Georgia News Roundup
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Zoo Atlanta tamarins featured on live web show

ATLANTA (AP) — Zoo Atlanta officials say two golden lion tamarins and their growing family are being featured on a live-streaming Animal Planet Internet show.

Zoo spokeswoman Keisha Hines says the tamarins, Robin, Theo and their children are being monitored by cameras providing live footage of the primate family — which includes a baby tamarind who was born less than two weeks ago.

The stream is featured as part of Animal Planet L!VE, which offers round-the-clock Internet access to 20 different cameras monitoring animals — including sea turtles, osprey and cockroaches — in zoos and aquariums in the U.S. and Canada.

Golden lion tamarins are an endangered species native to the Atlantic coast of Brazil. Hines says the zoo has played an active role in the conservation of the species.

Online: Animal Planet LIVE

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


GBI invites public comment for re-accreditation

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is inviting public comment as part of its effort to obtain re-accreditation.

The agency is seeking re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., or CALEA.

GBI Director Vernon Keenan says assessors from CALEA plan to arrive Aug. 18 to re-examine the GBI's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

The GBI got its initial accreditation in November 1998.

Having assessors verify that the GBI meets the commission's standards is voluntary. Keenan says CALEA accreditation is a highly recognized status of professional excellence for law enforcement agencies.

The public may comment on the GBI's ability to comply with CALEA standards by telephone between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Aug. 20. The public may also submit written comments to CALEA.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


North Georgia under flash flood watch

ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasters say all of north Georgia will be under a flash flood watch through late Thursday night as heavy rains are again possible in the region.

The flood watch comes a day after rains flooded homes and roads in the north Georgia mountains on Wednesday. It covers several Georgia cities, including Atlanta, Athens, Blairsville, Dalton, LaGrange, Gainesville and Rome.

On Wednesday, some residents were evacuated from their homes in Pickens County, which has been hard-hit by repeated flooding. Residents there and in neighboring Gilmer County were still cleaning up from severe flooding a week ago when more flooding occurred on Wednesday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Northeast Georgia Medical Center closes building after mold found

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia hospital has closed an education building over concerns about moisture and mold.

Officials at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville said excess rain and humidity this summer led to water damage and mold in the Ocie Pope Education Building.

Officials said 18 employees in the affected areas were relocated, with three being treated for upper respiratory symptoms, sneezing and coughing.

The building, used for offices and occasional educational programs, is separate from the main hospital buildings. They say no patients are housed there, and none were exposed to the mold.

Hospital spokeswoman Melissa Tymchuk tells The Times ( that an inspection found where moisture had entered the walls, and a company has been hired to address the problem.

Information from: The Times,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Opening statements begin in trial of Georgia sheriff 

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A prosecutor told a jury that the case against Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill is simple: He's a thief.

Prosecutor Layla Zon said during her opening statement Thursday that Hill used his office to steal money from the county and taxpayers. The 28-count indictment against him details ways the state says he used his office for personal gain.

Zon says that includes using county credit cards for vacations and having a county employee come to his house to write his autobiography.

Hill was elected last year despite being under indictment on felony corruption charges. He wasn't in office when he was indicted in February 2012. The charges stem from his previous term as the county's sheriff, from 2005 to 2008.

Defense attorneys maintain the accusations are attacks by political rivals.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Deadline looms for Falcons stadium petition

ATLANTA (AP) — The organizer of a petition drive calling for the end of public financing for a new Falcons stadium says hope is dwindling as the deadline nears for gathering signatures.

William Perry of Common Cause Georgia said Thursday the group continues to gather signatures ahead of Saturday's deadline but knows it will need a "miracle to get over the top."

Perry says the group knew it was a longshot to gather 35,000 signatures in 60 days to qualify for the November ballot, but it's been worth the effort.

State and city officials have signed off on the $1 billion stadium project that includes an estimated $200 million in public bonds.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has said the stadium is an important project to create jobs and revitalize neighborhoods.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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