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GEORGIA PRIMARY | In-person advance voting begins Monday

GEORGIA PRIMARY | In-person advance voting begins Monday

ATLANTA -- Georgia voters can now cast an in-person advance
ballot for the presidential primary.

Voting by mail for the March 6 contest began in late January,
but Monday is the first day when residents can turn out to advance
voting sites to cast their ballots in person.

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are
competing for a share of Georgia's 76 delegates in the GOP primary.
That's the most delegates of any of the 10 states holding elections
on Super Tuesday.

The Georgia Secretary of State's office is encouraging residents
to go to its website for more details.

WEEKEND EVENTS | Valentine's Day and 5K's

ATLANTA -- There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We've listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

On Friday night, the FOX Theater will bursting at the seams with screaming 'tween girls and their generous parents. The SCREAM Tour is making at stop in Atlanta. This year, the annual concert features: Diggy Simmons, Jacob Lattimore, Jawan Harris, OMG Girls, TK and Cash. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster of the FOX Theater box office. 

The Atlanta Ballet is staging a World Premiere of Twyla Tharp's "The Princess and the Goblin" as a Sunday matinee. The performance begins at 2 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Tickets range between $20 to $120. 

MILTON | New Super 25 polls revealed as tournaments loom

MILTON | New Super 25 polls revealed as tournaments loom

ATLANTA -- There are no changes at the top of this week's HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 high school basketball polls for metro Atlanta.

The Milton boys and the McEachern girls lead the way with region tournaments right around the corner.

Columbia, Douglas County, Westlake, and Shiloh complete the boys top 5, with Marist checking in at 21 and Pope at 24 this week.

Wesleyan, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Parkview round out the girls top 5, with Westlake at 21 and Decatur at 25 this week.

The metro Atlanta Super 25 polls are computer-generated and produced by USA Today for Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net each week.

Don't forget to join us for High School Sports.Net Friday night at 10:30 p.m. on MYATL-TV36 and on 11Alive at 11:20 p.m.


Ga. to have statewide tornado drill

Ga. to have statewide tornado drill

ATLANTA -- Counties and cities across Georgia will participate in a statewide tornado drill.

The drill is scheduled for Wednesday about 9 a.m. by the National Weather Service. A special test message will be issued on NOAA weather radio and some counties and cities will sound their tornado sirens as part of the drill.

The event is part of "Severe Weather Awareness Week" in Georgia where state officials are encouraging families to develop emergency plans and buy a NOAA weather radio to receive alerts.

In the event of bad weather Wednesday, the drill will be moved to Friday.

Court sides with CDC over fight with counselor

Court sides with CDC over fight with counselor

ATLANTA -- A federal appeals court has rejected arguments from a former counselor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who claims her religious rights were violated because she was fired for refusing to counsel a gay woman.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a judge's decision to dismiss Marcia Walden's lawsuit against the CDC.

Walden was a contractor who worked for the CDC in 2007 when a woman came to her for advice involving a same-sex relationship. She was let go after she told the woman she couldn't help because her "personal values" as a devout Christian prevented her from offering any assistance.

Walden said her firing was a result of religious discrimination, but the three-judge panel said it was not persuaded by her arguments.

Get your someone special a Valentine's Day pet

DECATUR -- Want to surprise your special someone with a furry friend for Valentine's Day? DeKalb County Animal Services is making it easy for you. 

Animal Services is offering a Valentines Adoption special starting on Tuesday, February 14 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and ending on Saturday, February 18. 

Adoptions are $60 and they include spaying/neutering, vaccines, de-worming and feline vaccinations. 

For more information, contact DeKalb County Animal Services at (404) 294-3088. 

UniverSoul Circus comes back to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The UniverSoul Circus is making its way back home to Atlanta, just in time for Black History Month. 

The circus will open on February 9 and will run through February 26. 

This year, UniverSoul features an improv comedy troupe, various contortionists, a comedy act, elephants, tigers, dancers and a trapeze act. 

The circus is known for it's "unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry". 

Tickets generally cost between $15 and $30.  They are on sale, now, at the UniverSoul box office located at Turner Field