Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia lottery turns 21, launches Kia promotion

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Lottery is celebrating its 21st anniversary and is partnering with Kia Motors to launch new games and promotions.

Lottery officials say players will be eligible to win between $20,000 and $2.5 million in the 21 Black Series of instant games. Officials say players can enter non-winning 21 Black Series tickets online for a chance to win a 2014 Kia Soul.

Officials say a Kia Soul will be awarded for 12 consecutive weeks with drawings beginning on July 31.

Revenue from the Georgia lottery is used to support the state's HOPE Scholarship program and pre-kindergarten programs throughout the state.

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Georgia group to address jail gangs, contraband

ATLANTA (AP) — A group of corrections agencies are planning to discuss a multi-jurisdictional initiative aimed at cracking down on jail gangs and the use of contraband.

The Atlanta Department of Corrections is hosting a discussion Thursday with representatives from five sheriff's offices and the Atlanta Police Department on issues being addressed by the Metro Chief Jailers Group.

The group is an alliance of jail and law enforcement leaders working to share jail management strategies and more.

The discussion is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Atlanta City Detention Center.

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DeKalb District Attorney to receive national honor

ATLANTA (AP) — The DeKalb County District Attorney is expected to be honored by the National Bar Association at an upcoming conference in Atlanta.

District Attorney Robert James is being awarded with the organization's "My Brother's Keeper" award July 26. James' spokesman Erik Burton says the award is meant to recognize people who consistently work to improve opportunity gaps faced by young men and boys of color.

James says aside from prosecuting cases, his focus in running for the position was also making a difference in his community. James says he's humbled and honored by the recognition.

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Tropical depression approaching Lesser Antilles

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. National Hurricane Center says a fast-moving tropical depression in the Atlantic is expected to approach the Lesser Antilles on Wednesday night.

The depression's maximum sustained winds early Wednesday are near 35 mph (55 kph). The depression is expected to degenerate into a trough of low pressure on Thursday.

The tropical depression is centered about 550 miles (885 kilometers) east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest near 20 mph (31 kph).

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Daycare won't appeal revocation of license

CLERMONT, Ga. (AP) — A northeast Georgia daycare center where a 16-month-old toddler was burned has informed the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning it would not appeal its license revocation.

Agency spokesman Reg Griffin tells The Times that Discovering Basics of Clermont has sent a letter informing the agency of its intent not to appeal the July 11 decision.

Hall County sheriff's officials say the child was injured on June 13 .

The owner, the site director and an employee of the daycare center were later arrested. The site director and employee were charged with child cruelty, and the owner was charged with influencing testimony.

Information from: The Times, 

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Crews clearing out Savannah homeless camps

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Crews are clearing out some homeless camps east of downtown Savannah.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the cleanup is a joint effort between the city, the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless and the Savannah Impact Program. It is being done with the help of volunteers.

Behind an area that workers cleared on Saturday, litter lined the wood line, which was still home to several tents and other structures. The structures were mostly devoid of occupants, who were told they needed to leave by July 12 so the area could be cleared to make way for construction staging for drainage projects.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, 

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