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Georgia voters head to the polls for Super Tuesday

Georgia voters head to the polls for Super Tuesday

ATLANTA -- Polls are now open across the Peach State for the Super Tuesday primary.

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There's a lot on the line for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is looking to regain momentum in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Gingrich represented Georgia for 20 years and has been leading in state polls over Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. Georgia has the most delegates up for grabs on Super Tuesday. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Gingrich has focused extensively on Georgia, spending much of last week here rather than campaigning in the other Super Tuesday states. Rivals Romney and Santorum have also dedicated time and resources in the state.

MARTA to put security cameras on buses, trains

ATLANTA -- MARTA is installing security cameras on its buses and trains.

The board of directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority on Monday approved the awarding of a contract for the installation of the cameras.

The transit authority says the camera system is designed to enhance safety and security for customers and employees. They are meant to deter criminal activity and to serve as an investigative tool for the system's police force.

MARTA plans to conduct a comprehensive public outreach campaign to educate customers about the camera program.

Camera installation will begin on MARTA's buses. All vehicles are expected to be outfitted by 2014. The $17 million camera installation project is being funded through MARTA's capital budget.

 

Where to vote on Super Tuesday

ATLANTA -- Voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide on a Republican candidate for president, among other municipal elections.

Polls are open 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on March 6. Voters must show a valid photo ID to cast a vote. 

To find out where to vote, visit sos.georgia.gov/mvp and fill out the "My Voter Page" information. That link will also allow you to track an absentee ballot.

13 schools could close with APS redistricting

13 schools could close with APS redistricting

ATLANTA -- School Superintendent Erroll Davis is giving his recommendation for redistricting for the coming school year.  He is recommending the district go to a "cluster" system and close 13 schools. Davis cites lower than expected enrollment across the board and says the district must operate more efficiently.

In the report, Davis said: "Although APS traditional schools serve 47,000 students, we have seats for 60,000 students. Heating, cooling and lighting 13,000 empty seats is expensive."

Davis will present his proposal to the school board Monday. The board votes on a final redistricting plan April 10. To read the plan in its entirety, visit the APS website.

The 13 schools slated for closure are:

Tornadoes hit Haralson, Paulding, Cobb counties

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- National Weather Service officials said preliminary investigations of storm damage indicate an EF-3 tornado touched down in Paulding and Haralson counties, and an EF-1 touched down in Cobb County Friday night.

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In Haralson County, the twister touched down along Bethlehem Church Road, where a repair shop was destroyed and trees knocked down. Also on Bethlehem Church Road, a mobile home was pushed off of its foundation. A church steeple was blown off on Mount Zion East Road, and along U.S. 27 near Harpers Creek Road, numerous trees and telephone poles were knocked down.

Fewer Georgians voting early

Fewer Georgians voting early

ATLANTA -- Fewer voters cast early ballots for Georgia's upcoming presidential primary than in 2008.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office said 172,135 people had voted in the presidential primary by Friday. That includes 145,826 people who voted at polling stations and another 26,309 who mailed in absentee ballots.

Early voting sites have now closed, although residents can continue to mail in absentee ballots until the close of polls on Tuesday.

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Early voting turnout is down about 31 percent from 2008. Those early ballots will not be counted until Tuesday, making it impossible to say which Republican presidential candidate has a lead among early voters.