Georgia News Roundup
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GRU leading minority cancer research program

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Regents University has been chosen to lead a research program meant to increase minority access to clinical trials and cancer treatments.

GRU officials say the university's cancer center has been awarded a five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to lead the research program in partnership with the Morehouse School of Medicine and the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University.

University officials say the Georgia program is one of 12 in the country meant to set community-based cancer research priorities and help address barriers that have historically prevented minorities from participating in clinical trials and other cancer research initiatives.

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Alabama event to recall civil rights martyrs

HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The first black Episcopal bishop in Georgia will speak at a weekend event in west Alabama honoring civil rights martyrs.

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright of Atlanta will address a pilgrimage honoring Episcopal seminarian Jonathan Myrick Daniels and others killed in Alabama during the movement in the 1960s.

The event will be held Saturday in the Lowndes County town of Hayneville, where Daniels was shot to death by a volunteer deputy on Aug. 14, 1965.

Daniels was from New Hampshire but had come to Alabama to join in civil rights work. An all-white jury later acquitted the deputy who killed him.

A Roman Catholic priest who was with Daniels and was wounded plans to attend the observance. Richard Morrisroe was critically injured and still hasn't fully recovered.

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OSHA partners with Georgia group for safety workshop

CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is partnering with the Georgia Hispanic Construction Association for a safety and health fair in Chamblee.

Officials say the Aug. 16 event will feature Spanish-language health and safety publications, and a question and answer period on occupational safety and health issues.

Organizers say exhibitors and vendors will also be on hand and will conduct tool and equipment safety demonstrations.

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Lake search turns up no sign of missing man

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Forsyth County authorities say will continuing searching Lake Lanier for a missing partygoer, but don't plan to send any more divers under water.

Authorities have been searching for the last of three people they say ran from a deputy who broke up an unauthorized party at a park near Lake Lanier.

County fire Chief Jason Shivers tells The Forsyth News that searchers have scanned a cove of Lake Lanier with sonar and will continue those efforts. He said they don't expect to do any more diving unless something more turns up.

Shivers said a deputy patrolling an area near Two Mile Creek Park found a group of about 20 teens and young adults early Tuesday morning. Authorities say some were detained but the deputy heard others jump in the water.

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Jury convicts man of murder in Phenix City slaying

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — A jury in eastern Alabama has convicted a man of capital murder.

Jurors in Russell County found that James Allen Harrison Jr. meant to rob and kill Thomas Fred Day Jr. when he slashed his throat during a confrontation inside the victim's Phenix City home on Jan. 13, 1998.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the unanimous verdict was delivered Tuesday after a total of about four hours of deliberations since Monday afternoon.

Defense Attorney Ken Davis told jurors that Harrison beat Day and slit his throat to feed his crack cocaine addiction.

After he was first convicted in 2000, Harrison was sentenced to death in 2001. He won a retrial that led to this week's conviction after the court found two jurors from the earlier trial failed to disclose their potential prejudices.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Man killed; woman, child wounded in home invasion

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Police say a home invasion turned deadly in suburban Atlanta, where a man was shot to death and a woman and child were both wounded by gunshots.

Police in Duluth, just northeast of Atlanta, say they were at the scene of the Wednesday morning crime at the home near Rogers Bridge Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

Duluth police Maj. Don Woodruff said robbery is believed to be the motive.

Woodruff told WSB-TV that the wounded woman was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. He said an 8-year-old child was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, also with non-life threatening injuries.

Woodruff said a 4-year-old child was unharmed.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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