Georgia News Roundup
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Albany State receives $105K research grant

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Albany State University has received a $105,000 grant to research anti-cancer drug resistance.

Rep. Sanford Bishop this week announced the award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the National Institutes of Health.

Bishop, a Democrat from Columbus, says he's "grateful for this opportunity extended to Albany State University to continue the advancement of vital cancer research."

Earlier this year, Bishop announced he was cancer-free after undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with throat cancer.

Officials say the grant will fund advanced medical research and also provide resources for Albany State to teach and train students for future projects.

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Grant expected to bolster Georgia health care industry

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says a nearly $500,000 grant is expected to help strengthen an area of the state's health care industry.

Deal said in a statement Thursday that a grant of more than $499,600 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology will support cell manufacturing technology in Georgia.

Deal says the grant will be used to form a cell manufacturing consortium made up of health care professionals and the academic community. Deal says the group will work on manufacturing cells that can be used for various medical purposes and in drug research.

Deal says Georgia Research Alliance Industry Fellow Greg Dane will lead the development of the consortium.

State officials say cell manufacturing is expected to grow into a multibillion dollar global industry within the next decade.

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Deal to speak at Columbus State commencement

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is scheduled to speak to nearly 800 students graduating from Columbus State University next week.

School officials say Deal will speak Monday at the Columbus Civic Center and school officials will also celebrate the first graduating class for the university's UTeach Columbus program.

The program is focused on preparing teachers to enter in-demand fields such as science, technology, engineering and math.

Participants in the program earn degrees in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, or mathematics and are eligible to teach in middle or high schools after passing state certification exams.

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Bicyclist dies after colliding with machinery

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police in Savannah say a bicyclist has died after a collision involving machinery being used by a city maintenance crew.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police say 53-year-old Phillip Arthur Vanderburgh of Savannah was found on the ground and unconscious after the collision shortly before 9:30 a.m. Thursday on Highgate Boulevard. He was taken to Memorial University Medical Center, where he later died.

Police say a city storm water maintenance ditch cleaning crew was in the area and consisted of a dump truck and long-reach excavator. Investigators believe the bicyclist collided with the rear of the parked excavator as its arm rotated.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, 

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Police investigate body found behind building

WEST BLOCTON, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say they're investigating the discovery of a badly decomposed body found behind a building.

West Blocton police tell WBRC-TV the body was found Thursday night, behind the old Continental Club in the Alabama town about 40 miles southwest of Birmingham.

West Blocton Police Chief Keith Whatley said dispatchers had received a call from authorities in Louisiana around 8:20 p.m. Thursday, reporting that a person in custody had confessed to killing the person in Georgia and describing the spot where the body was dumped. Police then found the body 25 feet down a ravine around 10 p.m. Thursday.

District Attorney Michael Jackson said the suspect is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He said the man was killed somewhere in Georgia, and authorities planned to use dental records to confirm the victim's identity.

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Pedestrian struck, killed by car in central Georgia

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a 20-year-old Reynolds man was struck and killed by a car while walking along Georgia Highway 96 in Peach County.

Peach County Coroner Kerry Rooks said the collision happened around 9:35 p.m. Thursday, just outside of Fort Valley. Rodarious Lindsey Ladd was pronounced dead at the scene.

Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Crystal Zion tells The Telegraph that the driver of a 1995 Nissan Maxima was passing in a passing zone when he hit Ladd. The driver, who is from Warner Robins, stopped after the accident.

The State Patrol is continuing to investigate the crash.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, 

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Congress reaches deal on bill critical to Georgia port

By Russ Bynum, Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A $652 million project to deepen the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah is closer to getting started after 15 years of studies and delays.

House and Senate negotiators in Washington say they've reached a compromise on a sweeping water projects bill expected to clear a final bureaucratic hurdle for the Savannah harbor expansion. Details of the bill weren't immediately released. Sen. Johnny Isakson said Friday he's confident the compromise includes the Savannah port language.

Isakson said, "It would be a total surprise if it doesn't."

Georgia needs a final cost-sharing agreement with the federal government to get the harbor deepening started. The Obama administration has insisted Congress must first eliminate an outdated spending cap on the project.

Isakson says he expects final passage by the end of May.

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