News Midday Update: Average gas price in Georgia drops; police say man shot Tennessee churchgoers over liberal views; Ex-Hurricane Dolly floods parts of New Mexico, Texas

Finally, there's a bit of good news at the pump.

According to AAA's gas station survey, the average gas price in metro Atlanta was $3.93 Monday. That's down from $4 a month ago. Statewide, the average was $3.92.

The Web site, which compiles averages from driver reports, showed an average Monday of $3.90 in the Atlanta metro area.

Prices have been dropping for about two weeks after leveling off at just over $4. The metro Atlanta decreases are in line with national trends.

According to the Lundberg Survey of 7,000 gas stations nationwide, prices are at their lowest level since mid-May and are an average of 11.7 cents per gallon lower than two weeks ago.

– Associated Press

Police say man shot Tennessee churchgoers over liberal views

Knoxville’s police chief says the man accused of a shooting that killed two people at a Tennessee church targeted the congregation because of its liberal social stance.

Chief Sterling Owen IV said Monday that police found a letter in Jim D. Adkisson’s car. Owen said Adkisson was apparently frustrated over being out of work and had a ‘‘stated hatred of the liberal movement.’’

Adkisson is charged with first-degree murder. Police say a gunman entered the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church during a children’s performance Sunday. No children were hurt.

The church is known for advocating women’s and gay rights and founding an American Civil Liberties Union chapter.

– Associated Press

Ex-Hurricane Dolly floods parts of New Mexico, Texas

Flooding caused by torrential rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Dolly kept hundreds of evacuees away from their homes and campgrounds today, authorities said. Two people were listed as missing.

The National Weather Service posted flash flood watches today across much of eastern New Mexico. The sun broke through this morning, but isolated thunderstorms were forecast throughout the week.

The state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said up to 9 inches of rain had fallen since Friday in the mountainous area around Ruidoso, in south-central New Mexico.

The Rio Ruidoso was still running high and muddy Monday, with water flowing over roads in low-lying areas. A main thoroughfare in the center of Ruidoso, Paradise Canyon Road, was partially washed away, and two mud-covered mobile homes sat askew, washed off their foundations.

Public officials said 300 to 500 people were evacuated from homes, a campground and a recreational vehicle park after the Rio Ruidoso went over its banks early Sunday, and they were still unable to return early today.

‘‘If Noah’d been around, it would have been good to build an ark,’’ said state Department of Public Safety spokesman Peter Olson.

– Associated Press


– Houston County schools are having a kickoff session for staff today at the Georgia National Fairgrounds. Among the things on tap for today is the announcement of the school system's teacher of the year. We'll let you know who it is.

– The National Conference of State Legislators released a recent report about what economic effects climate change is likely to have in Georgia, looking at particular industries. We'll let you know what it says.


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