Georgia News Roundup
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Former UN ambassador to speak at Georgia commencement

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Former United Nations ambassador Andrew Young is slated to serve as the keynote speaker at Georgia Gwinnett College's commencement ceremony.

School spokeswoman Sally Ramey says Georgia Gwinnett is set to celebrate several milestones during the commencement ceremony Friday morning, including its first double-major and 1,000th graduating student.

The college opened in August of 2006 and has an enrollment of about 9,400 students.

During its winter commencement in December, more than 250 students received degrees as part of Georgia Gwinnett's largest graduating class.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Applicants sought for suspended commissioner's job

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal's office is looking for Brunswick residents willing to take the place of a city commissioner who has been suspended.

Deal must appoint someone to fill the post of Brunswick Commissioner James Brooks, who has been suspended while he awaits trial on charges of racketeering and violating his oath of office. The governor's office is accepting resumes for the position until May 31.

Applicants must be residents of Brunswick. Deal's office says he plans to interview applicants in June and then choose a replacement for Brooks.

Deal suspended the commissioner last month based on the unanimous recommendation of a special commission that studied the charges against him.

Brooks' term on the commission ends in December. He has said he plans to seek re-election.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Atlanta schools subpoenaed in cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Public Schools is notifying parents that it will have to turn over students' education information in response to a subpoena.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that subpoena is related to the criminal case against former educators who are accused of cheating on standardized tests.

School system officials say the information could be made available to court officials starting Friday.

In March, former Superintendent Beverly Hall and the other 34 educators were named in a 65-count indictment that alleges a conspiracy to cheat, conceal cheating or retaliate against whistleblowers in an effort to bolster student test scores and, as a result, receive bonuses and accolades for improved student performance.

Each could face five to 20 years in prison if convicted of all the charges.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Avondale Estates residents planning 'citizen patrol'

AVONDALE ESTATES, Ga. (AP) — Residents of an Atlanta suburb are planning to fight crime by patrolling the streets using an old police cruiser.

CBS Atlanta reports that Citizens on Patrol would be made up of volunteers who would patrol Avondale Estates in teams of two. More than 50 people have shown an interest in joining the group, though the plan must still be approved by the city council in the town just east of Atlanta.

The mission of group members would be to spot crime and then call 911. Avondale Estates police Cpl. Paul Conroy said group members wouldn't be allowed to have weapons, and they would simply observe their surroundings and report suspicious activity to police.

Officials said the group would be comprised of people who have passed the city's eight-week citizen police academy.

Information from: WGCL-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Pedestrian struck on freeway access road, dies

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a pedestrian who was struck by several vehicles on an interstate access road south of Atlanta has died.

WSB-TV reports that the pedestrian was struck Wednesday night in Clayton County, near the junction of Interstate 75 and I-285. Police say all of the drivers stopped after striking the person, whose name wasn't released.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that it was the second pedestrian fatality along I-75 in Clayton County in less than a week.

Early Saturday, a Missouri man was struck by several vehicles and killed on I-75 near Mount Zion Boulevard. Clayton County police Sgt. Kevin Hughes said investigators didn't know why that man, 22-year-old John Scott Lewis, was on the interstate.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Ex-city official sues Atlanta mayor over firing

ATLANTA (AP) — A former city employee is suing Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other city officials, saying he was fired after raising concerns that a woman still had city equipment and access to the city's computer system after leaving her city job.

Jomo Reynolds, a former Atlanta Department of Watershed Management official, filed the federal lawsuit this month in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.

WAGA-TV reported details of the lawsuit. Reynolds told the station he also raised concerns about a possible conflict of interest involving the woman's new job with a company that does business with the city.

Reynolds said he was fired in January after voicing his concern that confidential information that was accessible to the woman could harm the city.

Reed declined to comment to the station.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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