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Georgia death row inmate dies, under investigation ATLANTA - Georgia Department of Corrections officials say a death-row inmate who was injured in an "alleged suicide attempt" last month has died. Spokeswoman Sharmelle Brooks told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday that 43-year-old Timothy Woodrow Pruitt died at Augusta State Medical Prison on Sunday. Pruitt was sentenced to death for the 1992 rape and murder of Wendy Vincent, a 10-year-old Lumpkin County girl. Brooks said Pruitt's injuries were sustained at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson on Nov. 19. She said the "alleged suicide attempt" is still under investigation. Woman reports Ga. DUI instructor's request for sex ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke police are investigating after an 18-year-old woman reported that a driving school instructor solicited her for sex during a lunch break. The Athens Banner-Herald reports Monday that the woman told police she stepped out of the A-1 DUI class around 1 p.m. Saturday and returned to discover it had been dismissed for lunch. She said the instructor offered to take her to KFC but on the way back he drove past the school, parked in an apartment complex and told her he wanted sex. The woman said she made a scene and demanded to return to the school. Police said the man first denied the solicitation but confessed after they showed him a blank tape and told him the incident had been recorded. He offered to give the woman free certification, but police wouldn't allow that. State investigating Atlanta mayoral election ATLANTA - Secretary of State Karen Handel is investigating a complaint that a handful of voters in the November election for Atlanta mayor cast ballots in the wrong precinct. Fulton County elections director Barry Garner said Monday night that his office has identified 33 voters who used their old address to vote. He said most of the voters had moved after public housing projects in the city were shuttered and demolished. Handel's spokesman Matt Carrothers said the secretary's office is giving the probe "top priority," but he declined to say how long the investigation will take. Former state Sen. Kasim Reed edged out city councilwoman Mary Norwood by 715 votes in the Dec. 1 runoff election for the nonpartisan mayor's office. Norwood plans to ask for a re-count Tuesday. GBI: May be link between Ga., N.C. kidnappings CLEVELAND, Ga. - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into a possible link between a kidnapping in northeast Georgia four months ago and an attempted abduction about 25 miles away in North Carolina. GBI officials announced the development in the case during a news conference in Cleveland, Ga. on Monday. Investigators have been trying to find out what happened to Kristi Cornwell, who disappeared the night of Aug. 11 while walking near her parents' home in Union County. GBI spokesman John Bankhead says someone tried to kidnap a woman walking along a road in Ranger, N.C., on Aug. 2. He said the woman got away because another car scared off the suspect. Cornwell's family is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to her safe return and auctioned their lakefront vacation home to raise money to continue the search. Jekyll Island makeover gets underway JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - A big makeover is underway at Jekyll Island, where officials hope to make the state park more attractive to tourists. Gov. Sonny Perdue joined board members of the Jekyll Island Authority on Monday to break ground on Great Dunes Park along the beach. Perdue said the project will result in a "reinvigorated" Jekyll Island. It's the first phase of a facelift designed to attract tourists and convention groups back to Jekyll Island. Tourism has fallen from a peak of 2.1 million visitors nearly a decade ago to 1.49 million in fiscal 2008. The 20-acre park will replace Jekyll's cracked concrete boardwalk with a new 10-foot-wide tabby-style one that curves around dunes and connects to the rest of Jekyll's trail system. 3 Governors to meet on water ATLANTA - The governors of Georgia, Florida and Alabama have agreed to meet Dec. 15 in a fresh effort to resolve their long-standing feud over water rights. The meeting in Montgomery, Alabama will be the first face-to-face water talks between the three governors - Sonny Perdue, of Georgia, Charlie Crist, of Florida, and Bob Riley, of Alabama - in two years. The decades-old, three-state water fight has taken on a new urgency for Georgia after a federal judge in July ruled the state has few legal rights to Lake Lanier, the main water supply for metro Atlanta. The judge gave the states and Congress until 2012 to reach an agreement. Otherwise, Atlanta will see its water supply from Lake Lanier reduced dramatically. Georgia is also appealing the judge's ruling. Human remains found in Atlanta sewer ATLANTA - Authorities are investigating human remains found in a southwest Atlanta sewer on Sunday. Atlanta Police spokesman Officer James Polite says employees with the city's watershed management department were doing maintenance on sewer lines in southwest Atlanta on Sunday at around 4 p.m. when they came across the remains and contacted authorities. Fulton County medical examiners came to the scene and confirmed that badly decomposed remains were human. Because of the condition of the remains, authorities were unable to immediately determine the age or sex of the individual. The remains were being tested at the medical examiner's office on Monday.