Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia Tech to host health care partnership forum

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech is hosting a conference focused on ways academic institutions and medical facilities can collaborate in the technology and engineering fields to solve medical problems.

The conference is being hosted at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center Tuesday. The conference is being led by Emory University and organizers say Georgia Tech and the Morehouse School of Medicine are partners.

Wilbur Lam, an Emory and Georgia Tech faculty member and a physician at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta will also discuss two health care devices that are being developed through a medical and academic partnership.

One is a smartphone attachment that would allow parents to diagnose ear infections in children. The other is a device similar to a blood glucose monitor that could be used to detect anemia.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Georgia transit police plan Detroit recruitment event

ATLANTA (AP) — The police department that oversees Atlanta's public transportation system is looking out of state to hire new officers.

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Deputy Police Chief Mike Burrows tells WSB-TV the department is traveling to Detroit for a two-day recruiting campaign at military bases and colleges.

Burrows says the department has also traveled to Fort Lee, Va. and Camp Lejeune, N.C. and plans to visit Fort Benning as well.

The agency's trip to Detroit is scheduled for May 16.

Burrows says the department's high requirements rule out a lot of potential candidates and the agency is willing to travel to attract the best potential employees.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Mississippi girl, 2, found unharmed in south Georgia

SYLVESTER, Ga. (AP) — A 2-year-old girl whose younger sister was found dead in Mississippi has been found unharmed in Georgia.

Police in the south Georgia town of Sylvester told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Maliah Harris and her parents -- who were being sought by law officers across the South -- were located late Wednesday.

Sylvester police tell Georgia station WALB-TV that a Sylvester officer pulled the vehicle over on U.S. Highway 82 in Sylvester.

Mississippi authorities said 2-year-old Maliah Harris disappeared with her parents after her 7-month-old sister, Alyssa, was found dead. County Coroner Greg Merchant says there were no visible signs of injury. An autopsy was being conducted.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol had issued an Amber Alert for the 2-year-old and her parents.

Sylvester police say the parents were being questioned by police early Thursday.

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MARTA looks to military bases for police officers

ATLANTA (AP) — Metro Atlanta's public transit system is looking to Detroit and military bases in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia as it attempts to recruit new police officers to its force.

Officials with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority -- known as MARTA in the Atlanta area -- went on recruiting trips last month to Fort Lee in Virginia and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Trips to Detroit in May and to west Georgia's Fort Benning Army base in June are also planned.

The transit system is also offering a $3,000 signing bonus for new officers.

WSB-TV reports that the system has a dozen vacancies on its police force, and the proposed new budget adds an additional 29 officers.

MARTA's police force includes more than 300 sworn positions.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic to stay in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — An agreement has been reached to keep the Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic, a football rivalry game held for nearly eight decades, in the west Georgia city of Columbus.

Last year, organizers said the annual game's future in Columbus was uncertain. Other cities such as Phenix City and Montgomery had expressed interest in hosting the game.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported that the agreement reached after months of negotiations will keep the game at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium in Columbus for the 79th consecutive season.

The upcoming Oct. 11 game will mark the 79th consecutive season for the match between Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala. and Morehouse College in Atlanta.

The Columbus newspaper reports that it is the longest-running rivalry among historically black colleges and universities.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Fire destroys home of former state lawmaker

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A fire has destroyed the northeast Georgia home of former state Rep. Bob Smith.

A spokesman for the state fire marshal said someone called police to report smoke in the area shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday in Watkinsville. Police and fire officials were called and discovered the house on fire. No one was in the home at the time.

Authorities say it appears the fire started in the garage area, but the cause hasn't been determined.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Smith served 12 years in the Georgia House of Representatives in a district that included Oconee County and parts of Clarke, Oglethorpe and Morgan counties. He announced in 2010 that he would not seek re-election so he could focus on the real estate business he and his son operate.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Georgia governor approves referendum on dorm taxes

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia voters will decide this fall whether to give private developers a tax break for taking over the management of student housing.

Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday signed the referendum bill, which is a key element of the state university system's plan to partner with private developers for student housing.

Officials with the state's university system plan to package housing on nine campuses and begin taking bids from private developers. The chosen company would handle daily operations and have the option to do renovations or construction.

The initial phase could include up to 9,700 beds, but system officials say they hope the model works for all 31 campuses eventually.

That would make Georgia the largest test of public-private dorm partnerships.

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Gov. Deal signs 'medical amnesty' bill

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law a bill that would grant amnesty in some cases to those who seek medical help in the event of a drug overdose.

Deal signed the bill Thursday, and it takes immediate effect. Lawmakers had overwhelmingly passed the "Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law."

Supporters of the law argue some people are too afraid to call for medical help for themselves or others because they fear prosecution on drug charges. The law would grant amnesty only on drug possession charges when amounts are small.

Supporters say the bill won't help drug dealers, but could save lives.

Some 17 states have passed similar so-called "Good Samaritan laws." 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Macon child care center ordered to close

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Macon child care center has been ordered to close immediately after complaints that a five-year-old child was left alone in a van for about four hours.

The Georgia Department of Early Care reported in a statement that an administrative judge upheld the closure order on Thursday. It was first issued by the department last week.

Department spokesman Reg Griffin says the Charlotte's Webb Learning Center must remain closed for 21 days while the department reviews its license.

A woman who answered the phone at the business on Thursday said the owner was not available.

According to the judge's order, the center's employees care for about 40 children.

Parents affected by the closure can get help finding child care at allgakids.org or by calling 1-877-ALL GA KIDS.

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