Georgia News Roundup
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2 Georgia schools recognized for environmental work

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is recognizing two suburban Atlanta schools for their work to cut down on harmful environmental impacts.

Arcado Elementary School in Lilburn and High Meadows School in Roswell are among 57 schools being named Green Ribbon Schools and receiving sustainability awards on Tuesday.

The schools also are credited for educating students on environmental issues, fostering wellness practices and creating healthy learning environments.

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Tropical depression moving westward in Atlantic

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression is moving west in the Atlantic but is expected to degenerate over the next few days.

The depression's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 35 mph (55 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says some weakening is expected by Wednesday night and the depression is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure in two to three days.

The depression is centered about 1,025 miles (1,645 kilometers) east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west near 16 mph (26 kph).

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2 Fantasy 5 players win $96,813.93 jackpots

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two "Fantasy 5" game players selected all five winning numbers to win a jackpot worth $96,813.93 each, the Florida Lottery said Tuesday.

The winning tickets were purchased in Boca Raton and Jupiter, lottery officials said.

The 238 tickets matching four numbers won $131 each. Another 7,975 tickets matching three numbers won $10.50 each, and 83,953 tickets won a Quick Pick ticket for picking two numbers.

The numbers drawn Monday night were 3-4-21-25-35.

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Authorities identify pregnant woman killed by car

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a pregnant woman killed as she tried to cross a highway in northeast Georgia was heading home from a convenience store when the crash happened.

Georgia State Trooper Devon Fields identified the woman as 29-year-old Kimberly Michelle Coates.

Fields said she was in the final three months of her pregnancy.

The Times reports that Coates was struck by a vehicle around 9:30 p.m. Sunday as she tried to cross the southbound lanes of Georgia 365 near Mud Creek Road in northeastern Hall County.

Authorities say the driver tried to swerve to avoid hitting the woman, but struck her with the front of the car.

After the accident, officials discovered the woman was pregnant.

Information from: The Times, http://www.gainesvilletimes.com 

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Seaplane pilots want to land planes on Lake Lanier

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A group of seaplane pilots is asking federal authorities to allow them to land on Lake Lanier.

The Lanier Seaplane Pilots Association is petitioning the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow their aircraft to land in the lake northeast of Atlanta.

Pilot Troy Wheeler tells The Times that he and others who fly seaplanes are responsible pilots want to use the lake for recreation, just as boaters do.

The Gainesville newspaper reports that many of the seaplanes can land on water or land. After landing on water, the planes can pull up to a dock or travel up boat ramps.

The pilots group started the formal process last year with the Corps of Engineers, flying to district offices in Mobile, Alabama.

Information from: The Times, http://www.gainesvilletimes.com 

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Man accused in officer death to be tried in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a man accused of fatally shooting a northeast Georgia police officer will stand trial in Athens, with jurors brought in from another county.

Western Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge H. Patrick Haggard ruled this week that jurors for the trial of Jamie Hood will be chosen from Elbert County.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Hood and District Attorney Ken Mauldin had expressed concerns about selecting an impartial jury from the local jury pool. Media coverage of the case has been extensive in the Athens area.

Hood is accused in the death of Athens-Clarke County Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian. Authorities say he also wounded a second officer in 2011.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Police: Resident fights robbery suspects; 1 shot

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Police say one teenager was hospitalized after being shot and three other teens are facing charges after a resident fought back during an attempted robbery.

Clayton County police say the four teens tried to rob a resident inside the Laurel Park Apartments on Georgia 85 around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Police tell WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/1n8NZVM) that the man shot one of the teens and the other three ran off. The resident called police, who apprehended all four, taking three into custody and sending one to a hospital.

Detectives are working to determine whether the resident will face any charges.

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Information from: WSB-TV.

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