News MIDDAY UPDATE: Fulton decides against adding voting hours; Clayton schools clearing out junk food; Def Jam exec dies from self-inflicted gunshot

Fulton County elections officials decided against asking for federal permission to extend voting hours on Election Day.

But officials in Clayton County are still considering whether to ask for expanded hours because of the heavy turnout in early and advance voting.

The Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections said Monday that the number of voting machines is enough to handle the crush of voters.

Polls are normally open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Georgia.

More than 2 million people have voted so far - or about 36 percent of the state's 5.6 million registered voters.

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Clayton schools clearing out junk food

Clayton County is clearing junk food out of school cafeterias to avoid losing $14.8 million in federal funding.

The 50,000-student district has until Friday to prove it has stopped breaking U.S. Department of Agriculture rules.

Last year, USDA inspectors found that Chick-fil-A sandwiches were being sold to students at two high schools. In a follow-up visit last winter, inspectors found one high school was still selling the sandwiches.

The USDA has threatened to withhold 40 percent of the $37 million provided to the suburban Atlanta school system each year through the National School Lunch Program unless the district can prove they are following the rules.

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Def Jam exec dies from self-inflicted gunshot

Cobb County police are investigating the death of a hip-hop music executive as a suicide.

Cobb County Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy on 34-year-old Shakir Stewart. Stewart was found dead Saturday afternoon in the bathroom of his home in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta.

Police say he died of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Stewart succeeded Jay-Z as the head of New York-based music label Def Jam Recordings.

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