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$11 million marked for roads projects

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation says Georgia has $11 million in federal funding to spend on road and rail projects, but the money must be used by the end of the year.

Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Keith Golden said the state will review transportation projects assigned by Congress from 2003 to 2006 to see what can be completed by Dec. 31. The biggest project is $2.97 million for rail facilities near Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The money announced Friday is part of $473 million nationwide being freed up by President Obama from unspent earmark funds.

Information sought in woman’s slaying

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. — A Fayette County woman pleaded with neighbors and other residents to “help us find justice” after her 44-year-old granddaughter was shot and killed during a burglary at their home that remains unsolved.

Denice Roberts, who had cerebral palsy, died in her grandmother’s arms Aug. 10. Fayette County sheriff’s investigators are still searching for the shooter.

Her grandmother appeared at a news conference Friday to ask the public for information.

“My heart is broken,” the 78-year-old said. “Whoever did this took not only my granddaughter’s life, but my reason for living.”

Officers asked reporters not to identify the woman because she fears for her life with the killer at large.


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