Georgia News Roundup
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Civil rights leader to discuss voting rights in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights leader Joseph Lowery is scheduled to speak in Atlanta during the launch a nationwide campaign to preserve and expand voting rights.

Lowery and others are scheduled to speak Wednesday afternoon at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church on the importance of equal voting rights and access.

Lowery is scheduled to join Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and lawmakers who are visiting Atlanta for the 2013 National Conference of State Legislatures' Annual Legislative Summit.

The campaign comes after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down provisions of the Voting Rights Act many have said have a disproportionate impact on minority voters.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Search continues for man who went missing on river

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — Searchers plan to return to the Chattahoochee River just north of Atlanta as they continue to look for the body of a swimmer who went missing in the water.

Authorities tell WSB-TV that they planned to search Friday on land along the river for the man, whose name hasn't been released. He was last seen around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, swimming from a boat near Don White Park on Riverside Road in the Roswell area.

Investigators believe the man was trying to go from one boat to another, but instead ended up in the water. Police say boaters had tried to throw a life vest to the man, but were unsuccessful.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Plea change scheduled in Paula Deen extortion case

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A New York man charged with trying to extort money from embattled celebrity cook Paula Deen is scheduled to appear before a federal judge to change his plea.

Thomas George Paculis was to appear Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Savannah, where he pleaded not guilty during his last hearing in July.

Court records filed last week say 62-year-old Paculis of Newfield, N.Y., has signed a plea agreement with prosecutors. But details haven't been released.

Prosecutors and Paculis' defense attorney have declined to comment.

Authorities say Paculis contacted Deen's attorney threatening to reveal damaging statements by the former Food Network star unless she paid him $200,000. That happened after documents became public that showed Deen acknowledged using racial slurs in the past.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia sales tax holiday expected to spur shopping

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's sales tax holiday is expected to bring more shoppers to stores this weekend.

CBS Atlanta reports that customers won't have to pay the sales tax on many back-to-school items, including clothing, computer equipment, athletic gear and other items.

The sales tax holiday comes too late for parents in some Georgia school districts. They've already bought back-to-school supplies since classes have already begun.

Information from: WGCL-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Police arrest 3 men in killing outside restaurant

SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say they've apprehended three suspects in connection with a deadly shooting outside a Zaxby's restaurant just northwest of Atlanta.

Authorities say 29-year old Jarvis McNabb of Marietta was gunned down shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the business on South Cobb Drive in the Smyrna area.

Police say 27-year-olds Desmond Mosby of Atlanta and Gershom Joshua Brown of Marietta were taken into custody Thursday by the Cobb County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Unit in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force. Investigators also arrested 29-year-old Kemanie Rhaburn of Englewood, Calif.

Cobb County police say all three suspects face murder charges. It wasn't known Friday whether they have attorneys.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Protesters plan demonstration at Fort Benning

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Demonstrators who have opposed a military school at Fort Benning planned to gather near the Georgia Army base for a protest on Friday.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Supporters of School of the Americas Watch were expected to gather outside the west Georgia base to mark the 30th anniversary of a protest of Latin American soldiers training at the post in 1983.

The Rev. Roy Bourgeois, a Catholic priest and founder of School of the Americas Watch, said that protest was the foundation for starting SOA Watch.

SOA Watch organizes annual protests calling for closure of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning. The Army school trains Latin American military officers. Critics say graduates used their U.S. military training to commit human rights abuses in their home countries.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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