Georgia News Roundup
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Department of Labor holds safety briefing in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor, along with trade associations and employers throughout the southeast, will hold a one-hour safety stand-down at construction sites and workplaces Tuesday.

The stand-down, organized by the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is part of the department's national outreach campaign aimed at raising awareness of workplace fall hazards.

Department of Labor officials say of 774 construction fatalities in 2010, 264 were linked to falls. Officials say employers must protect workers from fall hazards by providing safety equipment and training.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration regional administrator Teresa Harrison said in a release that the briefing is focused "on how falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs can be prevented and lives can be saved."

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UGA set to induct 2 into agricultural hall of fame

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame will induct two new members next month.

University of Georgia officials say Claud Adams, known as Georgia's father of 4-H and Louis Boyd, an animal scientist, will be inducted to the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame Sept. 20 at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center.

University officials say the hall of fame was established in 1972 to recognize people making extraordinary contributions to agriculture and agribusiness in the state.

Officials say Adams organized the Boy's Corn Clubs in Newton County in 1904 — which are considered the predecessors of Georgia 4-H. In 1913, an offshoot of the boy's club — the Girl's Tomato Canning Club — was formed.

Officials say Boyd, who retired from UGA in 1992, helped strengthen the university's agricultural programs.

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Atlanta man found shot to death

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say teenager has been shot and killed in southwest Atlanta.

Police tell WXIA-TV that the crime was reported around 1:30 a.m. Monday, when officers were sent to the 1200 block of White Street Southwest. Atlanta police Capt. Paul Guerrucci said the young man was found shot in the chest.

Guerrucci said investigators early Monday were searching for a suspect who was last seen walking north on White Street towards Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.

The victim's father tells WSB-TV that his son was about to celebrate a birthday and serve as best man in his brother's wedding.

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Atlanta school system adjusts school bus schedules

ATLANTA (AP) — After parents complained about early-morning pick up times, Atlanta Public Schools is changing its school bus schedule.

Parent Lisa McIlvoy said the schedule had her young daughters getting on the bus at 6:30 a.m. to start school at 8 a.m. at a building less than a mile away from their home.

McIlvoy said that would have made for a 10-and-a-half-hour day for her kindergartener and second-grader. She said parents were also concerned about children getting to school long before the 8 a.m. start time.

WSB-TV reports that the school system announced the new schedule via Twitter on Sunday evening. McIlvoy said the bus will come a half-hour later under the new schedule.

Classes begin Wednesday in Atlanta Public Schools.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Suspect's comments allowed in baby killing case

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A judge has ruled that comments made by a suspect in the shooting death of a Georgia baby can be used in his upcoming trial.

Police say De'Marquise Elkins shot 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in the face as he sat in his stroller on March 21. They say the 18-year-old suspect also shot the child's mother, Sherry West, after she refused to give him money in an attempted street robbery.

Glynn County Detective Roderic Nohilly said he and other officers were walking Elkins down a hall after interrogating him the day after the slaying. The detective said Elkins made some "spontaneous" comments about whether investigators had recovered a gun in the crime.

The Florida Times-Union reports that Judge Stephen Kelley ruled Friday that the statements can be used at trial.

Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union,

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Man accused of leaving kids after crash arrested 

CEDARTOWN, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say they've apprehended a man accused of pulling two children out of his vehicle after he crashed it and then leaving the kids at the scene of the wreck.

State patrol spokesman Gordy Wright says one of the children, a 6-year-old boy, later died at a hospital. A 5-year-old girl was seriously injured in the one-car wreck along Tallapoosa Highway near Cedartown Sunday morning.

Wright says a witness told troopers the driver, 42-year-old Robert Nelson Wood of Tallapoosa, pulled two children from the car and ran away.

The state patrol said he was found about three-quarters of a mile from the crash site after a manhunt for him. It wasn't immediately known whether he has an attorney.

The girl was being treated at a hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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2,000 expected for funeral of task force officer

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Thousands of people are expected at the funeral of a Columbus drug task force officer killed in a traffic crash while on duty in the west Georgia city.

James McMullen of McMullen Funeral Home said as many as 2,000 people are expected to attend Monday's services for Columbus police Cpl. Thomas Keith Slay. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Slay's funeral is planned for 11 a.m. Monday.

Another member of the task force -- Russell County, Ala., sheriff's Deputy Brad Evans -- was hurt in the crash and faces a long recovery.

Slay was killed and Evans hurt when another vehicle struck their pickup in Columbus on Tuesday.

The service for Slay is at 11 a.m. at Cascade Hills Church on 54th Street in Columbus.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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