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GEORGIA SENATE-DEBATE

Ga. GOP Senate hopefuls try to separate themselves

GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) - Seven Republican Senate hopefuls used their latest debate to trumpet their conservative credentials, even as they said their party must reach beyond their core base of supporters.

The Saturday event near Augusta was one of the last times the candidates will appear together before the May 20 primary.

The debate was notably absent of direct barbs between candidates, except for some veiled criticism. Still, it's clear that the scramble has begun for two expected runoff spots.

Businessman David Perdue hammered career politicians, a one-size-fits-all slap for former secretary of state Karen Handel and their three congressmen rivals.

Handel knocked the congressmen but added millionaire elitists in a clear shot at Perdue.

Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston each tried to frame his Washington record as the most conservative.

WATER MAIN BREAK

Repairs to broken water main to take more time

ATLANTA (AP) - A city spokeswoman says a major thoroughfare on Atlanta's east side will likely be closed until early next week as crews continue attempts to repair a broken water main.

The break near DeKalb Avenue and Elmira Place was first reported shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday, leading to the closure of DeKalb Avenue. Repairs were made and the road reopened Thursday night, but water began leaking again and the street was once again shut down before dawn Friday.

Now, rain has complicated the repair project.

Atlanta Watershed Management spokeswoman Scheree Rawles says that crews will have to replace wet fill-in material with dry material. She tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that workers will also have to pour more concrete and patch it with asphalt after the concrete has cured.

BOTANICAL GARDENS-SEWAGE SMELL CONCERNS

Sewage plant sparks smell concerns at garden

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - There are concerns at the Savannah Botanical Gardens that a planned sewage treatment plant will send unpleasant smells wafting over the roses.

Botanical garden chairwoman Betty Ward said about 70 percent of the funding required to maintain and operate the botanical gardens comes from weddings.

Ward tells The Savannah Morning News reports said any nasty odors could drive that business away, and "it could totally ruin the garden."

City staffers have sought to reassure gardens officials that the plant -- planned for the area of the Bacon Park Golf Course -- is not expected to add to the smells from a lift station that already operates in the area. City Alderman Larry Stuber said golfers have complained about odors from the lift station in the past.

LAKE LANIER DROWNING

Police probe drowning death in Lake Lanier

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Gainesville police and state natural resources officers are investigating the drowning death of a Gainesville man in Lake Lanier.

Gainesville police Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said emergency crews were called to the docks at the Chattahoochee Country Club shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday.

Gainesville police the first on the scene, and officers immediately began giving life-saving procedures to the man. Emergency medical personnel arrived shortly after that.

The man, 51-year-old William James Carswell of Gainesville, was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead early Friday morning.

Holbrook said investigators are looking at all aspects of the case to determine the timeline, cause and manner of death. He said police are investigating it as a drowning.

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