Georgia News Roundup
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State to close youth detention center in North West Georgia 

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) — State officials say they are closing a juvenile detention center in northwest Georgia.

Department of Juvenile Justice Assistance Commissioner Mark Sexton on Monday announced the closure of the Paulding Regional Youth Detection Center.

The decision will put 68 people out of jobs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The closure also will lead local sheriffs in the six counties that now use the Paulding Regional Youth Detection Center to take them to other centers in Clayton or Floyd counties.

Sexton said the decision to close the facility in Paulding County was based totally on economics. He said the Florida-based company that runs it, Youth Services International, would continue to operate the state's regional youth detention center in Crisp County and the long-term Youth Development Campus in Milan.

The move should save the department about $3 million the rest of this budget year and $6 million in the next year, according to Sexton.

The facility is expected to close Dec. 31.

Currently, there are 45 teenage boys being held in the 100-bed facility, including 14 who have already been before a judge and are waiting for a cell in a long-term facility. The others are juveniles who have been arrested in Paulding, Carroll, Cherokee, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Heard counties and have not yet had their cases adjudicated.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Gov. Deal appoints lawyers for Florida water dispute

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials have appointed lawyers to handle a legal dispute with Florida over regional water rights.

State officials said Monday that attorneys Seth Waxman, Chris Landau and Craig Primis will lead Georgia's litigation team. It will also include Georgia attorneys Bruce Brown, Todd Silliman and John Allen.

Florida officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to divide up the water rights in the Chattahoochee, Flint and Apalachicola rivers. The river system serves Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

That lawsuit is the latest in a long-running dispute between the states. Florida says that metro Atlanta uses too much water, leaving too little for downstream communities, businesses and wildlife.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Florida should negotiate a solution, not litigate.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Decatur girl honored for rescuing baby during fire

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A 10-year-old has been recognized for catching her neighbor's baby during an apartment fire in Decatur.

Zna Gresham received an award for valor Monday during an observance of National Prevention Month.

WSB-TV reports that the girl ran outside her home when an apartment building caught fire in July.

While she was outside, an upstairs neighbor who was stuck asked Gresham to catch a 1-month-old child. She caught the infant safely.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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