Georgia News Roundup
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Grady CEO fears effects of possible funding cut

ATLANTA (AP) — Grady Memorial Hospital officials fear that some programs for the mentally ill and poor people could be devastated if Fulton County cuts $25 million in funding next year.

The hospital already faces steep federal and state budget cuts. Officials say that altogether, the reductions could cost Grady nearly $100 million in funding to care for Atlanta's poor and uninsured.

Grady CEO John Haupert tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the funding loss could result in job cuts, neighborhood clinics closing, increased co-pays, and limited access to specialty care.

The county's proposed 2014 budget is to be presented to commissioners Wednesday. Commission Chairman John Eaves said he hopes to restore Grady's funding before a final 2014 budget is approved in January. He's proposed a new property tax dedicated to the hospital.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Foul play not suspected in death of UGA student

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Investigators are still awaiting final results from an autopsy, but police say foul play is not suspected in the death of a University of Georgia student whose body was found in a creek.

Athens-Clarke County police said in a statement Tuesday night that 22-year-old Rebecca Elaine Greene's manner of death is not a homicide and an autopsy on the woman didn't show any signs of foul play.

An Athens-Clarke County police officer found Greene's body in an area of west Athens Tuesday morning where her cellphone's signal was last detected.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang has said agents found Greene's phone and bicycle at the scene.

Greene's body was sent to the GBI's crime lab in Decatur. Investigators say final autopsy results are pending further testing.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Gingrey hires new strategist for Senate bid in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey has hired a new political strategist to help lead his campaign for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat.

Gingrey spokeswoman Jen Talaber says the campaign has hired Cam Savage, who recently served as regional political director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Savage also managed the campaigns of Indiana Sen. Dan Coats and Rep. Todd Rokita.

On Monday, four top staffers left the Gingrey campaign citing differences of opinion. They included veteran GOP political consultant Chip Lake, who says he and the others made the decision after coming to a "crossroads in the campaign."

Also running in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate are Reps. Jack Kingston of Savannah and Paul Broun of Athens, former Secretary of State Karen Handel and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Woman gunned down outside Atlanta office building

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating the shooting death of a woman outside an office building on Peachtree Street in the heart of the city's midtown business district.

Police say the woman was shot around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday at the 1230 Peachtree Street building, across from the Woodruff Arts Center.

Atlanta Police Maj. Darryl Tolleson says investigators believe the shooting was "domestic-related" and that police are looking for a man they say knew the woman.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the woman was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she later died. Her name wasn't immediately released.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Savannah police investigating cemetery vandalism

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah police are searching for suspects after 17 headstones were damaged at the Laurel Grove North Cemetery.

Police say some of the headstones date to the 19th century and are considered irreplaceable.

Cemetery workers discovered the crime about a week ago, when they found the headstones pushed off their foundations, many of them broken.

Police said in a statement Wednesday that the damage amounted to thousands of dollars.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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African lion at Atlanta zoo gives birth to 4 cubs

ATLANTA (AP) — An African lion at Atlanta's zoo has given birth to four cubs.

Zoo Atlanta says 9-year-old Kiki had her second litter on Tuesday. The father is 9-year-old Kamau.

Veterinarians at the zoo had confirmed Kiki's pregnancy by ultrasound on Oct. 28. Lion gestation is usually three to four months long, and litters generally range from one to five cubs.

Lion cubs are born blind and depend entirely on their mothers for care and protection. They usually stay with their mothers for 18 months. Kiki's new cubs will bond with their mother in an off-exhibit space and likely won't venture into their African Plains habitat for about two months.

Kiki and Kamau's previous litter in 2008 included males Christos, Mikalos and Athanaisi, who now live at Africam Safari in Puebla, Mexico.

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New permit issued to company linked to fish kill

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has issued a new wastewater discharge permit to a company that was linked to a massive fish kill in the Ogeechee River.

Environmental Protection Division officials said Wednesday that the new permit limits King America's discharge of wastewater from its manufacturing plant to no more than 8 percent of the total river flow.

Officials say the company has agreed to pay $1.3 million to fund environmental improvement projects to benefit the river.

Authorities have said the company was discharging wastewater linked to a fire retardant processing line into the river without a permit in 2011. An estimated 39,000 fish were killed.

Officials say researchers from two universities will spend three years studying the river and its surrounding area, and will also install water quality monitors.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia Democrats work to rebuild party finances

By Christina A. Cassidy, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Democrats have taken another step toward rebuilding the party ahead of next year's federal and state elections by hosting a fundraiser with Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter.

A few hundred donors and elected officials attended Wednesday's luncheon in downtown Atlanta. Democrats have been dealing with poor party finances and little political clout since Republicans swept every statewide office in 2010.

New party Chairman DuBose Porter says enthusiasm is at a high since Nunn, daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, and Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, announced they'll be running as Democrats next year.

Nunn will be seeking the seat held by retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, while Carter has announced plans to run for governor.

Party officials say Democrats raised more than $150,000 during Wednesday's fundraiser.

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