Georgia News Roundup
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Ex-Ambassador Peters named Carter Center CEO

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Ambassador Mary Ann Peters has been named CEO of The Carter Center, the Atlanta-based not-for-profit organization founded by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn.

The center's Board of Trustees announced the appointment this week. Peters will succeed longtime CEO John Hardman in September.

Peters has been provost of the U.S. Naval War College since 2008 and before that spent more than 30 years with the State Department.

She served as ambassador to Bangladesh from 2000 to 2003. During her tenure with the State Department, she worked in countries including Bulgaria, Russia and Burma.

Carter said in a statement that Peters' "commitment to world peace and human rights and her diplomatic expertise bring principled and experienced leadership to the Center's critical mission to secure basic human rights worldwide."

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Ceremony to be held at FDR's Little White House

WARM SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia state parks officials say President Franklin D. Roosevelt will be honored in Georgia on the anniversary of his death.

An annual ceremony is set for April 12 at Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site in Warm Springs. This year will mark 69 years since Roosevelt died at the Little White House.

Brian Roslund, president of the nonprofit Friends of FDR's Little White House, says Nina Roosevelt Gibson, the president's granddaughter, will serve as keynote speaker at the event.

Admission to the site will be free until noon for the event. The site is operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Warm Springs is about 40 miles northeast of Columbus.


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Olympic medalist to speak at GSU commencement

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State University officials say a two-time Olympic medalist has been chosen to deliver the keynote address at the school's spring commencement.

Officials said in a release Tuesday that Elana Meyers, of Douglasville, is scheduled to speak to students during commencement at the Georgia Dome on May 10.

Meyers won a silver medal along with her teammate Lauryn Williams in the two-woman bobsled competition in Sochi, Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Meyers and her teammate Erin Pac earned a bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

School officials say Meyers was inspired by the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and played softball at George Washington University. Officials say Meyers kept pursuing her Olympic dream through bobsledding after softball was dropped from the Summer Olympics.

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New freeway interchange set to open in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — A new interchange connecting Interstate 85 and Georgia 400 in metro Atlanta is set to open.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and other officials are planning a ceremony Wednesday afternoon to mark the opening of the new I-85/GA 400 interchange ramps.

Georgia Department of Transportation spokesman Mark McKinnon tells WSB Radio ( that officials expect to open the ramps to traffic around 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials say the new flyover ramps will give southbound drivers on I-85 direct access to northbound Georgia 400, which connects Atlanta to many of its northern suburbs. The new interchange will also give southbound drivers on Georgia 400 a direct ramp to I-85 northbound.

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Officer shoots, kills suspect in Atlanta suburb

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police in a northeast Atlanta suburb are investigating after an officer shot and killed a suspect.

Gwinnett County police say the officer was somehow wounded in the Wednesday morning encounter. WSB-TV reports that the officer was initially unconscious, but was later conscious and alert at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Two officers were called to the Sweetwater apartments in Lawrenceville to check out a report of a suspicious vehicle around 1 a.m. Wednesday. Police said one officer chased and apprehended a woman who ran from the vehicle. The other officer chased two men.

Police said the officer who apprehended the woman then found the other officer on the ground, with one of the men standing over him.

Shots were fired, killing one of the male suspects.

Few other details were immediately available.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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Brenau University plans expansion in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A northeast Georgia university has approved a plan that will include new residence facilities, a human anatomy laboratory and a field house.

The Times of Gainesville reports ( that the expansion at Brenau University in Gainesville is the result of a $62.5 million spending plan recently approved by the school's board of trustees.

Brenau President Ed Schrader said the university exceeded its goal for the first phase of a fundraising campaign by more than $500,000.

Information from: The Times,

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Casket factory demolition underway in Phenix City

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — Crews are demolishing an old casket factory in the eastern Alabama town of Phenix City.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the 33,000-square-foot warehouse was also used at one time as a textile mill.

Last year, the city condemned the facility, which had been vacant for more than a decade.

Demolition work started a couple of weeks ago and is about 50 percent complete.

Owner Ellis Austin said he has hired a demolition firm to take it down at a cost of between $40,000 and $50,000.

Austin said he plans to put the land back on the market when the building is gone.

The land is on the edge of an area near the Chattahoochee River that is being redeveloped.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,

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Fire engulfs 2 buildings in northwest Georgia city

ROME, Ga. (AP) — Fire has engulfed two buildings in the northwest Georgia city of Rome.

Authorities say the blaze broke out around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday at a doctor's office on North Fifth Avenue.

Authorities tell CBS Atlanta that flames quickly spread from that building to a second structure next door.

WAGA-TV reports that one building has completely burned to the ground and the other one was still burning shortly before dawn Wednesday.

The fire is near some motels in the city and several streets north of Floyd Medical Center. Rome police had blocked off some roads and were asking motorists to avoid the area.

No injuries have been reported.

Rome is about 70 miles northwest of Atlanta.

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High court limits suits over frequent flier miles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has said a Minnesota rabbi who complained about an airline's frequent flier program is out of luck.

The justices on Wednesday unanimously sided with Northwest Airlines and dismissed a lawsuit from Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg that alleged he was stripped of his top-level frequent flier status because he complained too much.

Ginsberg said Northwest, since absorbed by Delta Air Lines Inc., did not act in good faith when it cut him off. But the justices ruled that the federal deregulation of the airline industry in 1978 prohibits most lawsuits like the one filed by Ginsberg.

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Middle Georgia man killed in house fire

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) — State fire officials say a 72-year-old man has died after a house fire in middle Georgia.

Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says 72-year-old Forrest A. Marshall of Dublin was killed when his house caught fire Tuesday evening.

Hudgens says the cause of the fire is unclear, and the Laurens County Rural Fire Department is helping in the investigation.

Dublin is about 55 miles southeast of Macon.

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Deal names members of child welfare reform council

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has announced the names of 20 people he's appointed to the state's newly-created Child Welfare Reform Council.

In a statement Wednesday, Deal said the list of appointees includes President and CEO of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Donna Hyland, Office of the Child Advocate Executive Director, Ashley Willcott, and six Georgia lawmakers.

The list also includes two juvenile court judges, several law enforcement officials, foster youth advocates and a Fulton County Schools social worker.

Deal says the council is tasked with finding new approaches to strengthen the state's child welfare system, and that he's confident the group "will produce meaningful and thoughtful reform recommendations."

The council is expected to review the Division of Family and Children Services and advise the governor of necessary agency and legislative reforms.

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