Morning news from around the state

These are headlines that are trending around the state this morning.

Police guard home of teen found wandering in L.A.

DALLAS, Ga. — Police are guarding the Georgia home of a couple accused of child cruelty after a teenage boy weighing just 87 pounds was found wandering a Los Angeles bus station.

Investigators are planning to search the home, where authorities say the boy was kept in such isolation that his two sisters in the same house did not know what he looked like, Paulding County sheriff's Cpl. Ashley Henson said Friday.

"The sisters haven't seen the brother in over two years," Henson said. "They didn't even know what color his hair was."

Paul and Sheila Comer face charges of false imprisonment and cruelty to children, Paulding County jail records show. They're being held without bond. The records do not indicate whether the Comers have an attorney.

The FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have joined the case, Henson said.

Mitch Comer told police his stepfather gave him $200 and a list of homeless shelters before he was put on a bus to Los Angeles on this 18th birthday, police in Los Angles said Thursday.

Retired Los Angeles police Sgt. Joe Gonzalez was working security at a downtown bus station Sept. 11 when he spotted the teenage boy, who stood just over 5 feet tall and looked much younger, Los Angeles police said in a statement Thursday.

The boy told Gonzalez his stepfather declared that he was now a man before putting the teen on a bus.


Audit: College ignored signs of financial doom

ATLANTA — An audit has found that a $25 million shortfall at Georgia Perimeter College was caused by chronic overspending and an inattention to finances by administrators of the suburban Atlanta school.

The review by the University System of Georgia was released Thursday.

It found that the school's senior fiscal leaders ignored or didn't notice of warning signs the college was heading toward financial disaster.

Evidence of the school's dire financial situation was available in both school financial statements and publicly available state audits, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Those reports showed the college overspending its budget and using dwindling reserves to make ends meet.

However, the review states that the school's former president didn't read the financial statements and other key officials didn't fulfill their fiscal management duties.

Georgia Perimeter is the state's third-largest public college, teaching nearly 27,000 students at sites in Alpharetta, Clarkston,

Covington, Decatur and Dunwoody.


State approves plan to adjust speeds on I-285

ATLANTA — Georgia transportation officials have approved a plan to install technology that will allow speed limits to change, depending on traffic conditions, on a metro Atlanta interstate.

The state Department of Transportation decided Thursday to move ahead with plans for the electronic speed limit signs on the northern part of Interstate 285.

DOT spokeswoman Jill Goldberg tells WSB Radio the signs will adjust the speed limit based on such factors as weather conditions and rush hour traffic. She says the technology is a way to keep traffic flowing evenly.

The signs will be installed north of Interstate 20 on both sides of I-285. The speed limit will increase from 55 to 65 mph on the entire perimeter, with the signs giving officials the ability to slow speeds down when conditions warrant.


Groups to commemorate Davis execution anniversary

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Anti-death penalty advocates and community members plan to gather to commemorate the anniversary of the execution in Georgia of Troy Davis.

A coalition of groups is organizing a memorial service Friday evening at First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Savannah to honor Davis, his sister Martina Correia and their mother Virginia Davis. Virginia Davis died five months before her son and Correia died two months after her brother.

Workshops on Saturday and Sunday in Pooler are set to address what organizers see as problems in the criminal justice system.

Davis was executed Sept. 21, 2011 for the 1989 murder of an off-duty Savannah police officer. His supporters say he was wrongfully convicted and Davis said in his last words that he was innocent of the crime.


Tiger in the lead at Tour Championship

ATLANTA — Tiger Woods doesn't understand why there's so much fuss over his friendship with Rory McIlroy.

He speaks so highly of the 23-year-old from Northern Ireland that some publications have referred to it as a bromance. And then there's Greg Norman, who said it was a sign of insecurity and that Woods is intimidated by McIlroy, who has won three of his last four events dating to the PGA Championship.

There also was an interview in a London newspaper how McIlroy dishes it out as well as he takes it during his banter with Woods.

"You probably don't believe this, but I get along really well with a lot of guys out here," Woods said Thursday after opening with a solid round of 4-under 66 to share the lead with Justin Rose at The Tour Championship. "Rory is no different. I give it, they dish it and we have a great time. This is a fraternity out here. That's one of the great things about being out here for 17 years. You get to know the guys quite well."

One guy looked fairly familiar, especially at East Lake.

Woods has won and been runner-up three times in his last four trips to the tree-lined course about 10 miles away from downtown Atlanta. He knows how important it is to keep the ball in play, and to keep the ball below the hole. Woods wasn't perfect, but he managed six birdies on a warm day when the sun finally broke through cloud cover.