Georgia News Roundup
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Boaters to be fined for late registration renewal

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say boaters will face fines later this month if they fail to renew their boat decals on time.

Department spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says boaters who don't renew expired registration decals before Oct. 24 will be charged a $10 late fee.

Director of the Wildlife Resources Division, Dan Forster, says lawmakers passed a regulation in 2013 to encourage timely renewal. He says boaters typically put off renewing their registration until just before the summer holidays.

Forster says the holiday rush creates a backlog for those looking to renew their registration and the law is meant to diminish that.

Boat registration decals are valid for three years and expire on the last day of the owner's birth month.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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MARTA to hold emergency drill this weekend

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's transit system plans conduct annual emergency training exercises this weekend.

MARTA will stage an emergency incident at College Park station from 8 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Sunday. MARTA says the drills give transit police, transit system staff and other emergency response agents a practice responding to incidents like terrorist attacks, pandemics and natural disasters.

The exercise won't have much impact on MARTA service as the biggest parts will occur at the end of service or after service is over.

To accommodate emergency vehicles, daily parking won't be available there Saturday. Long-term parking won't be affected.

Some street closures will happen around 11 p.m. Saturday.

Residents in the area can expect to hear loud noises and may see light and smoke.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Students say they were robbed outside their school

SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police are investigating the robbery of two Shiloh High School students outside their school in the Atlanta suburb of Snellville.

The students told police they were waiting for their rides at the Gwinnett County school when three unknown males took their cellphones.

Jessica Aguirre tells WSB-TV that one suspect ran up to her and her friend, snatched her phone and started running away. Her friend, Crystal Cargas, said one of the boys began pulling out a knife as the crime occurred.

No one was hurt during the robbery.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Speed limit to increase on part of Atlanta freeway 

ATLANTA (AP) — State officials say the speed limit on part of Interstate 285, the freeway that forms a perimeter around Atlanta, will be increased soon.

The Georgia Department of Transportation recently approved the higher speed limit for part of I-285 in south DeKalb County. Starting Nov. 1, the speed limit south of the Interstate 20 interchange will increase to 65 mph.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the speed limit north of the I-20 interchange will remain at 55 mph for now.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Women protesting Obama report attack on overpass 

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police near Atlanta are investigating an attack on a group of women as they protested on an interstate overpass and carried signs calling for President Barack Obama's impeachment.

The women told police they were demonstrating on the Steve Reynolds Boulevard overpass in Gwinnett County on Saturday, when a man pulled up beside them. They said he pointed a gun at one of them and splashed another with an unknown liquid.

Marge Moore tells WSB Radio that she felt the liquid burning on her foot and thinks it was a household chemical. She says a couple in a car had driven by moments before the incident and threatened to kill them.

No arrests have been made.

The women say they plan to hold another protest Saturday at the same spot.

Information from: WSB-AM.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Atlanta plans $737,000 in refunds over water bills 

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta officials plan to refund more than $737,000 to 541 customers who were overbilled for water service.

The refunds would go out if the City Council approves the plan next week.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 36 of the customers are expected to receive more than $5,000, including two in one city district who will divide $46,632.

The refunds are the result of an audit of the city's small meters in 2011, which reviewed nearly 160,000 water meters that were installed after 2006. The small meters primarily serve residential customers.

After the new equipment was installed, some Atlantans were surprised to see their water bills spike. One woman told the newspaper that her bill climbed as high as $10,000, but no leaks were ever found.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Trial to start for man accused of slapping toddler 

By Kate Brumback, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — A man accused of slapping a crying toddler on a jet is set to go on trial this week.

Joe Rickey Hundley faces a misdemeanor simple assault charge in the February incident, and his trial is scheduled to start Thursday in federal court in Atlanta.

Authorities say Hundley used a racial slur to refer to the 19-month-old boy and then hit him under the right eye as the flight from Minneapolis began its descent to the Atlanta airport.

Hundley, who has pleaded not guilty, faces up to a year in prison if convicted. His lawyers say Hundley's son was in a coma in Atlanta, and he was flying there to decide whether to take him off life support.

Hundley lived in Idaho at the time but has since moved to North Carolina.

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