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Taking Care of "Canine Kids"

Mar 16, 2018
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People who love the Georgia Bulldogs are a special and loyal kind of human. Turns out many of them are also fans of actual dogs . Features Reporter Allison Salerno wanted to know how they balance the love for their "canine kids" with all the travel involved with supporting those dawgs on the field.


The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement is taking a group of Athens-area children to the march for Our Lives event in Washington D.C. In the wake of the Parkland school shooting in Florida, which left 17 people dead, children and families will take to the streets of Washington for an anti-gun violence rally.

A Georgia Congressman is seeking funding to address the sexual assault kit backlog. Earl “Buddy” Carter has requested funds for the Department of Justice’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative.

A media release states Carter and several colleagues are asking the House Appropriations Committee for $49 million for FY2019, the same amount approved for FY2018.  

Carter states that hundreds of thousands of rape kits sit untested in police department and crime lab storage facilities across the country in what is known as the rape kit backlog.

Dozens of people were arrested and 13 children were rescued in a GBI sting. A Winder man, 57-year old John Clark Miller, is among the 76 people in “Operation Southern Impact II.”

According to a release from the GBI, the operation was coordinated effort between eight southeastern states, involving nine Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces. The effort focuses on people accused of possessing and distributing child pornography, as well as those accused of sexually exploiting children in other ways using technology and the internet.

Protesters seeking to carry signs in an area being secured for Vice President Mike Pence to participate in the South's largest St. Patrick's Day parade won a brisk free speech fight Friday as city officials in Savannah backed off prohibiting signs and posters at the event.

City officials reversed course and announced signs would be allowed immediately after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Friday morning against City Hall, saying a blanket sign ban during Pence's visit Saturday would violate the speech rights of parade goers.

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