Girl struck, killed by school bus

ATLANTA - An 11-year-old girl was struck and killed by her school bus on Friday, police said.

Sgt. John Quigley, spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department, said the girl was chasing the bus to get on it, but while making a turn, the bus struck her. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead, Quigley said.

He said the incident, still under investigation, happened at the Benjamin S. Carson Middle School in northwest Atlanta about 4 p.m.

The girl's identity was not disclosed pending notification of next of kin.

State agencies urge discretion in use of emergency rooms over weekend

ATLANTA - State health officials are cautioning residents to reserve emergency room visits over the holiday weekend for life-threatening health problems only.

The Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Division of Public Health say emergency department resources are already strained from helping the evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. They urged the sick to take non-critical problems to primary care physicians and area clinics.

''When the emergency room is overcrowded it affects the services everyone receives,'' said Joseph Parker, president of the hospital association. ''I would urge all Georgians to be aware of this and allow the emergency departments to focus their energies on patients with the most urgent needs.''

Advisory committee named to search for new university system chancellor

ATLANTA - The state Board of Regents named a 15-member advisory committee on Friday to begin the search for a new University Systems of Georgia chancellor to succeed Thomas Meridith, who announced in July he was resigning to become higher education commissioner in Mississippi.

Board Chairman J. Timothy Shelnut said the board is made up of representatives of the Board of Regents, university presidents, administrators, faculty, staff and students and representatives from the private sector.

The committee will be chaired by regent Eldridge W. McMillan, and Shelnut will serve as an ex officio member.

The committee has been charged with interviewing candidates and narrowing a list to about five candidates, who will interview with the full Board of Regents.

Parents sue beauty queen in son's death

SAVANNAH - Beauty queen Sharron Nicole Redmond, who was acquitted of murder earlier this year in the death of her boyfriend, is now being sued by the man's parents.

Kevin Darnell Shorter's parents filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against Redmond on Thursday in Chatham County State Court.

- From wire reports