Georgia News Roundup
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UGA receives $5 million gift for research

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Officials at the University of Georgia say a $5 million gift will be used to support the Center for Molecular Medicine and help advance research into human disease.

UGA President Jere W. Morehead this week announced the gift from Clifton E. Crews, Jr. Crews, who received his undergraduate and master's degrees from UGA, along with a doctorate in 1969, previously served as assistant vice president for research.

The funds will be used to help build a facility to house the expanding Center for Molecular Medicine, which is pending approval from the Board of Regents.

Scientists will focus on improving the understanding of disease processes through research focused initially on fields ranging from vaccine development and therapeutics to stem cells and regenerative medicine.

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Atlanta hosts summit on animal cruelty prosecution

ATLANTA (AP) — Fulton County prosecutors say the District Attorney will honor animal advocates during the National Animal Cruelty Prosecution Conference in Atlanta next week.

Organizers say the conference is expected to bring together prosecutors, criminal justice professionals and animal advocates.

District Attorney's officials say Animal Defender honorees include Victoria Stilwell, host of the Animal Planet Show "It's Me or the Dog," the Ahimsa House — which shelters animals from people who are escaping from domestic violence and several others.

The conference runs from May 5 through May 7 and is being hosted at the State Bar of Georgia Headquarters.

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Search committee formed for Gwinnett Tech leader

ATLANTA (AP) — Technical College System of Georgia officials have formed a search committee to help find a new president for Gwinnett Technical College.

Sharon Bartels' retirement from the post took effect Thursday and David H. Welden has been named interim president of the school in Lawrenceville.

Officials say three candidates the committee chooses as finalists will be interviewed by the system's senior management in Atlanta before a final interview with Commissioner Ron Jackson.

Jackson will select a president, who will then need to be approved by the 22 members of the board that governs the Technical College System of Georgia.

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Austell man to be arraigned in 1974 Massachusetts slaying

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A 69-year-old Georgia man is headed to court to face charges in connection with a fatal stabbing in Massachusetts four decades ago.

Authorities say Lonzo Guthrie, of Austell, Georgia, is scheduled to be arraigned on a murder charge Friday in Worcester Superior Court.

Prosecutors allege Guthrie fatally stabbed 21-year-old Eileen Ferro in February 1974 after delivering furniture to her Shrewsbury home.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said Guthrie, a former Worcester resident, was questioned during the original investigation. Guthrie was recently linked to the slaying when evidence from the scene matched a DNA sample he submitted after a California rape conviction.

It was unclear if Guthrie had a lawyer in Massachusetts, but at a fugitive hearing in February he denied killing anyone.

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Samurai swords found in search of slaying scene

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Police say they found samurai swords in a search of the home where a 73-year-old woman and her 75-year-old husband were stabbed to death.

Police say the swords were used to kill the couple in what DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander described as a "horrific scene" inside the suburban Atlanta home. The bodies were found by a relative who visited their house Thursday afternoon.

Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish says the couple's 39-year-old son was identified as a suspect and was found at a nearby park less than two hours after his parents' deaths were reported. He was being questioned by police.

Parish says authorities have not filed formal charges against the man, and the victims' identities haven't been released.

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Toddler drowns in swimming pool at Northeast Georgia home

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the drowning of a 16-month-old boy who fell into a swimming pool at a home in the northeast Georgia community of Clermont.

The Times reports that the child died Wednesday after falling into the pool.

Hall County sheriff's officials said in a statement that resuscitation efforts were attempted on the child, who was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center and later pronounced dead.

Clermont is about 65 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Information from: The Times, 

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Teen pleads guilty in plot to bomb classmates

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama teenager who called himself a white supremacist and was accused of plotting to attack classmates with homemade explosives has pleaded guilty and wants probation.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that court records released this week show that Derek Shrout pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted assault.

Shrout, now 19, was arrested in January 2013 after a history teacher found a notebook that authorities say contained plans to use explosives to attack students at Russell County High School in eastern Alabama. The school is about 15 miles southwest of Columbus, Ga.

The newly released court records indicate that Shrout is requesting five years' probation and a fine of $2,000, but the severity of his sentence will be up to Circuit Judge Al Johnson on July 11.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 

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TVA: Watts Bar set for December 2015 completion

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority says work on the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant has moved from large-scale construction to completion and testing of individual plant systems.

The federal agency announced a target completion date for the plant's Unit 2 reactor of December 2015. The update issued Friday covered the period from November 2013 to January 2014.

The facility is on course to become the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century.

About 3,200 workers are on the Watts Bar 2 project, which will be TVA's seventh nuclear unit. Watts Bar 2 will add 1,100 megawatts of electricity, providing enough energy for approximately 650,000 homes.

TVA is the nation's largest public utility, supplying power to about 9 million people in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

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