Georgia News Roundup
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Branford Marsalis to give concert, lecture at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis is set to give a concert and lecture at the University of Georgia.

The school says the three-time Grammy Award winner will be joined by pianist Joey Calderazzo, drummer Justin Faulkner and bass player Eric Revis for a concert at 3 p.m. on April 6.

At 7 p.m. that day, Marsalis is set to give a lecture on the creative process.

Marsalis was recently named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, the highest honor the U.S. bestows on jazz artists.

He founded the label Marsalis Music in 2002 and has produced his own projects as well as those of new and established jazz artists. He works with his own quartet but has also performed and recorded with a long list of jazz stars.

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Georgia agency holds nursing assistant job fair

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Department of Labor officials say they're preparing to host a job fair for certified nursing assistants in the Albany area.

Officials said in a statement that the fair will be hosted at the GDOL Albany Career Center April 9 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Officials Healthcare Staffing is looking to recruit certified nursing assistants who have a valid Georgia driver's license and have at least six months of experience, certification in CPR and first aid.

Officials say nursing assistants who are hired must be able to help patients with daily living activities in a mental health facility.

Applicants are encouraged to bring resumes, pens and dress for interviews.

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Metro Atlanta jobless rate declines to 6.9 percent

ATLANTA (AP) — State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has declined to 6.9 percent.

The February jobless rate was released early Thursday morning by the Georgia Department of Labor.

The rate is down two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.1 percent in January and 8.4 percent from February a year ago.

State officials say the rate declined because there were 23.3 percent fewer new layoffs in the metro Area.

Elsewhere in Georgia, metro Athens had the lowest jobless rate among metro areas at 5.1 percent.

The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest rate at 9.7 percent.

The local area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

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Search for murder suspect and girl extends to Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Digital billboards along metro Atlanta freeways are flashing descriptions of a murder suspect from the Washington, D.C., area who police believe could be traveling with a missing girl.

FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said the suspect -- 51-year-old Kahlil Malik Tatum -- is believed to have ties to the Atlanta area.

Washington D.C. police are searching for 8-year-old Relisha Tenau Rudd, who was reported missing last week, and Tatum, who is charged with killing his wife in Maryland.

Law officers issued arrest warrants for Tatum after he was charged with first-degree murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

The body of 51-year-old Andrea Tatum was found March 20 in a motel room in Oxon Hill, Md., where officers had gone to assist Washington, D.C., police in the search for Relisha.

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Artificial turf to cover Phenix City stadium field

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — Work to install artificial turf has begun at the football stadium the east Alabama town of Phenix City.

City Manager Wallace Hunter said Pittsburgh-based ProGrass LLC has begun grading the surface of Garrett-Harrison Stadium and should be finished with the project in less than two months.

City officials say they expect the artificial surface to save money because maintenance, fertilizer and other costs will be eliminated or reduced.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the ProGrass surface is also in place at Troy University, Jacksonville State University, Prattville High and Colquitt County High in Georgia.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 

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Man found shot to death inside his car in Macon

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Police in Macon are investigating the killing of a man who was found shot inside his car.

Authorities say 26-year-old Sanchez Robinson was in the driver's seat of a Dodge Charger when he was pronounced dead around 1:45 a.m. Thursday in a parking lot of the Chambers Pointe Apartments in west Macon.

Bibb County sheriff's officials say the shooting happened around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday at the complex, not far from Interstate 475.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones tells The Telegraph that an autopsy is expected Thursday to determine where and how many times Robinson was shot.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph,

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State police to join I-75 crackdown

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police are teaming up with law enforcement from five other states along the Interstate 75 corridor to try to reduce traffic fatalities.

The "I-75 Challenge" campaign is being conducted in support of a nationwide initiative by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to reduce U.S. traffic fatalities by 15 percent this year.

The challenge will consist of four high-visibility enforcement weekends. The March 28 and Dec. 26 weekends will target impaired driving; June 27 will be motorcycle safety; and the weekend of Sept. 26 will focus on occupant protection, distracted driving and speeding.

During the enforcement periods, increased numbers of law enforcement officials will be positioned along the 1,786-mile I-75 corridor.

The other participating states are Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan.

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Former deputy gets 5 years on federal gun charge 

ATLANTA (AP) — A former Newton County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to serve five years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal firearms charge.

Darrell Mathis pleaded guilty in December to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Prosecutors said Mathis sold marijuana to a confidential law enforcement source and to an undercover agent on multiple occasions between May and September.

Prosecutors say that on at least two occasions the 41-year-old sold the drug from his marked patrol vehicle while wearing his sheriff's office uniform and at least once brought a gun to a drug sale.

Mathis was arrested Sept. 19 when authorities say he had a pound of marijuana in his possession when he met with the undercover FBI agent.

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Georgia man sentenced to life in cold case rape

ATLANTA (AP) — Fulton County prosecutors say a man has been sentenced in a cold case rape.

District Attorney's officials said Thursday that 33-year-old David Hinkle was sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison on charges of rape and aggravated assault. Officials say jurors late last week failed to deliver a verdict on a murder charge Hinkle was also facing.

Officials say the victim's partially nude body was found in an industrial area of southwest Atlanta in late August of 2006. Authorities say the woman had been strangled. DNA evidence gathered from the scene matched evidence from another rape in the area earlier that year.

Jones says Hinkle was involved in another criminal case in 2009 and DNA evidence from that matched what was recovered from the two victims.

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Georgia notes decline in hospital patient infections

ATLANTA (AP) — A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Georgia hospitals are making progress in lowering the number of patient infections, but the state's infection rates are falling at a slower pace than the national average.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday that the report found a 17 percent drop in surgical site infections during colon operations between 2008 and 2012, compared with a national decline of 20 percent.

The CDC also found that certain bloodstream infections involving tubes inserted into the neck or chest decreased 33 percent in the same time period, compared with a 44 percent decline nationally.

The CDC also noted an 11 percent decrease in infections linked to abdominal operations, compared with a 13 percent drop nationally.

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