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  • GA Senate candidate speaks about his campaign in Columbus

    GA Senate candidate speaks about his campaign in Columbus

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:24 AM EDT2014-09-16 09:24:06 GMT
    State Senator Josh McKoon's opponent is questioning his leadership ability, and now the incumbent is responding. Brian Roslund held a news conference Monday, Sept. 15 in Columbus.More >>
    State Senator Josh McKoon's opponent is questioning his leadership ability, and now the incumbent is responding. Brian Roslund held a news conference Monday, Sept. 15 in Columbus.More >>
  • CPD searching for robbery suspect

    CPD searching for robbery suspect

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:17 AM EDT2014-09-16 09:17:04 GMT
    Columbus police need your help identifying suspects involved in a robbery. The attached pictures were taken from surveillance footage from the M&N package store on Cusseta Road.       More >>
    Columbus police need your help identifying suspects involved in a robbery. The attached pictures were taken from surveillance footage from the M&N package store on Cusseta Road.       More >>
  • 5th Street police precinct opens in Phenix City

    5th Street police precinct opens in Phenix City

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:05 AM EDT2014-09-16 09:05:08 GMT
    Phenix City opened the doors to its 5th Street South Police Precinct to the public Monday, Sept. 15. The renovated home-turned-police headquarters will house three police officers, giving them access toMore >>
    Phenix City opened the doors to its 5th Street South Police Precinct to the public Monday, Sept. 15. The renovated home-turned-police headquarters will house three police officers, giving them access to the technology and records from the central office, right there in their coverage areas.More >>

DEPUTY INVOLVED SHOOTING

Monroe County sheriff's deputy dies after shooting

BOLINGBROKE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in Monroe County say one of two sheriff's deputies who was wounded in a shooting has died.

County Coroner Joey Proctor says Michael Norris was pronounced dead Sunday morning after being shot while he and another deputy were responding to a call about a suicidal man on Saturday night in Bolingbroke - about 15 miles northwest of Macon.

Proctor says Norris was shot in his head and a second deputy was wounded in his leg and arm. Authorities say the man who fired the shots has been taken into custody but his identity hasn't been released.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is probing the shooting.

WOMAN SLAIN

Woman found shot to death in DeKalb County

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - Police in DeKalb County are investigating the shooting death of a woman.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the woman was killed at an apartment complex on North Hairston Road Saturday night. Residents told police they heard five gunshots and arguing shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday.

WSB-TV reports that detectives did not find any identification on the woman and residents did not immediately recognize her. Police were working over the weekend to identify her.

DeKalb County police are asking anyone with information on the crime to contact them.

SANDY SPRINGS SHOOTING

2 men found shot to death in suburban Atlanta

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) - Police are investigating after two men were found shot to death inside an apartment in Sandy Springs, just north of Atlanta.

Sandy Springs police Sgt. Ron Momon said officers were called to the apartment on Franklin Road around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, after reports that shots had been fired.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that one of men killed was identified as 27-year-old Freddie Vega.

The second man's name had not been released as family members were still being notified.

Momon said investigators had no information on a suspect or motive late Sunday.

CARTER CENTER DISCUSSIONS

Carter Center to host global health discussion

ATLANTA (AP) - The Carter Center is hosting a discussion with former President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter on the center's global health and peace programs.

Organizers say the event is the first panel discussion in the Conversations at The Carter Center series and is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Carter Center officials say each panel in the conversations series will feature discussions on current world issues and Carter Center programs. The next scheduled discussion is on Oct. 16 and will center on U.S.-China relations.

The event will also be webcast live.

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WEALTH GAP-STATE TAXES-GEORGIA

Income inequality complicates Ga. consumption tax

ATLANTA (AP) - The growing income in the hands of the rich could complicate Republican efforts to replace Georgia's income tax with an expanded sales tax.

An analysis from Standard & Poor's Ratings Services found that as the income paid to the richest 1 percent increases, the growth rate of state tax collections drops. That drop appears more pronounced in states heavily reliant on the sales tax.

Roughly half of Georgia's funding comes from income taxes. S&P analysts said states more reliant on the income tax would likely see less-severe revenue losses.

In Georgia, some GOP lawmakers want to replace the income tax with a stepped-up sales tax.

Senior Republicans have not made a serious push for the plan, particularly as tax collections have still not caught up with pre-recession levels.

HEALTHBEAT-EBOLA-US STRATEGY-Q&A

US works to step up Ebola aid, but is it enough?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. has a two-pronged strategy on Ebola: Increase desperately needed aid to West Africa and train U.S. medical workers for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone.

President Barack Obama has called the outbreak a national security priority. But the administration isn't saying how big a role the military will play or how quickly additional promised help will arrive.

Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, is calling for Obama to appoint a coordinator for the government's Ebola response.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta says it's preparing volunteer health workers to address a critical shortage of trained health professionals in Ebola treatment units in West Africa.

Obama is to visit the CDC Tuesday to address the crisis. He'll also be briefed about the outbreak and discuss the U.S. response.

SMYRNA STANDOFF

2 found dead, infant removed from Smyrna house

SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) - Police say two people were found dead after a roughly 12-hour standoff in Cobb County.

Smyrna Police spokesman Chris Graeff says officers responded to a call about an armed person inside a house early Sunday morning and became involved in a standoff that included a SWAT team.

Graeff says the SWAT team gained entry to the home Sunday afternoon and found a man and woman dead. Graeff says investigators also found an infant inside who didn't appear to be injured, but was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

Details on the child's age and the relationship between the man and woman weren't immediately available.

TROPICAL WEATHER UPDATE

Hurricane Odile makes landfall on Mexico's Baja

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) - The powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile has made landfall on the southern end of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says satellite imagery indicates Odile's center made landfall at about 9:45 p.m. PDT Sunday near Cabo San Lucas. It said at landfall, Odile had estimated intensity of 125 mph, and an automated station near Cabo San Lucas reported a sustained wind of 89 mph with a gust to 116 mph. The storm was moving north-northwest at 17 mph.

The area where it came ashore is home to gleaming megaresorts, tiny fishing communities and low-lying neighborhoods of flimsy homes. Forecasters predicted a dangerous storm surge with large waves and drenching rains capable of causing landslides and flash floods.

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