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  • Decent dry breaks around metro Atlanta over the next 5-10 days. Rain odds will vary from 30-70%. Latest from Kirk Mellish.
  • Seven men face murder charges in connection with a deadly shooting at a Carroll County motel. Villa Rica police found the victim lying on a second-floor landing at the Fairbridge Inn Express on Ga. 61 around 7 p.m. Tuesday, Capt. K.L. Shaddix said early Wednesday in a news release. Brian Cook, 28, of Villa Rica, was pronounced dead on the scene. During the course of their investigation, police located and arrested five people. Warrants were secured for two more, Shaddix said. It appears the victim was shot after an altercation in a motel room. Police said Ramon Higgs, 29, also of Villa Rica, went to the motel and Cook accompanied him. Higgs was seen on video surveillance entering a second-floor room while Cook remained outside. A confrontation inside the room turned violent, according to police. Higgs then ran from the room with several men chasing him, Shaddix said.  “As Cook began to run away, he was grabbed by the suspects and shot while on the second-floor landing where he died from the injuries,” Shaddix said in the release. “Higgs was also shot but was able to flee the scene.” Investigators learned six Villa Rica men were inside the hotel room at the time of the shooting. Khaaliq Sims, 24, Isiah Roberts, 20, Alvon Darby, 20, and Kyron Doby, 23, were all located and arrested. Two others, Briahious McPherson and Ricardo Joiner, both 19, have not been caught. All six face two counts of aggravated assault and a single count of murder. Roberts was arrested on an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Shaddix said police also charged Higgs with murder and aggravated assault as well as marijuana and weapons possession. Higgs was treated for a gunshot wound at Grady Memorial Hospital and released.  The investigation resulted in two unrelated arrests, Shaddix said. Police contacted the occupants of the room next door to the shooting and reportedly located suspected marijuana. Two people, including a 16-year-old boy, were arrested on possession charges. The other suspect, identified as 24-year-old Jaylon Stanton of Baton Rouge, La., was also charged with first-degree forgery after he was allegedly found in possession of a large amount of suspected drugs and counterfeit cash. The search continues for the two remaining murder suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Villa Rica police at 678-785-1100 or call 911.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates. In other news: 
  • The world’s busiest airport has a new backup plan after a power outage brought it to a complete stop in December. Channel 2’s Craig Lucie was in a meeting with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International’s general manager Wednesday to learn about their plans. He’s asking him about what the plan will cost, for updates on Channel 2 Action News starting at 4 p.m. TRENDING STORIES: Doctor who made music videos in operating room facing several malpractice lawsuits Patient says she woke up from surgery in hotel room with sandwich in hand 'Hamilton' opens at Fox Theatre, $10 tickets available daily The airport will be hauling in massive generators soon. The generators are the size of trucks.  They already have generators on the property, but they want the airport to be fully powered should they lose power like they did in December On December 17, an electrical fire crippled both the main power system and its backup and flights came to a halt. They had an electrical fire in a tunnel. More than 1,400 flights were canceled. After that, airport officials showed Channel 2 Action News their new plan.  They are installing more than 20 industrial generators. They will be at each terminal so if there is another outage, the backup will kick in within ten seconds. 
  • A judge is set to sentence Tex McIver, the Buckhead attorney who murdered his wife in 2016. Watch a live stream of the sentencing below.
  • The Latest on the mass shooting at a Texas high school (all times local): 11:35 a.m. A church group will host a gathering at a football stadium to honor those killed and injured during a Texas high school shooting. The Santa Fe Highway 6 Ministerial Alliance says it will host 'A Night of Hope and Healing' at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Santa Fe Junior High School football stadium. The alliance said in a Facebook post that the event will include 'worship, words of encouragement and prayers for all of the families who are grieving.' Eight students and two teachers were killed and 11 more were injured in the shooting Friday at Santa Fe High School. A 17-year-old student is being held on capital murder charges. ___ 10:55 a.m. Teachers have returned to work at a Texas high school where 10 people were killed. Santa Fe High School instructors and support staff returned to campus on Wednesday, four days after the mass shooting that left eight students and two teachers dead. Leigh Wall, the superintendent of the district about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston, said in a letter to parents Tuesday that teachers and support staff will be working to prepare for the return of students next Tuesday. Students on Wednesday were being given another opportunity to retrieve personal belongings from the school. Authorities say a 17-year-old student carried out the attack. He faces murder charges. ___ 12:01 a.m. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's meetings on school violence and safety have promised to wade into the thorny issue of gun control with the next round. The Republican has been a staunch supporter of gun rights and worked to expand them in the state in recent years. He called for a series of high-level policy meetings after a high school near Houston became the latest to have a mass shooting. Eight students and two teachers were killed last week at Santa Fe High School and more than a dozen wounded. Wednesday's meeting will include representatives of gun control group Texas Gun Sense and the Texas State Rifle Association, which is affiliated with the National Rifle Association. But the gun-related groups are just two of the two dozen invited to attend.