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Georgia senator calls water the state's No. 1 issue

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga.

Resolving water dispute 'No. 1 issue'

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss says the decades-long water dispute among Georgia, Florida and Alabama is the "No. 1 issue facing every Georgian today." The Georgia Republican said at a forum on Friday that it is "incumbent that we get this water issue solved" or Georgia will lose business and tourism to Alabama. Georgia and its neighbors have fought for two decades over Lake Lanier, a massive North Georgia reservoir that supplies Atlanta with most of its water and feeds rivers spanning the three states. A federal judge ruled last year Atlanta had little legal right to take water from the lake and threatened to reduce its access to the water in 2012 unless it works out a compromise with Alabama and Florida.

DANIA BEACH

Human head found on canal bank

Sheriff's officials say a human head was found on the bank of a canal in South Florida. The Broward County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that investigators are at the scene in Dania Beach gathering evidence. The head was found around 11 a.m. Sunday.

MIAMI

Haitian candidates on the stump

Some of Haiti's presidential candidates are in Miami to court Haitian-Americans' money and influence. Nineteen candidates are on the ballot in Haiti's presidential election. All were invited to participate in a forum Sunday at Florida International University. Five candidates showed up at a similar forum last month in St. Petersburg. Haitian-Americans can't vote in the Nov. 28 election, but their financial support is critical in the impoverished Caribbean country. So, many of Haiti's candidates have been campaigning and fundraising in the large Haitian communities of Miami, Boston and New York. Haitian political observers say the debates are something new as Haitian-Americans seek a larger role in the rebuilding of their homeland.

FORT LAUDERDALE

New battleship commissioned

Thousands of people turned out for a celebration of the Navy's newest destroyer and a tribute to a fallen Marine. The commissioning of the USS Jason Dunham happened under sunny skies at Port Everglades on Saturday. The $1 billion guided-missile destroyer was adorned with red, white and blue flags to mark the day. The 510-foot-long ship was built in Bath, Maine, and will have its home port in Norfolk, Va. It's named for a Marine corporal from New York who died in Iraq six years ago after throwing himself on a grenade to protect others.

Times wires

Georgia senator calls water the state's No. 1 issue 11/14/10 [Last modified: Sunday, November 14, 2010 10:06pm]

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