Georgia News Roundup
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Barrow to announce proposed school safety law

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow is planning to announce legislation he's introduced to help bolster school security.

Barrow is scheduled to speak alongside Executive Director of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, J. Terry Norris, Superintendent of the Richmond County Board of Education, Frank Roberson, and others during a press conference Monday morning at the Richmond County Board of Education in Augusta.

Barrow on Friday introduced a proposal to reauthorize a matching grant program to increase school security under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. The proposal has been referred to the House judiciary committee.

Barrow represents Georgia's 12th district, which includes 19 counties in the southeastern region of the state.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia state officials announce July 4 DUI crackdown

ATLANTA (AP) — State officials say they're taking a zero tolerance stance on drunk drivers and boaters during the Fourth of July.

Officials from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Public Safety will tour the state Monday to remind Georgians that police will be on high alert for drunk drivers and boat operators this week.

Officials are planning to speak at Flightways, a regional airport in Columbus, the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany, the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Signature Flight in Savannah and the Georgia State Patrol Hangar at Augusta Regional Airport.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Florida man sentenced on interstate drug charges

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Attorney's officials say a 39-year-old northern Florida man has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison on drug charges.

Authorities say Johnnie Kenon, of Quincy, Fla., pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 11 pounds of cocaine. He was sentenced Thursday to 24 years and six months in prison.

Officials say Kenon arranged drug deals by telephone with a supplier living about 50 miles away in Donalsonville. Authorities say a wiretap had been placed on the other dealer's phone and agents intercepted multiple calls between him and Kenon.

Authorities say they also recovered a gun when they searched Kenon's house.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


iPhone sale leads to shootout at Jonesboro convenience store

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Police south of Atlanta are investigating a shootout that began after a family set up a meeting to sell an iPhone 5 with someone they met through Facebook.

WSB-TV reports that a mother, her son and his girlfriend arranged to meet a prospective buyer at a QuikTrip in Jonesboro.

Police said that while the son and his girlfriend were in the store early Monday morning, three men got into the mother's car and demanded the phone, money and her car keys at gunpoint.

When the woman's son approached, one of the suspects flashed a gun and tried to drive off. Police said the son fired 15 rounds at the men's black Dodge Charger. No one was injured.

Officers apprehended three suspects. Few details about them were immediately available.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia child care ratings go public

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is unveiling its voluntary three-star child care rating system, which offers financial incentives for providers who participate.

The system went live on Monday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that parents can see whether a center is rated by going to or .

The state is buying supplies for rated centers and giving some money for staff bonuses and lower staff-to-student ratios. As of Monday, star-rated centers also will receive an increase in the state/federal reimbursements they receive for caring for children from lower-income families, something that hasn't happened in years.

The higher the center's rating, the larger the reimbursement the center could receive for each qualifying child.

Star-rated centers will have the following attractions, state officials said:

.Each class has a daily lesson plan, ensuring greater focus on academics;

.Children have 30-plus minutes of daily physical activity;

.Information on staff-to-teacher ratios is readily available to parents;

.The staff is committed to serving more fresh fruits and vegetables.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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