Area News: Cold Weather Delays Ala Classes: Small Dog Rescued 2 Miles from Fla Shore; Big Election Year for Ga

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By: ap

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Some schools were delaying classes ahead of a winter cold front that could pelt mid-Alabama with freezing rain, snow and cold starting Sunday and into early next week.
Forecasters at the National Weather Service said a mix of wintry weather was expected to descend across central Alabama on Sunday evening. Rain showers were likely Sunday before 9 p.m. in Montgomery, followed by rain and sleet. Government forecasters said flurries were expected after midnight.
Temperatures will remain chilly into Monday, not rising above freezing across most of the state.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Caretakers are searching for the owner of a small dog found treading water in Tampa Bay.
The Tampa Bay Times reports a fisherman saw the dog's small nose rising above the waves Thursday morning.
The dog was 2 miles from the St. Petersburg shoreline and the water temperature was 68.
The fisherman took the dog to Demens Landing marina. A resident wrapped the dog in a towel and said she shook all night.
The pooch was wearing a red collar and pink rhinestone name tag. She has a microchip, but the number associated with her name doesn't work.
Caretaker Suzy Johnson says the dog may have fallen overboard at night without anyone realizing it.

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say one suspect was killed and two officers were wounded Thursday while executing a search warrant in the Florida Panhandle. Both officers were expected to recover. The man who was killed was not immediately identified. Another man, 38-year-old Aphrey Benjamin Collis, was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- Public transportation is coming to Everglades National Park.
A new trolley service that launches Saturday will link Homestead with Everglades and Biscayne National Parks.
Free trolley rides from downtown Homestead to visitor centers within the two national parks will run every weekend from January to April. The route includes a stop at the beach at Homestead's Bayfront Park.
The trolley stop at Homestead's Losner Park connects to Miami-Dade County bus routes.
The National Park Service, the city and the National Parks Conservation Association collaborated on the trolley service.

ATLANTA (AP) -- It's shaping up to be a major election year in Georgia.
All statewide elected officials, including Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, will be up for re-election. There also will be a hotly contested race for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat, with Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss set to retire at the end of the year. And all 56 state senators and 180 state representatives will be on the ballot.
While the general election isn't until November, there will be key primaries to keep an eye on, and those will likely be held early in the year. That means state lawmakers gathering in Atlanta this month for the legislative session will have an extra incentive to move quickly.
Key issues will be the budget, education funding and Medicaid.

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