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March 25, 2019 - 12:00 am

GEORGIA CONGRESS

Ousted GOP congresswoman running to take back Georgia seat

ATLANTA (AP) — A former Republican congresswoman says she's running in 2020 to try to win back the Georgia seat she lost last fall.

Karen Handel announced her comeback campaign Monday with an online video featuring clips of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and other Democrats who are favorite GOP targets.

Handel's video makes no mention of the Democrat who defeated her in November: Rep. Lucy McBath.

McBath is a Democratic gun-control activist who beat Handel in November by just 1 percent of the vote in Georgia's 6th District. The suburban Atlanta seat had long been considered safe for Republicans.

Handel served briefly in Congress after winning a hard-fought 2017 special election to replace GOP Rep. Tom Price, who stepped down to serve in President Donald Trump's cabinet.

ATLANTA APARTMENT FIRE

Fire destroys 25 homes at Atlanta-area apartment complex

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A fire at an Atlanta area apartment complex destroyed more than two dozen units.

The American Red Cross was working to help more than 40 people displayed by the fire at the Gallery Apartments in Marietta late Saturday afternoon.

No injuries were reported.

Marietta police spokesman Chuck McPhilamy said one building was destroyed and another was damaged. Twenty-five units were destroyed in one of the buildings.

McPhilamy said three dogs were also rescued.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

GEORGIA FRATERNITY-RACIST VIDEO

University of Georgia fraternity suspended over racist video

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A University of Georgia fraternity is being investigated over a video showing some of its members mocking slavery and using a racial slur.

Local media report that the university's Student Government Association says in a statement Friday that they were aware of a video circulating on social media that shows members of a Greek organization "using racist language and engaging in behaviors that mock the suffering of enslaved peoples."

The university says on Twitter that the fraternity was suspended by its national organization.

The video shows a student hitting another with a belt while saying the words "Pick my cotton" and then a racial slur.

The national chapter for the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity says in a statement that the students have been expelled and the organization is "disgusted, appalled and angered," by the incident.

WILDLIFE GRANTS

6 Georgia projects to share $16,000 in state wildlife grants

ATLANTA (AP) — Six nature projects across Georgia will share more than $16,000 in grants aimed at giving people a better firsthand look at wildlife.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the grants of $2,000 to $3,000 apiece will help people learn about native Georgia animals, plants and habitats that are considered priorities for conservation.

They include a mountain trail viewing platform at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve in DeKalb County, a platform overlooking a marsh pond on Jekyll Island, an upgraded swamp boardwalk and observation platform at the Alcovy Conservation Center near Covington and a kiosk and signage along the Satilla River Water Trail near Woodbine.

Projects in Gwinnett and Pickens County have also been awarded grants.

The money comes from the state agency's Wildlife Viewing Grants Program.

AP-US-ATLANTA-CHILD-MURDERS-HOTLINE

Atlanta police set up hotline for 'child murders' case

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's mayor and police chief are leading a push to re-examine evidence from a string of murders that terrorized the city's black community between 1979 and 1981.

As a result, authorities are being inundated with calls. Now, officials have set up a central hotline for anyone with information about the "Atlanta Child Murders" cases.

Atlanta police urged tipsters to call 404-546-2603 and, if no one answers, callers are encouraged to leave a message for follow-up.

At least 25 African-American children and several adults were killed in the late 70s and early 80s. Atlanta native Wayne Williams was convicted in the deaths of two adults in 1981. He's been linked to the deaths of at least 22 of the children, but has never been tried. Williams maintains he never killed children.

ALABAMA TORNADO-GEORGIA HOSPITAL

Georgia hospital reviews its response to Alabama tornadoes

(Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com)

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Officials at a Georgia trauma center are reviewing a day this month that began as a slower-than-usual Sunday and ended in one of its busiest days.

Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown received more than 20 patients as a result of the March 3 tornado outbreak in Alabama and Georgia.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the hospital treated patients with conditions ranging from cuts, broken bones, respiratory distress and head injuries to critical injuries.

Hospital officials say that with gaps in immediate trauma care in rural areas of Alabama and Georgia, it's not uncommon for Piedmont Columbus Regional to receive trauma patients from many miles away.

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GEORGIA BRIDGE-SUICIDE PREVENTION

Georgia county seeks to stop suicides on coastal bridge

(Information from: The News, http://www.thebrunswicknews.com)

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A community in coastal Georgia is asking state officials to help stop people from jumping to their deaths from a towering suspension bridge.

The Glynn County Commission approved a resolution calling on Georgia lawmakers and the state Department of Transportation to take action aimed at preventing suicides on the Sydney Lanier Bridge in the port city of Brunswick.

The Brunswick News reports at least 10 people have killed themselves by jumping from the bridge since it opened in 2003.

The resolution passed unanimously by the commission Thursday doesn't specify a solution.

San Francisco is installing a suicide net beneath the sides of the Golden Gate Bridge. But the project's $211 million cost has made it controversial.

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TEACHER STRIKES-POLITICS

Suddenly, cost-cutting states turn friendly to teachers

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cost-cutting states are trying to keep schools happy as teacher unrest over low pay and overcrowded classrooms continues into a second year.

Pressure from voters is forcing states to put more money on the table as much as picket lines. In Texas, Republican lawmakers have proposed $5,000 teacher raises and $9 billion in additional classroom funding.

The proposals follow the GOP's worst election in a generation in Texas. New Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is also pushing ahead with an additional $1,200 pay increase for classroom teachers, a year after several Republican opponents of a pay package were ousted in primaries.

A nationwide teacher revolt began with walkouts in West Virginia in 2018. In Kentucky this month, recurring "sickouts" for teacher protests forced schools to cancel classes.

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