicle.

Police were canvassing the area early Tuesday morning.

The name of the person killed was not immediately released.

Information from: WAGA-TV, 

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3 people shot in Atlanta's northeast suburbs

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say three people were shot in metro Atlanta in what police believe was an attempted robbery.

CBS Atlanta reports that the shooting happened early Tuesday morning on Browns Mill Ferry Drive in the Lithonia area northeast of Atlanta.

DeKalb County police Sgt. Steven Dean said a neighbor called 911 around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday to report hearing numerous gunshots.

Police then found three men shot. They were inside and outside of a car parked in the middle of the road. Two people were in critical condition; a third person was in stable condition.

Dean said early Tuesday that police did not yet know the full story of how the shooting occurred and were continuing to investigate.

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3 men struck, killed while trying to cross freeway

CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) — Police in Atlanta's northeast suburbs say three men were struck and killed by a pickup as they attempted to walk across a freeway near the start of the morning rush hour.

DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said the crash happened around 5 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 85, near the Chamblee-Tucker Road exit.

All southbound lanes of the freeway were blocked for nearly two hours. By 7 a.m., two of the six lanes had reopened.

Moments after the crash, two bodies could be seen on the pavement in the two right lanes of the freeway as a DeKalb County police car blocked those lanes. Shortly after that, more police cars and fire trucks arrived and all southbound lanes were closed.

Parish said it wasn't clear why the men were trying to cross I-85.

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Depression near Florida expected to strengthen

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression that formed off the coast of Florida is expected to strengthen and soon become the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

The depression's maximum sustained winds Tuesday morning are near 35 mph (55 kph).

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Florida's east coast from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. The depression is centered about 95 miles (155 kilometers) southeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida. It's been nearly stationary over the last few hours but a northwestward motion is expected to begin later in the day.

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Elida is meandering off Mexico's southwestern coast. Elida's maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 kph) with some weakening forecast.

A tropical storm warning is effect for Mexico's coast from Lazaro Cardenas to Cabo Corrientes.

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VA whistleblowers allege retaliation in 4 Georgia cases

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities say they are looking into four retaliation cases in Georgia, in which whistleblowers within the Department of Veterans Affairs say they've been punished for reporting concerns in VA facilities.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the four Georgia cases being handled by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel come after workers say authorities retaliated after they reported concerns about scheduling, understaffing and other patient care issues.

Nationwide, investigators said last month they were examining allegations that supervisors in the veterans' health system retaliated against 37 employees who complained about practices such as falsified records used to cover up months-long delays in scheduling appointments.

The acting VA chief said such reprisals would not be tolerated.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , 

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Court sends labor cases back for further review

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has asked appeals courts to take another look at two cases involving disputes decided by the National Labor Relations Board.

The justices on Tuesday ordered the cases to be re-examined in light its recent decision on a president's power to fill administration posts while the Senate is on a break.

The court last week ruled that three of President Barack Obama's recess appointments made to the board in 2012 were invalid because the Senate had not taken a long enough break and was still conducting business.

But these cases involve challenges to a different recess appointee that Obama installed in 2010, when the Senate had adjourned for two weeks. The NLRB is likely to prevail when the cases are reconsidered by courts in Atlanta and Richmond, Virginia.

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Police report: Alcohol suspected in deadly crash

LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia state police say in a report that alcohol use is suspected in a one-car crash that claimed the lives of an Atlanta man who was driving and a former Auburn University football player who was a passenger.

Killed in the Sunday morning crash were 23-year-old Philip Lutzenkirchen of Marietta, Georgia, a former Auburn tight end; and 22-year-old driver Joseph Ian Davis.

Their Chevrolet Tahoe overturned on a road near LaGrange. Troopers say 22-year-old Elizabeth Craig of Eatonton, Georgia and 20-year-old Christian Case of Dadeville, Alabama were injured.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety report includes boxes to indicate whether law enforcement suspects alcohol use. Those boxes indicate "yes" for all four occupants.

The report says blood tests for alcohol were done on Davis and Lutzenkirchen and those results are pending.

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