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The RGA Creates RoyBama

ATLANTA -- The Republican Governors Association has inserted itself again in the Georgia governor's race, launching a television ad statewide that hits hard at Democrat Roy Barnes.

The 30-second commercial aims to tie Barnes to President Obama.

The RGA has also launched a website entitled "Roybama." It takes aim on the policies of the president and former Georgia Governor Barnes.

The RGA is led by 27-year-old Georgia native Nick Ayers who helped lead Sonny Perdue to victory over Roy Barnes.

Speaking from his Washington D.C. office, Ayers was asked why the Democratic Governors Association has not countered with ads in Georgia.

Woman Died From Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

DECATUR, GA -- Results from an autopsy on the woman involved in the shooting at the Delta Air Lines maintenance facility on Monday show she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

A statement from the GBI says the autopsy results match evidence crews found in her vehicle. They have identified the woman as Caren Archer, 55, from McDonough.

The investigation of the incident is continuing.

See Foreigner's Morning Show Performance

ATLANTA, Ga -- The legendary rock band, Foreigner, performed during the morning show Tuesday.

Foreigner and Drivin' and Cryin' are in Atlanta to play during a pre-race show Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The Emory Healthcare 500 Race Weekend kicks off Friday, Sept. 3 and runs through Monday, Sept. 6.

Foreigner will perform at 5:20pm Sunday before the race. Tickets are as low as $39. Fans can attend all four days for $69.

Here is a rundown of the weekend events:

Friday Night's Prep Football Scores

Friday's Scores

By The Associated Press

PREP FOOTBALL

Abbeville, S.C. 24, Lincoln County 21

Allatoona 24, Kennesaw Mountain 22

Alpharetta 42, North Cobb 19

Americus Sumter 28, Liberty County 7

Apalachee 35, Habersham Central 7

Appling County 18, Dodge County 17

Aquinas 35, Landmark Christian 17

Armuchee 28, Trion 16

Athens Academy 34, Southwest Atlanta Christian 14

Bainbridge 14, Early County 7

Baldwin 14, Burke County 8

Banks County 40, Social Circle 14

Bethesda Day 41, Bible Baptist 8

Bleckley County 27, Lamar County 19

Blessed Trinity 44, Benedictine Military 0

Bremen 27, Howard 0

Brookstone 42, Macon County 9

Buford 40, Gainesville 19

Butler 42, Westside-Augusta 0

Calhoun 27, Dalton 14

Republican Candidate for Governor Backtracks on "Open Mind" on Casinos

Atlanta, GA (AP)-- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal is backpedaling on casinos after at least one prominent Christian
conservative activist called to voice concerns.
Deal created a stir when he said earlier this month that he was
willing to keep an "open mind" about the possibility of casinos
in Georgia. This week, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said the
former congressman from Gainesville "personally opposes casino
gambling" and doesn't believe they're the best way to spur the
state's economy. Robinson wouldn't say whether Deal would sign a
veto a casino bill if one landed on his desk.
The campaign of Deal's opponent, Democrat Roy Barnes, said
Deal's waffling shows he "is too unsteady for the job" of
governor.
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Online:
Roy Barnes for Governor: www.roy2010.com
Nathan Deal for Governor: www.nathandeal.org

Henry County Students Wear Blue in Memory of Teen

STOCKBRIDGE, GA -- Hundreds of students at Henry County's Union Grove High School dressed in blue Thursday in memory of a well loved 15-year-old.

It was Jeremy Hawkins' favorite color.

Sophomore Summer Stubbs, a close friend of Hawkins, wore a blue shirt, pants, and blue toenails. "It's astonishing how everyone wore blue," she said. "Union Grove has never had so much support for one person."

In a letter to parents, Union Grove Principal Tom Smith said that the school was "deeply saddened" by the death of Jeremy Michael Hawkins.

According to school officials, Hawkins fell ill during chorus class Wednesday and stopped breathing. Another student attempted CPR while others called for help. Hawkins was rushed to the hospital, but slipped away.

Investigators have ruled the death natural. They say Hawkins had medical issues in the past.

Friends say he was always upbeat, always working to make others smile.

Main Street McDonough Hosts Facade Grant Presentation at PJs Café

The Main Street McDonough Program held a Facade Grant Presentation on Wednesday, August 4, for PJs Café located on the McDonough Square at 30 Macon Street. Those gathered for the presentation include: (Front, L-R) Vanessa Merritt; Lisa Bishop; Owner Paul Gaffney; Mayor Billy Copeland; Councilmember Wayne Smith; Vicki Myers; and Mayor’s Assistant Leslie Balog; (Back, L-R) Hailey Everett, Mixx Vinson, and Main Street Director Linda Schenk.

The Facade Grant Improvement Program is a reimbursement grant offered to businesses and commercial property owners located within the Main Street District. Through this program, applicants may be reimbursed up to 50% of the cost of improved renovations not to exceed a maximum amount of $2500 per applicant.