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Updated: Sat, 05 Oct 2013 04:17:10 EST

TROPICAL STORM-GEORGIA Effects of Tropical Storm Karen possible in Ga. (Information in the following story is from: WALB-TV, ) LEESBURG, Ga. (AP) — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Karen is expected to move across Georgia later this weekend. Most of the rainfall is expected in middle and south Georgia beginning Sunday afternoon, and pecan growers are keeping a close eye on how the weather might affect the state's crop. Roy Goodson tells WALB-TV his pecan trees are full of nuts that will be ready to harvest in three to four weeks. He says a storm with strong winds could be devastating. Goodson adds this year's pecan crop has already been an expensive one because growers had to spray chemicals to fight insects and disease brought on by persistent summer rains. Forecasters expect Karen to be near the central Gulf Coast on Saturday, likely as a weak hurricane or tropical storm. FIREARMS AUCTION East Ga. sheriff's office to auction off firearms (Information in the following story is from: The Augusta Chronicle , ) AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has run out of space to store confiscated weapons and plans to auction them off to licensed firearms distribution companies. The Augusta Chronicle reports that the auction is scheduled to start at the end of the month. The sheriff's office said in a statement that it has run out of space to store more than 5,000 firearms that were forfeited or abandoned. The seized guns must be sold at auction or stored by the agency according to Georgia law. The firearms up for auction include a large number of handguns and hunting rifles. Full auto, street combat style, stolen and illegal firearms and guns used in homicides will not be auctioned. A pre-bid viewing for distribution companies will be Oct. 25. MOBILE HOME SLAYINGS Jury selection ending 3rd week in Ga. murder case BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Attorneys in the death penalty case of a coastal Georgia man charged with beating his father and seven others to death are nearly ready to select a jury. Prosecutors and defense attorneys for Guy Heinze Jr. have spent the past three weeks questioning hundreds of potential jurors. They continued working Friday trying to narrow the jury pool down to 70 qualified panelists from which they can pick a final jury when the trial starts Oct. 15. Glynn County Superior Court Clerk Lola Jamsky said 65 people had been qualified to serve as jurors by Friday afternoon. Authorities allege Heinze single-handedly beat his father and seven members of an extended family to death in the mobile home they all shared on Aug. 29, 2009. Heinze has pleaded not guilty. TUSKEGEE-PARTY SHOOTING Mayor: Arrest made in death of Tuskegee student TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford says an arrest has been made in connection with the shooting death of a university student gunned down at a party last weekend. Ford said in a statement late Thursday that police arrested 22-year-old Kentavious Holland of Brownville and took him to the Macon County jail. It wasn't immediately known what charges are pending and whether Holland has retained an attorney. Bobby Smith, a finance major who played for Tuskegee University's tennis team, was killed in the Sept. 27 shooting. Smith was a 21-year-old from the Atlanta suburb of Mableton and a 2010 graduate of South Cobb High. Friends have said Smith was the father of an infant. School officials say a scholarship will be set up in Smith's name. BASS PRO SHOPS-RIFLES STOLEN $10,000 reward money offered in Bass Pro gun theft MACON, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities and a trade association for the firearms industry say they're offering $10,000 in reward money in hopes of solving the theft of 17 rifles from Bass Pro Shops in Macon. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $5,000 reward, which is being matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for a total reward of $10,000. Bibb County sheriff's officials say four men broke through a glass door at the outdoor store late Sunday night, then headed to the gun area. Authorities said 17 AR-15 semi-automatic rifles were stolen. Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said one of the 17 rifles was recovered in Atlanta on Tuesday night. CARPET INDUSTRY-TRAINING Ga. partners with carpet industry on job training ATLANTA (AP) — State officials are partnering with a group of carpet companies in northwest Georgia to launch a job training program. Officials with the Governor's office of Workforce Development said this week that the 10-week program will be offered to individuals selected by companies including Beaulieu of America and Shaw Industries Group. The program will be launched in conjunction with the Northwest Regional Commission and Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Those selected to participate will be trained to fill entry-level industrial maintenance jobs within the carpet industry. Training will include classroom teacher, computer-based learning and lab instruction at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Blake Ashbee, executive director of the Governor's Office of Workforce Development, says these programs are critical and ensure employees have the skills they need to succeed. FAMU HAZING Hearing in FAMU hazing death case postponed ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Eight defendants who charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major won't tell a judge until later this month whether they will accept plea offers or go to trial. They were expected to update a judge Friday on the statuses of plea talks with prosecutors. That hearing has been rescheduled for Oct. 25. Judge Marc Lubet said in August that Friday would be a "drop dead date" to accept those deals, some of which include jail time. Fifteen former band members were charged with manslaughter and hazing in the November 2011 death of Robert Champion of Decatur, Ga. Six have accepted plea deals that included community service and probation for what prosecutors said were minor roles. A seventh is awaiting sentencing. Champion died after he collapsed following a hazing ritual.

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