News MIDDAY UPDATE: About 12 percent of Ga. voters have already voted; Stock prices slip after Monday's rally; Ala. Congressman has fender bender in Ga.

Georgians are turning out in large numbers to vote early.

About 12 percent of the state's roughly 5.6 million registered voters have already cast ballots for the Nov. 4 general election. Statewide on Friday 55,709 people voted.

More women are voting early than men.

The counties with the most early voters are DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb and Chatham.

Associated Press

Stock prices slip after yesterday's rally

Wall Street pulled back in early trading Tuesday as investors decided to cash in some of Monday's big gains as they warily comb through another batch of quarterly earnings. In late morning trading, the Dow is down 58.54, or 0.63 percent, to 9,206.89 after falling more than 100 but also bobbing into positive territory.

Broader indexes were also lower. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 8.81, or 0.89 percent, to 976.59. The Nasdaq composite index shed 19.95, or 1.13 percent, to 1,750.08.

The retreat was to be expected after the Dow Jones industrial average shot up 413 points in the previous session. But investors were also poring over third-quarter earnings reports expected for signs of how serious the economic downturn is; companies' outlooks for the fourth quarter and beyond were under particular scrutiny.

Among those companies reporting Tuesday, DuPont Co. said it is lowering its 2008 forecast, Caterpillar Inc. earnings slipped amid higher raw material costs, and Pfizer Inc. topped estimates.

Still, investor anxiety appears to have lessened considerably compared to the previous two weeks when fears about tightening world credit and the health of the economy battered stocks across the globe.

Associated Press

Ala. Congressman has fender bender in Ga.

U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers was involved in a fender bender in Columbus, Ga.

The Republican from Alabama was leaving an editorial board meeting at the office of the Ledger-Enquirer newspaper when his GMC Sierra pickup truck collided with a Honda Accord driven by Lori Reed.

Reed was headed back to work after lunch when Rogers backed out of a parking spot into the street.

Reed's car fared worse in the impact as the higher bumper on Rogers' pickup folded back the hood of her car.

Rogers brushed off the accident saying, "Congressmen have fender benders too."

Associated Press


- The Bibb County Commission meets today. Come back to our Web site to find out what happens.- In the latest installment in our series of stories about tight times in the midstate, we'll tell you about a longtime Macon businessman who has been affected by the downturn.

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