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Civil rights museum breaks ground in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- After more than five years of anticipation, organizers are breaking ground on the Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta.

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The museum will join other popular tourist attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. It is expected to serve as a hub for speakers and artists who work on issues of human rights.

Centerpieces include The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection and the award-winning "Without Sanctuary" lynching exhibit.

Draft set to kick off NBA offseason

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The annual NBA Draft, the unofficial kickoff to the offseason, takes place Thursday at the Prudential Center in Newark.

The event has shifted across the Hudson River for the second straight year due to summer renovations taking place at historic Madison Square Garden, and this marks just the third time that the selection process is being held in The Garden State.

The first was the 1996 draft from East Rutherford, which saw the Philadelphia 76ers select Georgetown's Allen Iverson with the number one pick. Future All- Stars Ray Allen (fifth), Kobe Bryant (13th), Peja Stojakovic (14th), Steve Nash (15th), Jermaine O'Neal (17th), and Zydrunas Ilgauskas (20th) also were selected in that draft.

Last year's festivities saw Cleveland in the top spot taking eventual Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving out of Duke.

Suwanee teen crowned Miss Georgia

Suwanee teen crowned Miss Georgia

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A 19-year-old Georgia State University student from Suwanee has been crowned Miss Georgia.

Leighton Jordan won the statewide pageant Saturday night in Columbus. She won a $15,000 scholarship and a chance to compete in the Miss America pageant in January.

Jordan beat out 32 other contestants for the crown with a ballet routine. She is studying nursing and wants to become a pediatric oncology nurse practitioner. Jordan was previously crowned Miss Capital City.

She will travel the state over the next year promoting support for special needs children and their siblings.

The first runner-up in the pageant was Miss Georgia Cotton, Carly Mathis, and the second runner-up was Miss Atlanta, Briana Jewett. The third runner-up was Miss Peachtree, Lauren Edmonds, and the fourth runner-up was Miss Gwinnett County, Annie Walker.

President Obama campaigns in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- President Barack Obama made a campaign swing through Atlanta Tuesday with a pit stop at The Varsity.

GSU soccer player dies after crashing car into Häagen-Dazs

ATLANTA -- A recent graduate of Georgia State University died early Wednesday morning after crashing his car into a downtown Atlanta Häagen-Dazs shop.

Witnesses told Atlanta Police that the man, later identified as 21-year-old GSU soccer player Timothy Nixon, was driving very fast down Peachtree Street when he lost control of his car at a curve just before 2 a.m.

Nixon's car jumped the curb and hit two planters and a trash can before crashing into the store, according to Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones. Police do not know what caused Nixon to swerve off the road, test results will have to determine whether or not drugs or alcohol were involved.

Several of Nixon's college teammates went to the scene to try to find answers for themselves Wednesday afternoon.  They said it was tough to stand where their friend died, and will miss his humor.

Braves back Hudson in rout of D-Backs

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Tim Hudson tossed eight strong innings on Tuesday and the Atlanta offense banged out a season-high 17 hits en route to an 8-1 drubbing of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a three-game series.

Hudson (6-3) allowed one run on seven hits and a walk with seven strikeouts to earn the victory. Anthony Varvaro finished off the rout with a clean ninth inning for the Braves, who snapped a brief two-game skid.

Michael Bourn crushed a solo home run among his two hits and scored twice. Freddie Freeman had three hits, including an RBI double, and Andrelton Simmons went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the victory. Chipper Jones contributed three hits for Atlanta.

Daniel Hudson (3-2) was rocked for five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in just 1 2/3 innings. Jason Kubel provided the only offense with a home run for the Diamondbacks, who had their four-game winning streak halted.


Former Fulton Sheriff sentenced for drug trafficking

ATLANTA, Ga. -- On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg sentenced a former Fulton County Deputy Sheriff to 41 months in jail for public corruption and drug trafficking. 

The former deputy, Marvie Trevino Dingle, Jr., pleaded guilty to attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine and to accepting bribes to facilitate cocaine distribution in November of 2011. 

Dingle accepted bribes of more than $2,000 to distribute cocaine "inside and outside" the Fulton County Jail. 

It's unfortunate to law enforcement when the badge is being sold out for personal gain," said Fulton County Sheriff Theodore Jackson.