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11/1/2013, 6 a.m.

State to close youth detention center in NW Ga.

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - State officials say they are closing a juvenile detention center in northwest Georgia. Department of Juvenile Justice Assistance Commissioner Mark Sexton on Monday announced the closure of the Paulding Regional Youth Detection Center. The decision will put 68 people out of jobs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported (http://bit.ly/1gVszts). The closure also will lead local sheriffs in the six counties that now use the Paulding Regional Youth Detection Center to take them to other centers in Clayton or Floyd counties. The facility is expected to close Dec. 31. Currently, there are 45 teenage boys being held in the 100-bed facility, including 14 who have already been before a judge and are waiting for a cell in a long-term facility.

Lawmakers to review tough death penalty provision

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state lawmakers held a hearing to gather input from the public on whether changes should be made to a law that requires death penalty defendants to prove beyond a doubt they are intellectually disabled to be spared execution on those grounds. Defense attorneys and advocates for the intellectually disabled told a House committee Thursday that the standard is too high, while prosecutors said they weren't necessarily opposed to changes in the law but expressed concerns about unintended consequences if the law is changed. Georgia has the toughest standard for proving intellectual disability. Other states that impose the death penalty have a lower threshold, while some don't set standards at all.

Sharpton, Barneys NY CEO to meet over race stops

NEW YORK (AP) - Civil rights activist Al Sharpton and community members plan to meet with the CEO of Barneys New York to discuss allegations of racial profiling at high end department stores.

The meeting with Mark Lee is scheduled for Tuesday at Sharpton's National Action Network in Harlem. Hazel Dukes, President of the New York chapter of the NAACP, also plans to be there.

Last week, two black customers accused the luxury store of racial profiling after they said they were detained by police on suspicion of credit card fraud after lawfully purchasing expensive items.

Macy's flagship Manhattan store has also been hit with an actor's claim that he was stopped because of his race while shopping.