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11 shot, 1 killed in Valdosta, Ga.


VALDOSTA, Ga. - Police say they are interviewing what they describe as "persons of interest" in an outbreak of shooting at a Valdosta apartment complex that killed one person and left 10 others wounded.

The dead man was identified as 19-year-old Sydney Bivins Jr.

Valdosta police Capt. Bobbi McGraw says Bivins was transported to South Georgia Medical Center where he died of a gunshot wound.

McGraw says that of the wounded, two remained hospitalized Monday and the rest were treated and released. She says three of those wounded were juveniles.

She says the gunfire appears to have started after a series of quarrels that broke out in a crowd gathered outside the complex in the south Georgia city about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. No arrests have been made.

Valdosta is close to the state line and about 70 miles northeast of Tallahassee, Fla.

GA mayor-elect charged with DUI in SC

GREENVILLE, S.C. - The mayor-elect of a Georgia town has been arrested for drunken driving in South Carolina.

Multiple media outlets reported Monday that Jennifer Sudderth was arrested in Greenville early Saturday. The 36-year-old was elected mayor of Hartwell, Ga., earlier this month and is expected to take office in January.

Hartwell is approximately 62 miles southwest of Greenville.

A police report says Sudderth was stopped because her car swerved over the white lines. She told the arresting officer she was trying to get home after leaving a friend's house but was lost and needed gas. The report says she failed a field sobriety test.

Sudderth told WLHR-FM the incident is a misunderstanding that will be cleared up this week. The Hart County middle school teacher declined to explain, but said she'd hired an attorney.

Atlanta wins airport ad lawsuit

ATLANTA - A federal appeals panel has ruled in favor of the city of Atlanta in a dispute over an airport advertising contract.

The case was brought by a millionaire who contends the city awarded the lucrative contract to the "political elite."

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Monday found Corey Airport Services did not have the legal ground to file a lawsuit against five Atlanta officials because at the time there was no law against what they did.

The lawsuit was brought by the company's founder, Billy Corey, who was upset in 2002 when the city awarded the contract to Clear Channel Airports of Georgia. Clear Channel's minority partner was a friend of late Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson.

A separate claim by Corey is still pending in federal court.

Ga. teacher accused of threatening gay student

JONESBORO, Ga. - Clayton County Schools officials are investigating claims that a special education teacher threatened a student.

Spokesman Charles White said Monday that Mundy's Mill High School teacher Randolph Forde remains on administrative leave with pay following his arrest last month.

Forde was charged with making terroristic threats against a 16-year-old student and was released on a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to attend an employment hearing on Tuesday on possible disciplinary action.

Attorney Terance Madden represents the student and said Forde pulled him from class and asked if he was gay. He said the teacher also threatened to hit him in the mouth and asked another student to put a hit on his client.

Forde's attorney, Borquaye Thomas, said students said Forde often plays around with them and everyone knew he joking about the reference to a hit.

2 DeKalb school buses involved in minor collision

ATLANTA - DeKalb County school officials say two school buses have collided and one child was taken to the hospital with a minor injury.

DeKalb County Schools spokesman Dale Davis said one bus backed into another Monday afternoon. The buses were carrying a total of 74 students from McLendon Elementary School.

One child was taken to the hospital after complaining of pain. Police described the injury as minor.

Davis said the child was taken in as a precaution.