Friday, April 17, 2009

GNB Weekend Update

The weekend is just around the corner...Here's the news...

The race for Albany mayor is officially underway. The Albany Herald reported in its Friday edition that local community activist Kirk Smith announced his candidacy for the mayor's office in 2010. He ran unsuccessfully for Dougherty County Sheriff in 2008. But his platform hasn't changed from last year, as Smith plans to take on an anti-crime stance in his campaign.

Georgia could soon get a boost from the railways. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that President Barack Obama announced plans for a high-speed that could connect both north and south Georgia via Atlanta on Thursday. The plan calls for a European-style rail system where the trains would run at 100 mph. The president is pledging eight billion dollars towards funding that project.

Another potential candidate for Governor drops out of the race. House majority leader Jerry Keen (R-St. Simon's Island) says he's not running for the Republican nomination next year. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday his decision had nothing to do with who else running for governor. Keen's announcement comes one day after Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle announced that he wouldn't run for governor, citing nerve damage in his neck.

That's the news. GNB is online at 24/7. Have a good weekend.

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