Georgia News Roundup May 20

By: AP
By: AP

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) -- Wearing a Mitt Romney sticker, Georgia native Newt Gingrich continued his assault on President Barack Obama and urged the crowd to back his former Republican rival.
Gingrich's endorsement of the former Massachusetts governor was met with mixed reaction at the state Republican Party Convention in Columbus as dozens of Ron Paul supporters frequently interrupted Gingrich's remarks.
The former U.S. House Speaker's endorsement of Romney was a marked departure from just a few months ago, when Gingrich sought to prove why he would make a better Republican presidential candidate than Romney, regarded as the presumptive nominee.
On Saturday, Gingrich thanked the party faithful for their role in his victory in the Georgia GOP primary in March. He then told them that as conservatives, they now have "an obligation" to defeat Obama.

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) -- A chain collision involving about a half-dozen buses east of Atlanta trapped one driver and forced medical officials to examine more than 50 children for injuries.
The accident Saturday occurred as the buses were taking students from Burke County near the South Carolina border to a Six Flags amusement park.
Burke County School Board Chairman Johnny Jenkins said one bus slowed abruptly on Interstate 20 as the vehicle approached a construction site, setting off a chain collision with the other buses. School officials said six buses collided, though police said seven buses were involved.
Rescuers cut one driver, Angela Benjamin Jones, from the wreckage. She was flown to an Atlanta hospital and listed in stable condition. More than 50 children were treated or examined for minor injuries at local hospitals.

ROME, Ga. (AP) -- Rome police are searching for three young men accused of robbing a couple at gunpoint of their car and possibly targeting another man in a similar crime.
The Summerville couple told police they were stopped Thursday morning by a man with a revolver. The Rome News-Tribune reports that two other men were also involved in the robbery.
In a separate incident, another man told police that three teenagers approached him at a store, pointed a gun at him and demanded money. He refused and told police that he remembered blacking out and waking up only with his wallet missing.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- The University of Georgia is accepting applications for the first-ever class of an agricultural leadership program.
The program -- called Advancing Georgia's Leaders in Agriculture -- is part of the school's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. It aims to educate and empower Georgia leaders to become effective advocates for the state's largest economic drivers: the agriculture and natural resource industries.
Participants will attend eight sessions held across the state and will also travel to Washington, D.C., and abroad to study Georgia's involvement with international trade.
The first class of 25 to 30 participants will be chosen through an application and nomination process, which will begin this month. The application deadline is July 13. The program begins this fall.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Law enforcement agencies in Georgia plan to join this year's national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization.
The efforts cracking down on people who don't buckle up kicks off Monday and runs through June 3.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 22,187 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2010, and 51 percent of them were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.
Department numbers show that younger motorists, especially young men, are especially at risk.

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