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  • More rain to keep filling area lakes

    Reports are that Lake Lanier levels are in the best shape since 2016 at this time of year thanks to a wet couple weeks. More rain is expected today.

    There is a risk of a strong storm this afternoon, maybe an isolated severe thunderstorm.

    However, as of this morning the risk is just marginal, a level 1 on a scale of 1-5.

    It’s possible new data later today could cause the risk to go up so stay tuned:

    My detailed local forecast on the radio all day.

    MID-DAY SURFACE WEATHER CHART THURSDAY:

    RAINFALL 8A-2PM:

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    24 HOUR ESTIMATED RAINFALL:

    What follows is weather about as nice [More]

  • Severe or not to be severe: the thunderstorm question

    Many things go into if there will be thunderstorms or how widespread they will be and how strong they will be.

    There are different types of thunderstorms. I won’t go over all that now but have covered that in past blogs and will no doubt do so at some point in the future.

    This is a simplified explanation of what goes into SEVERE THUNDERSTORM and particularly TORNADO potential. A severe storm is defined as one that can cause damage through wind or hail. (lightning can and does do damage and kill, but all thunderstorms by definition have lightning even weak ones not [More]

  • Showers move out, cold moves in

    The threat of severe weather has ended for Metro Atlanta and scattered showers and thundershowers will be ending, but temperatures will slowly fall this afternoon behind the cold front.

    A touch of snow may even mix with rain overnight in the higher elevations of the Northeast Georgia mountains.

    Clearing for Monday but temperatures will struggle to reach 60 with lows in the upper 30s to low 40s the next couple nights.

    LATE SUNDAY SURFACE WEATHER MAP:

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    MONDAY AM LOW TEMPERATURES:

    TUESDAY MORNING LOWS:

    However, a quick rebound to highs in the 70s is due Tuesday into next Saturday, Wednesday may reach [More]

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  • An 17-year-old faces a vehicular homicide charges nearly a month after police said she crashed a car, killing her classmate on senior skip day.  Prosecutors said Cristina Pavon-Baker was driving at 106 mph when she crashed a Mini Cooper into a tree and killed 18-year-old passenger Makayla Penn, Channel 2 Action News reported.  The March 26 crash occurred on I-75 North at the Jonesboro Road exit in Clayton County. The vehicle, “traveling at a high rate of speed,” failed to navigate the turn on the exit ramp, went airborne, overturned several times and ended up hitting a tree, uprooting it in a wooded area, the GSP said at the time of the crash. Pavon-Baker was cut out of the car and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for her injuries.  Prosecutors said Pavon-Baker was on Snapchat before the crash.  The two girls attended Community Christian School and were participating in senior skip day at the time of the crash.  The judge gave Pavon-Baker a $31,000 bond and ordered her to surrender her passport, Channel 2 reported. She was also ordered to not drive and to stay off of Snapchat. 
  • Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn his name from consideration, multiple news outlets are reporting. >> MORE COVERAGE: Embattled VA nominee Ronny Jackson accused of drunken driving, drug use | Jamie Dupree: Trump pick to head VA in trouble as Senators postpone hearing | Senate postpones hearing for Trump VA pick Ronny Jackson amid 'serious allegations' | More trending news 
  • Several fired and still working bus drivers gathered in front of Dekalb County School headquarters on Thursday to discuss their demands for a better work environment. Five of the eight divers who were let go one week ago, were back at the district’s offices demanding their jobs back. The press conference was held a half-hour before Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green was to meet with a hand-full of current drivers. Also in attendance, parents, grandparents and current drivers who were there in support of fired drivers like Melanie. “I stand here with the support of hundreds of drivers, parents, students and community members, and I say without hesitation, give us our jobs back.” Said Melanie.
  • The digital assistant Alexa isn’t just for adults. It’s now also for children, since the company has just announced the release of a kids’ version of the gadget.  » RELATED: Amazon is working on its first home robot, report says It’s called the Echo Dot Kids Edition, and it plays music and answers questions for little ones aged 5 to 12. The device also comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited, which offers kid-friendly books and radio stations.  “Parents can have peace of mind knowing their kids are getting age-appropriate content, while they listen to music, ask questions, enjoy Audible books, use Alexa skills, and more. We can’t wait for parents and kids to try this out,” said Dave Limp, senior vice president at Amazon Devices and Services, in a press release. >> Read more trending news  The smart speakers come with colorful cases that are available in blue, red or green, and parents can employ parental controls with the device. Not only can moms and dads set time limits for use, they can also disable the ability to purchase items from the internet. Songs with inappropriate lyrics are automatically blocked.  The voice experience is also tailored for kids. It offers the Magic Word feature, which encourages kiddos to use words like “please,” and children can ask Alexa questions about science, math, spelling, definition and even knock-knock jokes. The Echo Dot Kids Edition is retailed at $79.99 and can be pre-ordered now. Shipping will begin on May 9. » RELATED: Amazon in 2018: 6 things you should know about the e-commerce giant
  • State officials have released the last meal for convicted murderer Robert Earl Butts, Jr., who is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection. Butts was sentenced to death in 1998 for the murder of Donovan Corey Parks. The execution is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 3 at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. Butts requested a last meal of bacon cheeseburger with American and cheddar cheese, ribeye steak, six chicken tenders, seasoned French fries, cheesecake and strawberry lemonade.    There have been 70 men and one woman executed in Georgia since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.  TRENDING STORIES: Woman kills husband's mistress then turns gun on herself in 'calculated, planned attack': Police GBI investigating second scene in officer-involved in Villa Rica Teen was driving 106 mph when she crashed, killed best friend, prosecutors say If executed, Butts will be the 49th inmate put to death by lethal injection. There are presently 53 men under death sentence in Georgia.   Lawyers: Inmate set for execution should be resentenced A man set for execution next month should be resentenced because he wouldn't get the death penalty if he were sentenced today, his lawyers argued in a court filing. Butts Jr., 40, is scheduled to die on May 3 at the state prison in Jackson. Butts and 41-year-old Marion Wilson Jr. were convicted and sentenced to death in the March 1996 slaying of Donovan Corey Parks in central Georgia. The state and federal constitutions prohibit 'cruel and unusual' punishment, and the state prohibition on such punishment depends on the 'evolving standards of decency of the people of Georgia,' Butts' lawyers wrote in a filing seeking a new sentence in Baldwin County Superior Court, where he was originally sentenced. The murder for which Butts and Wilson were sentenced had a single victim and one aggravating factor, a circumstance that increases the severity of a crime and increases the possible sentence. According to sentencing data obtained and analyzed by Butts' lawyers, no one has been sentenced to death for a murder with one victim and one aggravating factor in over a decade. 'In other words, the people of Georgia no longer consider single-decedent, single-aggravator murder to be among the 'worst of the worst' offenses for which the death penalty must be reserved,' Butts' lawyers wrote. For that reason, they argue, he should be resentenced. The Georgia attorney general's office on Wednesday declined to comment on Butts' lawyers request to halt his scheduled execution and to hold a new sentencing trial. Butts' lawyers analyzed 246 cases in which the state filed a notice to seek the death penalty and a sentence was imposed from 2006 to 2017. During that time, of the 166 cases with a single victim, only seven, or 4.2 percent, resulted in a death sentence. And in the 21 cases with one aggravating factor, only one, or 4.8 percent, resulted in a death sentence. Under the state and federal constitutions, 'cruel and unusual' punishments 'include a sentence that is arbitrarily or rarely imposed,' Butts' lawyers wrote. The fact that no one in Georgia has been sentenced to death for a single victim, single aggravator murder in 10 years 'raises a threshold inference that Butts' death sentence is grossly disproportionate,' they argue. Attorneys for Butts have also argued repeatedly that his trial lawyers were ineffective and failed to thoroughly investigate his case or to present mitigating evidence, including a childhood characterized by abuse and neglect that could have spared him the death penalty. State and federal courts have rejected his appeals. His lawyers argued in a federal court filing earlier this month that a Georgia Supreme Court opinion published in January opens the door for a federal judge to consider his claims of ineffective assistance of counsel. The state rejected that argument in a filing Wednesday. Butts and Wilson asked Parks for a ride outside a Walmart store in Milledgeville, about 93 miles (150 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta. After they'd gone a short distance they ordered him to stop the car, dragged him out and killed him with a single shot to the back of his head, prosecutors said. They tried unsuccessfully to sell Parks' car and ended up driving it to a remote part of Macon and setting fire to it. Appeals in Wilson's case are still pending. Information from the Associated Press was used in this report
  • Two men are facing charges after Alpharetta police say they caught them drag racing right in front of an officer on a busy road. Dash cam video from the officer on patrol on April 6 near Webb Bridge and Morris roads captured the men fly past the officer at a stoplight. 'When the light turned green he noticed two vehicles that were two car lengths ahead of him took off at a very high rate of speed,” Officer Howard Miller said. TRENDING STORIES: 50+ horses missing across southeast after vet student ‘adopts’ them Investigators: Teacher accused of sex with student also had heroin in school Is legal pot a good thing? We travel to Colorado to get the real story Video shows Officer Dustin Bak go after the cars. “Clocked both cars going about 91 miles an hour on Webb Bridge road, which is a 40 mph zone,” Miller said. The exclusive dash cam video and what the men told the officer they were doing at the time, on Channel 2 Action News at 4 p.m.