Across Georgia

Lottery gave education more than $10 billion

 

ATLANTA --- Georgia Lottery officials say they have hit a record for money sent to state education coffers.

Gov. Sonny Perdue and lottery CEO Margaret DeFrancisco announced Tuesday that the lottery has transferred more than $10 billion to education since its inception in 1993. The money funds HOPE scholarships and prekindergarten programs in Georgia.

The lottery brought in $3.5 billion last fiscal year -- which ended July 1 -- the highest take in the game's 15-year history. Of that, $858 million was transferred to education programs, outpacing the previous year by $4.8 million.

Georgia's lottery is one of only two traditional lotteries in the country to have 10 years in a row of profit growth.

Officers hurt, suspect killed during shootout

ATLANTA --- Two Atlanta police officers were wounded and a burglary suspect was killed in a shootout Tuesday.

Grady Hospital officials said one officer was shot in the face and the other was bruised on his chest when a bullet struck his bulletproof vest. They were released later in the day.

Police Chief Richard Pennington said the officers were assigned to a unit aimed at reducing burglaries. The officers approached three burglary suspects in front of a home, and one of the suspects started firing an automatic weapon at them.

The officers returned fire, killing one person and injuring another. Police took a third person into custody.

Chief Pennington declined to release the names of the officers and the suspects.

In other news

RESEARCHERS AND volunteers on Jekyll Island have counted 133 loggerhead sea turtle nests on the beach of the state park since the nesting season began in May. That's a jump from last year's total of 48 nests.

-- Edited from wire reports