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Ga. special elections dates set

Ga. special elections dates set

ATLANTA -- Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has set the dates for upcoming special elections for two state House seats.

Officials say Feb. 7 will be the date for the special elections to fill the vacancies in State House Districts 60 and 107.

Kemp on Tuesday announced that candidate qualifying will take place Jan. 9-11, 2012.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the Feb. 7 special elections.

The election for State House District 60 will occur in portions of Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties.

The election for State House District 107 will occur in portions of Gwinnett and Walton counties.

Run-off elections, if needed, will be held March 6.

'Mega Monday' expected to set records for shopping, returns

ATLANTA -- It's the biggest gift return day of the season, and experts predict "Mega Monday" could be as big as Cyber Monday or Black Friday.

Retailers slashed prices to entice customers already heading to stores to exchange gifts and hunt for after-Christmas bargains.

"Thirty-five percent more people will be returning this year, than last year," said Janice Lieberman, Consumer Correspondent for the Today Show. "For every dollar spent during the holiday, almost ten cents of it is returned." 

Some store make returns much easier than others. 

Sears may be the number one easy return store because they not only readily accept returns, but they extended their return window to 120 days through this holiday season.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Laredo

ADOPT A PET: Meet Laredo

 

DECATUR, Ga. - If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half chewed shoe or overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local pet shelter. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers but adopting a "companion" for yourself or your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Traffic fatalities in Georgia continue to decline

Traffic fatalities in Georgia continue to decline

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal and state authorities say Georgia highway fatalities dropped substantially last year for the fifth year in a row.

Statistics finalized and published this month show a total of 1,244 people died on Georgia highways in 2010. That's a decline of 3.7 percent, or 48 deaths, from the 2009 total of 1,292. It continues a trend in decreased highway deaths that began in 2006.

Traffic fatalities reached a record 1,744 in 2005.

The Georgia Department of Transportation says that as of Monday, 2011 fatalities were on track to decrease from 2010 with 62 fewer than that date a year ago.

Stories of the Heart

ATLANTA -- At 11Alive, we pride ourselves in being a team of journalists who help you.

We always seek the truth, take action, and look for solutions on issues at the heart of our community.

It's that heart that we're celebrating this Christmas.

WATCH | Stories of the Heart

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

Classic Christmas TV moments return to networks of 11Alive

ATLANTA -- Some old holiday favorites will be revived this weekend on 11Alive's new sister station, Antenna TV.

The network will launch at 4 a.m. Saturday on Digital TV channel 36.3, Comcast channel 245 and Charter channel 83.

As the name suggests, Antenna TV features classic TV shows from the antenna era, inlcuding "Three's Company," "Good Times," "The Three Stooges," "Father Knows Best," "All in the Family," and "The Monkees."

This weekend, the channel will air special holiday episodes from those series and more. For a full program listing, visit Antenna TV's website.