Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia officials set to discuss childhood obesity

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Children's Advocacy Network is hosting a panel discussion aimed at reducing childhood obesity.

Organizers say the panel discussion July 25 is scheduled to feature Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, Bobby Cagle, physical activity coordinator for the Georgia Department of Public Health, Kelly Mattran and others.

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning spokesman Reg Griffin has said the state ranks 49th in terms of childhood obesity rates.

The event is being hosted in the Ann Cramer room of the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia officials to honor top child care programs

ATLANTA (AP) — State officials are set to honor Georgia's more than 230 top-rated child care programs.

Gov. Nathan Deal, First Lady Sandra Deal and Department of Early Care and Learning Commissioner Bobby Cagle are scheduled to honor the programs Tuesday at the state Capitol Tuesday afternoon.

Officials say the ratings system, which uses one, two, or three stars to rate child care programs, is similar to ratings in other industries — like restaurants and hotels.

Officials say part of the recognition ceremony is aimed at encouraging others to participate in the voluntary programs.

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Police ID passenger killed in fatal I-85 chase

FAIRBURN, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia State Patrol has identified a girl killed during a police chase south of Atlanta as 17-year-old Cheyenne Pierce.

Police in suburban Atlanta say the Sunday afternoon chase ended in a fatal crash on Interstate 85.

Authorities say Union City police were following an unidentified woman driving a 1996 BMW that had been reported stolen Sunday afternoon.

Officials say the driver lost control of the car, the vehicle flipped and eventually crashed. Police say Pierce, who was riding in the car, was thrown from the car and died. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports ( that another passenger, 18-year-old Demetrius Roberts, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. His condition was unknown.

Union City is about 17 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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1 dead, 2 others wounded after Atlanta shooting

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a man was killed in a southwest Atlanta shooting that also left two other men wounded.

Police tell CBS Atlanta that the gunfire happened around 11:20 p.m. Sunday at an apartment complex on Windsor Street.

Police say a man drove the shooting victims to Grady Memorial Hospital, where one of them was pronounced dead. The man who drove the victims to the hospital is being held for questioning by investigators.

Few other details were available early Monday morning.

Information from: WGCL-TV,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia plans early turkey hunting season for 2 groups 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia is planning to open its turkey hunting season early for certain groups, and residents can provide input on the changes at upcoming public hearings.

A new state law that went into effect July 1 directs the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to establish a separate turkey season for youth and mobility-impaired hunters.

The Times of Gainesville reports that the DNR is proposing to open turkey hunting a few days before the season officially begins for the two groups of hunters. John Bowers, DNR's assistant chief of game management, says traditional turkey season begins the first Saturday after March 19 and the season runs through May 15.

Public hearings are set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Gainesville; 7 p.m. Wednesday in Macon; and 7 p.m. Thursday in Douglas.

Information from: The Times,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia inmate is scheduled to be executed 

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A prisoner who has twice come within hours of death on Georgia's death row is once again facing execution.

Warren Lee Hill, who was sentenced to death for the 1990 beating death of fellow inmate Joseph Handspike, is scheduled to be executed at the state prison in Jackson at 7 p.m. Monday.

Authorities said Hill bludgeoned Handspike with a nail-studded board while his victim slept.

Hill has come within hours of death twice in the past year before scheduled executions were halted by last-minute court orders.

Hill's lawyers have long argued that Hill is mentally disabled and therefore should not be put to death because the execution of mentally disabled offenders is prohibited by state law and a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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