Georgia News Roundup
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Atlanta mayor Reed being sworn in for 2nd term

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's mayor is kicking off his second term in office.

Mayor Kasim Reed was scheduled to give an inaugural address after being sworn in at noon Monday along with members of Atlanta's City Council. Voters elected Reed to another four-year term last November.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Reed's top priority during his second term will be tackling a nearly $1 billion backlog of road projects, pothole repairs and other infrastructure needs. The mayor plans to seek a bond referendum worth up to $250 million, which voters would have to approve in order to fund the project.

An inaugural reception for the public is scheduled to be held at Atlanta City Hall early Monday evening.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Michelle Nunn raises $1.6M in last quarter of 2013

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Michelle Nunn is reporting strong fundraising numbers in her campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Nunn's campaign says she raised more than $1.6 million in the final three months of 2013. That brings the candidate's total fundraising to $3.3 million since Nunn launched her campaign last July.

Nunn, the daughter of former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn, is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Saxby Chambliss, who plans to retire at the end of this year.

The 2014 race has also drawn a crowded field of Republicans including U.S. Reps. Paul Broun of Athens, Phil Gingrey of Marietta and Jack Kingston of Savannah. Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue are also seeking the GOP nomination.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Regents to discuss smoking ban at Georgia colleges

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The board that governs Georgia's public colleges and universities is taking a close look at banning tobacco from campuses statewide.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to discuss the proposed tobacco ban at its meeting Wednesday in Atlanta. The ban would prohibit faculty, students, staff and even spectators at sporting events from smoking or using smokeless tobacco in both indoor and outdoor parts of college campuses.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports the policy would tighten anti-smoking policies at campuses such as the University of Georgia, which since 2011 has prohibited lighting up within 35 feet of building entrances.

If adopted by the Board of Regents, the tobacco ban would affect all 31 campuses in the University System of Georgia.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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ID released of Georgia woman killed in 4-vehicle crash

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a 52-year-old Kingsland woman was killed and her husband suffered critical injuries in a four-vehicle crash near the Georgia coast.

The Brunswick News reports Renee Dowdy died Sunday when a pickup truck crashed into the back of her husband's car. Georgia State Patrol Trooper Rick Lester says the impact was strong enough to push the car into two other vehicles waiting in a turning lane of the Golden Isles Parkway in Brunswick.

Dowdy's husband, 50-year-old Daryl Dowdy, was air-lifted to a hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was listed in critical condition Sunday night.

The driver of the pickup truck, identified as 19-year-old Kyle Cashmir of Brunswick, was in stable condition at a southeast Georgia hospital.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating. No charges have been filed.

Information from: The Brunswick News, http://www.thebrunswicknews.com

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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