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Schwarzenegger will address Emory grads


ATLANTA - Emory University's graduation speaker this spring will be California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emory President James Wagner announced Friday.

During the May 10 ceremony, Schwarzenegger will receive an honorary doctorate of laws from the private Atlanta university.

Wagner said Schwarzenegger's "rise from modest circumstances through hard work" sets a good example for the university's upcoming graduates.

Others who will receive honorary degrees include the Rev. Joseph Lowery, a civil rights icon; former World Bank president James D. Wolfensohn; and award-winning author Melissa Fay Greene.

About 3,600 students are set to graduate from Emory this spring.

Attorneys reach deal to test inmate's DNA

ATLANTA - Prosecutors and defense attorneys have reached an agreement to conduct DNA tests on sperm evidence involving death row inmate Carlton Gary, known as the Columbus "Stocking Strangler."

Gary was scheduled to die Dec. 16 for raping and killing three elderly women in the late 1970s, but the Georgia Supreme Court halted the execution and ordered a judge to consider his request for DNA testing that wasn't available during his 1986 trial.

Defense attorney Jack Martin said Friday both sides agreed to test four semen samples, eliminating the need for a court hearing on the issue Monday.

Martin said the results of the test should be available within a month.

Jury adjourns in Spelman student killing

ATLANTA --- The jury deliberating in the trial of a man accused of killing a Spelman College student as she tried to break up a fight on a nearby college campus has adjourned without reaching a verdict.

After nearly nine hours of deliberations Friday, the Fulton County jury could not reach a conclusion.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. released the jury Friday to decide the fate of 21-year-old Devonni Benton. He is charged with murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Jasmine Lynn, who was killed Sept. 3.

Prosecutors say Benton was part of a fight outside a Clark Atlanta University dorm. Prosecutors say he fired at least six shots into the crowd, killing Lynn, of Kansas City, Mo.

Benton testified during the three-day trial that he was involved in the fight but was not the shooter.

The jury will resume deliberations at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Reward offered in officer death cold case

ATLANTA --- Atlanta police will offer a $35,000 reward to help solve the 30-year-old murder of a police officer.

Authorities say officer Alfred Morris Johnson was gunned down in February 1980 during an armed robbery at a grocery store where he was working as a security guard.

Authorities say Johnson was fighting with the robber over a shotgun when he was shot and killed. The killer has never been caught.

The officer's widow fought back tears Friday as she made an appeal for justice.

Mildred Johnson says the family still struggles with the pain of losing her husband. He was 31-years-old when he was killed.

Duncan touts funding hikes for teacher programs

ATLANTA - U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says educator training programs at colleges and universities are the "Rodney Dangerfield of higher education."

He said the programs rarely get the respect they deserve, referring to the late comedian's famous line. He said the programs training future teachers and principals are underfunded by both state and federal budgets.

Duncan touted a federal plan to funnel $400 million into colleges and universities to improve their teacher and administrator training programs.

Duncan spoke in Atlanta on Friday to a gathering of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Later in the day, he toured an all-female public school.



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