Georgia News Roundup
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1 dead, 1 hurt in gunfight at Atlanta apartments

ATLANTA (AP) — One man is dead and another injured following what police say was a gunfight at an Atlanta apartment complex.

WSB-TV reports Atlanta police were still piecing together what happened early Monday. Paul Guerrucci, the police homicide commander, says a robbery attempt appears to have caused the shootout.

Witnesses told police two groups exchanged gunfire in the breezeway of the Daron Village apartments in northwest Atlanta. Officers arriving on the scene found one man shot and had him rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Officers found another man dead from several gunshot wounds behind a building. Guerrucci says investigators are still trying to determine who was the victim and who was the robber in the shootout.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Ceremony kicks off St. Patrick's week in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah has kicked off the week leading to its massive St. Patrick's Day celebration with a much more quiet ceremony honoring the city's Irish heritage.

The Savannah Morning News reports the coastal city held its 30th Celtic Cross Ceremony on Sunday with a procession from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to Emmet Park, where a Celtic cross monument stands near the downtown riverfront.

The ceremony celebrates past, present and future generations of Irish-Americans. During the program, the Rev. Jeremiah McCarthy blessed an orange and green wreath placed at the base of the limestone Celtic cross.

Savannah's annual St. Patrick's Day parade will be held next Monday. Irish immigrants began celebrating the holiday with a procession in Georgia's oldest city 190 years ago.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, 

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Uncle tried to save Georgia boy killed in house fire

MEIGS, Ga. (AP) — The uncle of a 9-year-old boy killed in a south Georgia house fire says he tried desperately to save his nephew but "I just couldn't do it."

Brandon Copeland spoke with WALB-TV after the blaze early Sunday killed young Jobris Copeland at his family's home in Meigs, about 45 miles south of Albany.

Five people were in the house, Copeland says, and all escaped except for Jobris. The uncle said: "I told him I wasn't going to let him die."

Copeland says he pulled an air-conditioning unit and security bars from the windows trying to get to his nephew, but it was too late.

The boy's grandmother, 56-year-old Queen Copeland, was hospitalized for burns and smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Information from: WALB-TV, 

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Multi-car crash slows traffic on I-16 in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say multiple cars were involved in a crash on Interstate 16 that backed up rush-hour traffic heading into Savannah.

WTOC-TV reports two people suffered minor injuries in the crash Monday morning. I happened at about 8:30 a.m. on eastbound I-16 as commuters headed to work in Savannah.

No details of what caused the crash were immediately available. Investigators were on the scene as crews worked to clear the roadway.

Information from: WTOC-TV, 

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Court reverses ruling in Georgia county border dispute

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court has reversed a lower court's ruling in a years-long border dispute between Bibb and Monroe counties.

In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Carol Hunstein and released Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court sent the case back to the Fulton County Superior Court.

The justices determined that the lower court could compel Secretary of State Brian Kemp to resolve the dispute between the counties, but could not require him to pick a specific boundary.

A Fulton County judge in January 2013 ordered Kemp to set the border south of where it was marked. The judge ordered Kemp to use a controversial 2009 survey he has rejected many times.

Bibb County and Kemp appealed the trial court decision to the state Supreme Court.

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Portrait unveiled in Georgia for AP political reporter

ATLANTA (AP) — A portrait commemorating a former Associated Press reporter who covered Georgia politics for decades has been unveiled at the state Capitol.

Dick Pettys died in October 2012 at age 66. The portrait painted by Dick Yarbrough was presented Monday in the Senate chamber.

Pettys began working for the AP at the Capitol in 1970, covering the waning days of Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox's administration and later Jimmy Carter's presidential run in 1976.

Decades later, Pettys reported on the 2002 election of Gov. Sonny Perdue, Georgia's first Republican governor since Reconstruction. He retired from the AP in 2005, but spent several more years writing on Georgia politics for the website InsiderAdvantage Georgia.

His portrait will be hung outside the Capitol press offices, where Pettys spent much of his career.

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Georgia candidate took $50,000 in prohibited donations

By Russ Bynum, Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia congressional candidate says his campaign made an honest, rookie mistake when it accepted $54,500 in political contributions linked to a single Augusta donor.

Retired businessman Eugene Yu of Evans had to refund $50,000 in contributions that either exceeded campaign finance limits or were prohibited altogether by federal law. Yu's fundraising reports show all of the money was given to his U.S. Senate campaign by Augusta businessman Wayne B. Brown and his company, WayneWorks.

Yu has abandoned his Senate bid to run for Georgia's 12th District U.S. House seat.

Yu's campaign first reported $45,000 in prohibited donations from Brown as a personal loan of the candidate's own money. Brown says he owed Yu money for a shared real-estate investment and it was deposited to the candidate's campaign account.

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Drug-device company expanding in Atlanta area

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (AP) — Drug-device maker Gerresheimer Peachtree City is launching a multi-million-dollar expansion in metro Atlanta expected to create 120 jobs.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday the company plans to build a new 60,000-square-foot manufacturing plant on its 35 acre campus in Fayette County. The plant will produce devices such as inhalers and insulin pens.

Construction is scheduled to start later this year, with the new manufacturing facility cranking up operations in 2015.

Gerresheimer first set up shop in Peachtree City in 1993 and expanded its Georgia operation in 2009. The company says the 120 new jobs created in the latest expansion will include executive, administrative, supervisory and production positions.

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