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Updated: Sat, 12 Oct 2013 04:16:57 EST

KENNESAW STATE-LIBRARY Kennesaw State breaks ground on library expansion KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Kennesaw State University has broken ground on a $4.4 million renovation and expansion of its Horace W. Sturgis Library. University officials say the project will expand space to enhance student learning, engagement and academic success. The project will add 1,600 square feet to the current 104,000-square-foot facility. The expansion is expected to be completed in spring of 2015. Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp says the university is grateful for the support from the Board of Regents and the General Assembly, which provided critical funding for the project. The current library opened in 1981 and houses 94,000 volumes. MOTEL SHOOTING Police: Motel shooting suspect found dead in Ala. (Information in the following story is from: The Macon Telegraph, ) WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say the suspect in a deadly shooting at a motel in the Warner Robins area was also wounded and later died at an Alabama hospital. Assistant Police Chief John Wagner told The Telegraph that investigators believe gunfire was exchanged during a possible robbery early Thursday at a motel in Byron. Wagner says the robbery may have been drug-related. Authorities say 23-year-old Matthew Allen Garner died at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. Authorities say 32-year-old Kenneth Robert Sharpe of Jackson, Miss., was later found in a restaurant parking lot in Oxford, Ala., with a gunshot wound to the stomach. Police say Sharpe was taken to an Anniston hospital, where he later died. US SENATE-GEORGIA Gingrey to report $2.5M in cash for Ga. Senate bid ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey will report $2.5 million in cash on hand as he campaigns for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat. Campaign spokesman John Porter said Friday that Gingrey raised just over $287,000 in the last three months. That is below the more than $800,000 in contributions being reported by Rep. Jack Kingston for the same period. Kingston has about $2.9 million in cash on hand. The Republican primary for the seat held by retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss is crowded with a group of well-known or well-financed candidates. Earlier this week, Republican businessman David Perdue reported he has invested $1 million of his money into the campaign, with $1.3 million in cash. Rep. Paul Broun and former Secretary of State Karen Handel have yet to report their quarterly fundraising totals. GEORGIA CONGRESS-BISHOP Rep. Bishop says he's being treated for cancer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop says he has begun chemotherapy after being diagnosed with throat cancer. Bishop, a Democrat from Columbus, said in a statement Friday that he doesn't expect to be away from his congressional duties for more than a brief period. Bishop says he discovered a small lump on his neck during the summer. After tests, doctors determined it was a tumor that will be surgically removed after a course of chemotherapy designed to shrink it. Bishop says the cancer is limited to his neck and that doctors at George Washington University Hospital are "optimistic that this tumor will be cured." BUDGET BATTLE-MUSEUM OF AVIATION Museum of Aviation to shut down amid budget battle (Information in the following story is from: The Macon Telegraph, ) WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) — The impasse over the federal budget has shut down the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base in central Georgia. Military officials said all museums operated by the Department of Defense were ordered closed Thursday. Col. Chris Hill, the installation commander at Robins Air Force Base, said employees at the museum will still report to work, but the facility will be closed. Museum Director Ken Emery said in a statement that while the museum won't be open to the public, it will continue its mission through planning, restoration and development of future exhibits and programs. The Telegraph of Macon reports that the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins attracts more than 450,000 visitors a year. The museum's exhibits tell the story of the U.S. Air Force. BRAVES NAME-ATLANTA MAYOR Mayor: No need to consider changing Braves name (Information in the following story is from: WXIA-TV, ) ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says he thinks the Atlanta Braves name should be kept, and that he has friends who are American Indians and they haven't objected to it. Reed made the comments in an interview with WXIA-TV. He was asked about the name of the city's major league baseball team after Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder defended the name of his NFL team. The Redskins have faced criticism from some Indians and others who say the term is disparaging to Native Americans. In a letter to fans this week, Snyder said the name Redskins was and continues to be a "badge of honor." Regarding the Braves name, Reed said he has a number of friends who are Indians and "they haven't shared any offense with me about it."

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