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Updated: Mon, 24 Feb 2014 04:14:37 EST


Search underway for Ga. robbery suspect

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A manhunt is underway for one of two suspects in an armed robbery in suburban Atlanta.

Police say one suspect was taken into custody after police spotted him near the scene of the robbery Sunday. Cobb County police spokesman Mike Bowman says the second suspect took off in a getaway vehicle and remains at large. WSB-TV reported that the vehicle was ditched on I-75 near the Fulton-Cobb County line.

Bowman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that shots were fired and the second suspect has been injured.

Information on the robbery and a detailed description of the second suspect were not immediately available.


Police probing fatal shooting at Ga. sports bar

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Police in suburban Atlanta are investigating a shooting outside of a sports bar that killed a man and left a woman injured.

Authorities say a fight inside the bar on Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur early Sunday morning led to a shooting in the parking lot.

The victim's identity hasn't been released and details on the extent of the woman's injuries weren't immediately available.


Cyclist fatally struck by car in Clarke County

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Athens-Clarke County police are investigating a crash that killed a teenage bicyclist over the weekend.

Police said in a release that 19-year-old Tobias Smith was riding along Winterville Road when he was hit from behind by a woman driving a 2006 Mazda 3 on Saturday night.

Police say the driver tried swerving to avoid Smith, who wasn't equipped with lights or reflective materials. The teen was pronounced dead at the Athens Regional Medical Center.

It's unclear whether charges will be filed.


Ga. debates permitting solar panel leasing

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia law requires most customers to get their electricity from a traditional utility. But that law was enacted before the advent of solar power.

Now, some state lawmakers want to open up the electricity market to other companies in hopes of spurring the growth of the solar energy sector and giving customers more choices.

State Rep. Mike Dudgeon is proposing legislation that would help companies compete with the utilities by allowing customers to lease solar panels — rather than buying them outright. The Johns Creek Republican's proposal would also allow third-party companies to sell solar electricity directly to customers.

Utilities have been wary about weakening the monopoly system. They have largely refrained from criticizing Dudgeon's plan since it seems unlikely the measure will move forward this year.


Ga. bill looks to allow raw milk in grocery stores

(Information in the following story is from: Marietta Daily Journal,

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Some metro Atlanta residents say they're concerned that legislation to allow grocery stores to sell unprocessed milk will force regulations on farmers and compromise relationships they have with customers.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports dozens of Cobb and Cherokee County residents were at a hearing Wednesday to discuss a bill filed by Rep. Scot Turner, a Holly Springs Republican.

Currently, unprocessed milk may only be legally sold in Georgia for pet consumption. Despite that, some say they bypass grocery stores and buy milk directly from farmers because they're comforted to know the farm their milk is coming from and that the product is unprocessed.

Federal officials say unprocessed milk may carry contamination, but some consumers say they're less concerned with that than they are with big government.

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