Georgia News Roundup
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Zoo Atlanta preparing 4 lion cubs for visitors

ATLANTA (AP) — Zoo Atlanta officials say four lion cubs will soon be on display for visitors.

Officials say the cubs, three males and one female, have completed their veterinary checkups and will be on display for visitors beginning Monday if temperatures are above 50 degrees and the sun is out.

The cubs were born to Kiki on Nov. 19, 2013 and each weighs about 19 pounds. Zoo officials say their father, Kamau, had been separated from the family since the cubs were born but has had opportunities to interact with them since then. Zoo officials say Kamau was a gentle father to Kiki's first litter, which was born in 2008.

Zoo officials say the cubs have enjoyed the lions' off-exhibit outdoor patio area, and will begin exploring the zoo's African Plains habitat.

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American Legion hosting Ga. town halls on VA care

ATLANTA (AP) — The American Legion is hosting two town hall meetings on Veterans Administration health care in Georgia this month.

Organizers said in a release that meetings in Atlanta and Augusta will focus on the "the past, present and future of health care at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers in those cities."

The Atlanta VA Medical Center and the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta have been accused of subpar oversight and backlogs for certain services. Organizers say they'll visit each facility and interview patients, staff and administrators.

The Atlanta meeting is scheduled for Jan. 27 at American Legion Post 1 on Shallowford Road.

The Augusta meeting is slated for Jan. 29 at American Legion Post 205 on Highland Avenue.

Both meetings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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Southeast Georgia fire chief on leave after DUI charge

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (AP) — A southeast Georgia fire chief has been placed on leave after being charged with driving under the influence.

The Savannah Morning News reports the Georgia State Patrol arrested Springfield Fire Chief Travis Craig Zittrouer early Saturday and charged him with DUI and speeding. Springfield is a city of about 2,800 people in Effingham County northwest of Savannah.

City Manager Brett Bennett says he placed the fire chief on administrative leave while he reviews the arrest. It was not known if Zittrouer had an attorney.

Zittrouer has been was honored earlier last week for exceptional service while responding to a triple fatal car wreck in November.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Georgia man dead, 3 arrested in shooting near Atlanta

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Police say a man is dead and three people have been arrested after a shooting near a restaurant outside Atlanta.

WSB-TV reports police were called to the El Ranchero restaurant in College Park at about 3 a.m. Monday after a fight was reported in the area. Officers found a 22-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died. The victim's identity was not immediately released.

Police say they took three people into custody and plan to file charges related to the shooting.

Information from: WSB-TV, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Macon woman, 80, dies in weekend house fire

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say an 80-year-old Macon woman has died from burns suffered when her home caught fire over the weekend.

The Telegraph of Macon reports the dead woman's 83-year-old husband, Henry Jones, is in critical condition after flames swept through the Bristol Drive home early Sunday.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said Virginia Jones died late Sunday after being taken to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta.

Jones says there's no obvious sign of what caused the blaze. Local fire officials are investigating.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Police: 2 men held up Southwest Georgia convenience store 

SYLVESTER, Ga. (AP) — Police in southwest Georgia are hunting two men they say held up a gas station and convenience store in Sylvester.

Sylvester police officers were called to the Flash Foods story on Franklin Street late Sunday at about 10 p.m. They say a pair of armed men robbed the store and ran away, escaping with an unknown amount of money.

No arrests had been reported Monday. It wasn't known if the store had surveillance cameras that may have videotaped the culprits during the robbery.

Sylvester police are asking the public for any information that may help lead to arrests.

Information from: WALB-TV, 

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