Georgia News Roundup
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GSU to offer law, public health dual track program

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State University officials say the school will begin offering a law and master of public health dual degree program this fall.

School officials announced this week that the program will allow students to count courses from each program toward juris doctor and master of public health degrees.

Dean of the GSU College of Law Steven Kaminshine says areas of law and public health are rapidly expanding on the national, state and local levels. He says leadership positions in either field require multi-disciplinary experience.

Officials say Georgia State University will hold events to introduce the program to the public beginning in mid-September.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Nursing board OKs Georgia Gwinnett College degree

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Gwinnett College says the state Board of Nursing has signed off on its baccalaureate program in nursing.

The four-year college in Lawrenceville had previously received approval of the bachelor's degree nursing program from the Board of Regents and plans to begin accepting students into the program in the fall of 2014.

Diane White is dean of the college's School of Health Sciences. White says the college will be working to develop a rigorous program to fill the growing need for nurses with degrees.

The college was established in 2006 and has grown to more than 9,000 students.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Wheat production, exports up in Georgia

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Ports Authority officials say a strong wheat crop has led to an increase in exports from the Port of Brunswick.

Ports officials say the first export vessel of the season departed Thursday and between 90,000 and 100,000 tons of wheat moved through the Colonel's Island Terminal.

Georgia Ports Executive Director Curtis Foltz says increased overseas marketing helped Georgia farmers plant and export more of the crop.

U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say farmland dedicated to wheat production in Georgia ballooned from 230,000 acres in 2012 to 350,000 acres in 2013.

Agriculture officials say that translated to a 70.8 percent increase in wheat production.

Officials say most wheat being shipped through Georgia ports was produced in the state, but some was also produced in Florida, Alabama and South Carolina.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia woman accused in husband's death to be in court

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A woman accused of arranging for her husband to be killed outside a suburban Atlanta preschool is set to appear for what is likely her last pre-trial court hearing.

Andrea Sneiderman is due to appear in court Friday afternoon for a hearing on whether the state will be allowed to hear about out-of-court statements that the man convicted of killing her husband is alleged to have made to a confidant.

Sneiderman is accused of arranging for her former boss, Hemy Neuman, kill her husband, Russell "Rusty" Sneiderman outside a Dunwoody preschool in November 2010.

She is accused of murder, lying to police, lying under oath and hindering an investigation. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.

Jury selection in her trial is set to begin Monday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Tests show fox that bit 2 women was rabid

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say they've confirmed that a fox that bit two people this week in Forsyth County was infected with rabies.

Forsyth County Sheriff's spokesman Doug Rainwater said two women, ages 23 and 58, received medical treatment after being bitten in separate incidents Monday near Pilgrim Mill Circle off of Georgia 400 near Exit 16.

Rainwater said the fox bit the 58-year-old woman in the arm while she was gardening and got the 23-year-old on the leg while she was walking. Both were treated and released from Northside Hospital-Forsyth.

Rainwater tells The Times of Gainesville that test results returned late Wednesday showed the fox had rabies, Rainwater said.

The animal was found and killed Monday night by the Department of Natural Resources.

Information from: The Times, http://www.gainesvilletimes.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Veterans park vandalized in Lula

LULA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say someone vandalized Veterans Park, which features the names of 300 veterans etched in bricks, in the small northeast Georgia town of Lula.

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is investigating the vandalism, which was discovered early Thursday. Lula City Councilwoman Vicky Chambers tells The Times of Gainesville (http://bit.ly/14bq1L6) that city workers arriving to clean the area around 8 a.m. found that the monument had been defaced with black spray paint.

It's is the first time the park has been vandalized since its dedication in July 2009.

Chambers said the Lula Historical Society is offering a $500 award for any information that leads to an arrest.

Information from: The Times, http://www.gainesvilletimes.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Fort Stewart commander nominated to assist Hagel

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — The Army's top general at Fort Stewart has been nominated for a promotion to senior military assistant to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

The Defense Department announced Friday that Maj. Gen. Robert Abrams has been chosen for the Washington position by President Barack Obama. With the promotion, Abrams would rise to the rank of lieutenant general and add a third star to his uniform.

Abrams has been commander of Fort Stewart in southeast Georgia and the Army's 3rd Infantry Division since April 2011. He recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan, where Abrams was in charge of international forces in Kandahar and three other southern provinces.

Abrams is scheduled to turn over command of the 3rd Infantry at Fort Stewart next week to his successor, Maj. Gen. John Murray.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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