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macon.com Midday Update: Rev. Jesse Jackson hospitalized; Perdue eyes state authority over school districts; N.C. fugitive caught in south Georgia

The Reverend Jesse Jackson says he's feeling much better after being treated overnight at a Chicago hospital after experiencing severe stomach pains.

Jackson tells The Associated Press that doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital are conducting more tests. But he says they've told him he has viral gastroenteritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that's an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, and it isn't considered serious for most people.

Jackson says he was campaigning and doing voter registration in Georgia when he began to feel ill after apparently becoming dehydrated.

The 66-year-old civil rights leader says he isn't sure when he'll be released from the hospital.

Associated Press

Perdue eyes state authority over school districts

Gov. Sonny Perdue is exploring how the state could have more authority to intervene with troubled school districts.

Perdue's spokesman, Bert Brantley, said the governor has asked his legal team to look at the issue in the wake of Clayton County schools losing accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools this week.

Clayton County residents have asked the governor to take over the 50,000-student district, but the state's constitution doesn’t give Perdue that power.

Perdue is looking at introducing a change to the constitution, which would take the approval of both the state House and Senate and a majority of voters in a ballot referendum. Brantley says the earliest that could happen would be November 2010.

Associated Press

N.C. fugitive caught in south Georgia

A member of the U.S. Military sought on sex-related offenses in North Carolina has turned himself in to Albany police.

45-year-old Laurence Clifton surrendered Wednesday. He was being held in the Dougherty County Jail where he awaits extradition.

Clifton, according to authorities, is wanted in Fayetteville, N.C., where he faces 40 counts of sex charges involving a minor. Police said the charges are related to child pornography.

Police believe Clifton is still member of the U.S. Army.

A date for his return to North Carolina was not immediately set.

Associated Press

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