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GOP voters in Ga. to decide Senate nominee

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican voters in Georgia will finally select their Senate nominee Tuesday after a bruising nine-week runoff.

Voters will be heading to the polls to decide between U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue. The winner will compete against Democrat Michelle Nunn for a seat Republicans can ill afford to lose as they look to take control of the Senate.

The closely watched campaign has been shaped largely by each candidate's personal history rather than the issues. The two are both conservatives in a state that has been dominated in recent years by Republicans who hold every statewide office.

The race has focused on whether Kingston's 11 terms in Congress are an asset or a liability, a sign he's a proven conservative or part of the gridlock in Washington.


Primary runoff for Ga. schools post, Congress

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia voters are deciding 21 primary runoff elections, including nominations for Congress and the statewide superintendent's post.

In southeast Georgia's 1st District, state Sen. Buddy Carter of Pooler faces Bob Johnson, a Savannah surgeon backed by local tea party groups.

Minister and conservative talk radio host Jody Hice of Monroe faces Mike Collins of Jackson, a trucking company owner, in northeast Georgia's 10th District.

Former GOP congressman Bob Barr of Smyrna is seeking a comeback in Georgia's 11th District seat north of Atlanta in Tuesday's election. He's had stiff competition from state Sen. Barry Loudermilk of Cassville, a tea party-backed candidate.

Republicans and Democrats must also decide their party's nominations for state school superintendent.

More than 159,000 early ballots had been cast by Friday.


Georgia football player facing assault charge

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police say a University of Georgia football player is facing a charge of aggravated assault, a felony.

University of Georgia Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor was arrested early Tuesday after a confrontation at McWhorter Hall on the campus.

Williamson told The Athens Banner-Herald that the alleged victim, a woman, had "visible signs of injuries about her neck."

Clarke County Jail reports show that Taylor, whose address is listed as McWhorter Hall, was booked into the facility shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday. He was being held without bond. The jail records not indicate whether he has an attorney.


Police: Resident fights robbery suspects; 1 shot

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Police say one teenager was hospitalized after being shot and three other teens are facing charges after a resident fought back during an attempted robbery.

Clayton County police say the four teens tried to rob a resident inside the Laurel Park Apartments on Georgia 85 around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Police tell WSB-TV that the man shot one of the teens and the other three ran off. The resident called police, who apprehended all four, taking three into custody and sending one to a hospital.

Detectives are working to determine whether the resident will face any charges.


Man accused in officer death to be tried in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A judge has ruled that a man accused of fatally shooting a northeast Georgia police officer will stand trial in Athens, with jurors brought in from another county.

Western Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge H. Patrick Haggard ruled this week that jurors for the trial of Jamie Hood will be chosen from Elbert County.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Hood and District Attorney Ken Mauldin had expressed concerns about selecting an impartial jury from the local jury pool. Media coverage of the case has been extensive in the Athens area.

Hood is accused in the death of Athens-Clarke County Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian. Authorities say he also wounded a second officer in 2011.


Seaplane pilots want to land planes on Lake Lanier

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A group of seaplane pilots is asking federal authorities to allow them to land on Lake Lanier.

The Lanier Seaplane Pilots Association is petitioning the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow their aircraft to land in the lake northeast of Atlanta.

Pilot Troy Wheeler tells The Times that he and others who fly seaplanes are responsible pilots want to use the lake for recreation, just as boaters do.

The Gainesville newspaper reports that many of the seaplanes can land on water or land. After landing on water, the planes can pull up to a dock or travel up boat ramps.

The pilots group started the formal process last year with the Corps of Engineers, flying to district offices in Mobile, Alabama.


Authorities identify pregnant woman killed by car

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a pregnant woman killed as she tried to cross a highway in northeast Georgia was heading home from a convenience store when the crash happened.

Georgia State Trooper Devon Fields identified the woman as 29-year-old Kimberly Michelle Coates.

Fields said she was in the final three months of her pregnancy.

The Times reports that Coates was struck by a vehicle around 9:30 p.m. Sunday as she tried to cross the southbound lanes of Georgia 365 near Mud Creek Road in northeastern Hall County.

Authorities say the driver tried to swerve to avoid hitting the woman, but struck her with the front of the car.

After the accident, officials discovered the woman was pregnant.


2 Ga. schools recognized for environmental work

ATLANTA (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education is recognizing two suburban Atlanta schools for their work to cut down on harmful environmental impacts.

Arcado Elementary School in Lilburn and High Meadows School in Roswell are among 57 schools being named Green Ribbon Schools and receiving sustainability awards on Tuesday.

The schools also are credited for educating students on environmental issues, fostering wellness practices and creating healthy learning environments.

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