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Updated: Thu, 06 Feb 2014 04:15:22 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal says the governor, his chief of staff and his legal counsel have been called to testify in the upcoming trial of a former ethics commission employee who alleges retaliation for investigating ethics complaints against the governor. Spokesman Brian Robinson said they were served with subpoenas last week.

HAPEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Hapeville police say a man accused of burying his mother's body behind his house has been charged with concealing a death and abandoning a body. Authorities say 62-year-old Dennis Dark of Hapeville buried his mother in a shallow grave behind his house south of Atlanta.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead last year inside a rolled-up gym mat at school are suing the funeral home that handled his body. Attorneys for the parents of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson of Valdosta accuse Harrington Funeral Home of fraud, negligence and intentional mishandling of a corpse.

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's top judge says too many people in the state — especially among poor and rural populations — lack adequate access to legal services. Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Hugh Thompson made the remarks yesterday during his State of the Judiciary speech.

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