Georgia News Roundup
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State Senate group to discuss school discipline

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia state senate committee is hosting a hearing this week to discuss the findings of a study on school discipline strategies.

Sen. Emanuel Jones, a Decatur Democrat, will lead the School Discipline Senate Study Committee's first hearing Thursday afternoon at the state Capitol building.

Jones is the committee chairman and launched the group to study the type of punishments local school boards impose on students, expulsion rates, disparities in discipline between students of different racial backgrounds and more.

The committee also includes Sens. Hardie Davis, an Augusta Democrat and Republicans Bill Heath of Bremen, Lindsey Tippins of Marietta and John Wilkinson of Toccoa.

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Lawmakers discuss government's role in education

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A group of Georgia lawmakers is planning a meeting to discuss the federal government's role in public education.

The House Study Committee on the Role of the Federal Government in Education will meet Monday morning at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville.

The impact of Common Core state standards on Georgia's public schools are among the issues the committee is working to review. The meeting is also expected to feature several school superintendents and educators.

The committee is led by Republican Reps. Brooks Coleman of Gainesville and Carl Rogers of Gainesville. The committee also includes Republicans Rick Jasperse of Jasper, Buzz Brockway of Lawrenceville and Democrat Mike Glanton of Jonesboro.

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EPA to host youth symposium in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — A youth symposium planned by the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to bring students, educators and other environmental stakeholders together in Atlanta next month.

EPA officials say the conference Sept. 12 at the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center is meant to give participants a chance to develop partnerships, discuss sustainable environmental strategies and more.

Officials say the conference will include sessions on environmental stewardship, watershed management and other issues. Organizers say the event will also feature presentations on climate change, resource conservation and more.

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Boy, 13, shot to death inside his bedroom

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — Police are trying to learn why a 13-year-old boy was shot to death in his bedroom in west Georgia.

Police say witnesses heard gunfire between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday. They said relatives later discovered Nizzear Rodriguez with a gunshot wound when they awoke and called 911. Police say family members were trying to take the boy to a hospital when officers arrived, but it was too late to save him.

Carrollton police Capt. Chris Dobbs tells WXIA-TV that authorities believe someone went into the child's bedroom and shot him while he was in bed.

WSB-TV reports that Nizzear was an eighth-grader at Carrollton Junior High School. Police say the school planned to have grief counselors on the campus Monday morning.

Carrollton is about 45 miles west of Atlanta.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Convenience store clerk shot to death in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating the killing of a store clerk during an apparent robbery.

Authorities say the owner of Big Brother 2 Food Mart arrived late Sunday night and discovered his employee dead in the front doorway.

Atlanta police said the crime appears to have been part of a robbery, and investigators were trying to determine whether security cameras inside the store captured images of the suspect.

WSB-TV reports that detectives are working to narrow the timeframe of when the shooting took place.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Man found shot to death in Richmond County

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the gunshot killing of a man in Richmond County.

Richmond County sheriff's officials say the man was shot to death on Carrie Street late Sunday.

Deputies called to the address found 29-year-old Quintroy Roberts with a gunshot wound to the head. The Augusta Chronicle reports that Roberts was pronounced dead at 12:03 a.m. Monday.

Nearby resident Chavious Kemmerlin tells the Augusta newspaper that he heard about three shots.

An autopsy is expected to take place at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta early this week.

Few other details were available early Monday.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com 

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