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Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

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Milton and McEachern top the new Metro Atlanta Super 25

ATLANTA -- There is a change at the top of the USA Today-HighSchoolSports.net Super 25 polls for Metro Atlanta this week.

The Milton replaces Columbia at the top of the Boys poll. McEachern remains at the top of the Girls Poll.

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Dueling gun bills expected in this year's Georgia legislature

ATLANTA -- We can expect more heated debate under Georgia's Gold Dome the next couple of months about where Georgians may carry firearms.

Last month State Rep. Sean Jerguson (R-Cherokee County) said he would file a bill allowing Georgians with a state firearms license to carry a handgun on state college campuses.

Right now state law restricts those weapons to locked cars in those locations.

Jerguson's bill is partly inspired by several attacks against students on or near the campuses of Georgia State and Georgia Tech Universities the past year.

But on Friday the Republican lawmaker told 11Alive News his bill will go much farther.

He said it would also include churches, possibly bars and restaurants and other places in the state where the property owners don't object.

Jerguson, who owns a gun shop in Holly Springs, wouldn't be too specific just yet since he's still crafting the bill.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Picasso, Annie and an Art Stroll

WEEKEND EVENTS: Picasso, Annie and an Art Stroll

 

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

On Saturday, Milton High School will host a Run for Cover 5K which will begin at 3:00 p.m. Run organizers are asking participants to bring new or gently used articles of winter clothing or some type of non-perishable food item to be donated to North Fulton County charities. Registration for the run costs $25 and registration will be held on site. Milton High School is located at 13025 Birmingham Highway in Milton.

Wind causes 10K power outages in parts of Ga.

Wind causes 10K power outages in parts of Ga.

ATLANTA -- Officials say wind gusts of up to 46 mph blew across parts of the state Thursday evening, toppling trees and causing up to 10,000 customers to lose electricity.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Lynn Wallace says most of the power outages happened in northeast Georgia, with 5,600 customers losing electricity near Athens, Toccoa and Gainesville.

She said another 3,400 customers lost electricity in the metro Atlanta area, including 1,600 customers in Smyrna and 875 near the Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead. Another 720 customers were without power in the Lawrenceville and Suwanee areas.

At 4 a.m., Georgia Power reported power restored to all but 84 customers in metro Atlanta. Some 311 customers in Cartersville were still without power.

Statewide, fewer than 1,000 customers are without power.

CANTON | Indictment filed against accused killer of Jorelys Rivera

CANTON, Ga. -- According to an indictment filed in Cherokee Superior Court, Ryan Brunn is charged with 13 counts for the murder of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera.

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Brunn, 20,  is charged with murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, cruely to children, aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, false imprisonment, abandonment of a dead body, making a false statement and sexual exploitation of children. 

Brunn was a newly hired maintenance man at the River Ridge Apartment Complex in Canton where Rivera disappeared the night of December 2, 2010.