Georgia News Roundup
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Brunswick City Hall admits it's too hard to hear

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Brunswick officials are acknowledging it's too hard to hear at City Hall.

The Florida Times-Union reports the historic courtroom where City Commission meetings are held has long been plagued by terrible acoustics. City Manager Bill Weeks says even he misses a lot of what's said during public meetings.

Complaints from residents have led the city to take action. Local officials have hired a local business to install a new sound system at a cost of $3,400.

City officials say the contractor, iMint Media, has provided sound amplification at past town hall meetings in the room and should know how to tackle its quirky acoustics.

Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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3 people shot, 1 stabbed at metro Atlanta motel

ATLANTA (AP) — Police are trying to learn why three people were shot and a fourth person stabbed at a metro Atlanta motel.

DeKalb County police say the commotion began when at least two women began fighting outside a motel near Glenwood Avenue and Interstate 285 in DeKalb County Monday night.

Police say one woman pulled a knife and cut another woman in the face. Police tell CBS Atlanta that some men then pulled guns and opened fire, and a bullet struck one woman in the hand.

"Apparently some men got involved, when the female drove off, there was some gunfire exchanged," DeKalb County police Lt. Dane Cunningham tells WSB-TV.

A few minutes later, police were called to a room inside the motel where one man was found with a gunshot wound to the chest and another with a bullet to the back.

All victims were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where the two wounded men were in critical condition. The injured women were in stable condition.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Man sent to prison in Valdosta State murder case

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — The man accused of killing a Valdosta State University freshman in 2012 has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Valdosta Daily Times reports that 19-year-old Darien Jospeh Meheux Jr. was given the life prison term following his conviction on Friday.

Meheux is the former boyfriend of 17-year-old Jasmine Benjamin of Lawrenceville. She was found dead in a campus study room in November 2012. Authorities said the cause of death was asphyxiation.

Assistant District Attorney Brad Shealy said his office is happy with the verdict and that Assistant District Attorney Tracy Chapman did "an excellent job" laying out the facts of the case.

Information from: The Valdosta Daily Times, http://valdostadailytimes.com/ 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Curb sought on last-minute lawmaking in Georgia 

By Ray Henry, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — A state senator wants a rule requiring that Georgia's state lawmakers get at least one day to read legislation before they vote.

Republican state Sen. Joshua McKoon said Tuesday that he wants the rule to deter last-minute surprises — some accidental, some deliberate — that happen when lawmakers rush to pass their bills on the final day of the legislative session.

By law, Georgia's General Assembly only meets for 40 working days. Legislation that does not pass by midnight of the last day automatically fails for the year.

In 2012, a committee tried using a hunting and fishing bill to weaken disclosure requirements for the state's ethics commission. Last year, lawmakers passed new lobbying limits after last-minute changes that appear to have opened new loopholes.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Georgia man convicted for not disclosing HIV status 

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A metro Atlanta man has been convicted of reckless conduct after he failed to tell a sexual partner he had been previously diagnosed as HIV-positive.

Craig Davis, of Stone Mountain, was convicted Tuesday in Clayton County Court. Attorneys for 42-year-old Davis say he may have been misdiagnosed and argued that tests for the virus can be unreliable and don't provide definitive proof of his status.

In court, Davis' primary care physician Dr. Courtney Shelton said she diagnosed him with HIV in 2005 and that he used prescription medications to manage the symptoms.

Clayton County jail officials also said that in 2009, Davis told them he was HIV positive and had medications with him when he was booked.

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