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HOT Lane Projects Launched on I-85

BUFORD, GA -- A partnership of Georgia transportation agencies has officially kicked off an experiment in managing peak traffic flow through electronic tolling along Interstate 85.

On Thursday, the heads of the Georgia Department of Transportation, the State Road and Tollway Authority and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority unveiled several versions of the "Peach Pass" signs that will be used to direct motorists into high-occupancy toll lanes in Gwinnett County.

Friday Night's Prep Football Scores

Friday's Scores

By The Associated Press


Abbeville, S.C. 24, Lincoln County 21

Allatoona 24, Kennesaw Mountain 22

Alpharetta 42, North Cobb 19

Americus Sumter 28, Liberty County 7

Apalachee 35, Habersham Central 7

Appling County 18, Dodge County 17

Aquinas 35, Landmark Christian 17

Armuchee 28, Trion 16

Athens Academy 34, Southwest Atlanta Christian 14

Bainbridge 14, Early County 7

Baldwin 14, Burke County 8

Banks County 40, Social Circle 14

Bethesda Day 41, Bible Baptist 8

Bleckley County 27, Lamar County 19

Blessed Trinity 44, Benedictine Military 0

Bremen 27, Howard 0

Brookstone 42, Macon County 9

Buford 40, Gainesville 19

Butler 42, Westside-Augusta 0

Calhoun 27, Dalton 14

Republican Candidate for Governor Backtracks on "Open Mind" on Casinos

Atlanta, GA (AP)-- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal is backpedaling on casinos after at least one prominent Christian
conservative activist called to voice concerns.
Deal created a stir when he said earlier this month that he was
willing to keep an "open mind" about the possibility of casinos
in Georgia. This week, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said the
former congressman from Gainesville "personally opposes casino
gambling" and doesn't believe they're the best way to spur the
state's economy. Robinson wouldn't say whether Deal would sign a
veto a casino bill if one landed on his desk.
The campaign of Deal's opponent, Democrat Roy Barnes, said
Deal's waffling shows he "is too unsteady for the job" of
Roy Barnes for Governor: www.roy2010.com
Nathan Deal for Governor: www.nathandeal.org

Georgia Among Ten Race to the Top Winners

ATLANTA -- "This is going to be really exciting," exclaimed Governor Sonny Perdue.

$400 million in federal Race to the Top money looked mighty good to Perdue, who has watched school systems lose billions in tax funding during a two-year economic downturn.  

"This is really the first time that we've had the money and the resources to really move the needle significantly in education," Perdue said at a Capitol news conference.  

But the Governor is talking about using the Race to the Top money to innovate schools, not infuse operating cash to rehire teachers or restore cut programs.  Race to the Top is a competition to reform education, with federal dollars as the prize.