Georgia News Roundup
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Department of Juvenile Justice hosting job fairs

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice officials is hosting a series of job fairs throughout the state to fill several positions with the agency.

Department officials said this week that they're searching for employees ranging from information technology specialists to corrections officers and maintenance workers, and will be recruiting at several job fairs that are free and open to the public.

Officials will be recruiting at the Delta Career Expo in Decatur on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Another recruitment event is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Goodwill Employer Expo in Dublin.

Additional public recruitment events are scheduled for May 14-22 in Dublin, Soperton, Metter and Marietta. A recruitment fair for veterans is also scheduled for May 22 at Fort Stewart.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

University System of Georgia announces new hire

ATLANTA (AP) — The University System of Georgia has named a new Vice Chancellor for Educational Access and Success.

Officials say Robert Anderson will work with 31 of the system's institutions to design initiatives to increase access to higher education and support student success. Officials say Anderson will oversee several initiatives including teacher education programs and programs to prepare students to enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Officials say Anderson is replacing Lynne Weisenbach, who recently retired.

Anderson currently serves as vice chancellor for administration for the West Virginia Higher Education Police Commission. Anderson will begin his new role June 2.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

22 attorneys general oppose New York gun law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and attorneys general from 21 other states have filed a friend of the court brief in opposition to a New York law banning certain kinds of semi-automatic weapons.

Strange was the lead author of the legal papers. They were filed in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals as part of a lawsuit filed by organizations and individual gun owners who challenged the New York ban. Strange argues the law is unconstitutional because New York failed to show that banning semi-automatic weapons would increase public safety or decrease gun violence.

Joining Alabama in the legal filing were Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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County leaders consider new policy on police rides

ATLANTA (AP) — Fulton County commissioners are considering a proposal that could make it easier for them to use police officers as drivers.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that commissioners received 79 rides in recent years from on-duty police officers to concerts, the airport and public events.

The president of the Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation President Jim Honkisz calls the practice of using police drivers "a misuse of public assets."

County commissioners say the escorts are needed for safety reasons because threats have been made against them.

The county's policy prohibits commissioners from using police for transportation unless there's a threat to their safety documented by a police report.

Commissioners are expected to consider doing away with the police report requirement when the issue comes up at a meeting on May 21.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

St. Louis police suspect man killed his father

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police in St. Louis are searching for a 33-year-old man suspected of killing his father by beating him with a hammer and strangling him.

Murder charges were filed Tuesday against Laderic Felix McDonald. His father, 67-year-old Felix McDonald, was found dead in his home Tuesday morning. A bloody hammer was found, and the victim had wires around his neck. Police say he had been dead for several hours.

Felix McDonald's bank card was missing from his wallet. Police say the son used the card on Monday to buy a bus ticket to Atlanta.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Atlanta student gets sick during class, later dies

ATLANTA (AP) — Grief counselors were visiting at an Atlanta middle school after an eighth grade student got sick during class and later died.

Atlanta Public Schools Interim Superintendent Erroll Davis says Melvin Bussey, a student at Bunche Middle School in northwest Atlanta, got sick during class Wednesday and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Details on the boy's cause of death weren't immediately available.

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