Georgia News Sep 9

By: AP
By: AP

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia officials are switching health care providers months after an audit found problems in a $13 million program meant to provide better treatment for the mentally ill.
The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is booting out California-based Anka Behavioral Health and giving its contracts to local agencies.
Georgia is nearly at the halfway point in a five-year agreement with federal officials to move patients institutionalized in hospitals into community-based treatment programs.
An audit obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution cited Anka teams for record-keeping problems, improper billing, poorly trained staff and for letting too many patients wind up back in jail or hospitals. The company said it's being unfairly penalized and has corrected most of the problems identified in the February audit.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Police are investigating a triple shooting in Atlanta that killed one person and left two others injured.
WSB-TV reports that the shooting happened late Friday in southwest Atlanta. Authorities said a 24-year-old was killed. The identity of the victim was not immediately released.
Police Lt. Paul Guerrucci said a group of friends were gathered in a carport when the shooting happened. Investigators have not yet determined a motive.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- A family escaped injury when a sudden storm sent a large oak tree toppling onto their van in Savannah.
Family members told WTOC-TV that they were driving home from a football game Friday night when the tree fell. Driver Stacey Mell said she screamed, thinking her family would die. No one was seriously hurt.
The falling tree pulled down power lines, leaving parts of the neighborhood without electricity.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Scientists from the University of South Carolina have finished the almost four-year project of mapping Civil War wrecks in Charleston Harbor.
The work of James Spirek and others at the university's Institute for Archaeology and Anthropology found the location of the so-called Stone Fleet and of 13 wrecked Confederate blockade runners.
The Stone Fleet was comprised of old whaling and merchant vessels the Union brought from New England. The hulks were filled with stones and sunk in the harbor to obstruct Confederate shipping.
Spirek's team located the first Stone Fleet by detecting ballast mounds beneath the main shipping channel. A second group of 13 ships is in another channel and its location has proved elusive. Spirek plans to return to the harbor later this year to explore further.

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