News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police in Georgia have identified an armed man shot to death by one of the officers who responded to a "Peeping Tom" call. The Athens-Clarke County Police Department said in a news release that the man was shot Saturday night. The release posted on Facebook says one officer fired after the man "brandished a shotgun at the officers." The Atlanta Journal Constitution says the man was identified Sunday as 63-year-old Carlton Steve Brooks.
ATLANTA (AP) - Representatives of Georgia's timber industry want its byproducts to help power the state. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the plan involves branches and other scraps of wood _ organic matter which could be turned into fuel. Industry officials recently asked the Georgia Public Service Commission to take steps that would ensure "biomass" is more broadly used by Georgia Power.
ATLANTA (AP) - The program for Morehouse College's 135th annual commencement exercises featured a keynote address by investor and philanthropist Robert F. Smith, as well as other figures in business and the arts. Academy Award-nominated actor Angela Bassett was among the honorary degree recipients at Sunday's event.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia city's plan to hire a management firm to operate its planned arena is being challenged by a competitor. The Savannah Morning News reports that Los Angeles-based Oak View Group was recently recommended for the job after it scored the highest among three proposals evaluated by city staff. But the Savannah City Council voted in a closed-door April 11 session to delay consideration after the second-ranked firm, Pennsylvania-based SMG, raised concerns about the selection process.
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