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Updated: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 04:17:03 EST

NUCLEAR SAFETY-GEORGIA 166 violations issued at Ga. nuclear power plants ATLANTA (AP) — A congressional study expected to be released later this month shows that two nuclear power plants in Georgia were issued 166 safety violations between 2000 and 2012. The unreleased Government Accountability Office report obtained by the Associated Press shows that Plant Hatch in Baxley was issued 90 safety violations during the time period. According to the report, three of the violations were higher-level offenses. According to the report, Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro was also issued 75 safety violations between 2000 and 2012. On a national level, the number of safety violations that were issued at nuclear power plants varied dramatically from region to region. The report suggests that the regional disparities could be linked to inconsistent enforcement of regulations. GEORGIA POWER-MEETINGS Town halls set to discuss Ga. Power rate increase ATLANTA (AP) — Consumer advocates say town halls are scheduled throughout the state as Georgia Power looks to raise rates for residential customers. Georgia Watch announced this week that Georgia Power is hosting meetings before the Georgia Public Service Commission decides whether to approve rate increases in mid-December. A meeting at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah is scheduled for Oct. 17. A town hall at the Coca-Cola Space and Science Center is set for Oct. 21. A third meeting is set for Oct. 29 at the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville, and a fourth is set for Oct. 30 at the University of Georgia Chapel in Athens. Each meeting runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Another public comment period is scheduled Nov. 5 and 6 during a hearing in Atlanta. HOME INVASION SENTENCING Ga. man sentenced to life in deadly home invasion (Information in the following story is from: WSB-TV, ) NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — A man convicted of murder in a deadly suburban Atlanta home invasion robbery has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Jason Dozier was found guilty Tuesday in the February 2012 shooting death of 15-year-old Nicholas Jackson in Norcross. Authorities have said Dozier was one of seven suspects who targeted the boy's home because his father is a known drug dealer. WSB-TV reports Jackson was hiding behind a door when shots were fired through it and was wounded in the chest. Prosecutors and Dozier's defense attorney say Dozier didn't fire any shots. However, prosecutors said the man was still guilty of murder because he was present for the crime. BELAFONTE LAWSUIT Belafonte sues Martin Luther King Jr. estate in NY NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Belafonte has sued the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. in New York over the fate of three documents he tried to sell at auction. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan. It seeks unspecified damages and a court declaration Belafonte is the rightful owner. The documents are an outline of a Vietnam War speech by King, notes to a speech King never got to deliver in Memphis, Tenn., and a condolence letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to King's wife after the civil rights leader's 1968 assassination. The lawsuit says Belafonte was preparing to auction the items in 2008 when the estate blocked it. A lawyer for the Atlanta-based King estate says he hasn't seen the lawsuit and can't comment. MOBILE HOME SLAYINGS Ga. slayings suspect had victims' blood on clothes BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Georgia man charged with killing his father and seven others inside a mobile home had the victims' blood on his shorts and shoes, but not on his hands. Prosecutor John B. Johnson told jurors in Brunswick during his opening statement Tuesday that Guy Heinze Jr. was high on crack cocaine in August 2009 when he clubbed all eight victims to death with what investigators suspect was a shotgun barrel. He said each victim had wounds so severe that police initially thought they had all been shot. That could prove a key detail to the case against 26-year-old Heinze, who immediately told police his family had been beaten to death. Heinze's attorney, Newell Hamilton Jr., said it's unreasonable to think Heinze along could kill eight people. SCREVEN COUNTY-PLANT India-based company to open Ga. plant SYLVANIA, Ga. (AP) — An Indian textile manufacturing company has announced plans to build its first American plant in southeastern Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that the Mumbai-based ShriVallabh Pittie (shri-VOL-ah Pity) Group is investing $70 million to build its plant in Screven County and plans to employ 250 people. Deal says the plant will produce carded cotton yarn products. The company was founded in 1898 and operates plants in 13 locations. Chairman of the company, Vinod Pittie, says company officials see an opportunity for growth in Georgia because of a skilled workforce and reliable infrastructure.

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