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Holdouts' minds made up, Nichols juror says

ATLANTA --- A juror in the trial against courthouse gunman Brian Nichols says the three holdouts who voted against the death penalty for the gunman may have already made their minds up before the trial began.

Tijuana Wade told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the three jurors kept saying "show me something" during closed-door deliberations. But, she said, "nothing we said made a difference."

Mr. Nichols was convicted of killing a judge, a court reporter, a deputy and a federal agent in a 2005 shooting spree that began in a downtown Atlanta courthouse. He was spared the death penalty Friday when three of the 12 jurors voted for life without parole.

Rain pushes Lanier's level up about a foot

ATLANTA --- Lake Lanier has an additional foot of water, thanks to recent rainfall.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday that lake levels have risen since Dec. 9.

The additional foot is estimated to represent about 11 billion gallons of water -- enough to supply the Atlanta metro area for a month.

The north Georgia reservoir had dropped to record low levels this year because of drought.

'Go Fish' lands bass tournament for 2010

ATLANTA --- Georgia's ambitious proposal to promote fishing in the state has landed its first big catch: A $2.5 million bass-fishing tournament that will be held at drought-squeezed Lake Lanier in 2010.

Gov. Sonny Perdue said the "Go Fish" proposal helped reel in the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup, an annual tournament put on by FLW Outdoors. The initiative calls for ramps, promotions and a new fishing hatchery to turn Georgia into a national fishing destination.

The four-day tournament will be staged at a "mega-ramp" being built at Lake Lanier, and organizers say it's likely to attract tens of thousands of spectators. Mr. Perdue said it will have an estimated $30 million economic impact -- and bolster Georgia's allure to anglers.

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