Georgia News Roundup
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Brenau University hosting research symposium

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Brenau University officials say the school is hosting a research symposium that is free and open to the public.

Officials say the interdisciplinary forum will highlight the university's graduate, undergraduate and faculty research Friday from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Officials say Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public health consultant Phaedra Corso will deliver a keynote speech during the event.

Organizers of the event say the forum will close with faculty grant recipients discussing their projects and progress.

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Homeland Security secretary to speak at Morehouse

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is scheduled to address the graduating class at Morehouse College next month.

School officials say Johnson, a 1979 graduate of Morehouse College, will speak to seniors during their commencement ceremony on May 18.

Johnson served as general counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense before being selected to work as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Johnson has also served as general counsel for the Air Force and as the assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

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Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame to induct 4 new members

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) — Museum of Aviation officials say four new names will soon be added to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.

The museum in Warner Robins is planning to host an enshrinement ceremony for the new inductees April 26.

Organizers say WWII flight instructor Zachary Bellah, former Delta Air Lines CEO David C. Garrett, airmail and aerobatic pilot Johnny S. Kytle, and retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Mack Secord are being added to the state's aviation hall of fame.

Museum of Aviation officials say the four new members bring the total number of military and civilian inductees to 104 since the hall of fame was launched in 1989.

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Another lawsuit filed over airport expansion plans

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) — Some Paulding County residents claim that public officials violated Georgia's open meetings law in discussing plans to create would what would be another commercial airport for metro Atlanta.

In a lawsuit, the group maintains that the Paulding County Airport Authority violated the open meetings act by improperly holding closed sessions. They also say the authority failed to give adequate public notice of a two-day retreat, where it discussed plans to commercialize the airport.

The lawsuit, filed this week in Paulding County Superior Court, is the latest legal challenge aimed at stopping plans to commercialize flights at Silver Comet Field northwest of Atlanta.

Airport Director Blake Swafford tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the authority board has made changes in the way it operates and will consider other changes if they're needed.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Group wants to broaden UGA's family leave policy

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Some faculty and staff members are trying to get the University of Georgia to broaden its family leave policy.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that a request from the human resources committee of the UGA University Council states that the university's policy is outdated and not in line with more family-friendly policies at many other universities.

The group is proposing a study of UGA's "maternity leave" policy and the development of a new "parental leave policy" that would replace it.

Human resources committee member Janet Frick said that some departments at the University of Georgia handle maternity leave in a "very family-friendly way" but some do not.

The proposal will go back to the human resources committee so that they can offer specific recommendations.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, 

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Teen running from dog is struck by car, later dies

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say an Augusta teenager has died after being struck by a car while running away from a dog.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says 13-year-old Demonta Collins dashed into traffic on Milledgeville Road as he was running from the dog. He was struck by a 2001 Acura.

Collins was taken to Georgia Regents Hospital, where he was pronounced dead Thursday evening.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the dog's owner was issued a citation for an alleged violation of Georgia's leash law.

No charges were filed against the driver.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , 

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Harris County School District names superintendent

HAMILTON, Ga. (AP) — The Harris County school board in west Georgia has appointed James D. Martin its new superintendent.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Martin was named superintendent with the board's unanimous vote on Thursday.

Martin, the superintendent of the Chattahoochee County School District, begins his duties in Harris County on July 1.

Martin was the only finalist considered to fill the position left vacant by the Dec. 31 retirement of Superintendent Craig Dowling.

The school system is based in Hamilton, about 20 miles northeast of Columbus.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 

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Sarah Palin to appear in Georgia Senate ad for Handel

ATLANTA (AP) — The first TV ad by Georgia Senate candidate Karen Handel features former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Handel, one of seven Republicans and four Democrats vying for the open seat, planned to begin airing the ad statewide starting Monday. The primary is May 20.

In the ad, Palin describes Handel as a conservative "who has walked the walk" and follows through on promises.

Handel has been lagging in fundraising but her campaign has reported a bump since the Palin endorsement.

Other candidates already airing TV ads include Republican Reps. Jack Kingston of Savannah and Phil Gingrey of Marietta, Republican businessman David Purdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn.

The race is one of the most closely watched this year as Republicans seek a majority in the Senate.

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Police: Man sought in death of Georgia boy fled country

TUCKER, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a Salvadoran man wanted in a crash that killed a 2-year-old Georgia boy has fled the country.

DeKalb County police say they've verified that Concepcion Cruz boarded a flight at the Atlanta airport bound for El Salvador on Tuesday.

Officials earlier said the 57-year-old man had been put on the no-fly list.

Police say Cruz is charged with two counts of felony hit-and-run in a crash that killed 2-year-old Caleb Lindsey on April 5.

Authorities say the boy, his sister and their mother were standing outside a Walmart in Tucker when they were hit by a white pickup truck. Their mother wasn't injured, but the girl was hurt.

DeKalb police say federal authorities and the government in El Salvador are working to locate Cruz.

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