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GEORGIA: Carter's grandson elected

The eldest grandson of former President Jimmy Carter won a suburban Atlanta state Senate seat in a special election Tuesday night. Jason Carter, 34, became the first in his family to win elective office since his grandfather took the White House more than three decades ago. Unofficial results showed Carter claiming 65 percent of the vote to fellow Democrat Tom Stubbs' 23 percent. During the race, Carter focused more on the issues than on his famous grandfather. Just days before the election, however, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter stumped with the candidate, passing out fliers and surprising residents on a typical Saturday afternoon.


WASHINGTON: Obama's new drug policy

Four decades after President Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs," the White House announced Tuesday a shift in national drug policy that would treat illegal drug use more as a public health issue and plunge more resources into prevention and treatment. The new strategy boosts community-based anti-drug programs, encourages health care providers to screen for drug problems before addiction sets in and expands treatment to mainstream health care facilities. President Barack Obama called it a "balanced approach" to a complex challenge. Drug czar Gil Kerlikowske was more blunt. "Calling it a war really limits your resources," he said. "Looking at this as both a public safety problem and a public health problem seems to make a lot more sense."


Climate bill to be unveiled

A long-awaited energy and climate bill to be made public Wednesday would allow states directly affected by offshore drilling to veto drilling plans of nearby states if they can show significant negative impact from an accident. The bill is sponsored by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.). The Associated Press obtained a copy of a summary being circulated on Capitol Hill. Kerry and Lieberman said they will press ahead despite losing the support of Republican partner Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

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