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News from around the state

AMERICUS

Authorities in south Georgia are investigating the death of a college student at a fountain on the campus of South Georgia Technical College in Americus.

Sumter County Chief Deputy Col. Eric Bryant tells The Americus Times-Recorder that the 19-year-old woman was pulled from the fountain around 5 p.m. Thursday.

Bryant said the student’s 3-year-old daughter was also pulled from the fountain and survived.

The woman was taken to a hospital, but did not survive. The cause of her death was unclear. Bryant said emergency personnel were called to the campus for a “possible drowning.”

The college said in a statement that the woman was an adult education student who died after an accident around the fountain area on the main campus.

ATLANTA/ATHENS

University of Georgia President Michael Adams says the school plans to move ahead with budget cuts that would eliminate about 130 positions.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that plans submitted to the state indicate that many of the positions are vacant or filled temporarily by rehired retirees. Plans submitted to the state also show that dozens of jobs currently filled by full-time staff would be eliminated.

Gov. Nathan Deal has told nearly all state agencies to cut their budgets by 3 percent this year and next because of the sluggish economy. While the cuts must be approved by the Legislature, many agencies are moving ahead with their plans. Adams said UGA will implement its cuts unless told otherwise.

LAWRENCEVILLE

Health officials say the death of a 78-year-old woman in Gwinnett County is the most recent person to die in Georgia this year after contracting the West Nile virus.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the case is one of four deaths out of 44 cases so far this year in Georgia attributed to the mosquito-borne illness.

Officials say two other deaths were in Dougherty County, and one was in Early County.

Karen Shields, a spokeswoman for the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments, tells The Gwinnett Daily Post that the 78-year-old woman died after being hospitalized. Few other details on her death were released.

ATLANTA

The 2010 Census found that one out of 50 Georgians described themselves as mixed-race, a notable increase from 2000.

Georgia was one of nine states where the number of residents who claimed at least two races increased by at least 70 percent between the last two national population counts.

In 2010, 207,489 Georgia residents claimed multiple races. That’s an 82 percent increase over the 114,188 in 2000. The 2010 group was 2.1 percent of Georgia’s total population. It was 1.4 percent in 2000.

The 2010 census included six race categories.

Georgia’s mixed-race growth far outpaced the national figures.

More than 9 million Americans claimed at least two races in 2010. That was up about a third from the 6.8 million in 2000.