Originally created 03/16/04

Across Georgia



Pollution bill passes Senate after debate

ATLANTA - A bill that would allow businesses and homeowners to get rid of grass and trees that keep pollution out of streams was approved by the state Senate on Monday, after lengthy debate.

Under current law, streams must be protected with a minimum 25-foot undisturbed area of grass, trees, bushes and other natural landscape.

The bill also would allow the smallest streams to be run through pipes and then paved over.

The plan now goes to the House.

Health official calls doctors underprepared

ATLANTA - Doctors in the United States are "woefully underprepared" to recognize the start of a disease outbreak or release of toxic chemicals, a top federal health official said Monday.

Better diagnostic tests are needed to help doctors detect unusual diseases in time to stop massive outbreaks or toxic exposures, said Dr. Julie Gerberding, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Gerberding gave a speech at the beginning of the International Conference on Biomarkers for Toxicology and Molecular Epidemiology, which examines the latest in biosensors and other technologies that can be used as rapid tests for environmental chemicals and chemical terrorism agents.

Police keep looking for shootout suspects

ROSWELL - Roswell police are searching for several suspects in an apartment shootout that left three men dead and a fourth in critical condition Monday.

The shootout happened in the Concepts 21 apartment complex at about 11:15 a.m., said Sgt. James McGee.

The names of the slain and wounded men have not been released.

The wounded man has been taken to North Fulton Regional Hospital.

Witnesses told police they saw several people flee the apartment after the shooting.

Weapons were found in the apartment.

Police do not believe it was gang-related, authorities said.

Authorities search for damaged red truck

ATLANTA - Atlanta police are looking for a red pickup truck with rear-end damage after an airport parking attendant reported being robbed and shot in the leg early Monday morning.

A Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport attendant told police he was carrying a deposit of money from a parking lot at the airport when a red truck stopped in front of the white truck he was driving, causing him to hit the back of the red truck.

Two men and a woman got out of the red truck and abducted the attendant, police said.