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Public radio host Kai Ryssdal speak at Emory

ATLANTA (AP) — The host of public radio's "Marketplace" is set to deliver the keynote address during Emory University's Founders Week.

The university says Kai Ryssdal, an Emory alumnus, is set to give a lecture on campus at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 4. The title of the lecture is "Repeat after me: The Dow Jones is Not the Economy — and Vice Versa!"

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Ryssdal graduated from Emory in 1985. He spent some time in the U.S. Navy and in the U.S. Foreign Service. Since 2005, he's been the host and senior editor of "Marketplace," a public radio program that covers business and the economy.

Founders Week is a midwinter festival celebrating Emory's intellectual life through artistic, social and cultural events.

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Grant to help Georgia ex-offenders re-enter workforce

ATLANTA (AP) — The Governor's Office of Workforce Development says it's using a grant to prepare ex-offenders throughout the state to re-enter the workforce.

Officials say a grant of more than $107,000 will help ex-offenders complete re-entry programs in southwest Georgia, west central Georgia, coastal Georgia and in the metro Atlanta region.

Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Workforce Development, Ben Hames, says ex-offenders trying to re-enter the civilian workforce face serious barriers when searching for a job. Hames says the programs "are equipping citizens with the tools they need to overcome those employment barriers and regain their place in the workforce."

Officials say between 10 and 15 ex-offenders from each region using the grant money will participate in job training courses tailored to meet employer needs in their area.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Man faces charges after rifle shot fired into home

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) — Police in suburban Atlanta, who have been searching for a gunman who fired a rifle shot into a home, now have a suspect in custody.

Police in Hoover, Ala., arrested 31-year-old James Jones of Vestavia Hills, Ala., during a traffic stop Sunday.

Jones was being held on charges that include aggravated assault, stalking, making terroristic threats and discharging a firearm near a city street after Thursday's shooting in the Atlanta suburb of Johns Creek.

Johns Creek police Lt. Chris Byers has said the bullet could have gone into a bedroom, where two children were sleeping.

Police said the woman who lives there is a former professor at an Alabama college. Jones, a former student, is accused of stalking her for the past decade.

It wasn't known early Tuesday whether Jones has an attorney.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Georgia school bookkeeper to attend State of the Union

ATLANTA (AP) — A metro Atlanta bookkeeper who is credited with talking a school gunman into surrendering will be a guest of President Barack Obama for his State of the Union address.

The White House announced that Antoinette Tuff is among guests who will join first lady Michelle Obama to watch the speech Tuesday evening. The White House frequently invites guests to sit with the first lady during the address to emphasize a policy or issue the president wants to underscore.

Police credit Tuff with persuading Michael Brandon Hill to surrender after they say he went to the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur Aug. 20 with an assault rifle and nearly 500 rounds of ammunition. Hill is accused of firing shots at police, and faces charges that include aggravated assault.

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