Georgia News Roundup
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Ex-Sen. Charles Walker moving from South Carolina prison

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Former Georgia state Sen. Charles Walker is being moved from a federal prison in South Carolina after spending the past eight years behind bars.

The Augusta Chronicle reports the Augusta Democrat, who once served as the state's powerful Senate majority leader, will remain in federal custody until Sept. 16. But Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke says 66-year-old Walker is eligible for programs that allow inmates to serve outside of prisons such as living at a halfway house or under home confinement. Burke would not say where Walker is going after leaving prison.

Walker was convicted in 2005 on 127 federal counts including tax evasion, mail fraud and conspiracy charges. Before that he served two decades in the Georgia Legislature.

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Group asking Deal to accept federal Medicaid money 

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Federation of Democratic Women is asking Gov. Nathan Deal to accept federal funding to expand the state's Medicaid program.

The group's leaders say they'll hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the South Wing of the Capitol Building. They plan to call for Deal to accept $40.5 billion in federal funding to expand Medicaid in the state.

One of the group's leaders says the organization wants Deal to help Georgians reap the benefits of tax dollars they've already paid to the federal government.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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GBI investigates nude photos of Georgia teens 

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — State agents are investigating social media accounts where nude photos of metro Atlanta teenagers are being shared.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Debbie Garner tells WSB-TV that the agency is gathering information from the accounts and also trying to get the photographs removed.

Posts on Twitter and Instagram mention Gwinnett County. The Atlanta station reports that students whose photos are online appear to come from several Gwinnett County high schools, including Shiloh, Parkview, Duluth, Brookwood, Collins Hill and Peachtree Ridge.

Garner said it's possible that the girls willingly took the photos without realizing where they would end up or what would happen.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Johns Creek mayor goes to court to halt probe 

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) — The mayor of a suburban Atlanta city is going to court in a bid to halt an investigation of him.

In June the Johns Creek City Council voted to hire an outside lawyer to investigate Mayor Mike Bodker. City Councilman Randall Johnson said at the time that the action followed several reprimands of the mayor and concerns that he might have violated the city's charter and ethics ordinance.

Bodker calls the investigation a "witch hunt." The mayor tells WSB-TV that his attorney filed a petition against the city after an outside investigator subpoenaed phone and lease records he doesn't want to hand over. Bodker wants a Fulton County judge to halt the investigation.

Johns Creek is northeast of Atlanta, in the northeastern tip of Fulton County.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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US Attorney issues ruling in Macon shooting case 

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office in central Georgia has decided there's not enough evidence in a police shooting to warrant a prosecution for civil rights violations.

The case involves 49-year-old Sammie Davis Jr., who was shot to death in a Kroger parking lot in Macon on Dec. 21 because authorities say the policeman feared for his life. District Attorney David Cooke's conclusion that Macon officer Clayton Sutton was justified in shooting Davis sparked protests and requests for federal intervention.

U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said the Justice Department and his office determined that the evidence is insufficient to meet the requirements of a federal criminal civil rights prosecution.

Cheryl Davis, Sammie's sister, tells The Telegraph newspaper in Macon (http://bit.ly/1jhvY6Q) that she's devastated by the decision.

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

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Thousands of Army soldiers depart Fort Jackson 

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) — The first of some 7,000 Fort Jackson Army soldiers are starting their annual two-week holiday leave.

Army spokeswoman Kara Motosicky says the soldiers in basic training begin departing Wednesday evening just before midnight.

The troops are leaving the military installation outside Columbia on buses, trains, and in private vehicles. Other buses are taking soldiers to airports in Columbia, Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., for flights home. Senior enlisted soldiers are stationed at the airports to oversee the departures and assist if any soldiers are delayed or stranded.

All are due back Jan. 3rd.

About 100 soldiers in basic training remain at Fort Jackson through the holiday. A special battalion makes sure they are cared for and enjoy the holidays with entertainment and special foods.

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