Georgia News Roundup
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Rail expansion to help move tanks at Fort Benning

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Workers have finished a $7.5 million railway expansion to help the Army move tanks and other heavy equipment at Fort Benning.

The Army base near the Georgia-Alabama state line marked the completion with an event Thursday.

The Ledger-Enquirer reports the project involved lengthening a railhead at the base by about 4 miles.

The work will make it easier to move M1A1 Abrams tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and other heavy equipment around the fort.

The expansion nearly doubles the railcar capacity of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division brigade.

Work began in 2012.

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UGA's law school to host symposium on legal ethics

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia's law school is hosting a conference on legal ethics.

The 14th Annual Legal Ethics and Professionalism Symposium is titled "Who Are They to Judge? Ethical and Professionalism Issues Facing the Bench." The day-long event is set for Feb. 21.

The focus of the event will be the increasing ethical challenges faced by judges in light of the changing dynamics of their jobs and the legal profession. It will include three panel discussions made up of judges, attorneys and professors.

David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Marsha Ternus, former chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court are set to deliver keynote addresses.

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Funeral service set for Savannah's 1st black mayor

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah is saying farewell to the man who served as its first African-American mayor.

Funeral services were scheduled Friday at St. James Catholic Church for Floyd Adams Jr., who was elected mayor in 1995. Adams died Saturday at age 68.

Adams served two terms as mayor of Georgia's oldest city, where he also had been a longtime City Council member and worked as publisher of the weekly Savannah Herald, a newspaper covering the city's black community.

Adams made it known he wasn't comfortable with the distinction of being Savannah's first black mayor. He said in his 1996 inauguration speech that his race had no bearing on his ability to lead Savannah.

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Slain Fort Campbell soldier to get Silver Star

By Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — The family of a Fort Campbell-based combat medic killed in combat in Afghanistan is set to receive a Silver Star on his behalf on Friday.

The U.S. Army awarded the honor to 25-year-old Spc. Shannon Chihuahua of Thomasville, Ga., who died Nov. 12, 2010, during an attack in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan. The Army says Chihuahua placed his own safety second to that of his fellow soldiers as insurgents fired small arms and rocket-propelled grenades.

Chihuahua was a combat medic assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. He joined the Army in July 2008 and arrived at Fort Campbell in July 2009.

A Silver Star is the third highest military decoration for valor granted by the military.

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Police investigate after UGA student found dead

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police are investigating after a University of Georgia student was found dead at an apartment complex in downtown Athens.

Athens-Clarke County Coroner Sonny Wilson say there was no obvious evidence of foul play.

Athens-Clarke County police Maj. Mark Sizemore said police received a call early Thursday evening of a dead male at the 909 Broad Street Apartments, and detectives and forensics personnel were sent to the scene to investigate.

Sizemore tells The Athens Banner-Herald that investigators are awaiting results from an autopsy at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's State Crime Lab in Decatur.

Authorities said the student's name wasn't released because some relatives may not yet be aware of the death.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


11 UGA fraternity members face hazing charges

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police say nearly a dozen University of Georgia fraternity members face hazing charges after students were beaten with fists as part of an initiation ritual.

University of Georgia police on Thursday obtained arrest warrants for the 11 members of the school's Zeta Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi.

UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson says some of the students who were beaten were injured but none required medical treatment.

Williamson tells The Athens Banner-Herald that the beatings happened Jan. 27 at the home of a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, which doesn't have a fraternity house in Athens.

He said police began investigating after receiving information from the school's student affairs office about possible injuries at a pledge event.

Authorities are expected to release names of the suspects on Friday.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, 

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