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Seventy-one arrested, 11 recovered from prostitution in Ga.

The Atlanta Voice Newswire | 6/27/2014, 5:14 p.m.
Southern Company’s Plant Vogtle

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say 71 people were arrested and 11 juveniles were rescued from prostitution in Georgia as part of a national undercover child sex trafficking sting. Officials in the FBI’s Atlanta field office say they along with authorities in Macon, Augusta and Savannah participated in the weeklong sting operation, which resulted in arrests on charges including pimping, prostitution and solicitation. Authorities say arrests ranged from 18-year-old women charged with prostitution to a 51-year-old metro Atlanta man who’s charged with attempted child molestation and enticement. Investigators say the suspects who were arrested in Georgia were also from South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois and New York.

Driver Services encourages online transactions

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Driver Services says it’s trying to save customers time by encouraging more online transactions. A new law that takes effect July 1 will allow drivers to use their online receipt from the department as proof of valid driving privileges until they receive their permanent license or permit in the mail. Georgia drivers can complete a renewal, update, replacement or reinstatement transaction online. The department says the driver’s license status is automatically updated in its database and the Georgia Crime Information Center. The receipt for an online transaction can be printed out and presented for anything that requires a driver’s license for a period of 45 days. The officer would then confirm the driver’s status just as they do now.

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Monitor warns of delays building Ga. nuclear plant

ATLANTA (AP) - Government monitors question whether Southern Co. can keep its already-delayed schedule to build a new nuclear plant in Georgia. Delays could raise the cost of building two new reactors at Plant Vogtle (VOH’-gohl), southeast of Augusta. It’s one of the first brand-new nuclear plants built in the United States in a generation. Utility customers generally pay for those construction costs. Regulators say finishing the plant remains the best financial option. Financial analyst Philip Hayet says each day of a delay could add $2 million in costs.

Three ex-Ga. jailers convicted in inmate beating

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say three former corrections officers have been convicted of beating an inmate and lying to investigators about the attack. Authorities said in a statement that former Macon State Prison corrections officer Ronald Lach was convicted late last week of violating the inmate’s civil rights in the 2010 beating, conspiring to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice. Prosecutors say two other officers, Christopher Hall and Delton Rushin, have also been convicted of conspiring to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice. Investigators have said corrections officers beat an inmate as retaliation for prior misconduct. Authorities say eight former officers at the middle Georgia prison have now pleaded guilty to their roles in the beating and cover-up. Three other officers have been acquitted.

Woman found stabbed to death in southwest Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police are investigating the stabbing death of a woman found in front of a house in southwest Atlanta. Police said the body was found early Sunday morning at the residence on Mims Street. Police said the woman had been stabbed several times in the torso. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified her as 51-year-old Phyllis Frazier.

Georgia agency, Atlanta homeless center partner

ATLANTA (AP) - A state agency is partnering with an Atlanta center to help the city’s homeless. The Georgia Division of Family and Children is issuing food stamp benefits along with other services provided by Gateway Center at its location in downtown Atlanta. The facility offers programs and job training courses to people who do not have homes. DCFS Director Bobby Cagle says the partnership lets the agency reach Atlanta’s most vulnerable residents and help them toward independence.

Coffee, tea company planning to develop Ga. plant

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A coffee and tea company has announced plans to develop a multimillion dollar plant in metro Atlanta. Officials from Keurig Green Mountain Inc. on Thursday announced plans to develop a $337 million cold brewing facility in Douglas County. The plant is expected to create 550 new jobs over the next five years.

Officials say the company is developing a 585,000 square-foot manufacturing center where pods for the company’s new, cold-brewed beverage system will be made. The cold brewing system is being launched in partnership with the Coca-Cola company. Officials say the company will begin accepting applications this fall.