Local Update - May 17, 2007

District 10 Debates

This morning, we know where every candidate up for the 10th District Congressional seat stands. All 10 squared off in a debate last night. News 12's Laurie Ott was behind the podium, asking the six Republicans, three Democrats, and one Libertarian about their views on healthcare, immigration and the big topic right now: the war in Iraq.

The candidates are vying for the late Charlie Norwood's seat. That special election is June 19.

Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots are available right now for the June 19 special election. You will have to choose a person to fill the 10th District Congressional seat, but you can also vote for Georgia's 24th State Senate seat. You must be a registered voter to get a ballot. Advance voting starts June 11.

Imperial Theater Missing Money

Board members at the Imperial Theater are waiting on a final audit this morning. It should answers questions about $100,000 worth of missing money. It has been at least two years since the Imperial has had an independent audit. Board members will vote soon to make a yearly audit part of their policy.

Hard Drive Drama

This morning, an attorney from the Augusta I.T. Department says it's against the law for a Commissioner to get his hands on a city worker's computer hard drive. In a letter, the attorney stated that Augusta Commissioners should not have access to City Administrator Fred Russel's hard drive. It also says it would be illegal to release some of the information on it, and that the requests do not fall under the open records act. Commissioner Marion Williams maintains he got a copy of Fred Russell's hard drive legally. Commissioner Calvin Holland was censured after asking for it.

Dishwasher Recall

General Electric is recalling 2.5 million dishwashers. The models, built from September 1997 to December 2001, are potential fire hazards. The company is offering free repair or rebates toward new G.E. dishwashers. For more information, call (877) 607-6395. The number is toll-free.You can also go online at www.geappliances.com.

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