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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

Cobb Commute Eased By New Traffic Center

COBB COUNTY, GA -- If you're driving in Cobb County, someone is watching over you. And that someone may be making your commute a little bit easier.

Cobb County Transportation officials are hoping a new Regional Transportation Management Center will help you navigate through traffic during rush hour.

A woman who said her name was "Honey" said she drives through one of the county's busiest intersections every day. "Up in this area, it's pretty tough," she said about the Windy Hill Road and Highway 41 corridor. "It's always kind of congested."

Marco Rizk was more critical. "Honestly I hate it, and I avoid it at all costs," he said.

A Life "Lived Unselfishly": Family, Community Mourn Faith Cline

She was a girl whose courage inspired anyone who saw it, and whose story inspired anyone who heard it.

"Faith's whole life was lived unselfishly," said her mother Kristina Boswell.

Faith Cline was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor at age 15. She devoted the rest of her life to giving to others.

Two years after her diagnosis, Faith passed away at 2:58 Tuesday morning.

"I was lying in the bed with her in my arms," mom Kristina said.

Added her stepfather, Paul Boswell, "I was sitting beside her holding her hand."

Click the link to the right to see 11Alive's original story on Faith, which aired less than two weeks ago. It describes a girl who so inspired her community that her high school, Kennesaw Mountain, held a commencement ceremony just for her earlier this month.

Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival Crowns Champions

The Right Stuff Team won $2,000 in cash, a Big Green Egg cooker, a one-of-a-kind ceramic trophy and bragging rights as State Champions in the Georgia State Championship Barbeque Cookoff and Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition. They took home additional cash and prizes in other judging categories, including 1st place in the beef brisket category and 5th place in the pork category as well as 1st place in the Anything Butt competition.

B.S. Pitmeisters was Reserve Grand Champion, winning $1,500 in cash and a trophy.

The category winners for each of the four professional categories are as follows:

Chicken - TNT Southern BBQ
Ribs: Mrs T’s BBQ
Pork: Dust’n & Rub’n Cooking
Brisket: The Right Stuff BBQ

In amatuer competition, the Georgia Boys BBQ team won the Backyard BBQ contest. Sweet Rack BBQ took 1st Place in the peach dessert contest.