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Georgia lawmakers vote down annual cost-of-living adjustment

Georgia lawmakers vote down annual cost-of-living adjustment

ATLANTA -- Georgia legislators won't get be getting a raise next year.

In a unanimous decision, the Legislative Services Committee voted on Monday to freeze the cost-of-living adjustment for the third straight year. Members of the General Assembly earn $17,341.68. Georgia has a part-time Legislature that holds a 40-day session each year.

State employees have also had their wages frozen in recent years. House Speaker David Ralston says the freeze is the right thing to do in the down economy. Senate Pro Tempore Tommie Williams agreed, but says increasing lawmaker pay should be explored when the economy improves because the current salary makes it difficult for legislators to serve and earn a living.

Officials say the move amounts to a savings of between $28,000 and $30,000 per year.

Sandwiches recalled at Georgia RaceTrac stores

ATLANTA (WXIA) - Chicago-based Flying Food Group has announced a voluntary recall of five types of sandwiches distributed in RaceTrac locations in Georgia.

The recall covers the following ready-to-eat sandwiches sold at RaceTrac stores: Chicken Quarter Pounder, Chicken Quarter Pounder with Tomatoes, Ham Quarter Pounder, Ham Quarter Pounder with Tomatoes and the American Sub. All the sandwiches have an expiration date of November 30, and were only distributed in stores in Georgia.

The voluntary recall came after a possible food safety issue was uncovered at Flying Food's Lawrenceville, Ga. facility.

RaceTrac issued a statement Monday regarding the recall:

11Alive's 29th Annual Holiday Canathon is a big success!

11Alive's 29th Annual Holiday Canathon is a big success!

ATLANTA (WXIA) - More than 154,000 cans were donated in the 29th Annual 11Alive Holiday Canathon on December 2!

Despite the brisk and cool weather early in the morning, the sunny day turned out to be a spectacular one for the Canathon.

Georgia Natural Gas' John Jamison loved the weather for Friday's event.

"I wanted to thank 11Alive for hosting this event, and thank you for ordering up a perfect '11' on the Wizometer for today," he said.

Donations came from five drop-off points - Turner Field in Atlanta, at the School Box in Duluth (South Gwinnett County), The School Box in Kennesaw, State Mutual Stadium in Rome and at Atlantic Station. The donations will go to help the Salvation Army's annual efforts to help feed the needy and hungry this year.

Free photos for active and retired military on Sunday

(WXIA) -- A Monroe photography studio is offering a nice Christmas gift for military personnel and their families on Sunday.

From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, it will take free holiday portraits of active and retired military personnel at the Armory in Lawrenceville.

The same offer goes for police and firefighters.

For more information, contact Sherry Pellegrino at sherrysphoto@bellsouth.net or call 404-886-7485.

SACS: DeKalb County schools to remain accredited

SACS: DeKalb County schools to remain accredited

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - The DeKalb County school district is keeping its accreditation.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced Tuesday that the district will remain "accredited on advisement." That means the nearly 100,000-student district is accredited but will be watched closely by SACS to ensure progress is being made.

The district had until last month to shape up or lose accreditation with the metro Atlanta-based SACS. Agency President and CEO Mark Elgart said DeKalb County has "demonstrated significant work" on issues ranging from an ineffective school board to instability in the superintendent's office.

SACS will visit the district again in March.

Wintry mix moving in Tuesday morning

ATLANTA -- After brief break in the wet weather, rain and snow will move into Metro Atlanta Tuesday morning.

It will start out as a wintry mix, then briefly switch over to snow before tapering off in the early afternoon.

Temperatures will remain above freezing all morning.

The high will only be about 44 degrees.

The rest of the week will bring sunshine and warmer temperatures.

Sunday rains prompt flood watches

ATLANTA -- Rains moving through north Georgia have prompted flood watches into the mountains Sunday afternoon, and could continue to create problems into Monday morning.

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The watch stretches from extreme Norrthwest Georgia down south into Cherokee County.

The band of heavier rain to the west will slowly make its way into west Georgia by afternoon. Ahead of that main line, there will be just a few off and on showers. Once the main line comes in, we will see good rain amounts through Monday and even into early Tuesday. We expect between 1-3 inches of rain with some higher amounts in some localized areas.