Morning News Briefs for 3-10-16

| March 10, 2016
U. S Congressman Austin Scott paid a special visit to valdosta to confer with high school students who serve on an advisory board at Southeastern Credit Union about financial responsibility. The District 8 Representative engaged a number of topics in their discussion including health insurance, associated costs and new health care laws. Congressman Scott also spoke on the cost of prescription medication and banking regulations, Moody Air Force Base operations and proposed student loan assistance from employers.

The members of the City Board of Education will host a special meeting and public hearing on the Strategic Waivers School System application at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, prior to the board meeting.  The meeting and public hearing will be held at Pinevale Elementary School, 930 Lake Park Road.

The teen suspect in a Sunday afternoon slaying at a northwest Moultrie recreational area has been identified as a Colquitt County High student and football player.
16 year old Jaquan Willis. He has been charged with felony murder in the death of Moultrie resident 33 year old Fatisha Clark. Willis was taken to a youth detention center awaiting adjudication of the case or until he turns 17 on Jan. 7, 2017.

It was a hit and run vehicular accident the had law enforcement officials in Moultrie trying to figure out just where all the parties involved fled to. According to the Georgia State patrol a police chase began when a driver of a Chevy Blazer sped pass a sheriff’s deputy weaving on the roadway. it ended with a head on crash involving a Nissan Altima that rolled over after impact and the passengers-a male and a female managed to get out of the overturned car reporting that they were alright. However, the driver of the Blazer continued to flee, later abandoning his vehicle escaping into a wooded area. When officers returned to the flipped Altima they discovered that the male and female passengers had also fled the scene of the accident.  A female who is identified as the owner of the Altima and was the passenger notified the GSP but refused to provide her name and would not identify the male driver.

The Associated Press reports that The Georgia university system’s governing board has approved rules for every campus to investigate sexual misconduct and other violations of a student conduct code. The rules become effective July 1. Requirements include more training for staff and access to an advisor or attorney for any student accused of a violation. Students requesting an investigation also have that right.

Immigrant rights attorneys are challenging the Georgia university system policy of denying in-state tuition to students brought to the country illegally as children but who have been granted temporary permission to stay. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of two immigrant college students who graduated from Georgia high schools and live in the state but are required to pay out-of-state tuition. The lawsuit says it also violates the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee because it denies in-state tuition without a constitutionally valid justification.

A House committee discussed a bill on that would introduce sweeping reforms to standardized testing, teacher evaluations and attendance. However, no vote was taken on the issue. A large number of education organizations from around the state gave their support for the bill, and nearly 30 different speakers signed up to address the committee at Wednesday’s hearing.

 The City of Valdosta and Central Valdosta Development Authority will host a public forum on Tuesday, March 15 to discuss a proposed new parking deck for Downtown Valdosta. The forum will take place at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Annex Multi-Purpose Room, located at 300 N. Lee Street. The parking deck is being suggested as one option to create additional parking opportunities in Downtown Valdosta. At the forum, conceptual plans for the parking deck will be presented. Key staff members will be present at the meeting, and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and voice concerns related to the proposed project.
Gornto Road closed at YMCA today for railroad crossing repairs
Florida substitute teacher arrested for being drunk in class
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