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GEORGIA

Recount will be held today in Atlanta runoff

ATLANTA --- Fulton County election officials will recount the votes from the Atlanta mayoral runoff today.

Former state Sen. Kasim Reed edged out city Councilwoman Mary Norwood, an Augusta native, by only 715 votes in the Dec. 1 contest. Under Georgia law, the runner-up can petition for a recount when the margin of victory is less than 1 percent.

Elections chief Barry Garner said the recount is expected to take four to five hours. Both campaigns will have representatives present.

An investigation by the Georgia secretary of state's office concluded Tuesday that about 40 voters cast ballots in the general election in November using their old addresses. Even if the votes are thrown out, they would not change the outcome of the vote.

Developer gone from Jekyll Island project

SAVANNAH --- Jekyll Island is scrapping its partnership with a private developer chosen to oversee a $100 million makeover of the state park, officials said Tuesday, blaming the sour economy.

The announcement that Linger Longer Communities, the Atlanta-based developer chosen for the project in 2007, was out of the deal to build and manage new hotels, condominiums and retail shops on the state-owned island came a day after Gov. Sonny Perdue helped break ground on its first major project -- a new 20-acre beachfront park funded by the state.

The Jekyll Island Authority, which manages the state-owned island, will move ahead with $50 million in state-funded construction projects, including a new convention center scheduled for completion by 2012, said spokesman Eric Garvey.

"While unexpected and perhaps unfortunate, this does not mean in any way that the project is dead," Mr. Garvey said.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Impeachment panel nears recommendation

COLUMBIA --- Lawmakers might decide as early as today whether to recommend impeachment for Gov. Mark Sanford.

Rep. Greg Delleney is the only person on the seven-member panel member to say Mr. Sanford should be impeached. The Chester Republican was among the first to call for Mr. Sanford to resign and wrote the impeachment resolution.

He said hasn't lobbied others on the panel.

"I'm just going to let everybody decide what is right. Personally, I know what's right," Mr. Delleney said.

The panel, which meets for the fifth time today, also has the option of a rebuke through a censure, or they could do nothing.

Mr. Sanford's wife, Jenny, told ABC's Barbara Walters that she would never have stood with her husband when he faced cameras to tell the world about his affair with an Argentine woman, even if he had asked her to.

In excerpts of the interview released Thursday, Mrs. Sanford said her husband's actions have caused consequences but not robbed her of her self esteem.

The interview will be broadcast as part of Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 airing tonight at 10 on ABC.


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