Georgia News Roundup
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Judge sets new federal election calendar for Georgia 

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge has set an election calendar to be used by Georgia in next year's federal contest.

The order issued Thursday by U.S. District Judge Steve Jones marks the end of a lawsuit against Georgia filed by the federal government last year. The Department of Justice alleged Georgia wasn't allowing enough time for members of the military and others living overseas to return absentee ballots in federal runoff elections.

The changes, which end up making the state's primary much earlier than the current schedule, only affect federal elections. Unless the Legislature changes the calendar for state elections to match the new federal calendar, there will be separate state and federal primaries in Georgia.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who oversees elections, says he believes the state should appeal Jones' order.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Local businesses help furloughed base employees

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Some south Georgia businesses are stepping up to help employees who are being furloughed at a local military base.

WALB-TV reports that civilian employees at Albany's Marine Corps Logistics Base are being furloughed one day a week for 11 weeks, which amounts to losing 20 percent of their pay.

The television station reports the Albany Chamber of Commerce is asking businesses to offer discounts to furloughed employees to help their neighbors. With a civilian workforce of nearly 3,000, base is one of the biggest employers in Albany.

The base's civilian payroll is $179 million. The furloughs amount to a cut of $7.6 million over the 11-week furlough period. Monday was the first furlough day for the employees, so the cut should start to show up in their next paycheck.

Information from: WALB-TV, http://www.walb.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Man charged in Alabama slaying arrested in Georgia

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Police have arrested a man in Georgia in the killing of an Alabama National Guard sergeant last year.

The Anniston Star reports that 37-year-old Kenyata Demetris Burton is the third person charged in the killing of 24-year-old Dequirea Royal of Anniston.

Police say Burton was arrested last week in Columbus, Ga. He had been living in the southwest Georgia city.

Court records show Burton is in jail on a murder charge, and he didn't yet have a defense attorney on Friday.

Royal was found dead from a bullet wound inside her apartment in April 2012. She was in the Alabama Guard and planned to deploy to Afghanistan just a few months later.

Two men were previously charged with murder in the killing. Authorities haven't released a possible motive.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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