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Parents Criticize July 31 School Start Date

Jul 18, 2017

More than 11,000 people have signed an online petition protesting a Georgia county's school calendar.
WSB-TV reports Cobb County School District's July 31 start date has drawn criticism from parents who say it cuts summer too short.

Police near Atlanta have charged a mother with felony murder after they say she left her 1-year-old daughter in a hot car while she got her hair done at a salon.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Dijanelle Fowler also faces charges of child cruelty and concealing the death of the girl, Skylar Fowler, on June 15. Police have not alleged that the death was intentional.
Police say the girl was found dead inside a parking deck at Emory University Hospital.

ACLU Suing Georgia County after Polling Place Changes

Jul 18, 2017

A lawsuit alleges that officials in a Georgia county broke state law and should have to reconsider recent changes to several polling places in predominantly black neighborhoods.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia says that state law requires notice of proposed polling place changes 14 days before a vote is taken. Attorneys for the voting-rights group say the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections published notice of the proposed changes six days before voting in favor this month.

The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and law enforcement agencies throughout the state are teaming up with their counterparts in Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee in “Operation Southern Shield,” this week.  The week-long speed prevention and enforcement initiative covers interstates, major highways, and local roads in each of the states.

Oconee Wreck Closes Intersection

Jul 18, 2017

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is warning drivers of a serious accident involving an overturned dump truck. According to an alert issued by the department, the intersection of 53 and 78 is closed due to that wreck which also involves someone trapped inside a vehicle and a fire on the scene. The road is blocked on highway 53. Motorists should  use caution in the area.