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Pedestrian struck by car, killed in Cobb County

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a car in northern Cobb County.

Kennesaw police Officer Scott Luther said the crash happened around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday along southbound Cobb Parkway, just south of Mack Dobbs Road.

Luther tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the pedestrian was walking on the shoulder of the parkway and a tan passenger vehicle struck him.

The unidentified 45-year-old man died at the scene.

Police said the driver remained at the scene, and authorities have not determined whether charges will be filed.


Thieves steal House clerk's car outside Capitol

ATLANTA (AP) - Thieves stole a car -- along with expensive equipment inside -- from a car parked outside the Georgia Capitol that belongs to the clerk of the Georgia House of Representatives.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Bill Reilly discovered broken glass and his 1993 Chevy Suburban missing from its spot at the curb of the Capitol on Monday.

Authorities believe someone smashed the window, hot-wired the car and vanished sometime between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday. Reilly said Capitol Police have told him video cameras show two men breaking into the car and driving away.

Reilly had packed the vehicle for a family ski trip to Colorado, and the thieves made off with his son's high-performance ski equipment, cameras, a GPS, tools and prescription sunglasses.


Atlanta soccer announcement planned Wednesday

ATLANTA (AP) - Major League Soccer and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed plan a "major announcement" Wednesday on a proposed expansion team to play in Atlanta's new downtown stadium.

Blank has long coveted a top-level soccer team for the city, and negotiations with the MLS intensified after he reached a deal on building a new $1 billion retractable roof stadium next to the Georgia Dome. Site preparation has already started, and the facility is expected to open in 2017.

Both the MLS and a top official from Blank's organization acknowledged last week that the two sides were close to a deal.

Blank, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the mayor are scheduled to attend the 5 p.m. news conference.


Heavy rain leads to sewage problems in Valdosta

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Heavy rains have led to continuing sewage problems in the south Georgia city of Valdosta.

The Valdosta Daily Times reports that 11 manholes throughout the city had spilled an estimated 286,500 gallons of wastewater into local waterways as of Tuesday afternoon.

City officials say many of the overflows were still ongoing Tuesday afternoon. They said the spills have been reported to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

Among the overflows: Two manholes on Scott Drive overflowed, spilling an estimated 63,000 gallons of wastewater in Sugar Creek.


Labor officials form Georgia safety partnership

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal labor officials say they're launching a partnership with several Georgia organizations to try preventing construction workers from being exposed to a potentially harmful material.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration, Georgia Tech officials and several other organizations signed an agreement Tuesday to provide construction industry employers with information and training to reduce workers' exposure to crystalline silica dust.

Labor officials say the dust particles can be inhaled and are known to cause non-reversible and sometimes fatal lung diseases.

Labor officials say workers are typically exposed to the dust during cutting, sawing, drilling and crushing of concrete, brick, rock and stone products. Officials say processes associated with mining, tunneling, demolition and several other types of work are typically linked to silica exposure.




US energy secretary to tour Georgia Tech

ATLANTA (AP) - The Obama administration's top-ranking energy official will discuss policy and tour Georgia Tech.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will visit Atlanta on Wednesday.

He will give a morning speech and meet with Georgia Tech students and faculty to discuss their work on government-funded projects.

Moniz came to Georgia in February to formally announce roughly $6.5 billion in loan guarantees for a project to build two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle (VOH'-gohl), southeast of Augusta.


US transportation secretary to visit Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - The Obama administration's transportation chief plans to visit Atlanta to tour two large-scale projects.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx plans to tour the new Atlanta Streetcar Vehicle Maintenance Facility and the east side trail of the Atlanta BeltLine project Wednesday.

The Department of Transportation says Foxx is traveling around the country to highlight the importance of transportation investment.

The first phase of the Atlanta Streetcar is set to open later this year and will run between the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Centennial Olympic Park.

The proposal for the BeltLine includes 22 miles of trails, transit and parks circling downtown and connecting city neighborhoods. The Eastside Trail currently provides a paved walking and cycling trail stretching just over two miles.


Public memorial for Herb Emory set for Saturday

ATLANTA (AP) - A public memorial service is planned for Saturday to celebrate the life of longtime WSB Radio and WSB-TV traffic reporter "Captain" Herb Emory.

WSB-TV reports that the public memorial is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in east Cobb County.

The family has scheduled a private funeral service.

Emory was helping at the scene of a car crash in Douglas County when he had a heart attack.

The 61-year-old Emory spent many hours a week in a helicopter hovering over Atlanta's infamous traffic jams, offering words of support and empathy to frustrated drivers.

He had served as an Atlanta traffic reporter since 1971 and had been with WSB Radio and WSB-TV since 1991.

He was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2008.

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