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Bill allowing higher speed limits OK’d

ATLANTA — The Georgia House voted 157-7 on Mon­day to allow the speed limit to increase to 70 mph on interstates in urban areas.

The current maximum speed limit in metro areas with a population greater than 50,000 is 65 mph, Trans­portation Department officials have said the proposal wouldn’t mean an automatic increase in speed limits on all of the area’s interstates.

In other legislative action Monday:

• The Senate joined the House in supporting legislation to set a fixed number of acres available for development on Jekyll Island. Each chamber will consider the other’s legislation.

• The Senate endorsed legislation that would establish a state registry of people with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders to assist with public policy and planning. The bill allows for the disclosure of only non-identifying data.

• A bill filed in the Senate would have Georgia move toward privatizing some child welfare services.

Man guilty of killing wife after 19 days

MACON, GA. — A middle Georgia man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his wife of 19 days.

Marcus Donnell Hoskins was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole Monday in the death of Danielle Hoskins, 37.

Authorities said the woman was shot in a wooded area after the couple visited relatives in a metro At­lanta hospital in January 2013. Investigators said the shooting might have stemmed from a disagreement over marital issues, and that Hoskins pulled a gun on his wife and forced her to drive to a wooded area during the drive back.

Sheriff’s officials have said Hoskins called and led authorities to the body.


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