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Student who shot self at school dies

ATLANTA — A student who shot himself inside a bathroom at Banks County High School has died.

Authorities have said the 16-year-old shot himself around 8 a.m. Friday at the school in Homer.

The student was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta but died Saturday from his injuries.

No one else was injured in the shooting, but the school was locked down until 2 p.m. Friday so law enforcement officers could sweep the grounds. Investigators found a handgun.

Bankrupt college seeks protection

ATLANTA — Morris Brown College officials have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The move is a last ditch effort to prevent the school from being foreclosed on and sold at auction.

The 131-year-old historically black college is more than $30 million in debt.

It was facing foreclosure next month after investors called $13 million worth of bonds tied to the school.

The bonds were issued in 1996 by the Fulton County Development Authority.

The school had pledged several pieces of property as security. An auction of assets was set for Sept. 4.

Chapter 11 gives federal protection to businesses unable to pay their debts and allows reorganization.

Renardo Hicks, a lawyer for Morris Brown, says the emergency filing delays the foreclosure until a judge decides otherwise.

Haley gives raises to downsized staff

CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has given $29,000 in raises to her staff.

Haley’s spokesman Rob Godfrey said the total compensation for Haley’s staff went down 9 percent because job responsibilities shifted and one position hasn’t been filled.

Godfrey will get an extra $7,000. Deputy Chief of Staff Ted Pitts will get a $12,000 raise, while budget manager Josh Baker and legislative liaison Katherine Veldran each received a $5,000 pay bump.

Agencies can only carry forward 10 percent of unused money, so if Haley hadn’t given the raises, the money would have returned to the general budget.

In other news

THE DEAN OF Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts will retire in February. Joseph Meeks has served as dean for 14 years. He has been a member of the Kennesaw State faculty for 38 years. The chairman of the dance department, Ivan Pulinkala, will serve as interim dean once Meeks leaves. School officials expect a new dean will be selected by next summer.

THE GEORGIA TRUST for Historic Preservation says it’s accepting submissions through Oct. 22 for its 2013 Preservation Awards. Information on how to make a nomination can be found on its Web site, http://www.GeorgiaTrust.org. Winners will be announced in April.


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