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Updated: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:15:28 EST

PROGRAMMING-COURSE CREDIT

Deal looks to allow computing as core requirement

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is asking the State Board of Education to allow high school students to count computer programming courses toward fulfilling a core requirement for their diplomas.

Deal said Monday that he's also asking the University System of Georgia to allow students to use the courses for acceptance into postsecondary institutions.

Deal's office says students are allowed to use advanced placement computer science classes to satisfy their fourth and final high school science credit, but only 18 percent of high schools offer the class.

Officials from Deal's office say less than one percent of high school students took the courses in 2013 and other programming courses only count as electives.

Deal says his request is aimed at helping students succeed in a competitive and increasingly technical workforce.

ETHICS COMMISSION-LAWSUIT

Judge mulling sanctions related to GA ethics trial

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge is deciding whether to sanction the Georgia attorney general's office, the state ethics commission and the commission's director for not releasing certain documents in a whistleblower trial.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville on Monday heard arguments from all sides on a request for sanctions by former ethics commission head Stacey Kalberman. Glanville says he'll make a decision by next week.

Kalberman earlier this year won a whistleblower case claiming retaliation for investigating complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal. She now argues lawyers for the state should have turned over emails and a memo showing communication between her replacement and Deal's aides.

An attorney representing the attorney general's office argued the state's lawyers acted correctly and reasonably in the Kalberman case.

COLD CASE-OHIO-GEORGIA

Suspect pleads guilty in Ohioan's 1987 stabbing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A woman arrested last year in Georgia for a 1987 Ohio stabbing has pleaded guilty to a murder charge and been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Fifty-year-old Zina Roberson made her plea Monday in Franklin County court in central Ohio. She originally was indicted on a more serious count of aggravated murder.

A message seeking comment was left for her attorney.

Roberson lived in Rome, Georgia, for two decades before she was arrested. Investigators linked her DNA to evidence taken from the Columbus apartment where 77-year-old Anna Mae Florence was killed in 1987.

The Columbus Dispatch reports at the time of the murder, police said the suspect was a woman who knocked on Florence's door, claiming she was soliciting money for a charity benefiting the elderly.

CHILD SLAIN IN BEDROOM

Suspect arrested after boy killed in his bedroom

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — Police have apprehended a suspect after a 13-year-old boy was shot to death in his bedroom in west Georgia.

Police say witnesses heard gunfire between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday. They said relatives later discovered Nizzear Rodriguez with a gunshot wound when they awoke and called 911. Police say family members were trying to take the boy to a hospital when officers arrived, but it was too late to save him.

Carrollton police Capt. Chris Dobbs tells WXIA-TV that authorities believe someone went into the child's bedroom and shot him while he was in bed.

Dobbs tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that a 17-year-old Carrollton boy is charged with murder, burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of crimes.

WSB-TV reports that Nizzear was an eighth-grader at Carrollton Junior High School.

STORE CLERK KILLED

Convenience store clerk shot to death in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating the killing of a store clerk during an apparent robbery.

Authorities say the owner of Big Brother 2 Food Mart arrived late Sunday night and discovered his employee dead in the front doorway.

Atlanta police said the crime appears to have been part of a robbery, and investigators were trying to determine whether security cameras inside the store captured images of the suspect.

WSB-TV reports that detectives are working to narrow the timeframe of when the shooting took place.

ATLANTA-ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE

EPA to host youth symposium in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — A youth symposium planned by the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to bring students, educators and other environmental stakeholders together in Atlanta next month.

EPA officials say the conference Sept. 12 at the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center is meant to give participants a chance to develop partnerships, discuss sustainable environmental strategies and more.

Officials say the conference will include sessions on environmental stewardship, watershed management and other issues. Organizers say the event will also feature presentations on climate change, resource conservation and more.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING

Lawmakers discuss government's role in education

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A group of Georgia lawmakers is planning a meeting to discuss the federal government's role in public education.

The House Study Committee on the Role of the Federal Government in Education will meet Monday morning at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville.

The impact of Common Core state standards on Georgia's public schools are among the issues the committee is working to review. The meeting is also expected to feature several school superintendents and educators.

The committee is led by Republican Reps. Brooks Coleman of Gainesville and Carl Rogers of Gainesville. The committee also includes Republicans Rick Jasperse of Jasper, Buzz Brockway of Lawrenceville and Democrat Mike Glanton of Jonesboro.

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