Georgia News Roundup
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DHS offering help with winter heating bills

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Human Services is offering residents help with winter heating bills.

Georgia DHS officials say residents age 65 and older who are homebound may apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program until Dec. 1. Other eligible families may begin applying for assistance on Dec. 1.

The LIHEAP program is federally funded and helps low-income and elderly people pay power bills through April 30. Officials say depending on income, those who qualify typically receive between $310 and $350 toward their heating bills.

To qualify, a family's household income must be equal to or less than 60 percent of the median income for Georgia families.

Applicants must provide heating bills and information on household residents including citizenship status and proof of income.


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2 shot, 1 beaten outside metro Atlanta sports bar

RIVERDALE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say two people were shot and a third person was severely beaten outside a sports bar south of Atlanta.

Police say the gunfire and assault happened around 2:30 a.m. Monday at The 50 Yard Line. The spots bar is on Old National Highway, about 18 miles south of downtown Atlanta in the Riverdale area of south Fulton County.

Fulton County police tell WXIA-TV that one man suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound to the stomach. A woman was shot in the leg.

The two gunshot victims and the man who was beaten were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Police have not disclosed a possible motive for the violence.

Information from: WXIA-TV.

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State, farmers face off in Vidalia onion battle 

ATLANTA (AP) — Farmers are taking sides in a battle over the quality of Vidalia onions, the iconic brand grown in south Georgia that's known around the world.

In response to concerns in recent years about inferior onions on the market, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black has imposed new regulations on when the vegetables can be packed. The reason: Black has said that onions harvested too early have resulted in inferior Vidalia onions with shorter shelf lives.

However, some farmers argue weather conditions and other factors determine when an onion crop is ready to harvest. They say they're in the best position to know from year to year. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that one prominent Vidalia farmer has hired former Attorney General Mike Bowers to fight the new regulations in court.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Jury selection to begin in trial of Georgia boater 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A man charged in the deaths of two brothers killed in a boating crash on Lake Lanier is set to stand trial.

The Times of Gainesville reports that jury selection is set to begin Monday in the trial of Paul J. Bennett of Cumming.

Bennett is charged in a collision that killed 13-year-old Griffin Prince and his 9-year-old brother, Jake, both of Buford, on June 18, 2012. He faces charges including first-degree homicide by vessel and boating under the influence.

Investigators say Bennett was behind the wheel when his boat slammed into the Prince family's pontoon boat, which was carrying 12 people.

It took dive crews nine days to find Griffin's body.

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Court: No gun license after felony no contest plea 

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling denying a state gun license to a man who previously pleaded no contest to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

James Hertz pleaded no contest to five felony charges in Florida in 1994 when he was 18. The Florida court withheld judgment on the charges and sentenced him to serve three years' probation, which he completed.

He applied for a "weapons carry license" in September 2012. His application was denied because of the Florida no contest plea. Convicted felons cannot get a carry license in Georgia.

Hertz argued that the Florida judge's withholding of a judgment is equivalent to a no contest plea in Georgia that gets first offender treatment and that he would be eligible for a carry permit.

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Flights resume at Birmingham airport after threat 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Flights were scheduled to depart on time from Birmingham's airport one day after a note found in a restroom led to diverted flights and a two-hour evacuation of hundreds of passengers.

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport's website on Monday showed that flights were arriving and departing as scheduled.

The airport reopened Sunday evening after an airport employee found the note and turned it over to police. Airport authority spokeswoman Toni Bast said bomb squads swept the terminal but found nothing. She said about a dozen flights were either delayed or diverted.

FBI spokesman Paul Daymond said the agency's bomb technicians worked with local police to investigate.

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