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Sen. Don Balfour suspended

ATLANTA -- A panel appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal has decided to suspend Sen. Don Balfour (R-Snellville) from the General Assembly.

The panel handed down its decision Wednesday.

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READ | Suspension document against Balfour

Emani Moss laid to rest

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Emani Moss's short life was largely spent in the darkness of abuse.

The little girl was laid to rest at noon Wednesday at Levett & Sons Funeral Home in Lawrenceville.

Family, friends and well-wishers attended a prayer vigil Tuesday evening to mourn Emani's death and celebrate her short life.

TIMELINE | The life and death of Emani Moss

Dozen attended the prayer service at the Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church in DeKalb County -- the church Emani attended with her grandmother.

"We all should that Emani is a beautiful angel now watching us from above," Emani's cousin Brooklynn Kirkland told the crowd of mourners.

The little girl's obituary describes a child who enjoyed reading, dancing, cooking and making up songs.

Freeze Warning issued for metro Atlanta

Freeze Warning issued for metro Atlanta

The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning in effect through Thursday morning at 10 a.m., for the following counties: Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Gordon, Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall, Banks, Jackson, Madison, Polk, Pauling, Cobb, North Fulton, Gwinnett, Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Wilkes, Haralson, Carroll, Douglass, South Fulton, DeKalb, Rockdale, Walton, Newton, Morgan, Greene, Heard, Coweta, Fayette, Clayton and Henry. 

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Exercise may help prevent depression later in life

NBC NEWS -- Running, walking and other forms of activity can help people shake off the symptom of depression. Now, a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that exercise may prevent the disorder later in life.

Researchers at the University of Toronto analyzed 26 years' worth of studies and concluded that even low levels of movement - walking or gardening for 20 or 30 minutes a day - show promise of warding off depression in people of all ages.

The analysis included 30 studies. Of those, 25 suggested exercise influenced depression risk. People who did little to no activity were more likely to show signs of depression or be diagnosed with the disorder years later, while those who exercised were less likely to become depressed as they got older, according to George Mammen, Ph.D. candidate and co-author of the study.

Help Desk: U.S. Marine double billed twice for travel

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Today is Veterans Day and for one veteran trying to get home for the upcoming holidays, it's been a nightmare.

The cause of that nightmare:  one U.S. Marines serious debt issues and a big mix-up with his travel arrangements.

U.S. Marine PFC Philip Loumakis was granted a last minute leave to come home to Lawrenceville from a base on the West Coast, but it nearly shut down his bank account and could have cost him his credit rating.

Loumakis went online to travel website Globester to get the best airfare. 

He bought a roundtrip ticket, and then the trouble started.

"He went to his bank account they had charged it through Delta and then within minutes another charge for the same amount," Carol Loumakis, his mother said.

Loumakis had been double billed.

Birthday party shooting leads to search for suspect

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A suspected gunman is on the run after a deadly shooting at a birthday party in Gwinnett County on Sunday night.

Investigators believe 40-year-old Ohave Whitfield shot and killed 53-year-old Alicia Johnson and injured her daughter, 31-year-old Dana Johnson. He left the scene in a teal green Volvo S80 with Georgia tag number PRI-4493.

The victims were found in the garage of a home in the 2100 block of Crystal Lake Drive near Lawrenceville Highway.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said Whitfield may be on his way to Louisiana.

Police said the shooting happened during a birthday party. A bounce house on the front lawn was surrounded by police tape as part of the crime scene.

Police could hear gunfire in the background during the 911 call, which came in around 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The Buford-Spring Connector and other weekend construction

The Buford-Spring Connector and other weekend construction

ATLANTA -- Cobb County drivers can breathe a sigh of relief this weekend -- a major construction project has been completed two weeks ahead of schedule.

For the past several weekend, North Marietta Parkway (Highway 120) in Marietta has been partially closed on weekends as crews worked to replace concrete slabs.

Georgia Department of Transportation engineer Shun Pringle said the project is now done.

"It is always good when we can get something done early," Pringle said. "We appreciate the public's patience through the few difficult traffic weekends we were out there."

However, drivers on the Buford-Spring Connector in Atlanta won't be quite as lucky this weekend. Heavy delays are expected around the Georgia 400/Interstate 85 interchange project.

Pringle said there will also be intermittent closures on nearby Sidney Marcus Boulevard and Cheshire Bridge Road.