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Husband: Wife faces long recovery after attack

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - The husband of a 42-year-old woman badly beaten on the Silver Comet Trail northwest of Atlanta says his wife is improving, but has severe head injuries.

He tells CBS 46 that she has broken bones in her face and doctors will have to wire her jaw shut for six to eight weeks.

Paulding County sheriff's officials said a bicyclist spotted the badly injured woman lying on the side of the trail around 6:42 p.m. Tuesday. They said she was going in and out of consciousness, and was taken by helicopter to Kennestone Hospital.

Investigators believe she was taken into a wooded area along the trail and left there by her attacker.

The 61.5 mile-Silver Comet Trail runs from Smyrna to the Alabama line.


School principal resigns after 2 DUI arrests

MILTON, Ga. (AP) - The principal of Milton High School has resigned after sheriff's deputies arrested him twice within a few hours on charges of drunken driving.

Authorities in Forsyth and Cherokee counties arrested 37-year-old Nathan John Buhl of Canton, who faces DUI charges in both counties.

Forsyth County Deputy Robin Regan says Buhl is accused of leaving the scene of a crash in northern Forsyth County shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday.

Deputies say Buhl was also involved in a crash in Cherokee County, and was hospitalized after that wreck.

It was not known early Thursday whether Buhl has an attorney.

WSB-TV reports that Buhl resigned as principal of Milton High on Wednesday, saying in an email that he was humbled and ashamed "after making the worst decisions of my life Saturday night."


GDOT suspending construction during GA tax holiday

ATLANTA (AP) - State transportation officials say they're planning to suspend road work near shopping centers to accommodate Georgians looking to save money during the upcoming tax holiday period.

Officials say construction work will be suspended from Friday night to Saturday night within five miles of shopping centers or major shopping districts throughout the state.

Department Commissioner Keith Golden says the agency is "glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

GDOT officials say drivers should still exercise caution as heavy traffic is expected throughout the state. Transportation officials say emergency-related lane closures are still possible at any time.


Driver says she was nearly killed by sledgehammer

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta motorist says she feels lucky to be alive after a sledgehammer flew through her window on one of Georgia's busiest freeways.

Satara Campbell says she was driving around 60 mph on the Downtown Connector in midtown Atlanta when a 2 ½-pound sledgehammer crashed through her windshield.

Campbell tells WSB-TV that the hammer landed a few inches from her leg inside her Honda around 6:30 a.m. July 10.

Campbell said a dump truck had just passed her as they headed northbound on the Connector, which carries traffic from interstates 75 and 85 through the heart of Atlanta.

The only clue left behind: The hammer that ended up inside her vehicle has the name "Jeff H." on it.


Police: Georgia man had 174 pounds of marijuana

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma police say they've charged a Georgia man with drug trafficking after they found 174 pounds of marijuana in a car he was towing.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jemain McCreary of Douglasville, Georgia, was charged Wednesday. Court documents state police pulled McCreary over July 23 on Interstate 40 for straddling lanes.

Police say McCreary gave evasive answers during the stop when asked about the car. They say a K-9 unit alerted the officer that drugs were in the car.

McCreary is being held in the Oklahoma County jail on $25,000 bond. Online jail records didn't list an attorney.


Ga. included in human trafficking training program

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services say they're launching a training program to improve services offered to human trafficking victims.

Officials say the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine is one of five facilities where the training program titled Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond will be offered. The program is being administered by the department's Office on Women's Health and Office of Minority Health.

Officials say the program will educate health care professionals about human trafficking and help participants identify and respond effectively to potential victims.

Department of Health and Human Services officials say a study of more than 100 human trafficking survivors showed nearly 88 percent had contact with one or more health care professionals while they were being exploited.


Nearly 1,400 eligible for UGA summer commencement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Nearly 1,400 students are eligible to walk in the University of Georgia's summer commencement ceremony.

The university says 802 undergraduate, 371 masters and specialist and 207 doctoral candidates are eligible for the ceremony Friday in Stegeman Coliseum. The ceremony honors students who have completed their degree requirements by the end of the summer semester

Abit Massey, a 1949 graduate of the University of Georgia and president of the Georgia Poultry Federation, is set to address the graduates. Massey previously was head of the former state Department of Commerce, which is now the Department of Economic Development.

Massey and his family were named the 2014 UGA Alumni Association Family of the Year because of their service to and support of the school.

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