With GOP runoff over, Perdue and Nunn face off
ATLANTA (AP) - Now that Georgia Republicans have settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state's open Senate seat, the real battle begins with a marquee match-up in the fall against Democrat Michelle Nunn.
The race is being closely watched nationally because Republicans are trying to win back the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's term. The GOP cannot afford to lose the seat, which is held by retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
The race will shape up largely as two outsiders battling for moderate and independent voters in a state that has voted reliably Republican in recent years.
Perdue's immediate challenges will be to quickly raise money and rally support among the GOP establishment, which had largely backed longtime Rep. Jack Kingston.
Close race in GOP runoff for Ga. schools post
ATLANTA (AP) - The Republican primary runoff for state school superintendent proved too close to call Tuesday night.
Early, unofficial tallies showed longtime Irwin County educator Richard Woods with just over 50 percent of the vote against Michael Buck, the chief academic officer at the Georgia Department of Education.
Just over 700 votes separated the two candidates, less than 1 percent of the ballots cast.
State law allows a losing candidate to request a recount if the candidate trails by 1 percent or less.
The winner of the Republican contest will face Democratic nominee Valarie Wilson in the November general election. Wilson was the former chair of the school board in Decatur.
DAY CARE BURN
Day care won't appeal revocation of license
CLERMONT, Ga. (AP) - A northeast Georgia day care center where a 16-month-old toddler was burned has informed the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning it would not appeal its license revocation.
Agency spokesman Reg Griffin tells The Times that Discovering Basics of Clermont has sent a letter informing the agency of its intent not to appeal the July 11 decision.
Hall County sheriff's officials say the child was injured on June 13 .
The owner, the site director and an employee of the day care center were later arrested. The site director and employee were charged with child cruelty, and the owner was charged with influencing testimony.
SAVANNAH HOMELESS CAMPS
Crews clearing out Savannah homeless camps
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Crews are clearing out some homeless camps east of downtown Savannah.
The Savannah Morning News reports that the cleanup is a joint effort between the city, the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless and the Savannah Impact Program. It is being done with the help of volunteers.
Behind an area that workers cleared on Saturday, litter lined the wood line, which was still home to several tents and other structures. The structures were mostly devoid of occupants, who were told they needed to leave by July 12 so the area could be cleared to make way for construction staging for drainage projects.
DEKALB PROSECUTOR HONOR
DeKalb District Attorney to receive national honor
ATLANTA (AP) - The DeKalb County District Attorney is expected to be honored by the National Bar Association at an upcoming conference in Atlanta.
District Attorney Robert James is being awarded with the organization's "My Brother's Keeper" award July 26. James' spokesman Erik Burton says the award is meant to recognize people who consistently work to improve opportunity gaps faced by young men and boys of color.
James says aside from prosecuting cases, his focus in running for the position was also making a difference in his community. James says he's humbled and honored by the recognition.
Ga. group to address jail gangs, contraband
ATLANTA (AP) - A group of corrections agencies is planning to discuss a multi-jurisdictional initiative aimed at cracking down on jail gangs and the use of contraband.
The Atlanta Department of Corrections is hosting a discussion Thursday with representatives from five sheriff's offices and the Atlanta Police Department on issues being addressed by the Metro Chief Jailers Group.
The group is an alliance of jail and law enforcement leaders working to share jail management strategies and more.
The discussion is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Atlanta City Detention Center.
Ex-NYC mayor: US should allow flights to Israel
(AP) - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to "reverse course" and permit U.S. airlines to fly to Israel.
Bloomberg says he is flying on El Al to Tel Aviv on Tuesday night to "show solidarity with the Israeli people and to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel."
In a statement, he says: "The U.S. flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an underserved victory and should be lifted immediately."
The FAA imposed a 24-hour ban Tuesday on flights to Israel after Delta and other U.S. airlines canceled trips to the country following last week's downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine.
Tropical depression approaching Lesser Antilles
MIAMI (AP) - The U.S. National Hurricane Center says a fast-moving tropical depression in the Atlantic is expected to approach the Lesser Antilles on Wednesday night.
The depression's maximum sustained winds early Wednesday are near 35 mph. The depression is expected to degenerate into a trough of low pressure on Thursday.
The tropical depression is centered about 550 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest near 20 mph.
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