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Associated Press

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 3 at 11:00 AM

The state at 1:30 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

BARROW-HEALTH CARE

SAVANNAH, Ga. — In the past three years, Rep. John Barrow has outraged fellow Democrats with his vote against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and been attacked by Republicans for refusing to support a full repeal. And the deep South's last white Democratic congressman is still defying both parties with his stance on the law. By Russ Bynum.

GEORGIA SOLDIER-COMBAT DEATH

ATLANTA — A Georgia soldier who was based in Colorado has died of combat injuries in Afghanistan, military officials said. The U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement Sunday that 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Bowden died Aug. 31. Bowden, who was from the west Georgia town of Villa Rica, died of injuries after enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire while on dismounted patrol in Ghazni, Afghanistan, authorities said.

CHILD SHOT IN HEAD

NEW YORK — Investigators have some clues about the killing of a 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller while out with his father, who is believed to have been the intended target, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Monday. In March, a woman walking home from a post office in Brunswick, Ga., with her 13-month-old son was accosted by a gunman who demanded her purse, then shot her in the leg and fired a shot at the child in his stroller after she told him she had no money, authorities said.

NORTHEAST GEORGIA HOSPITAL

GREENSBORO, Ga. — Officials with St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital say a replacement hospital under construction in Greensboro is on pace to open this year. That would be months ahead of schedule. "It's still too early to pin down an exact date, but I think it's safe to say we'll be celebrating Christmas in our new hospital," St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital President Montez Carter said in a statement. St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital serving the Greene County area

ASPIRING PILOT

ATLANTA — His clothes were still wet and he was chilled to the bone, but it didn't matter. Tayvon Snowden had come to celebrate, and no rainstorm was about to dampen his spirits. His parents were among those gathered at the Project Aerospace graduation ceremony that day at the Delta Training Center Auditorium. For three weeks, the 16-year-old rose from his bed at 5 a.m., dressed and headed out to catch Bus 116 to the Indian Creek MARTA station, boarded a train to Five Points and then a second train to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where a friend's parent picked him up for the hourlong drive to Peachtree City. An AP Member Exchange. By Gracie Bonds Staples, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

AP Photo Pursuing.

AROUND THE SOUTH:

DRONE TESTING SITE

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A consortium of companies and universities in Alabama and Tennessee are hoping to develop a site where drones would be tested. If approved, the facility could become one of only a half-dozen sites approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for research involving Unmanned Aerial Systems, more commonly known as drones. Alabama and Tennessee have submitted a joint application in an effort to be selected as one of the six FAA UAS testing sites. Testing would be done at a site near Savannah, Tenn., in the southwest part of the state. Georgia, Mississippi and Florida have all submitted proposals.

ALSO:

— AMICALOLA CREEK SEARCH — Crews search for man's body in Ga. creek; he disappeared shortly after rope swing plunge.

— LAKE DROWNING — Man, 23, dives off boat for swim but never makes it to shore and drowns in Lake Allatoona.

— HAUNTED TRAIN CONTAINERS — Atlantic Station Halloween attraction to feature large containers that carry cargo for trains.

— OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY-ART MUSEUM — Oglethorpe University Museum of Art in Atlanta plans 3 new exhibitions.

SPORTS:

BBN--METS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — The NL East-leading Braves' nine-game homestand continues Monday when left-hander Paul Maholm faces Mets right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. By Charles Odum.

— With: Hometown lead.

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