Georgia News Roundup
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UGA receives Gates Foundation grant

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given the University of Georgia Research Foundation a $3.4 million grant to help fight a debilitating tropical disease.

UGA officials said Tuesday the award will be used to expand research on how to eliminate schistosomiasis (shih-sto-som-eye-uh-sis), a disease caused by worms and contracted when people come in contact with contaminated water.

Experts say the worms are not found in the U.S., but more than 200 million people worldwide are infected.

Dan Colley is the director of UGA's Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases. He says in a statement that the project has had success in reducing infections and hopes to move closer to disease elimination.

The center, established in 1998, includes 20 faculty members and promotes biomedical research and educational programs.

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South Carolina school administrator tapped to work at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — University of Georgia officials have named a South Carolina college administrator as its new vice president for student affairs.

Officials announced Tuesday that College of Charleston Executive Vice President for Student Affairs, Victor K. Wilson, will begin in his new role Aug. 1.

Wilson began working for the College of Charleston in 2004 and oversees an office that encompasses nearly 10 divisions — including residence life, public safety, and counseling and substance abuse services.

Officials say Wilson also served as associate vice president for student affairs at UGA between 1999 and 2004.

Wilson earned his bachelor's degree in social work at UGA in 1982 and a master's in student personnel in higher education from UGA in 1987.

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Georgia to offer motorcycle license testing at rally

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Department of Driver Services officials plan to offer motorcycle license testing at a rally later this month.

Department officials said in a statement Tuesday that the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program will offer the testing at the Southern Cruisers Rally in Commerce on July 20.

Department Commissioner Rob Mikell urges all riders to get licensed and trained.

No appointment is necessary to be tested at the rally. Those who pass will get their Georgia Class M license through a 90-day license test waiver that they can present at any of the department's customer service centers to get a license.

The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program offers rider education and licensing programs and also promotes motorist awareness and focuses on highway safety issues that affect motorcyclists.

Online: Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Woman shot to death in apparent home invasion 

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating the killing of a woman who was shot during an apparent home invasion in east Atlanta.

Homicide investigators tell WSB-TV that they believe the woman's home on Van Vleck Avenue was targeted for robbery late Tuesday night. The name of the woman, who was in her 30s, was not immediately released.

Atlanta police Lt. Paul Guerrucci, the department's Homicide Unit Commander, tells WXIA-TV that a man also in the home at the time was slightly injured but did not required hospitalization.

Atlanta police Capt. Tim Peek tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the woman was visiting the homeowner, who is now working with investigators to identify the shooter.

No arrests had been made early Wednesday.

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Alabama university expands programs in Brunswick 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — An Alabama university is expanding its programs in the coastal Georgia town of Brunswick.

Troy University is expanding its satellite programs in the Georgia community with its School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management, The Brunswick News reported.

School officials say that beginning this fall, students will be able to obtain a bachelor of science degree in the three areas of concentration - hospitality, sports or tourism management.

Not all of the classes will be available at the Brunswick site, but courses offered online will augment the classes of full-time faculty in Brunswick, said Lynn Chapman, area coordinator for the university.

Alabama, Georgia and Florida are very popular sport and tourism destinations, and that Troy hopes to provide students with a quality education in Brunswick that results in a well-trained labor force capable of filling positions in the industries, Chapman said.

Information from: The Brunswick News,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia prison safety threatened by faulty locks 

ATLANTA (AP) — Several high-security Georgia prisons face threats of violence as corrections officials deal with faulty locks.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that state prisons housing gangs and hardened criminals continue to have issues with doors that do not lock.

Three prisoner deaths have occurred at Hays State Prison in Trion. A fourth prisoner was killed after transferring to a prison in Jackson.

An internal audit last year found about 41 percent of the locks failed at Hays and Valdosta State Prison. In February, the corrections department signed a $1 million emergency contract to replace door locks at Hays.

Southern Center for Human Rights attorney, Sarah Geraghty, argues the department has allowed locks to deteriorate for years. She says faulty locks risk the lives of both officers and inmates.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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