Georgia News Roundup
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Atlanta zoo on giant panda birth watch

ATLANTA (AP) — Officials at Atlanta's zoo are on giant panda birth watch.

An ultrasound performed June 30 confirmed that 15-year-old giant panda Lun Lun is expecting her fourth cub. She is believed to be nearing her due date.

Beginning Wednesday, Zoo Atlanta staff has Lun Lun under 24-hour monitoring in a behind-the-scenes den. A live PandaCam video feed is running 24 hours online so panda fans around the world can watch and wait along with zoo staff.

The cub will be the first giant panda born in the U.S. this year. It will be the fourth for Lun Lun and her partner Yang Yang. All four pregnancies have resulted from artificial insemination.

Online: Zoo Atlanta

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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DeKalb man indicted in crash that killed daughter

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A DeKalb County man has been indicted in the 2012 crash that killed his teenage daughter and critically injured his 11-year-old daughter.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Anthony Eugene Johnson faces charges of first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol, serious injury by vehicle and endangering a child while driving under the influence.

Prosecutors say Johnson was drunk on June 3, 2012 when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a tree near Stone Mountain.

His 15-year-old daughter died, and his 11-year-old daughter suffered a serious brain injury.

Johnson was arrested and was later released on $12,500 bond. Prosecutors have revealed he had two prior DUI arrests.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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South Georgia crash survivor upgraded to fair condition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Officials at a Florida hospital say the condition of a high school student who's the sole survivor of a deadly car crash in south Georgia is improving.

WALB-TV reports that officials at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., said Wednesday De'Vron Whitfield's condition has been upgraded to fair.

Whitfield was one of four Brooks County High School football players in an SUV that slammed into a tree near Quitman around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The other three teens — Jicarre Watkins, Johnie Parker and Shawn Waters — died in the crash.

The Georgia State Patrol has said the driver of the SUV lost control of the vehicle, veered off the road and hit a tree.

The community gathered Tuesday night for a vigil to mourn the three teens who died.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia woman run over by own car, killed

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in western Georgia say a 73-year-old woman has died after being run over by her own car.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan tells the Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus that Martha Hardeman was found dead in her driveway by a neighbor who came to check on her Monday.

Authorities say as the woman got out of her car, the side mirror knocked her down and the car backed over her. When police arrived, one of the car's tires was on top of the woman's chest.

Officials say the woman was holding a garage door opener when medics arrived.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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