News Briefs (April 25 - May 1)

Edited by Stan Washington | 4/25/2014, 1:06 p.m.

Deal signs bill expanding gun rights in Georgia

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal this week signed legislation expanding where people with licenses to carry can bring their guns in Georgia. The bill makes several changes to state law. It allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don’t have certain security measures. It also allows religious leaders to decide whether it’s OK for a person with a carry license to bring a gun into their place of worship. And school districts would now be able, if they want, to allow some employees to carry a firearm under certain conditions.

Atlanta Public Schools approves record budget

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta’s public school system has approved a record $658 million budget. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/QxmLLc) that the Atlanta Public Schools spending plan includes pay raises, elimination of furlough days and expansion of charter schools, accounting for much of the increase from the $595 million budgeted for the 2013-2014 school year. The new budget was approved Tuesday by the Atlanta Board of Education with a 6-3 vote. The spending plan covers 50,000 students, 6,600 employees and 100 schools.

Nearly 12,000 access Ga.’s new online voter system

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say nearly 12,000 people have taken advantage of Georgia’s new online voter system, either registering for the upcoming May 20 primary or updating their information. Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Tuesday about 6,800 new voters used the system to register, while about 5,000 already registered voters accessed the system to update their information. The system is available online or through the "My Voter Page’’ mobile app. Monday was the deadline to register to vote in the May 20 primary. The deadline to register for the general election is Oct. 6.

Grand jury: Deadly use of force unauthorized

EUHARLEE, Ga. (AP) - A grand jury has determined that a police officer’s use of force in the fatal shooting of a teenager was not authorized. WSB-TV reports that a grand jury made the determination involving Euharlee police Cpl. Beth Gatny after hearing testimony over parts of two days. Bartow County District Attorney Rosemary Greene tells WSB Radio that her office will seek more evidence to determine whether any criminal violations may have occurred. Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang has said two Euharlee police officers were serving two probation violation warrants Feb. 14 when a 17-year-old boy opened the door with a gun pointed at them. An attorney for relatives of the teenager, Christopher Roupe, says the family disputes that account. They say he was holding a Nintendo Wii video game controller.