Georgia News Roundup
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Mosquito-borne virus found in horse near Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Health officials say a deadly mosquito-borne virus has been detected in a horse near Savannah.

The Chatham County Health Department says the horse tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, which causes swelling of the brain and is fatal to horses in 70 to 90 percent of cases.

Health officials in say no human cases have been reported and it's rare for people to get infected. But they say the horse infection is a reminder that mosquitoes can remain active in coastal Georgia during fall months.

The health department says horse owners should vaccinate their animals and coastal residents should continue to empty standing water from outdoor containers every few days to reduce breeding by mosquitoes.

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Grant to help Georgia improve unemployment program

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor is giving Georgia more than $1.6 million to bolster its unemployment insurance program.

Officials said Thursday that the grant is intended to help improve investigation into unemployment insurance fraud and to assist with other system improvements.

Federal officials say the grant being given to Georgia is part of more than $176 million being distributed to 40 state workforce agencies nationwide.

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said in a statement that the grants will help state officials ensure the efficiency of their unemployment insurance programs.

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Dogs and hunters slay wild hog in suburban Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Tracking dogs managed to chase down and attack a 400-pound wild hog that has been scaring children and adults in a suburban Atlanta neighborhood.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that after the dogs attacked, a hunter stabbed it to death Thursday night in the neighborhood near Lithonia. The subdivision is about 17 miles east of downtown Atlanta.

Authorities have said as many as four feral hogs have been roaming the DeKalb County neighborhood for several days.

WSB-TV reports that an exterminating firm has been hired to search for remaining pigs in the area.

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Woman, 69, struck and killed on road in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle while walking along a road near Athens' airport.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that 69-year-old Linda Irene Quillan of Athens died late Wednesday. She was struck while walking along Winterville Road near Ben Epps Airport.

Police say she was hit by a 1994 Ford Explorer driven by an Athens man, who told police he was driving to work at the time.

The driver told police that he had his headlights on and wipers working when he all of the sudden he saw something, which he didn't distinguish as a person. The motorist told police that he tried to swerve, but couldn't turn much due to vehicles approaching in the other lane.

The crash remains under investigation.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia health system: Health reform prompts layoffs 

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia health system is laying off about 50 employees, citing losses it anticipates in response to health care reform.

The Telegraph reports that Central Georgia Health System is the parent company of The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Company officials say the layoffs are part of a plan to reduce the system's fiscal 2014 budget to account for potential loss of reimbursements due to health care reform.

Chief Financial Officer Rhonda Perry said Thursday that Central Georgia Health System anticipates potentially $30 million in losses because of reductions in reimbursement of Medicaid.

Before the cuts, the hospital was on track to lose about $20 million in fiscal 2013. Perry said that deficit will now be about $6 million, because of the layoffs and other budget-cutting changes.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia man convicted in fatal Alabama carjacking 

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A Georgia man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for a fatal carjacking in Selma.

District Attorney Michael Jackson said a Dallas County jury found 29-year-old Quante Rice guilty of capital murder Thursday evening. Circuit Judge Collins Pettaway sentenced him to life in prison without parole.

The prosecutor said that in October 2004, Rice needed a ride home to Georgia, so he shot Morris Hatcher in the head at a Selma car wash and stole his Chevrolet Tahoe. It was later found abandoned near Rice's residence in College Park, Ga.

Rice was originally convicted and sentenced to life without parole in 2010, but a state appeals court overturned that conviction, which resulted in a new trial.

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