ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Good morning. Here are five things you need to know to start your day.
1. CLASSES BEGIN WITH CAMPUS CARRY IN PLACE
Today is the first day of classes at Albany State University and students are now allowed to carry guns. The Campus Carry Law allows people with permits to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses in Georgia. Under the new law, guns are allowed in the classroom but not in classrooms in which high school students are enrolled. ASU Police Chief John Fields said it is up to the licensed gun holder to check with the registrar's office to be sure of who is enrolled in their class before bringing their weapon. Guns are still banned from dorms, Greek life houses, and athletic events. ASU Police will hold several workshops throughout the year to answer questions for parents and students. The first one is scheduled for August 22.
2. TWO KILLED IN LOWNDES CO. CRASH
Two people are dead after a crash in Lowndes County over the weekend. It happened at Highway 41 and Twin Lakes Road just after 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Troopers said Cody Lee Browning, 19, of Nashville was trying to cross Highway 41 on Twin Lakes Road when he failed to yield and struck an Expedition driven by Kasey Bernard Wright, 26, of Valdosta. Wright and his passenger Lee Carol Neesmith III, 36, were thrown from the SUV. Both died from their injuries. Browning and two other passengers in his truck weren't hurt. GSP said charges are pending the investigation.
3. ENTERING AUTOS SUSPECT ARRESTED
Albany Police made an arrest connected with a recent string of car break-ins. Officers arrested Eldrundo Hozay Gilyard, Junior, 18, around 7 a.m. Sunday. Police said Gilyard, Jr., had nine warrants, including seven entering autos, and both financial transaction card theft and financial transaction card fraud. Officers took Gilyard, Jr. to the Dougherty County Jail and police said he may have other charges pending for similar crimes.
4. STATE EMPLOYEE HEALTH PREMIUMS RISE
State employees and teachers will see an average increase of nearly four percent in their health insurance premiums next year. The State Department of Community Health board approved rates for the $3 billion State Health Benefit Plan, which covers over 600,000 people. The new rates will go into effect January 1, 2018.
5. FRIENDS REMEMBER RICHARDSON, JR.
Friends and coworkers gathered Sunday night to remember an Albany man who died last week. Michael Donnell Richardson, Jr. took his own life in front of Lee County sheriff's deputies and other first responders Wednesday. The Florida Gators fan's loved ones shared their memories with him, before releasing blue and orange balloons in his memory.
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