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SHOOTING-SUSPECTED BREAK-IN

Police: Man charged after killing break-in suspect

ATLANTA (AP) - DeKalb County authorities say a man who shot and killed a person who he thought was breaking into his car has been charged with murder.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports police spokesman Capt. Stephen Fore said 26-year-old Quintavious Judon was dining at South DeKalb Mall on Wednesday night when he saw someone trying to enter his red Dodge Charger, which was parked in the parking lot.

Fore said Judon confronted the man, there was an altercation and Judon pulled a gun and shot the other man. Fore said the suspect tried to flee in a vehicle, but collapsed and wrecked the car. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he later died.

Authorities have not named the dead man.

DRUG OVERDOSE-AMNESTY

Gov. Deal signs 'medical amnesty' bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law a bill that would grant amnesty in some cases to those who seek medical help in the event of a drug overdose.

Deal signed the bill Thursday, and it takes immediate effect. Lawmakers had overwhelmingly passed the "Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law."

Supporters of the law argue some people are too afraid to call for medical help for themselves or others because they fear prosecution on drug charges. The law would grant amnesty only on drug possession charges when amounts are small.

Supporters say the bill won't help drug dealers, but could save lives.

Some 17 states have passed similar so-called "Good Samaritan laws."

KIDNAP VICTIM RESCUED

Bond denied for woman charged in NC kidnapping

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge in Atlanta has denied bond for a woman facing charges in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father.

The judge said Thursday that there was no way to guarantee Patricia Kramer would show up for trial and wouldn't be a danger to the community.

Kramer was one of nine people indicted Tuesday in the April 5 kidnapping of Frank Janssen. Authorities say the kidnapping was retaliation for Janssen's daughter's prosecution of a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang being held in a North Carolina prison.

Prosecutors say Kramer rented the vehicles used in the North Carolina kidnapping plot and another attempted kidnapping plot in Louisiana.

The seven suspects arrested in the Atlanta area all were denied bond and will be sent to North Carolina for trial.

CHILD CARE-ORDER

Macon child care center ordered to close

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A Macon child care center has been ordered to close immediately after complaints that a five-year-old child was left alone in a van for about four hours.

The Georgia Department of Early Care reported in a statement that an administrative judge upheld the closure order on Thursday. It was first issued by the department last week.

Department spokesman Reg Griffin says the Charlotte's Webb Learning Center must remain closed for 21 days while the department reviews its license.

A woman who answered the phone at the business on Thursday said the owner was not available.

According to the judge's order, the center's employees care for about 40 children.

Parents affected by the closure can get help finding child care at allgakids.org or by calling 1-877-ALL GA KIDS.

GEORGIA ABORTION BILL

Deal signs bill restricting some abortion coverage

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill into law restricting abortion coverage in plans for state employees and those sold on the insurance exchange as part of the federal health care law.

Deal signed the bill Thursday, and it takes effect immediately. The bill passed largely on party lines, with Democrats opposing it for infringing on a woman's right to choose and not providing an exception for rape.

The bill says abortion coverage cannot be provided except in the case of a medical emergency, in both the state employee health plan and plans offered through Georgia's federally run exchange.

The federal health care law allows states to draft legislation prohibiting abortion coverage in qualified health plans offered through an exchange. Supporters say at least 24 states have done so.

PRIVATE DORMS-BILL

Ga. governor approves referendum on dorm taxes

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia voters will decide this fall whether to give private developers a tax break for taking over the management of student housing.

Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday signed the referendum bill, which is a key element of the state university system's plan to partner with private developers for student housing.

Officials with the state's university system plan to package housing on nine campuses and begin taking bids from private developers. The chosen company would handle daily operations and have the option to do renovations or construction.

The initial phase could include up to 9,700 beds, but system officials say they hope the model works for all 31 campuses eventually.

That would make Georgia the largest test of public-private dorm partnerships.

INFANT DEAD

Miss. probing death of infant whose parents fled

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi authorities say it could be weeks before they know what caused the death of 7-month-old Alyssa Harris, whose parents fled to Georgia after the grandfather called emergency workers to try to help the unresponsive baby.

Police captured the parents - 34-year-old Donald Boyd Harris and 31-year-old Allison Studdard - early Thursday in Sylvester, Ga., about 170 miles south of Atlanta.

Authorities say Harris and Studdard are being held on felony drug warrants, and deputies are heading Friday to Georgia to bring them back to Mississippi.

Mississippi issued an Amber Alert on Wednesday for the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Maliah Harris, after Donald Harris and Studdard fled with her. She was with them and unharmed when they were captured. Authorities released Maliah to the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services.

FORMER LAWMAKER'S HOME-FIRE

Fire destroys home of former state lawmaker

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A fire has destroyed the northeast Georgia home of former state Rep. Bob Smith.

A spokesman for the state fire marshal said someone called police to report smoke in the area shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday in Watkinsville. Police and fire officials were called and discovered the house on fire. No one was in the home at the time.

Authorities say it appears the fire started in the garage area, but the cause hasn't been determined.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Smith served 12 years in the Georgia House of Representatives in a district that included Oconee County and parts of Clarke, Oglethorpe and Morgan counties. He announced in 2010 that he would not seek re-election so he could focus on the real estate business he and his son operate.

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