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In a Monday Feb. 2, 2004 photo, Associated Press staff writer Dick Pettys, left, jokingly holds up a recorder to get offhand comments, to the laughter of House Speaker Pro Tempore Dubose Porter, center, and Majority Caucus Chairman Calvin Smyre, during a celebration of his 35 years with AP covering the State House, pictured after the general session at the capitol in Atlanta. Pettys, who was a fixture at the Georgia state Capitol for more than three decades and a well-respected mentor to other journalists, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 following a massive heart attack at his north Georgia home. He was 66. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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Veteran AP Georgia newsman Dick Pettys dies at 66

Dick Pettys, a longtime political reporter for The Associated Press who was a fixture at the Georgia state Capitol for more than three decades and a well-respected mentor to other journalists, died Monday.

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