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Dead teen exhumed for second autopsy

VALDOSTA, GA. — The body of a south Georgia teen was exhumed Friday after his relatives requested a second autopsy.

In January, Kendrick Johnson, 17, was found dead in an upright roll of gym mats at Lowndes High School in Valdosta after his family reported him missing. Officials have said the teen was likely trying to retrieve a shoe that had gotten stuck inside the mat and died of accidental positional asphyxia after hanging upside down for an extended time.

The teen’s family has held several demonstrations since the first autopsy declared his death accidental and believes foul play was a factor. Police say they’ve ordered an independent autopsy.

School calendar cut in Tift County

TIFTON, GA. — The Tift County Board of Education has passed a budget requiring classroom days and funding for libraries to be reduced in response to about $5.3 million in funding cuts from the state.

The budget adopted Tuesday cuts four days from the instructional calendar, leaving students with 176 days of classroom time. Faculty and staff are also being asked to take six furlough days next school year.

The Tift County School District operates 13 schools in the south Georgia county.

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POLICE IN SAVANNAH say an air-conditioning outage has forced officers to work from other buildings and their patrol cars.

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