Ga. abandons push to decriminalize campus guns
ATLANTA (AP) - Republican lawmakers are abandoning a proposal that would have let people carry firearms on college campuses if they were willing to pay a $100 penalty.
The compromise came as House lawmakers supporting the proposal are trying to pressure the state Senate, which has been more cautious about expanding where people can carry guns.
State Rep. Alan Powell put forward a revised plan Tuesday that abandons his plan to decriminalize the carrying of guns on college campuses. Powell says college officials were too adamantly opposed to that change.
Powell originally wanted to let people carry guns into local government buildings if they weren't protected by security personnel. Powell says his latest plan would give local governments more discretion.
Those changes came just before Senate lawmakers started considering the legislation.
DEKALB CEO INDICTED
DeKalb Co. residents paying double for leadership
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Taxpayers in one metro Atlanta county are paying about $16,000 a month to a suspended leader because of a state law requiring compensation until a public corruption case he's involved in is resolved.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that, according to county budget documents, DeKalb County residents are paying suspended CEO Burrell Ellis while he's not in office, and are also paying interim county CEO Lee May.
Ellis is accused of pressuring county vendors for campaign donations and has been indicted on more than a dozen charges including theft, extortion and conspiracy. Ellis has denied any wrongdoing.
The county has cut some expenses, jobs and salaries for some employees to compensate for the double payments this year.
Ellis' trial is scheduled to begin in July.
MLK CHILDREN-LEGAL BATTLE
Bernice King turns in father's Bible, Nobel prize
ATLANTA (AP) - A lawyer involved in a dispute over Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize says few words were exchanged as King's daughter surrendered the items to be put in a safe deposit box.
A judge had ordered the items be kept there, with the keys held by the court, until the dispute is settled.
Lawyer William Hill, who represents the slain civil rights icon's estate, tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the Rev. Bernice King gave the items to her brother Martin Luther King III so they could be placed in the safe deposit box during a Monday meeting that was over in five minutes.
Bernice and her father's estate, which is controlled by her brothers, are locked in a legal dispute over the ownership of the Bible and peace prize.
STORE CLERK SLAIN
Woman sought in killing of NW Georgia store clerk
DALTON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are searching for a female suspect in the killing of a convenience store clerk in northwest Georgia.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says Whitfield County sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call placed just before midnight Sunday at a service station on Airport Road in Dalton.
The GBI says the clerk's body was found on the floor. The GBI identified the clerk as Dahyabhai Chaudhari, a 37-year-old Indian citizen who was in the U.S. on a work visa.
Law officers says they've identified a suspect whose last known address is Detroit, and were issuing murder and armed robbery warrants for her. The GBI says she's considered armed and dangerous and is believed to be in the Atlanta area.
Authorities didn't immediately release details on the clerk's cause of death.
State studies options for traffic north of Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) - State transportation officials are studying plans to widening a highway across Atlanta's far northern suburbs. They're also considering construction of a new highway to the north or south of State Route 20.
Plans for State Route 20, which connects Cumming to Canton, are prompting concern from residents in the area, who fear their properties could be in the way of highway construction.
Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale tells WSB-TV that State Route 20 has reached its capacity. She said that as the area continues to grow, traffic volumes will increase.
The Highway 20 Coalition, a group of homeowners and businesses concerned about the project, favors improvements, but is opposed to creating a full-scale expressway.
Officials say a decision on the plan isn't expected until 2018.
Braves say Kris Medlen injured elbow ligament
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Braves pitcher Kris Medlen has injured a ligament in his right elbow for the second time in less than four years, and Atlanta says it is too earlier to determine the extent of the damage.
Medlen had an MRI on Monday that revealed the injury, according to general manager Frank Wren.
Wren said Tuesday the 28-year-old right-hander and the team will seek a second medical opinion.
Medlen felt the injury on Sunday while pitching against the New York Mets. He grabbed the elbow with two outs in the fourth inning and left with a trainer.
Medlen tore his right ulnar collateral ligament while pitching against the Mets on Aug. 4, 2010, and was operated on by Dr. James Andrews that Aug. 18. Medlen didn't pitch for the Braves again until Sept. 25 the following year.
Brandon Beachy, another right-hander in Atlanta's projected starting rotation, left a game Monday because of tightness around his pitching elbow. Beachy has been limited to a total of 18 starts over the past two seasons.
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