Georgia News Roundup
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Man gunned down in his front yard near Atlanta

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Police are investigating a deadly shooting in DeKalb County.

Authorities say the man was shot in the front yard of his home on Beech Drive off of Memorial Drive during the overnight hours late Sunday or early Monday.

Homicide investigators tell WSB-TV that robbery is believed to be the motive. Investigators say the man was walking toward his house when a lone gunman tried to rob him. Police said several shots were fired and struck the victim.

The man, who is in his 20s, was taken to a nearby hospital and later died of his injuries.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Trial set in death of Duke graduate student

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Trial is set to begin for a man accused of killing a Duke University graduate student more than six years ago.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reported that Laurence Lovette Jr. is charged with murder in the 2008 death of Abhijit Mahato. Trial is scheduled to begin in Durham on Monday.

Lovette is serving a life prison sentence for the 2008 shooting death of Eve Carson of Athens, Georgia, who was student body president at the University of North Carolina.

Mahato was found dead in his off-campus apartment in Durham.

Lovette was arrested eight days after Carson's death, and police investigators said they connected him to Mahato's death.

Information from: The Herald-Sun, http://www.herald-sun.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


2 people die in small plane accident in Georgia woods

ATLANTA (AP) — An emergency management official says two people have died in the crash of an amateur-built experimental biplane in west Georgia.

Carroll County Emergency Management Director Tim Padgett told The Associated Press early Monday that two people were found dead at the scene of the crash, in a wooded area near Carrollton, Georgia. Officials haven't released further details on the deaths.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said late Sunday that preliminary information indicated that two people were on board the aircraft, which was destroyed by fire. She said authorities had not yet confirmed where the airplane had departed before it crashed.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to be at the scene Monday.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Nashville mayor, congressman to fundraise for Nunn

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two of Nashville's top Democrats are planning a fundraiser for Michelle Nunn's U.S. Senate bid in Georgia.

Mayor Karl Dean and his wife, Anne Davis, have scheduled a fundraiser at their Green Hills home on Monday. The Tennessean reported that U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tennessee, will be an honorary host.

Nunn is the Democratic nominee in Georgia who will take on the winner of the July 22 GOP primary runoff between U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue, the one-time CEO of Goodlettsville-based Dollar General from 2003 to 2007.

Nunn is a nonprofit executive whose father, Sam Nunn, was a highly respected senator from Georgia from 1972 to 1996.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Georgia ends fiscal year with revenues up $879M

ATLANTA (AP) — A new report shows Georgia has ended the fiscal year with an increase in revenues of about $879 million, a 5.2 percent increase over the previous year.

Gov. Nathan Deal's office said Monday that Georgia's net tax collections for the fiscal year totaled nearly $17.9 billion, due in part to a large increase in corporate income tax collections. For the fiscal year, those corporate collections totaled $944 million, an increase of 18 percent over the previous year's total of $797 million.

Individual income tax collections also showed a modest increase of 2.4 percent.

Legislation eliminating the annual birthday tax in favor of a one-time auto sales tax resulted in a small drop in gross sales and use taxes and a substantial increase in motor vehicle fees.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Man shot while he slept in home near Atlanta

SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police in Atlanta's northeastern suburbs are searching for suspects after a man was shot in the back while he slept inside a home.

WAGA-TV reports that the gunfire happened around midnight Sunday on Trotters Pointe Drive in Snellville.

A woman called authorities to report the shooting that wounded her fiancé. He was taken to a nearby hospital. His condition wasn't immediately known.

Police say it appears that the suspects got out of a truck and then opened fire at the home. Authorities describe the vehicle as a dark-colored, four-door-style pickup truck, possibly black or maroon.

Information from: WAGA-TV, http://www.myfoxatlanta.com 

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