Georgia News Roundup
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Drunk drivers targeted in Georgia Labor Day crackdown

ATLANTA (AP) — The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says it is planning a crackdown on DUI drivers during the Labor Day weekend travel period.

Officials say law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be aggressively targeting DUI drivers during the holiday weekend.

Governor's Office of Highway Safety officials say on average, one person died every 34 minutes during Labor Day weekend DUI crashes nationwide last year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Officials say between Aug. 3 and Sept. 2 of 2012, there were nearly 3,497 crashes and 22 deaths in Georgia.

Officials say the state's anti-drunk driving initiatives are expected to run from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Georgia Board of Education hosting meeting in Dunwoody

DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia State Board of Education is planning a public hearing in metro Atlanta on student progress and problems in public education.

Officials say the board is hosting a hearing Tuesday at Dunwoody High School at 7 p.m.

The Board of Education is looking for input from local citizens and educators on a range of issues, including comments on the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.

Officials say people wishing to speak during the hearing should sign in upon arrival.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Boy, 3, shot in apparent accidental shooting

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old boy is in stable condition after he was shot in an apparent accident in northwest Atlanta.

Atlanta police Officer John Chafee said the preliminary investigation indicates the boy may have been playing with a handgun and shot himself in the face.

Police said the shooting happened shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday at the Allen Hills Apartments off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The boy was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.

Neighbor Ivey McMullen tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she heard people screaming that "the baby shot himself."

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

School systems welcome Central American students

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Educators in a northeast Georgia county say this year's new students include about 48 children who are believed to have been part of an influx of immigrants from central America.

Hall County Schools spokesman Gordon Higgins tells WSB-TV that about 28 new students have come from Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and San Salvador.

Gainesville City Schools officials tell The Times newspaper that at least 20 students from Central America had enrolled in that school system, also in Hall County.

The Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement has said that 1,412 of the children who have fled their counties -- many traveling alone into the U.S. -- are now in Georgia.

In Dalton, Superintendent Jim Hawkins has said about 30 unaccompanied minors were admitted into the Dalton Public Schools during the last school year.

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