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      GEORGIA AFTER THE SESSION Real work begins now that grueling session is over ATLANTA (AP) - The grueling 2010 session of the GeorgiaLegislature is over and now the hard work begins. It's time for outgoing Gov. Sonny Perdue and other state leadersto begin the difficult work implementing tough budget cuts in asputtering economy. Perdue must study dozens of bills and decide which ones he willsign and which ones he will veto. Perdue also will be part of anewly formed panel to study reforming the state's taxes. Perdue spokesman Bert Brantley said the governor will beginreviewing this session's passed legislation during the week. Perdue has until June 8 to sign bills into law. SEVERE WEATHER At least 7 killed in Tenn. flash flooding, 4 by severe weatherin Miss. MEMPHIS, TN (AP) - Emergency officials in Tennessee areassessing the damage from heavy weekend flooding that killed atleast seven people there and four others in northern Mississippi.And there's more rain in the Monday morning forecast across a wideswath of the Southeast. Thunderstorms dumped at least 10 inches of rain on Memphis andflooded highways and roads throughout the state. Hundreds inTennessee had to be evacuated because of the flash flooding. State emergency spokesman Jeremy Heidt said Sunday morning thatInterstate 24 southeast of Nashville remains closed from highwaters and will likely stay closed for some time. About 80 National Guard soldiers have been activated to helpwith rescue efforts. Heidt says no other fatalities have beenreported, but officials won't know for sure until they can searchby daylight. The strong thunderstorms scattered tornadoes and hail along theMississippi River Valley in Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri,Kentucky and several other areas. BASE JOBS Base has openings for 200 more maintenance workers MACON, GA (AP) - Robins Air Force Base plans to hire anadditional 200 workers to maintain the Air Force's fleet of F-15,C-130 and C-5 aircraft. The base announced last month that it intended to hire 400 to500 for the 402nd Maintenance Wing. The wing is charged withmaintaining the aircraft. The Macon Telegraph newspaper reports that the base now plans tohire 700 new workers for the unit by the end of the year. Earlier this week, Air Force officials said a backlog ofaircraft maintenance work has built up at its three aircraftmaintenance installations. Base officials say demand for the position is expected to beheavy. Last month about 5,000 applications were received for 170apprenticeship positions at the base. NEW RESIDENTS Army personnel plan for upcoming move to Georgia FORT KNOX, KY (AP) - School officials from Columbus, Ga.,Phenix City, Ala. and other areas in east Alabama and west Georgiawere in Fort Knox, Ky. hoping to convince people coming to FortBenning to choose their schools. The Fort Knox soldiers, civilian employees and dependents saythey have been on the Internet and on the phone researching theColumbus area. The latest U.S. Army numbers indicate 28,000 new people will bemoving into the Chattahoochee Valley over the next 18 months. Thatincludes more than 11,400 service members, government civilianworkers and defense contractors. The rest are spouses and children. Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce President Mike Gaymon saidhe found the Fort Knox residents already knew plenty about theColumbus area. GAMBLING CHARGES Georgia men charged after gambling operation raid CHAMBLEE, GA (AP) - Two men have been charged with trying tobribe a Chamblee police officer for information about upcominggambling raids. Police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the gamblingoperation run by the two men was raided Saturday. 36-year-old DuocVan Le was arrested at his home in Woodstock. The second mancharged, 35-year-old Thien Nguyen of Lilburn is still being sought. Authorities searched the homes of the men Saturday, in additionto eight DeKalb and Gwinnett businesses. They seized 68 videogambling machines and $164,000 in cash. Police say Le is accused of leasing the machines to businessesand shared in revenue from illegal winnings. Le is being held at the Chamblee Detention Center and isscheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon. TEEN CLUB-SHOOTING 3 teens shot outside southwest Atlanta club ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say three teenage boys have beenshot out an illegal club for teenagers in southwest Atlanta. Police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at about 1:30 a.m.Sunday a car pulled up and someone inside the vehicle fired into alarge crowd. The victims - ages 13, 14 and 16 - were shot in the legs.Authorities said their injuries did not appear to belife-threatening. No one has been arrested in the shooting. But police arrested club operator 50-year-old Earl Norman foroperating a business without a license, operating an adult dancehall without a license and operating a teen dance hall without alicense. Police said it was unclear how long Norman had beenoperating the club, which is in an industrial warehouse. ROSALYNN CARTER-MENTAL HEALTH Rosalynn Carter pens new book on mental health ATLANTA (AP) - Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter says that eventhough there have been dramatic advances to treat people sufferingfrom mental illness, the stigma still lingers. The 82-year-old details her efforts to bring mental healthissues to the forefront in a new book titled, "Within Our Reach:Ending the Mental Health Crisis." Carter said there should be no more shame or stigma attached tomental illness than any other illness. She said popular television crime dramas still portray thementally ill as violent when they are far more likely instead to becrime victims. Carter says the treatment of Hurricane Katrina victims andveterans coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq show there's stillmuch that is misunderstood about mental illness. ASTROS-BRAVES Heyward drives in 3, Braves sweep Astros (Braves 7, Astros 1.) ATLANTA (AP) - Jason Heyward and Melky Cabrera each drove inthree runs and the Atlanta Braves beat Houston 7-1 on Sunday tocomplete a three-game sweep and leave the Astros with a six-gamelosing streak. The Braves outscored the Astros 21-4 in their first three-gamesweep of Houston since 2003. Heyward, the rookie sensation who had homers in three straightgames before Sunday, had two hits. He ranks among the NL leaderswith seven homers and 23 RBIs. Heyward gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead in the second with a sacrificefly to deep right field. He had a run-scoring double in the Braves'three-run fourth inning off Bud Norris and drove in another runwith a bases-loaded infield single in the three-run fifth. BUCKS-HAWKS Crawford, Horford lead Hawks past Bucks 95-74 (Hawks 95, Bucks 74.) ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks weren't going to let anothergame slip away on their home court. After keeping their season alive with a gutty win in Milwaukee,the Hawks made sure the Bucks were in no position to duplicatetheir improbable Game 5 upset. Jamal Crawford scored 22 points, AlHorford put up a double-double and Atlanta pulled away for a 95-74win Sunday that gave the Hawks a 4-3 triumph in thetougher-than-expected series. It was the only series to go thedistance in the opening round. The third-seeded Hawks advanced to face No. 2 Orlando in theEastern Conference semifinals. The Magic, who have been restingsince wrapping up a sweep of Charlotte last Monday, will host thefirst two games of the series beginning Tuesday night.