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Girl, 4, shot in head while riding in car

JONESBORO, GA. — Police say a 4-year-old girl has been shot while her mother drove their minivan down a road south of Atlanta.

Authorities say the mother heard a popping sound, than turned around to see her daughter slumped over in the backseat.

Police said the girl was shot in the head. She was flown by helicopter to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Her condition wasn’t immediately known.

The gunfire happened near Georgia 54 and Fayetteville Road in the Jonesboro area.

Investigators Wednesday were working to determine the circumstances of the shooting.

‘Rock the Vote’ to be at Georgia State

ATLANTA — National voter registration group “Rock the Vote” is headed to Georgia State University.

The organization’s “Road Trip 2012” will be on the Atlanta campus Friday at Hurt Park on Gilmer Street. The event lasts from noon until 4 p.m.

Laptop kiosks will help citizens register to vote and provide information about Georgia election laws. That includes identification requirements and polling locations.

The event also features music, games and free swag for students.

Rock the Vote was founded 21 years ago to help engage younger voters. The effort has registered more than 5 million people. More than 2 million of those came in 2008.

The goal this year is 1.5 million voters.

Rock the Vote does not endorse candidates.

DOT to suspend lane closures

ATLANTA — Travelers hitting the road for the last weekend of summer should be in for a smoother ride on Georgia highways.

The state Department of Transportation said Tuesday it plans to suspend all lane closures related to construction work during the Labor Day holiday weekend, from noon Friday until 5 a.m. Tuesday.

DOT officials say Georgia travelers still need to be cautious. The state has averaged nearly 2,000 wrecks and 15 traffic deaths over the three-day Labor Day weekend in recent years.

State gets time to improve treatment

ATLANTA — Georgia’s efforts to set up a better treatment network for mentally ill people have been delayed, leading state officials to ask a judge for more time to make improvements.

U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell granted a one-year extension to July 2013. The extension gives state officials more time to prepare for a scheduled review by a court-appointed monitor.

The state, in a 2010 agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, committed to making sweeping improvements in mental health treatment.

In other news

TESTIMONY BEGAN Wednesday in the trial of a former high school football star who is accused in the beating and stomping death of an 18-year-old man at a Douglasville, Ga., party. Tracen Franklin, who was 19 at the time, is the only one of the four people initially charged who faces a possible death sentence.


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