Georgia News Roundup
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UGA researchers get grant for educational software

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — University of Georgia researchers have received a grant to develop new science education software for elementary school children.

The university says the program will help students learn how the body works and how to make good dietary and exercise choices.

UGA says the five-year, $1.3 million grant is part of the Science Education Partnership Award, or SEPA, program funded by the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs at the National Institutes of Health.

The grant's principal investigator is Georgia Hodges, an assistant research scientist in the UGA College of Education. She says the students will learn about six systems of the body: the cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, musculoskeletal, endocrine and digestive systems.

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Georgia wildlife ranger gets continental recognition

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — State Department of Natural Resources officials say a ranger in the department's law enforcement division has been recognized by a continental wildlife law enforcement group.

Officials say Ranger First Class David Webb was named officer of the year by the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association. He was presented with the award at the group's annual conference in Reno, Nevada.

Officials say Webb participated in a long-term investigation that targeted illegal hunting that resulted in hundreds of charges being filed against defendants in Georgia and North Carolina.

Department officials say Webb is a 13-year department veteran with a criminal justice degree from Gordon State College and once worked as a state corrections officer.

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Bertha weakens to a tropical storm

MIAMI (AP) — Bertha has weakened to a tropical storm just a day after becoming a hurricane as it moves northward in the Atlantic, posing no direct threat to the U.S. East Coast.

The storm's maximum sustained winds decreased to near 65 mph (100 kph) early Tuesday with gradual weakening expected over the next two days.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Bertha is forecast to pass midway between the East Coast and Bermuda later in the morning.

The storm is centered about 475 miles (765 kilometers) west of Bermuda and is moving north-northeast near 22 mph (35 kph).

On Sunday, the storm buffeted parts of the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos with rain and gusty winds, after passing over the Dominican Republic. Earlier, it dumped rain on Puerto Rico.

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5 people wounded in Atlanta gunfire

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating a shooting that left five people wounded.

Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon says four men were shot shortly before 10 p.m. Monday outside an apartment complex off Joseph E. Boone Boulevard on the city's northwest side.

Lyon said a woman who lived at the complex was grazed by a bullet. She was treated at the scene.

Lyon tells CBS 46 that all four injured men were alert, conscious and breathing after the shooting. They were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Lyon tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the wounded men had gathered in the front of the complex and appear to have been shot from across the street.

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