Tuesday, June 17, 2014

First Slice 6/17/14: Georgia death-row inmate Marcus Wellons denied clemency, scheduled to die today

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Georgia death-row inmate Marcus Wellons is scheduled to be killed later today after being denied clemency. If the execution happens, Wellons, who was convicted in 1993 for killing his neighbor India Roberts, will be the first inmate in the nation to die since the botched lethal injection of Oklahoma prisoner Clayton Lockett occurred last April.

State officials have once again decided against asking high school students questions about sex on its Center for Disease Control-sponsored youth risk survey. Georgia was only one of four states along with Louisiana, Utah and Virginia that didn't ask those questions last year.

An Atlanta air traffic controller who last week told a Delta pilot that a plane couldn't land at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was actually just kidding! And it forced the aircraft to stay up in the skies for an additional hour and a half. The prank has prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to launch an investigation.

MARTA is eying an expansion of its rail service farther north into Fulton County. "When you look at the 400 corridor, there are 900 technology companies, and that attracts a young, smart employee," state Sen. Brandon Beach, who leads the North Fulton Community Improvement District, tells WABE. "They want to ride their bikes; they want to take a train; they want to take transit; they want alternatives."

Federal authorities have subpoenaed a trove of documents related to DeKalb County commissioner and employee charge cards.

R.I.P. Jerry Luquire, longtime Christian activist and head of the Georgia Christian Coalition.

U.S.A. wins its first World Cup match! And Delta rubs in the fact that Ghana has no giraffes?

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