Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia seeks comment on nutrition assistance program

ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials in Georgia are inviting the public to comment on a state nutrition assistance program.

The Georgia Department of Public Health plans to hold a public comment period on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children from Aug. 5 through Sept. 6.

Health officials say the monthlong comment period is meant to encourage Georgians to comment on the successes of the program and on areas where it could improve.

The program, known as WIC, aims to promote positive food choices and good health by providing food options based on their nutrient content, availability throughout the state and cost.

There are more than 1,400 retailers across the state that participate in the WIC program food delivery system.

Online: WIC

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia health officials to launch alliance

GREENSBORO, Ga. (AP) — Medical Center of Central Georgia officials say more than 20 hospitals and 1,500 physicians are gearing up to create a health care alliance.

Spokeswoman Megan Allen says health care providers will announce the launch of a health care initiative Tuesday morning at the Ritz Carlton on Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro.

Allen says the initiative will be focused on patient access, quality and safety.

Officials plan to discuss details of the initiative during a 9 a.m. press conference and are also hosting an Internet simulcast.

Online: Stratus Healthcare

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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NAACP plans rally to protest Zimmerman acquittal

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia chapter of the NAACP and other organizations are planning a motorcade and rally to urge the Department of Justice to file federal charges — including civil rights violations — against George Zimmerman.

Organizers say a motorcade of about 200 bikers is expected to travel from the Stonecrest Mall east of Atlanta to the Georgia State Capitol Sunday afternoon to show support for Trayvon Martin.

The 17-year-old was fatally shot by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, in Sanford, Fla. last February. Zimmerman followed the teen and said he shot Martin in self-defense after an altercation. A jury acquitted him in the teen's death.

The rally is expected to begin at 2 p.m. NAACP officials say supports are welcome to welcome to join regardless of race.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Armed robbers burst into library, rob patrons

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are searching for suspects after two men chose an unusual target for a robbery: A public library.

Police tell CBS Atlanta that two men burst into the Perry Homes Library on Bolton Road Northwest Friday afternoon and demanded the belongings of the seven people inside.

Police say both men carried weapons and ordered the victims to get down on the floor and empty their pockets.

Authorities say they took purses, cellphones and cash from the victims, who were a mix of library patrons and employees. No injuries were reported.

The suspects remained at large early Tuesday.

Information from: WGCL-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Autopsy set after high school football player dies

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities plan an autopsy to try and learn what caused the death of a high school football player in northeast Georgia.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 17-year-old Jordan Bracken-Howley died suddenly Monday morning.

Jordan Bracken-Howley would have been a senior at Apalachee High School, where he played as an offensive and defensive lineman.

Coach Shane Davis told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he complained of a headache on Sunday and just wasn't feeling good. Davis said that when his father tried to wake him early Monday, the teen was unresponsive and could not be revived. The coach said he last saw the teen at football practice Friday, and he showed no ill effects then.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Food stamp rolls swell in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — The number of people relying on food stamps in Georgia is rising.

The program a year ago provided food assistance to a record 1.91 million people in the state a year ago. Nearly a quarter of them were 6 years old or younger.

By this June, the program had added 40,000 more recipients.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that those numbers have nearly doubled since the economy slid into recession in late 2007.

Georgia suffered more than most states and is still hundreds of thousands of jobs below its pre-recession levels. Moreover, many jobs that have been added are low-paying positions. About 58 percent of working-age recipients are working.

Meanwhile, Georgia has surged from having the 15th-highest proportion of food stamp recipients to sixth-highest.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Atlanta bar owner opens business, finds dead body

ATLANTA (AP) — A bar owner in Atlanta made a grisly discovery when he arrived to open the business: A man's body just outside the entrance.

The body was found around 8 a.m. Tuesday at Moondogs, a sports bar and dance club on Peachtree Road, in the city's Buckhead neighborhood.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that police were unsure of the circumstances of the death, but said that homicide detectives were investigating.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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