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Morning Minute: Primitive hunting season designated; Tyler Perry gets generous

Filmmaker gives woman new van after hers is stolen

DECATUR, Ga. — Filmmaker Tyler Perry is donating a new vehicle to a Georgia woman with cerebral palsy after her specially-equipped van was stolen outside Atlanta.

Perry tells WSB-TV that he decided to give Alicia Day of Decatur a brand new van after he saw a news report about the theft this week.

Authorities say Day's 2000 Chrysler Town and Country van was stolen from her Decatur driveway sometime Sunday night.

Day, who uses a wheelchair, told WSB that she prides herself on being independent and works part-time as a greeter at Home Depot. Her mother relied on the van to take Day to work and to doctor appointments.

Day said "my mouth just dropped to the floor" when she learned that Perry would give her a new van.

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Columbia police prepare for post-game crowd

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Columbia police are preparing for the big crowds expected after the Georgia-South Carolina football game Saturday night.

Police officials said Tuesday they will spend more than $11,000 in overtime for 50 officers who will be assigned to Columbia's Five Points and Vista areas to work after the game.

Officials say campus police, Richland County sheriff's deputies, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and Fort Jackson's military police will help with crowd control after the game.

Assistant Police Chief Les Wiser says the plan includes barricades, DUI checkpoints and observation towers to keep the crowd under control.

The increased police department comes after a shooting and two mob assaults within two hours in the Five Points area after the Missouri-South Carolina game on Sept. 23.

Wiser says regular patrols will continue.

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Revenue from I-85 toll lanes less than projected

ATLANTA — State records show that revenues from interstate tolls in metro Atlanta have failed to meet expectations.

One year after the toll lanes were put in place on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta, documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show that revenues fell short of even the state's lowest-case projections.

However, an increasing number of drivers are using the so-called HOT lanes. State records show that thousands of people have signed up for Peach Passes, and revenue is generally rising.

State Road and Tollway Authority officials say they're not disappointed with the revenues during the first year of operation for the lanes.

The I-85 toll lanes span about 16 miles from near Chamblee Tucker Road, just south of I-285, to Old Peachtree Road in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.

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2 people found dead in house fire

CONYERS, Ga. — Authorities identified two people found dead inside a burning house in Rockdale County.

Rockdale County sheriff's officials say the bodies of 78-year-old Peggy Stanich and 68-year-old Frank Bitterman II were found inside the home shortly before noon Tuesday after a passerby reported flames.

Rockdale County Fire and Rescue spokesman Michael Morris says the first firefighters on the scene discovered both bodies.

Morris tells The Rockdale Citizen that it wasn't known how the fire started.

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Ga. gets $2.5 million for HIV treatment program

ATLANTA — Georgia has received $2.5 million in federal funding to link HIV-positive Georgians with treatment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant to the state Department of Public Health is mean to identify those who still do not have or are not seeking treatment. Health workers in Georgia's HIV unit last month reduced the waiting list for medication under the AIDS Drug Assistance Program to zero.

The state health department earlier this year adopted a national model of "treatment as prevention" in the fight against AIDS. The department says research indicates that a person with HIV is 96 percent less likely to pass the virus to others if they follow an appropriate treatment regimen.

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Ga. designates primitive hunting week for deer

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. — Georgia is setting aside a week in October for deer hunters who use bows, muzzle-loading rifles and other primitive firearms.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the designated deer season for primitive weapons starts Oct. 13. Hunters are allowed to harvest up to 10 deer without antlers and no more than two deer with antlers.

The DNR says the primitive weapons season proved popular last year, when 50,000 hunters harvested more than 14,000 deer.

All participants in the primitive weapons season must have a valid Georgia hunting license. The deer season for modern firearms comes later in the fall.