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Updated: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 04:17:13 EST

GA--UGA-NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE National Intelligence Director to speak at UGA ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — University of Georgia officials say the school will welcome National Intelligence Director, James Clapper, to give its annual fall charter lecture. The university's charter lecture is scheduled for Oct. 16 in the school's chapel. Admission is free, but tickets are required because of limited seating. Clapper was sworn in as Director of National Intelligence in 2010, and is the principal intelligence adviser to President Barack Obama. School officials say Clapper's lecture is titled "The Importance of Intelligence Integration." ATLANTA POLICE GRADUATION 31 new officers to join Atlanta Police Department ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police officials say they're welcoming 31 new officers to the force. Officials say a new graduating class of officers will be welcomed into the department Tuesday at City Hall. Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy says the department is focusing on diversity in recruiting. Espy says the new class includes three female officers, three officers over the age of 35 and three Spanish-speaking officers. Espy says the new recruits and those in training have increased the department's staffing level to 1,980, just 20 short of the city's goal of employing 2,000 sworn officers. Officials say the graduation ceremony is the culmination of a 22-week training program at the Atlanta Police Academy, and 12 weeks of field training with veteran officers. Training includes classes on constitutional law, tactics and arrest techniques. FALCONS STADIUM Site officially chosen for new Falcons stadium ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have officially chosen a site directly south of the Georgia Dome as the spot where the team's new $1 billion stadium will be built. City officials said Monday that the retractable-roof stadium will be constructed on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Northside Drive. The announcement comes after congregations at two historic churches voted to accept tens of millions of dollars from the Georgia World Congress Center Authority and the franchise to relocate so the stadium could be built on their land. Mayor Kasim Reed says the decision to build south of the dome will have a positive and lasting impact on Atlanta. The Falcons hope to open the stadium in time for the 2017 season. The roughly 21-year-old Georgia Dome will be demolished. KING LAWSUIT King rights, images dispute to stay in state court ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge has declined a request by a nonprofit devoted to the memory of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to move a dispute with the leader of King's estate from Georgia state court to federal court. King's estate filed a complaint Aug. 28 in an Atlanta court asking a judge to stop The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change from using his image, likeness and memorabilia. The estate is run by King's sons, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, while The King Center is run by King's daughter, Bernice King. The King Center argued the case belongs in federal court because it deals with federal copyright law. The judge said his decision was a close one but that he decided the state court has jurisdiction. GEORGIA AQUARIUM-BELUGAS GA Aquarium seeks to overturn beluga permit denial ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Aquarium says it has filed a complaint in federal court seeking to overturn the denial of its application to import beluga whales from Russia. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries denied the aquarium's application in August. The aquarium says it filed the complaint Monday in Atlanta. A spokeswoman for NOAA Fisheries did not immediately respond to an email and phone call seeking comment Monday afternoon. The aquarium applied in June 2012 to import 18 whales as part of an initiative aimed at improving the genetic diversity of belugas living in American captivity. Georgia Aquarium zoologists say that will help ensure the sustainability of this population for decades. The Georgia Aquarium draws 2.2 million guests per year.

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