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Updated: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 04:16:11 EST

CARTER-SYRIA Carter backs diplomacy plan to disarm Syria ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter says he believes the best path forward in Syria is for the United States to work out a deal with Russia for Syria to give up its chemical weapons. Carter said Tuesday during an event at The Carter Center that it would not be a catastrophe if Congress votes against President Barack Obama's call for military action against Syria. He noted presidents have often put forward important issues later rejected by Congress. Carter says he believes placing U.N. officials in Syria to oversee removal of chemical weapons would result in a ceasefire in large parts of the country. Carter also says it's likely the United States will have to back down from requiring military action if Syria does not live up to a weapons disarmament plan. COX COMMUNICATIONS-EMBEZZLEMENT 2 Ga. women indicted in $943,000 embezzlement ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two former Cox Communications employees accused of embezzling more than $940,000 from the company have been indicted by a federal grand jury. Officials said Tuesday that 36-year-old Joysha Flucker and 38-year-old Sakia Allen of Jonesboro had access to the company's electronic invoicing system that tracked payments to third parties. Prosecutors say Flucker and Allen manipulated the invoicing system so the company would issue duplicate payments to the third parties that were funneled into bank accounts each of them had control over. Officials say the two stole more than $943,800 from the company. Prosecutors say Allen has already pleaded guilty to a count of wire fraud, and Flucker was arraigned Tuesday. It's unclear if she has an attorney. KSU-GHANA PRESIDENT African president to visit Georgia university KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Kennesaw State University officials say they're preparing for a visit from the president of a nation in western Africa. School officials say President of the Republic of Ghana, John Mahama, is scheduled to visit the school Sept. 30 to mark the end of the "Year or Ghana," which is the university's yearlong study of the country. Officials say Mahama is expected to talk about Ghana's emerging role as a democracy and its economic influence during a public lecture. School officials say the visit is expected to also include meetings with local and state officials, business leaders, a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a celebration with the local Ghanaian community. DOCTORS-BABY DELIVERIES Ga. hospitals merging obstetric care services (Information in the following story is from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com ) COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Two western Georgia hospitals have announced plans to merge childbirth services. The Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus reported Tuesday that Doctors Hospital is combining labor and delivery services with The Medical Center in Columbus, and will no longer deliver babies at its facility after Oct. 6. Officials say The Medical Center performed nearly 3,300 deliveries during the last fiscal year, and Doctors Hospital performed just over 1,000. President and CEO of Doctors Hospital Tamara Jackson says officials made the decision after an in-depth review and analysis of past and anticipated delivery volumes at the facility. Jackson says officials expect the delivery volume at Doctors Hospital to decline. VOTER REGISTRATION MONTH Kemp declares Voter Registration Month in Georgia ATLANTA (AP) — Secretary of State Brian Kemp is declaring September as Voter Registration Month in Georgia. Kemp said in a statement this week that he is working with various officials to make eligible voters aware of registration deadlines and requirements for the upcoming general election on Nov. 5. Georgia residents have until Oct. 7 to register to vote for the general election. Residents can download a mail-in voter registration application on the Secretary of State's website or obtain the form at their local county elections office, public library or government offices. Registration is also offered when residents renew or apply for a driver's license. The National Association of Secretaries of State established September as National Voter Registration Month to encourage voter participation and increase awareness of state requirements and deadlines for voting. COLLEGE FAIR UGA to host college fair for high school students ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia is set to host a regional college fair for high school juniors and seniors. The annual Georgia Probe College Fair is scheduled for Sept. 16 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Classic Center. Representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities across the Southeast are expected to attend. The college fair is meant to give parents, students and others interested in higher education a chance to get detailed information from specific colleges without having to travel too far. Admissions counselors can answer questions about admissions criteria, application deadlines, financial aid, SAT and ACT requirements, and campus life. Students and parents from more than 30 public and private high schools in Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Walton counties have been invited. JEKYLL ISLAND-CAR DECALS Jekyll Island sets deadline to renew car passes JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Jekyll Island says residents and others who buy annual passes for cars they drive on the island state park must switch to a new type of ID tag by early October. The Jekyll Island Authority says it's getting rid of the barcode scanners that annual pass holders have previously stuck on their cars to access the island. The new system, which reads tags placed on the inside of a vehicle's windshield, will be up and running Oct. 4. That's the deadline for changing to a new pass, which costs $45 plus a $13 fee to install the ID tag. Annual car passes are mostly used by Jekyll Island's 800 residents and others who visit frequently year round. Visitors are charged $6 for a daily pass to drive onto the island.

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