Democrat Michelle Nunn, daughter of ex-senator, says she's running for Ga.'s US Senate seat
CLARKSTON, Ga. (AP) — Democrat Michelle Nunn says she is running for the U.S. Senate from Georgia in 2014.
Nunn, the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia, said Monday evening that she is seeking the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
Nunn said she plans to draw on her experiences working as CEO of one of the nation's largest volunteer organizations, Points of Light, to run a campaign focused on critical issues such as the federal deficit.
She says she believes in the power of the individual to foster change, work with others and solve problems.
Nunn becomes the first major Democrat to enter the race. On the Republican side, U.S. Reps. Paul Broun of Athens, Phil Gingrey of Marietta and Jack Kingston of Savannah — along with former Secretary of State Karen Handel — have entered the race.
Braves' Heyward back in lineup, Maholm on DL
NEW YORK (AP) — Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is back in the lineup after missing six games with a right hamstring injury, and starting pitcher Paul Maholm has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a bruised left wrist.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has Heyward batting second and playing center field Monday night against the New York Mets.
Usually a right fielder, Heyward shifted to center for his first game since July 11 because B.J. Upton is on the DL with a muscle strain in his right leg. Upton ran for the first time since his injury.
Maholm initially injured the wrist while batting in his start at Miami on July 10. He walked off the mound Saturday after aggravating it in the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox. Maholm flew back to Atlanta Sunday and had an MRI.
Gonzalez thinks Maholm would only miss two starts.
Ga. withdraws from standardized testing consortium
ATLANTA (AP) — State officials say Georgia is withdrawing from a consortium to create standardized tests aligned with Common Core curriculum.
State School Superintendent John Barge and Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday that Georgia is withdrawing from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers to ensure that Georgia officials maintain control of the state's academic standards and testing.
Officials say using a general assessment would keep state education officials from being able to tweak standards to serve Georgia students.
Barge says the PARCC tests are also estimated to cost more than $27 million — which eclipses the state's system-wide assessment budget of $25 million.
Common Core curriculum has been a touchy issue with some lawmakers and educators saying it's a path to a federal takeover of state education systems.
Emory exec takes UConn Foundation fundraising job
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — A university fundraising executive credited with raising nearly $1.7 billion at Emory University has been appointed president of the University of Connecticut Foundation.
Joshua Newton is set to take the job with UConn's fundraising arm on Sept. 3.
University President Susan Herbst said Newton will be a transformative force in the school's efforts to bring philanthropy in line with other top national universities.
UConn says that as vice president at Emory since 2010, Newton was a key to the successful Campaign Emory, a seven-year, $1.69 billion effort, the largest fundraising effort in that school's history. Nearly 150,000 donors contributed.
Atlanta impresses soccer tournament organizers
(Information in the following story is from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com)
ATLANTA (AP) — The organizers of an international soccer tournament that recently stopped in Atlanta say they can see the city hosting bigger matches in the future.
Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football President Jeffrey Webb tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he can imagine Atlanta hosting the Gold Cup championship game in the new Falcons stadium once it's completed.
The Georgia Dome played host to two quarterfinal matches on Saturday.
Webb says more than 54,200 people were on hand for the match between Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago, and the game set a Georgia Dome soccer attendance record. That match was preceded by a game between Panama and Cuba.
The Gold Cup is held every two years. The championship game is being hosted at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday.
Created: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 05:15:32 EST
Updated: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 05:15:32 EST