Georgia News Roundup
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US Rep. to speak at UGA Martin Luther King event

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Rep. David Scott is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the University of Georgia's 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast.

The breakfast is scheduled for Jan. 17 at the Tate Student Center and will also feature the university president's Fulfilling the Dream Award, which recognizes local citizens for exemplary community service.

Scott serves on several congressional committees including the Financial Services Committee and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

The Democratic congressman represents several areas in the metro Atlanta region including parts of Cobb, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton and Henry counties.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission updates environmental regulations

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission is hosting a meeting in Atlanta to discuss updated regulations meant to protect soil and water near urban development sites.

The list of regulations, called the "Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia" will be the topic of discussion at the commission's meeting at the Courtyard Atlanta Executive Park Monday afternoon.

Officials say they're presenting changes to the manual to the public, and explaining new procedures for accepting new practices. The commission has held similar meetings in Columbus, Cartersville and Savannah.

Online: www.gaswcc.georgia.gov

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Kayakers, swimmer rescued off Georgia coast

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say two kayakers and a swimmer who were pulled into the Atlantic Ocean by the outgoing tide were rescued off Tybee Island.

Tybee Island Fire Chief Skip Sasser said the people got caught in the tide shortly before 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

The Savannah Morning News reports that part of the same group in another kayak was able to paddle to a sandbar, where one of them dialed 911 from a cellphone.

Police and firefighters responded to the scene, and one of the fire department's rescue boats was launched.

Sasser said that at one point, one of the kayaks overturned. He said two of the boaters did not have exposure suits on, and one of them was treated for hypothermia by medics on shore.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Body found under semi at gas station near Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Police are investigating after a body was found under a semitrailer in the parking lot of a gas station near Atlanta.

Authorities say the body was discovered around 1 a.m. Monday at the Shell station on Fulton Industrial Boulevard and Patton Drive.

Police said they were awaiting the medical examiner to determine an exact cause of death.

Fulton County police Detective Melissa Parker tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it appears the man was run over by a vehicle, possibly by a semi.

Parker said the victim did not work at the gas station. Police are trying to determine whether he was a truck driver.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Dalton mayor to woo conservatives in Georgia gov race

By Christina A. Cassidy, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Dalton Mayor David Pennington has officially launched his campaign for governor, outlining a path to woo conservatives as he challenges Gov. Nathan Deal in next year's Republican primary.

Pennington said in an interview Monday that as a conservative he believes in lower taxes, fewer regulations and an open and transparent government. He says he'll make the case that Deal hasn't made those a priority and doesn't deserve a second term.

Pennington says he's been meeting with voters statewide and raised "hundreds of thousands of dollars" over the last few months.

Deal has been embracing his economic record, touting efforts to create a business-friendly environment and pointing to economic development deals that have brought jobs to Georgia.

Also running in the GOP primary is state schools Superintendent John Barge.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Court rules for governor, Kia in open records case

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the governor and Kia Motors Manufacturing in an open records dispute having to do with hiring records.

A Fulton County Superior Court judge had refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by four people who said the state helped the auto manufacturer create a screening and hiring process designed to exclude union workers.

The four challenged the state's refusal to give them access to records detailing the state's involvement in the hiring process. They also argued that an amendment to the state's Open Records Act specifically targeted their lawsuit and was unconstitutional.

In a unanimous opinion published Monday, the high court reversed the lower court decision and ruled the change in the law applies to this case and its application is constitutional.

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