Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia state agency preparing for tropical storm

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says his office is ready to help consumers with claims linked to an anticipated tropical storm.

Hudgens said Tuesday that his office will offer a toll-free claims assistance line staffed with local insurance experts to help Georgians bounce back from any damage from Tropical Storm Arthur.

Hudgens says consumers should make copies of their insurance policies and take inventory of their personal belongings.

Hudgens says his office also plans to send claims experts to impacted areas if severe weather hits Georgia.

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Georgia man sentenced on weapons charges

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a metro Atlanta man has been sentenced on weapons charges.

Authorities said Tuesday that 27-year-old Kevin Lahey of Lilburn was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison. Lahey was charged with possessing seven firearms while illegally using controlled substances.

Authorities say Lahey stole two silencers from a gun dealer in Lawrenceville and was arrested after stealing two laser lights, a rifle stand and a holster from a Wal-Mart in Snellville three days later. During a struggle with officers, prosecutors say Lahey dropped a loaded handgun.

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School safety forum planned in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Officials from the U.S. Attorney's office say they're preparing to host an annual conference focused on school safety in Athens.

The U.S. Attorney's Middle District of Georgia office is partnering with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and others to host the conference titled "Safety In Our Schools" July 8 -10.

Officials say educators, school resource officers and others will have a chance to get 16 hours of training during the conference.

Organizers say the forum is expected to cover several topics including managing campus tragedies, emergency preparation and more.

The event is being hosted at the University of Georgia Hotel and Conference Center.

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Christian musicians sue pop star over copyright

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A group of Christian hip-hop musicians is suing pop singer Katy Perry and her record label in federal court in St. Louis, claiming that the hit song "Dark Horse" infringes on their copyright of a 2008 song.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by musicians Marcus Gray and Chike Ojukwu of St. Louis as well as Lecrae Moore of Atlanta and Emanuel Lambert of Aldan, Pennsylvania. Gray goes by the stage name Flame.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Capitol Records, rapper Juicy J, producers Dr. Luke and Cirkut and songwriters Max Martin and Sarah Theresa Hudson are also named in the lawsuit. It alleges that Perry's 2013 pop hit was based on the gospel song "Joyful Noise."

Perry's publicist did not return a message from the newspaper seeking comment.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 

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Police apprehend suspect in deadly shooting

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Police in Atlanta's eastern suburbs have apprehended a suspect in a deadly shooting.

CBS 46 reports that a man in his 20s was shot and killed at the Wesley Club Apartments in Decatur around 10 p.m. Tuesday. Police say he was shot by an SUV full of people, and the vehicle fled the scene.

About an hour later, police spotted the SUV -- a black Chevrolet Avalanche -- and began chasing it. The pursuit ended when the vehicle wrecked in Atlanta at Macedonia Road and Browns Mill Road. No one was hurt in the crash. Police took one suspect into custody.

Names of the shooting victim and the suspect weren't immediately released.

DeKalb County Police Lt. John Medina said the SUV was reported stolen.

Information from: WGCL-TV, 

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