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Races Set for 10 General Assembly Seats

Central Georgia voters will decide five state House races and five Senate races during this election season.

Meanwhile, 10 representatives and three senators face no opposition.

Qualifying for the state Senate and state Representative races ended at noon Friday.

Here are the qualifiers.

In State Senate District 18, incumbent Cecil Staton, a Macon Republican, has a challenger:Thomaston physician Spencer Price. They'll meet in the July 31 Republican primary and the winner has no opposition in November.

'Watchdog' Group Files Ethics Complaint Against Broun

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- A nonprofit ethics watchdog says Georgia Congressman Paul Broun concealed the source of loans to his campaign and is calling for a full audit of his campaign finances.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against the Athens Republican, who loaned the Paul Broun Committee $304,000 in 2007 and 2008. According to FEC records, the committee has paid Broun $29,756 in interest on those loans.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the ethics group filed the complaint after Broun told the newspaper the loans came from a bank and he used the interest payments to pay the bank's interest. In FEC filings, Broun's campaign said the
loans came from the congressman.

Broun's press secretary did not respond to requests seeking comment.

YOUR PHOTOS: Photo of the Day

YOUR PHOTOS: Photo of the Day

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Hancock, Putnam Counties January Unemployment Rates

Hancock, Putnam Counties January Unemployment Rates

Hancock County's unemployment rate for January was 17 percent, the Georgia Department of Labor news release says.

Putnam County's unemployment rate in January was 11.2 percent.

That's compared to metro Macon's 9.9 percent unemployment rate for January.

But that's still less than a year ago, at 10.5 percent.

Sam Hall with the Georgia Department of Labor says the increases should not be cause for concern because seasonal workers leaving temporary holiday jobs play a major factor in the variation.

Hancock County Voter Turnout

Hancock County Voter Turnout

Of the registered voters in Hancock County, 499 cast their ballot.

That's 9.32 percent, the Board of Registrars says.

Putnam County Voter Turnout

Putnam County Voter Turnout

Twenty-nine percent of Putnam County voters cast their ballot in the presidential primary election.

That's according to the Board of Election.

Putnam County Sunday Liquor Sales Passes

Putnam County Sunday Liquor Sales Passes

9:05 p.m. Sunday Sales in unincorporated Putnam County passes with 1967 votes. That's 62% of the vote.

7:49 p.m.  63% vote yes for Sunday Liquor Sales in Putnam County, outside of Eatonton. That's with 25% of precincts reporting.

Eatonton already voted to approve Sunday sales last year.

Polls closed at 7 p.m.

Check back for poll results in your county here.