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One dead in northwest Georgia home explosion

One person was killed Thursday morning when a house exploded in Gilmer County. Glenn Allen, a spokesman for the state Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s office, told the AJC at 10 a.m. that the explosion occurred “within the past hour” on Roy Road, off Ga. 52 east of Ellijay. Allen said his office was sending investigators to the scene....

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Burglar steals $10,000 in electronics from Paulding school

Paulding County sheriff's investigators are asking for the public's help in identifying a man wanted for burglarizing a middle school and taking more than $10,000 in electronics and other property. The burglary occurred Sept. 25 at Moses Middle School on Old County Farm Road in Dallas, according to Paulding sheriff's Cpl. Brandon Gurley. Gurley said the burglary was discovered by school administrators the following Monday morning. "Security tapes at the school showed the suspect moving throughout the school and removing various items," he said....

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Judge’s hometown, legal community stunned by arrest

MORELAND — To pass the time, firefighters at Coweta County Fire Station No. 4 spent Tuesday morning washing the firetrucks. There’s only so much television you can watch. One young firefighter figures he hasn’t been on a fire call in about a year. If you’ve got business with the people over at the town hall or want to visit the museums of Moreland’s favorite sons, novelist Erskine Caldwell and newspaper columnist Lewis Grizzard, it’s best to call ahead. They’re only open on certain days. The Southern-style siesta suits the 400 or so residents of this south Coweta County community just fine, and...

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Morehouse cafeteria workers on strike

Cafeteria workers at Morehouse College went on strike this morning as part of national effort to protest the international company that provides food services to the Atlanta campus. The workers are protesting the French-owned Sodexo, accusing the company of unfair labor practices, low wages and poor working conditions, according to strike organizers. They said the dispute is with Sodexo and not any other employer. Workers have voted to hold strikes at other locations staffed by Sodexo, including Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans and Ohio State University, according to a news release....

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School bus training varies widely

If your child gets on a school bus today, the ride might be safer in one school district than in another. That’s because the driver might have anywhere from 24 to 120 hours of required training, depending on the school district. Monday’s deadly school bus crash in Carroll County, in which a trainee was behind the wheel, has raised questions about the level of preparedness among school bus drivers. The training, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found, varies wildly from school district to school district. While the state education agency makes on-site assessments of district training only once every five years, officials said they’ve found districts...

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Study: 4 Atlanta neighborhoods among nation’s most dangerous

If you live in certain Atlanta neighborhoods, you have a good chance of being the victim of a violent crime, according to report on walletpop.com. Four Atlanta neighborhoods are among the 25 most dangerous in the country for 2010, giving Atlanta more neighborhoods on the list than any other city, according to the report. Coming in at No. 5 on the list is the Carter Street area, found within zip codes 30314 and 30313. Residents have a 1 in 8 chance in a year of becoming a victim, the website states. Marietta Street, including the 30313...

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Police investigate killings near Lawrenceville

Gwinnett County investigators are at a home in the Lawrenceville area where two people were found dead Tuesday morning. A man and woman were found dead inside a home in the 2000 block of Carriage Way, police said. Gwinnett Police spokesman Edwin Ritter said that the couple's 12-year-old son went to a neighbor's house around 7:30 a.m. and told the neighbor his parents were having problems. The neighbor phoned police, who responded and found the couple dead inside the home, Ritter said. While there were "obvious signs of trauma," Ritter said that investigators have not...

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Gubernatorial candidates appear in first televised debate

Georgia's three candidates for governor battled hard Sunday in a student-sponsored debate that touched on education, jobs and transportation. In their first televised debate, Republican Nathan Deal, Democrat Roy Barnes and Libertarian John Monds threw numerous verbal body blows in the forum sponsored by the student government groups from five Georgia universities. Barnes attacked Deal in connection with questions that emerged following a loan Deal made to his daughter and son-in-law to start a business, which failed. "I have demanded you disclose your financial statements," Barnes said. "You have repeatedly amended them." Barnes said that...

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Pastor among 4 dead in Ga. church van crash

BLAKELY, Ga. — A coroner says the pastor of a Georgia church is among four people killed when all 19 occupants where thrown from a church van that flipped after a tire blew. Early County coroner Todd Hunter told The Associated Press on Monday that the dead include 35-year-old R.D. Williams, pastor of the Tabernacle of Prayer and Deliverance in Columbus. The Georgia State Patrol says 15 other people were injured when they were ejected as the van flipped multiple times Sunday night on a southwest Georgia highway. Authorities say they were traveling...

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Damon Evans’ DUI case postponed

Damon Evans' DUI case has been postponed until the first week of December. Evans' attorney and the solicitor prosecuting the case, Solicitor Raines Carter agreed to the delay, which was granted by Judge Calvin S. Graves. Graves rescheduled the case for 3 p.m. Dec. 7. The former UGA athletics director did not attend Monday's court session. Evans was arrested and charged with driving drunk on the night of June 30, just five minutes before his new contract with UGA was to go into effect, paying him more than half a million dollars a year. According to...

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