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75-year-old dies from gunshot while hunting

COLUMBIA --- Authorities say a South Carolina man died from what appears to be an accidental gunshot wound while hunting.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said 75-year-old Charles Lindsey Brakefield of Hopkins died Sunday evening while hunting near his home.

State Natural Resources Department spokesman Brett Witt says Brakefield apparently was putting his rifle into his vehicle when it went off, shooting him in the chest. He says a relative found Brakefield's body after family members went looking for him.

Cessna plops down in river near Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. --- Authorities say a small plane made an emergency landing on a river just outside Savannah.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the Cessna was headed to Savannah on Monday afternoon when it went down about six miles from the airport. She said the three people onboard were not injured.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Christopher Evanson told The Savannah Morning-News that a helicopter pilot spotted the plane in the Back River. According to the FAA, the plane is registered to Averette M. Lamm of Raleigh, N.C.

Portrait of Perdue is unveiled at Capitol

ATLANTA --- Gov. Sonny Perdue has unveiled his official portrait to hang the Gold Dome.

The painting debuted Monday in a ceremony at the Capitol in downtown Atlanta. The painting includes his wife, Mary Perdue, making it the first gubernatorial portrait to feature a first lady. The Capitol holds portraits of the 46 governors who have served since the building opened.

The portrait was done by artist Rossin, whose full name is Rossen Raytchev Raykov.

Gas prices are up and likely to keep rising

ATLANTA --- Filling up at the pump costs more this week.

The average price of regular unleaded gas in Georgia has risen 11 cents in the past week to $2.83 per gallon. The national average is up 7 cents to $2.93.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a weak dollar is pushing gas prices up, and experts say the increases will likely continue.

Santorum undecided on presidential bid

CHARLESTON, S.C. --- Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania seems in no hurry to make a decision about running for the Republican presidential nomination and acknowledged that a decision by Sarah Palin to enter the race would "take a lot of air out of the room."

Santorum, a favorite among social conservatives, said Monday he would decide "sometime in the next year. You try to hold off as long as you can."

He was wrapping up a two-day visit to Charleston as part of his seventh trip to the state before South Carolina's first-in-the-South GOP primary in 2012.


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