News Midday Update: Chambliss appeals for GOP turnout; 18-year-old abandoned under Neb. safe-haven law; funeral announced for Ala. civil rights leader

Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss cast his Dec. 2 runoff election as "the first race of the 2010 election cycle" and warned that Democrats eager to expand their majority in the Senate will pour money into Georgia to oust him.

Chambliss spoke to members of the Georgia House Republican caucus Monday morning and appealed for their help to win a second term. He said he plans to open 10 offices throughout the state in the coming days to spearhead a grassroots effort to get Republican voters back to the polls.

Chambliss is facing Democrat Jim Martin in a runoff. Neither won the needed 50 percent plus one of the vote. Chambliss has 49.8 percent and Martin 46.8 percent. The runoff will be official when Secretary of State Karen Handel certifies the results this week.Associated Press

18-year-old abandoned under Neb. safe-haven law

Police say a woman has abandoned her 18-year-old daughter at a hospital, saying she can't control the girl, in what may be the latest use of Nebraska's unique safe-haven law.

The woman told officials at BryanLGH Medical Center West that her daughter, who was adopted, is bipolar and has a learning disability, Assistant Police Chief Jim Peschong said today.

"The adoptive mother says that the daughter refused to take some medication for some conditions that she has," Peschong said. "She won't listen to her, can't control her."

Peschong said the daughter was placed in state custody.

If the young woman's status is confirmed by the state, she would be the 30th child abandoned under Nebraska's safe-haven law since it went into effect in July. A spokeswoman for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services did not return a call seeking comment Monday.

Nebraska was the last state to enact a safe-haven law, intended to protect unwanted newborns from being abandoned.

Some have interpreted the state's law as meaning it could apply to children as old as 18, because it uses the word "child" and doesn't specify an age limit.

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Funeral announced for Ala. civil rights leader

Longtime civil rights leader and Birmingham civic activist Abraham Woods died Friday after a long illness. He was 80.

Rev. Woods served as longtime president of the Birmingham chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He had served as pastor of Saint Joseph Baptist Church since 1967.

Woods helped coordinate the 1963 March on Washington. He stood behind the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

A memorial service is planned for 6 p.m. Friday at Saint Joseph Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church with burial following at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham.

The public is invited.

Associated Press


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