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Updated: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:16:37 EST


Atlanta, Macon break record low temperatures

ATLANTA (AP) — Unusually cool air helped Atlanta and Macon break records for low temperatures.

National Weather Service forecasters say the low of 60 degrees in Atlanta around 5 a.m. Wednesday broke the previous record of 61 degrees for the date. The previous record low for July 30 in Atlanta was set in 1936.

Macon hit a low of 61 degrees around 5 a.m. Wednesday, breaking a previous record low of 62 degrees for July 30. Macon's previous record low for the date was set in 1920.

Temperatures fell even lower in the north Georgia mountains. A U.S. Forest Service weather station recorded a low of 48 degrees shortly after 5 a.m. in Union County.


Mayor: Atlanta should welcome immigrant children

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city should be a safe place for unaccompanied children who cross the U.S. border.

In a Tuesday news conference at City Hall, Reed said welcoming the children is the moral and right thing to do.

He said metro Atlanta and Georgia have growing immigrant populations and that it's important to send a signal that Atlanta will be a welcoming community.

Earlier this month, Gov. Nathan Deal said in a letter to President Barack Obama that he was shocked to learn from federal officials that the Office of Refugee Resettlement had sent 1,154 unaccompanied children to Georgia between Jan. 1 and the end of June.

Reed said he hadn't read the governor's letter, but said "we're just on a different place on this."


Georgia tax holiday approaching

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Retail Association is reminding residents that the state's tax holiday is quickly approaching.

Officials say state and local sales taxes in most Georgia counties will be waived between Aug. 1 and 2. Officials say the tax exemption applies to computers, software and more worth less than $1,000, clothes and shoes worth less than $100 per item, and school supplies worth less than $20 per item.

Georgia Retail Association Executive Director Taylor Byrd says the tax holiday is good for retailers and Georgia families. Byrd says increased business during the tax holiday period is "good for our economy, because it means more work hours and higher payrolls."

GRA officials are expecting a back to school and college savings of about $2 billion statewide.


Minnesota robbery suspect arrested in Georgia

(Information in the following story is from: St. Paul Pioneer Press,

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials say a man accused of robbing a Ramsey County pawnshop at gunpoint is in custody in Georgia.

Roseville Police Lt. Lorne Rosand tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press 24-year-old Marvin Lee Clinton Spencer was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of first-degree aggravated robbery. Police say Spencer and his father stole about $200,000 in jewelry from a Pawn America on July 21.

Police haven't found Spencer's father, who is charged via a warrant with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree aggravated robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm and two counts of second-degree assault.

Police say Spencer was arrested in Doraville, Georgia, after a hotel patron overheard him discussing the robbery. Rosand says he'll likely be extradited to Minnesota.

Online jail records didn't list an attorney.


Car plunges into pond; divers search for person

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say divers are trying to locate an occupant who might be inside a vehicle after it plunged into a pond in suburban Atlanta.

Gwinnett County fire officials say they were called to the pond in Peachtree Corners during the morning rush period, around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Fire officials say witnesses reported that a person was inside the vehicle when it went into the water.

Authorities said the car remained completely submerged under water shortly before 8:30 a.m.

Gwinnet County fire officials say a dive team from Hall County has been called to the scene, which is about 20 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

Few other details were immediately available.


Theater apologizes after kids see 'Sex Tape' clips

(Information in the following story is from: The Augusta Chronicle ,

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A movie theater chain says it's reviewing complaints after its Augusta theater showed scenes from the R-rated film "Sex Tape" instead of the children's movie "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" in a summer movie program for youngsters.

Regal Entertainment Group spokesman Russ Nunley said the theater experienced a "programming issue" at Regal Augusta Exchange.

In a statement to The Augusta Chronicle, Nunley said managers addressed concerns of movie patrons and sincerely apologized for what he called an unfortunate event.

Ellen Hotchkiss said she was late for the Tuesday children's movie but walked in with several youngsters who are near middle school age in time to see actress Cameron Diaz removing clothing.

Staff members from the Knoxville, Tennessee-based Regal Entertainment handed out tickets for a later showing of the children's movie program.


Driver of stolen car rams police cruiser head-on

(Information in the following story is from: WXIA-TV,

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a police officer was injured when a suspect rammed a stolen car into the officer's cruiser south of Atlanta.

Fulton County police Det. Melissa Parker said the crash happened around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday at a Walmart Supercenter at Old National Highway and Flat Shoals Road.

Parker said the Fulton County officer was at the Walmart to take a shoplifting suspect into custody. She said that as the officer drove through the parking lot with that suspect in the back of his cruiser, the stolen car pulled out of a gas station and rammed the police cruiser head-on.

Parker tells WXIA-TV that the suspect in the stolen car then jumped out and ran off.

The officer and the shoplifting suspect were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Their conditions weren't immediately known.


Savannah wins water taste test award

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah's tap water has been declared as the best-tasting water in the state.

Savannah city officials say their water was given the recognition last week during the Georgia Association of Water Professionals Annual Conference.

Officials say a panel of water utility professionals did a blind taste test on submissions. Savannah Public Words and Water Resources Bureau Chief John Sawyer says the award is a testament to employees' commitment to their jobs.

City officials say the city's water plant has been in operation since 1947 and is a designated American Water Works historic landmark.


Ga. agency participating in heat safety campaign

ATLANTA (AP) — Officials from the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning say Thursday is National Heatstroke Prevention Day.

In a statement, department spokesman Reg Griffin says the department is teaming up with Safe Kids Worldwide and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to raise awareness of the issue.

Griffin says the groups will educate the public on how heatstroke occurs and how to prevent heat-related injuries and deaths from happening.


Last crew member of Enola Gay dies in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Theodore "Dutch" VanKirk flew nearly 60 bombing missions, but it was a single mission in the Pacific that secured him a place in history. He was 24 years old when he served as navigator on the Enola Gay, the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945.

VanKirk's son Tom VanKirk says his father died Monday of natural causes at the retirement home where he lived in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He was 93.

Theodore VanKirk told The Associated Press in a 2005 interview that he thought the bombing was necessary because it shortened the war.

But he also said the experience made him wary of war — and that he'd like to see all of the world's atomic bombs abolished.

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