Gov. Deal to lead trade mission to Asia
ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal will head to Asia next week with the goal of exploring opportunities for business, trade and tourism.
Deal will lead a delegation of state officials and business leaders on the nine-day trip to China and Japan. Deal said in a statement the trip "emphasizes the state's commitment to continuing to build on these key relationships."
The group plans to visit Shanghai, Qingdao and Jinan in the People's Republic of China as well as Tokyo.
State officials say China represents a significant growth market for Georgia and is already the second-largest export destination for Georgia businesses. With more than $3.6 billion in exports annually, Georgia leads the United States in exports of carpets, poultry, aircraft and wood products to China.
FOOTBALL PLAYER DIES
High school football player dies after scrimmage
ATLANTA (AP) — A high school football player in Georgia has died after being injured during a scrimmage.
Mary Beth Hauptle, an investigator with the Fulton County medical examiner's office, says 16-year-old Deantre Turman was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta at just after 10:30 p.m. Friday.
Local media reports say the Creekside High School junior died after being injured during a game at Benjamin Banneker High School in south Fulton County.
Hauptle said she couldn't release any details of Turman's injuries until after an autopsy was completed Saturday and family members were notified.
Fulton County schools spokeswoman Samantha Evans told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the district's hearts and prayers go out to Turman's family. She said Turman's death was "truly a horrific way to begin a school year."
MILITARY BEACH PARTY
Jekyll Island throwing beach party for military
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Country singer Rodney Atkins is headlining a weekend beach party for military families on Jekyll Island.
Festivities honoring service members and veterans kicked off Saturday at the island state park, where visitors with military IDs are receiving free entry to the beachside Great Dunes Park. The festival includes water slides and games, crafts and food vendors, and live music.
Organizers from Brunswick's American Legion Post 9 have arranged for 1,000 VIP passes that give wounded service members free admission to Jekyll Island's waterpark as well as free golf, tennis and bike rentals.
Atkins, whose hits include "Take a Back Road" and "Farmer's Daughter," will perform Sunday at the Jekyll Island convention center. Tickets are available to the general public, but military ID holders get discounts.
Atlanta VA holds community mental health summit
(Information in the following story is from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html)
ATLANTA (AP) — The troubled Atlanta VA Medical Center is taking steps to improve mental health care.
The Atlanta VA hosted dozens of local health care organizations and mental health advocates at a community mental health summit Friday. WSB-TV reports the goal of the meeting was to share information and network.
The summit followed months of criticism of the center from federal investigators and members of Congress.
Federal investigators linked several deaths to the facility. One patient with a history of substance abuse and suicidal thoughts who was left alone in a waiting room at the center, where he got drugs from a hospital visitor and later died of an overdose.
The television station says the center is seeking best practices to keep other patients from falling through the cracks.
FAYETTE COUNTY WATER
Report: Fayette Co. water plants have big problems
(Information in the following story is from: WXIA-TV, http://www.11alive.com/)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A state environmental report criticizes the Fayette County Water Department for problems at its two water treatment plants.
WXIA-TV reports the 45-page report includes findings of non-certified personnel running the plants, incorrectly signed documents, managers who aren't properly licensed, improper record keeping and broken equipment.
Ted Jackson is drinking water program manager for the Georgia Environmental Protection Agency. He tells the television station it's very unusual for two plants in the same county to exhibit serious problems.
The EPA says it's also asking the Georgia secretary of state to investigate the county water department.
Fayette County commission Chairman Steve Brown tells WXIA he's upset by the findings and will take steps to fix the problems.
Experts say the water may have tasted bad but never posed a health risk.
RESCUED TURTLE RECUPERATING
Emaciated sea turtle found on Tybee recuperating
(Information in the following story is from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com)
JECKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — An emaciated loggerhead sea turtle is recuperating at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center after washing up on the south end of Tybee Island.
The Savannah Morning News reports the Tybee Department of Public Works spotted the 50-pound animal Thursday morning. Three lifeguards swam out to the sandbar where the animal was seen with a rescue board and brought the turtle to shore.
Mark Dodd is a senior biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He says the turtle's concave bottom shell and atrophied muscles are indicators of poor nutrition.
The turtle had no obvious injuries but a veterinarian says it may have a blockage in its gut from something it ate. The sea turtle center gave the animal antibiotics and fluids and cleaned its shell.
BABY IN STROLLER SLAIN
Ga. faces trial for killing of baby in stroller
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Five months after a Georgia toddler was killed in his stroller by a gunshot to the head, a teenager charged as the gunman is scheduled to stand trial.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the murder trial of De'Marquise (deh mahr-KEESE) Elkins. He's charged with killing 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick on March 21.
Police say 18-year-old Elkins opened fire during an attempted robbery after the child's mother refused to give him cash. A 15-year-old boy charged as an accomplice, Dominique Lang, told police Elkins fired the gun and is expected to be a key witness.
Elkins' defense attorneys have suggested in pretrial motions that the toddler was killed by his parents.
A judge moved the trial 325 miles away to an Atlanta suburb because of pretrial publicity.
FULTON COUNTY-VOTING TROUBLE
Fulton elections staff clearing unprocessed forms
(Information in the following story is from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com)
ATLANTA (AP) — Fulton County elections staff is working overtime to clear a backlog of thousands of unprocessed voter registration forms.
New elections chief Rick Barron tells The Atlanta Journal Constitution he discovered last month that about 14,000 applications hadn't been entered into the state's data system. Being entered into that system allows voters to use touch-screen voting machines when they show up at polls.
That's the same kind of problem that led to a chain of failures during last year's presidential election.
Hundreds of Fulton voters ended up with the wrong state legislative races in last year's July primary. In the general election, thousands of registered voters were missing from voter rolls because of slow processing.
Barron he expects his staff to have the unprocessed applications entered by Monday.
Regents uphold revocation of UGA art prof's tenure
(Information in the following story is from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com)
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia university system's Board of Regents has upheld the revocation of an art professor's tenure.
The Athens Banner-Herald reports UGA administrators determined in May that nationally known painter James Barsness had violated the school's harassment policy by having sex in a public place with a student under his supervision.
Documents obtained by the newspaper through an open records request show a faculty panel determined Barsness had violated the non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy. But the panel was divided on whether he violated other policies and whether he should lose tenure.
The committee report concluded the sex was consensual but that both parties were under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Then-university President Michael Adams decided Barsness should lose tenure. The Regents on Wednesday upheld Adams' decision.
Created: Sun, 18 Aug 2013 04:14:46 EST
Updated: Sun, 18 Aug 2013 04:14:46 EST