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April 18, 2019 - 12:00 am

RACIST STUDENT VIDEO

Georgia students disciplined over video disparaging Mexicans

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) — Several students of a Georgia high school have been disciplined over a video that shows them acting out a deportation and then saying "Remember, f--- the Mexicans."

Newton County Schools spokeswoman Sherri Davis tells news outlets that the video was an outtake from a project in an American Government class at Eastside High School in Covington. She says the project was for students to discuss different political views and make a video about their positions.

The video shows a boy escorting a girl behind a gate, saying "This is what happens when you cross the border illegally." A second boy then jumps in frame and makes the disparaging comment.

Davis says the school learned about the video this week and the students were disciplined.

TODDLER SHOT

Gunshot fired into Georgia home kills 2-year-old girl

(Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man is accused of shooting into an Augusta home and killing his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the Richmond County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old Marquie Gunter was arrested and faces charges, including murder, in the Tuesday night death of Ja'Ziah Pollard.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Gunter had a lawyer.

Gunter is the live-in boyfriend of the girl's mother, Jackqueline Ingram.

The sheriff's office says that Gunter repeatedly shot a vehicle during an argument, and Ingram ran inside and locked the door. The sheriff's office says Gunter kicked open the door and fired once into the home, hitting Ja'Ziah in the head.

Ja'Ziah was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The sheriff's office says Gunter wasn't related to Ja'Ziah, but he has a baby with Ingram.

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA-GEORGIA

Georgia Gov. Kemp signs medical marijuana bill

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has signed into law a bill that would allow certain patients to access a low-potency cannabis oil they can already legally use.

Kemp approved what he called a "carefully balanced" measure on Wednesday, saying it would expand access for patients in need without opening the door to recreational drug use.

The legislation allows the in-state production and sale of the marijuana oil and closes a loophole in a 2015 law that banned growing, buying and selling the drug but allowed certain patients to possess it.

Current state law allows individuals with 16 specific conditions, including cancer, seizure disorders and Parkinson's disease, to possess the substance.

The bill grants six growing licenses to private companies — two for larger organizations and four for smaller organizations.

BURIED CHILDREN BODIES

5 plead not guilty in deaths of siblings buried in yard

(Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com)

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (AP) — Five relatives have pleaded not guilty in the deaths of teenage siblings found buried in their father's yard in Georgia.

News outlets report the dead children's father, 50-year-old Elwyn Crocker Sr., their stepmother and three others entered their pleas Wednesday during arraignments in Effingham County Superior Court.

Sheriff's deputies acting on a tip discovered the bodies of Mary and Elwyn Crocker Jr. in December. Authorities say both were 14 when they died roughly two years apart. The children were homeschooled and never reported missing.

Effingham County sheriff's investigator Abby Brown testified last month that Mary was beaten, starved and kept naked in a dog crate. A later indictment said Elwyn Jr. was a victim of similar abuse.

All five relatives are charged with felony murder, child cruelty and other crimes.

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CHILD SHOT

Police: Slaying fugitive caught after harming 3 more people

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man wanted in a fatal shooting in Georgia is now accused of shooting a 2-year-old girl in Tennessee and then crashing a car into a teen while fleeing police.

News outlets report 29-year-old Victor Lynn Parson was arrested Monday. Police in DeKalb County, Georgia, say he's accused of killing his mother's fiance Sunday.

Arrest warrants say Parson was visiting a longtime friend in Knoxville, Tennessee, hours later when he shot the friend's girlfriend and 2-year-old daughter. They were hospitalized. Their conditions are unclear.

Knoxville police say Parson then fled an attempted traffic stop and hit a 13-year-old boy who was riding a scooter. The boy was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Parson escaped authorities but was arrested the next morning on charges including attempted murder. He's awaiting extradition to Georgia.

SEVERE WEATHER

Strong storms rumble across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas

DALLAS (AP) — Severe thunderstorms rumbled across North Texas, the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas, producing several tornadoes and unleashing widespread hail.

Seven tornadoes were reported across the Plains from the northeastern Texas Panhandle to southeastern Kansas. Strong winds hit elsewhere Wednesday evening, toppling utility poles and trees and downing power lines in parts of North Texas. No significant structural damage has been reported.

The National Weather Service received numerous reports of hail pelting the storm-struck areas. Egg-size hail was reported about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of Fort Worth.

The storms were expected to move Thursday into the Deep South. Dozens of schools in Mississippi and Alabama dismissed students early as a precaution.

The threat comes days after dozens of tornadoes from East Texas to Georgia left at least nine dead.

TOUGALOO COMMENCEMENT-ABRAMS

Stacey Abrams to deliver Tougaloo commencement speech May 5

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Stacey Abrams, who ran for governor in Georgia, will deliver the Tougaloo College commencement address next month.

The historically black college in Mississippi, where Abrams grew up, is also her parents' alma mater. A Tougaloo spokeswoman on Wednesday confirmed her appearance at the May 5 ceremony. The college has an enrollment of nearly 800 undergraduates and celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

Abrams has become a national star in the Democratic Party since narrowly losing her historic bid last fall to become the country's first black woman governor. The former Democratic leader of the Georgia House of Representatives is currently mulling a 2020 run for U.S. Senate or president, or another campaign for Georgia governor in 2022.

Abrams will also be a commencement speaker at American University on May 11.

STONE MOUNTAIN-COMPUTER ATTACK

Stone Mountain Park management suffers ransomware attack

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Managers of Georgia's Stone Mountain Park say they've suffered a ransomware attack.

News outlets report that the Stone Mountain Memorial Association's computers were targeted by cyberattackers demanding ransom.

Spokesman John Bankhead says the public wasn't affected and no sensitive data was compromised. He didn't know how much money the attackers demanded in exchange for decrypting the files.

He says the association is working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Georgia Technology Authority to reboot the system and regain access without paying any ransom. Bankhead said Tuesday that the process may take several days. A similar attack targeted the city of Atlanta last year .

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