Georgia News Roundup
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MARTA holding job fair

ATLANTA (AP) — The law enforcement branch of Atlanta's public transit agency is holding a job fair this weekend.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority is hosting a job fair Saturday for people interested in working with the transit agency's police department.

MARTA officials say onsite interviews for open positions with the department will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at MARTA headquarters on Piedmont Road, across the street from the Lindbergh Center train station.

Officials say business attire is required. Applicants must be 21 and up and must pass background, criminal history and credit checks.

Applicants will also have to pass a physical exam and drug screening.

Online: MARTA

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Hill's attorneys in court as execution date looms

By Christina A. Cassidy, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Attorneys for death row inmate Warren Lee Hill will be back in court to challenge the constitutionality of a Georgia law prohibiting the release of information on where the state acquired its supply of a lethal injection drug.

Thursday's hearing will be in Fulton County court. Hill's attorneys are expected to raise questions about the use of an unidentified compounding pharmacy to supply the drug as they seek to delay Hill's execution set for Friday.

Hill's attorneys have also appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing he is mentally disabled and shouldn't be executed.

Attorneys for the state say Hill has failed to prove he's mentally disabled and that his case has been thoroughly reviewed by the courts. Hill was sentenced to death in the killing of a fellow inmate.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Storms leave hundreds without power in Georgia 

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power said crews are working to restore service to more than 600 customers in metro Atlanta after storms downed trees and power lines.

The utility reported early Thursday that most of the customers were on the northern and northeastern parts of metro Atlanta.

Authorities said lightning associated with the Wednesday evening storms was believed to be the cause of several fires in at least three metro Atlanta counties.

In Union City, a lightning strike sparked a fire at a retirement home. No injuries were reported. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a house in Cherokee County was engulfed in flames after a lightning strike.

In Rockdale County, minor flooding, down trees and power lines were reported in downtown Conyers, which sustained significant damage. No injuries were reported.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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At least $8,000 in copper stolen from Quinlan Visual Arts Center 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Gainesville are investigating the theft of at least $8,000 worth of copper from a downtown arts center.

Amanda McClure, executive director of the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, said she discovered the crime Tuesday morning.

The Gainesville Times reports that 11 of the building's 13 copper downspouts were gone. McClure said that some of the downspouts were at long as 25 feet.

Information from: The Times, http://www.gainesvilletimes.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Fire destroys sanctuary of 91-year-old Carrollton church 

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that destroyed the sanctuary of a 91-year-old church in Carrollton, a loss estimated at $1.7 million.

Authorities said the blaze began around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday at Bethesda Baptist Church in the town about 45 miles west of Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that national, state and local investigators were trying to find the cause, but foul play is not expected. No one was injured.

Firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to other buildings at the church.

National, state and local investigators have been unable to determine the cause by late Wednesday. But foul play is not expected. No one was hurt.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Sea turtle moving from Georgia to Sea World in Florida 

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Sea Turtle Center officials say one of their most popular patients will be moved to Sea World in Orlando, Fla.

Spokeswoman Anna Hall says Caton, a female loggerhead sea turtle being treated at the center, has previously been released into the wild three times. Hall says Caton either swam back to the shores of Jekyll Island every time she was released or just sat on the beach.

Caton has lived at the sea turtle center for more than three years.

Officials say Caton was found stranded in 2009 on Ossabaw Island. She was severely debilitated and was placed in a recovery tank for observation.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center officials say Caton is considered unreleasable, which means she can still live comfortably in a captive setting.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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