LUMPKIN - A civil rights and prison advocacy group ended a weeklong 105-mile march with a protest Saturday outside a private prison that houses about 1,600 undocumented immigrants.
The protest came at the end of the Prison & Jail Project's annual Freedomwalk to highlight what they see as racial and social inequities in the criminal justice system in rural southwest Georgia.
The protest happened outside the Stewart Detention Center, a private prison run by the Corrections Corp. of America.
Emory endorses push for audit of finances
ATLANTA - Emory University endorsed on Saturday a request for a state audit of the financial relationship between the school, Morehouse School of Medicine and Grady Memorial Hospital, officials said.
The university said in a statement Saturday that the investigation "will only confirm the extent to which Emory and Morehouse have extended themselves as partners to the financially beleagured (sic) hospital."
State Reps. Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta, and Ben Harbin, R-Evans, requested the audit, according to a statement from Mr. Harbin.
On Tuesday, DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer urged the state to examine the relationship between Grady and Emory hospitals, alleging that they have had a monopoly relationship for decades.
Erosion could earn Tybee federal funding
TYBEE ISLAND - The Savannah River shipping channel is eating up sand that normally would end up along Tybee Island's beach, according to a U.S. Corps of Engineers report released Friday.
As much as 80 percent of the beach's erosion can be blamed on the channel, which could help Tybee get federal money to replenish its beach every seven years, Mayor Jason Buelterman said.
Dan Parrott, an official with the Savannah office of the Army Corps of Engineers, said sand is supposed to erode in a southerly direction along the coast, but the study shows most of it gets caught in the channel.
4 nurses suspended after patient is raped
LAWRENCEVILLE - Officials say four nurses at a Lawrenceville psychiatric hospital have been suspended without pay after an investigation into the alleged rape of a female patient by an HIV-positive man.
Officials at SummitRidge Center for Psychiatry & Addiction believe the suspended nurses are connected with 28-year-old patient Wesley Hatfield, who is in jail on charges that he sneaked into a patient's room and raped her while she was asleep and on sedatives earlier this month.