Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia archives expanding hours of operation

ATLANTA (AP) — State officials say the Georgia Archives' hours of operation will be expanding beginning in mid-July.

University System of Georgia officials say beginning July 15, the archives will be open Tuesdays in addition to being open Wednesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The archives, which are managed by the University System of Georgia, collects and preserves records and information on Georgia and its residents.

The archives were initially housed in the State Capitol building in Atlanta, but were moved in 2003 to a facility in Morrow — which is about 15 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

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Georgia nonprofit honored for fighting world hunger

FITZGERALD, Ga. (AP) — A south Georgia nonprofit has been recognized for addressing global hunger and malnutrition.

Fitzgerald-based MANA Nutrition has been honored with a Smart Power Innovation recognition from the Washington, D.C.-based Global Leadership Coalition.

Officials say the organization produces a fortified paste made of peanut butter, milk and vitamins that can help save children from starvation. Officials say the group can produce up to 25,000 packets per hour — which is enough to feed 1,500 starving children per day.

MANA Nutrition CEO Mark Moore said in a statement he's seen the effects of malnutrition from spending nine years in Uganda and the organization owes some of its success to a partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

MANA's nutrition packets are distributed in several countries including Sudan, Rwanda and North Korea.

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Georgia state parks to observe Great Outdoors Month

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say several events are scheduled to celebrate National Great Outdoors Month.

Department officials say Gov. Nathan Deal and Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal are scheduled to kick off Great Outdoors Month Friday at Sweetwater Creek State Park near Lithia Springs.

Department officials say free admission to the state park will be offered to visitors Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Officials say paddle boarding, archery and tree climbing are some of the free activities that will be offered on Get Outdoors Georgia Day, which is Saturday.

Events will be hosted at state parks all across Georgia and more information may be found online.


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Guilty plea in slaying of Atlanta pastor's brother

ATLANTA (AP) — One of five men arrested in the killing of the brother of an Atlanta pastor has pleaded guilty.

WSB-TV reports 18-year-old Demetrius Morgan pleaded guilty to manslaughter, gang activity and armed robbery. Under a plea deal with prosecutors, he agreed to a 30-year prison sentence with 25 years to serve.

Morgan was one of five arrested in the death of Jerrick Jackson, the brother of Gospel Tabernacle Cathedral founder Bishop Wiley Jackson.

Police said at the time that Jerrick Jackson and his fiancee were approached by several men with guns when they arrived home around 1 a.m. on May 7, 2013. The men robbed Jackson and his fiancee outside and then ordered them inside the home. Police said Jackson was shot when he began to fight with one suspect.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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Marines at Robins get a new helicopter

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) — The Marine helicopter squadron at Robins Air Force Base has a new chopper for the first time in about two decades.

The Telegraph newspaper in Macon reports Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron HMLA-773 got a UH-1Y Super Huey Wednesday.

The helicopter was flown from the factory in Texas, by a Robins-based pilot and another pilot specifically assigned to fly helicopters from the factory.

Capt. Jared Housand, the Red Dog pilot who helped fly it in from Texas, says this helicopter is a big upgrade over older models. He said it has greater lift, better engines, a better rotor system and is better for providing close air support.

The unit is expected to get another new helicopter in July, a third in August and a fourth in the coming years.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, 

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Fort Stewart to add background checks for visitors

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Visitors to Fort Stewart will soon have to go through a background check if they don't have a valid Department of Defense identification card.

The Savannah Morning News reports the new policy is set to begin Tuesday at the coastal Georgia Army post. Army Maj. Ann Meredith, the provost marshal for Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, says it brings the installation in line with others around the country and overseas.

The new policy adds a national crime database background check. Meredith said the checks took an average of about eight minutes to complete in testing over the last month.

Anyone convicted of major felonies, as well as some others, will be denied access. Those denied access will be allowed to submit a waiver requesting access.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, 

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Judge: Citadel not liable for Internet posting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A judge has ruled The Citadel is not liable after a former cadet posted the name and phone number of a Georgia teenager on a pornographic website in 2011.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that Circuit Judge Markley Dennis ruled for the state military college in January. The ruling came to light this week when an amended order was filed in the case.

The Covington, Georgia, father of his then 17-year-old daughter sued the cadet and the college, claiming the college did not properly monitor and filter cadets' Internet and computer use.

But the judge ruled the school did not create, author or publish any comments about the teen and is immune from civil liability.

Information from: The Post and Courier, 

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FBI: West Georgia man shot at helicopter

GENEVA, Ga. (AP) — The FBI says a man faces charges after authorities say he fired at a Georgia State Patrol helicopter in Talbot County.

James Fryer was set to have an initial court appearance Thursday in Columbus. It wasn't immediately clear whether Fryer had a lawyer.

The FBI says the helicopter was operating over a home in Geneva as part of the Governor's Marijuana Eradication Task Force when the crew heard gunshots and saw a man in what appeared to be a shooting stance. The crew took evasive action and contacted law enforcement on the ground.

Once the helicopter landed, damage to its main rotor blades was discovered.

Law enforcement agents went to the residence and found the 59-year-old Fryer outside the home and visibly upset. Fryer was charged with destruction of aircraft.

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