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GEORGIA

 

Woman's 'baby bump' held drugs, agents say

BUFFALO, N.Y. --- A 25-year-old Georgia woman faces federal drug-smuggling charges after concealing 34,000 Ecstasy pills inside her body suit, making it appear she was very pregnant, border agents say.

Thomas Rusert, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman, told the Buffalo News that agents at the Peace Bridge from Canada into Buffalo became suspicious when they questioned Leann Corley of Stone Mountain, Ga., late Thursday.

After searching her, officers discovered that what they thought was a "baby bump" was really 21 pounds of illegal pills packed in plastic bags under Corley's clothing. Authorities called it one of the more unusual smuggling attempts at the bridge in recent years.

Woman hit by pickup gets jaywalking charge

ATLANTA --- A woman who police say was struck by a drunken driver as she crossed an Atlanta street has been charged with jaywalking.

Authorities say the woman was walking in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood early Sunday when she was hit by a pickup that left the scene.

The woman, who was not identified, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with injuries. Her condition is unknown.

Police later found the driver, who has been charged with DUI and other traffic violations. The driver's name was not released.

Event at Capitol will mark Georgia Golf Day

ATLANTA --- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and other politicians are planning to swing by a celebration at the Statehouse on Tuesday recognizing golf's economic impact to the state.

The Georgia Allied Golf Council is celebrating Georgia Golf Day under the Gold Dome to mark 2011 as "The Year of Golf."

The group says the golf industry generates a $5.1 billion economic impact for Georgia. It says golf also supports about 57,000 jobs in Georgia that account for $1.5 billion in wage income.

The activities will feature free golf lessons from Georgia professionals and photo opportunities with PGA trophies.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Clemson plan aims for more black students

CLEMSON, S.C. --- Clemson University's new diversity officer says the school has a plan to increase the percentage of black students and faculty members.

Blacks make up just 6 percent of the student body and 10 percent of the work force, The Greenville News reported Sunday.

The university admitted its first black student nearly 40 years ago. Almost a third of South Carolina's residents are black.

Clemson's chief diversity officer, Leon Wiles, said the school's plan is to increase black faculty and student enrollment by 2 percent a year for the next four years.