News MIDDAY UPDATE: Ga. officials promising shorter waits for voting; South Georgia daycare owner indicted; Atlanta airport adds new security lanes, signage

Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel's office is promising shorter lines and fewer problems on the second day of advance voting across the state.

On Monday, big crowds and computer problems slowed voting to a crawl at some locations, and state officials said they were working on fixes. Waits of between three and six hours were reported in some locations.

Early voting began in Georgia on Sept. 22. Officials estimate more than 1 million people already have cast ballots. A spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office, Matt Carrothers, said he expects 300,000 to 400,000 more voters to cast their ballots in the week before the election.

More voting places have opened up in all counties as part of advance voting, a statewide strategy to ease the crunch on Election Day.

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South Georgia daycare owner indicted

A Lee County grand jury has indicted the owner of a daycare on 10 counts of reckless conduct.

The charges stem from an investigation in the death of 4-month-old Jace Michael Hester in February.

Southwestern Circuit District Attorney Cecilia Cooper said the panel returned the charges against Barbara Ann Fuller on Monday.

Authorities have not charged Fuller or her husband, Earl Fuller, with criminal wrongdoing in the toddler's death. The youngster died at the couple's in-home daycare center.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has not determined how the boy died.

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Atlanta airport adds new security lanes, signage

Ten new security lanes to speed up the screening process have been added at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest airport.

Four of the new lanes are in the South terminal and the remaining six new lanes are in the North terminal. The additions bring the total number of security lanes to 32.

Also, the Transportation Security Administration has put in new signs directing passengers to the Atlanta airport's security lanes based on whether they are frequent fliers, casual fliers or fliers who need assistance, airport spokesman Andrew McDill said. The airport also has premium passenger lanes for certain airline customers, McDill said.

Airport officials were showing off the changes today at a news conference.

U.S Customs and Border Protection is now offering its Global Entry Program at Hartsfield-Jackson for select U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents who are at least 14 years old. The program grants participants the convenience of prescreening and exemption from routine questioning to expedite their entry into the U.S.

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- Antron Fair, one of two men accused of fatally shooting Bibb County Deputy Joseph Whitehead, will appear in court today. Come back to our Web site for details.


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