Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia to launch child safety public awareness effort

ATLANTA (AP) — State officials are planning to unveil a public awareness campaign aimed at reducing instances of children being left unattended in hot vehicles.

Department of Early Care and Learning spokesman Reg Griffin says Gov. Nathan Deal, Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal and department Commissioner Bobby Cagle will outline the campaign during a news conference Tuesday at the state Capitol.

Griffin says the event will include the premiere of a YouTube video warning parents and child care workers to always double check for unattended children before locking vehicles.

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MARTA adding rail cars to red, gold train routes

ATLANTA (AP) — Transportation officials say they're adding rail cars to bolster service on train lines with routes ending at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority officials say the agency will begin using six rail cars Tuesday for trains running on the red and gold lines. Both lines begin at the airport, and the routes end in Doraville and North Springs.

Officials say the shift is part of a system-wide improvement aimed at offering more frequent service and cutting customer wait times.

MARTA officials say the agency will continue monitoring customer feedback and ridership trends.

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Missing plane found in South Carolina, 2 dead

CHESTER, S.C. (AP) — Chester County officials say two people have been found dead in a small plane that had been missing on a flight from North Carolina to Georgia.

Emergency Management Director Eddie Murphy said the plane was found in some woods around 4 p.m. Monday near the Broad River about 10 miles south of the Chester-Catawba Regional Airport.

Lt. Robert McCullough with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says the single-engine plane had taken off from Wilmington, North Carolina on Friday and was headed to Clayton, Georgia. The plane had been reported missing Sunday.

Officials had been trying to track the plane and Murphy said he was notified Monday morning the plane was thought to be in Chester County.

The names of the victims have not been released.

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Sheriff probes north Georgia church burglaries

DAHLONEGA, Ga. (AP) — Law officers in a north Georgia county are searching for suspects after burglaries at three churches.

Lumpkin County sheriff's officials tell CBS Atlanta that they're seeking leads from the public as they try to track down whoever is responsible for the break-ins. They say all three crimes happened within a few hours on the morning of May 13.

Authorities say St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, Concord Baptist Church, and Mt. Sinai Baptist Church were burglarized, with money and property taken.

The Atlanta station reports that members of St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church arrived in the office the morning of May 13 to find money missing from deposit envelopes. The money had been collected during offering in the preceding Sunday service.

Information from: WGCL-TV, 

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Woman shot to death at Atlanta apartment complex

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating an early-morning shooting at an apartment complex that left a woman dead.

WSB-TV reports that the woman was shot in the head after answering the door at the Venetian Hills Apartments on Campbellton Road around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Atlanta police Capt. Paul Guerrucci tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that investigators believe the suspect and the woman knew each other.

Guerrucci said other people who were inside the apartment at the time were family members, and they were being interviewed by investigators before dawn Tuesday.

Guerrucci said detectives have some information about a possible suspect.

The name of the woman, who was in her mid-30s, was not immediately released.

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5 FAMU hazing defendants to go on trial June 24

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The five remaining defendants charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major are headed for trial.

Judge Renee Roche set a June 24 trial date during a pre-trial conference Tuesday. She also cleared the following week for what State Attorney Jeff Ashton said he doesn't believe will be a lengthy trial. He expects one of the five remaining defendants to reach a plea deal before trial.

Fifteen former band members were charged with manslaughter and hazing in the November 2011 death of Robert Champion of Decatur, Georgia. Seven accepted plea deals of community service and probation for what prosecutors called minor roles.

Jessie Baskin pleaded no contest and was sentenced to a year in jail in March. Caleb Jackson was sentenced to four years in prison that same month after his arrest violated a previous probation.

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