VALDOSTA SEWAGE SPILL
Valdosta officials responding to sewage spill
VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — Valdosta city officials say they're responding to a major sewage spill in the Withlachoochee River.
WTCV reported Thursday that nearly eight million gallons of raw sewage has spilled into the river.
Valdosta city officials say recent heavy rainfall may have caused sewage to be discharged from the Withlachoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Officials say they're working to repurpose some of the tanks at the water treatment center to accommodate the sewage.
City officials say sewage levels in the river are 1.5 times higher than the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit limit.
Autistic girl found dead in south Ga. pond
(Information in the following story is from: WSAV-TV, http://www.wsav.com/ )
SWAINSBORO, Ga. (AP) — Emanuel County sheriff's officials say an autistic 6-year-old girl has drowned in a pond.
Sheriff Tyson Stephens told WSAV-TV Thursday that foul play is not suspected in the death of Dena Burns.
Investigators say her parents reported her missing Thursday morning and they told authorities they believed she walked away from their home in Swainsboro.
Officials found the girl unconscious in a nearby pond and were unable to revive her.
JODI ARIAS-STALKING ARREST
Authorities: Man said he was headed to kill Grace
PHOENIX (AP) — A New York man indicted in Arizona on charges that he made Twitter threats against two national TV commentators over their Jodi Arias coverage told detectives he was on his way to kill one of them.
Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say David Lee Simpson of Bath, N.Y., told investigators Wednesday night after being booked into jail in Phoenix that he was on his way to kill Nancy Grace of Turner Broadcasting's HLN network.
Simpson faces three felony counts of computer tampering and two counts of stalking.
He did not yet have an attorney.
Authorities say he also threatened HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell and a Phoenix woman via Twitter.
Arias was convicted of first-degree murder May 8 in the 2008 death of her boyfriend. The jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on life in prison or the death penalty.
TEEN SHOOTS PARENTS
GA teen sentenced for shooting parents over chores
(Information in the following story is from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com )
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy who shot his parents because they told him to finish his chores has been sentenced to up to five years in juvenile detention.
Investigators have said the Columbus boy was angry with his parents because one of his friends told him she wanted to be "saved," and he wanted to look for the right Bible verse instead of doing his chores. The teen was sentenced Thursday.
Authorities say the boy was upset after his parents told him to stick to his list of tasks. Officials say he pulled a pistol out of their nightstand the next day and shot them with it.
The Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus reports the teen has been held without bond since his arrest. The Associated Press typically doesn't identify juvenile crime suspects.
GEORGIA WHEAT PRODUCTION
Wheat production, exports up in Georgia
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Ports Authority officials say a strong wheat crop has led to an increase in exports from the Port of Brunswick.
Ports officials say the first export vessel of the season departed Thursday and between 90,000 and 100,000 tons of wheat moved through the Colonel's Island Terminal.
Georgia Ports Executive Director Curtis Foltz says increased overseas marketing helped Georgia farmers plant and export more of the crop.
U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say farmland dedicated to wheat production in Georgia ballooned from 230,000 acres in 2012 to 350,000 acres in 2013.
Agriculture officials say that translated to a 70.8 percent increase in wheat production.
Officials say most wheat being shipped through Georgia ports was produced in the state, but some was also produced in Florida, Alabama and South Carolina.
Nursing board OKs Georgia Gwinnett College degree
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Gwinnett College says the state Board of Nursing has signed off on its baccalaureate program in nursing.
The four-year college in Lawrenceville had previously received approval of the bachelor's degree nursing program from the Board of Regents and plans to begin accepting students into the program in the fall of 2014.
Diane White is dean of the college's School of Health Sciences. White says the college will be working to develop a rigorous program to fill the growing need for nurses with degrees.
The college was established in 2006 and has grown to more than 9,000 students.
GSU to offer law, public health dual track program
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State University officials say the school will begin offering a law and master of public health dual degree program this fall.
School officials announced this week that the program will allow students to count courses from each program toward juris doctor and master of public health degrees.
Dean of the GSU College of Law Steven Kaminshine says areas of law and public health are rapidly expanding on the national, state and local levels. He says leadership positions in either field require multi-disciplinary experience.
Officials say Georgia State University will hold events to introduce the program to the public beginning in mid-September.
Created: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 04:15:16 EST
Updated: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 04:15:16 EST