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GEORGIA MALL-SHOOTING

Police: Victim, suspect in Ga. mall shooting dead

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - After a shooting at a mall in suburban Atlanta, police say the victim has died of her injuries and the suspect apparently killed himself.

Cobb County police say the two had some sort of confrontation Monday afternoon in a parking lot at Cumberland Mall, northwest of the city. Police said Tuesday morning that 55-year-old Violet Lambert of Atlanta died at a hospital. Witnesses say she had been shot in the eye.

Police say that a short time later, they found a white van they had been seeking at a home in East Point, just south of Atlanta. Police say the suspect, 59-year-old Danny Wray Brown of East Point, was found at the home dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

MISSING WOMAN

Body of missing Ga. woman found in car in creek

LINCOLNTON, Ga. (AP) - The body of a missing east Georgia woman has been recovered inside her vehicle in a creek.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that 72-year-old Shirley Lavender's body was found Monday evening in the waters of Fishing Creek just off Elberton Highway in Lincoln County.

Lincoln County Sheriff Bruce Beggs said the cause and time of Lavender's death are unknown, but no foul play is suspected.

The sheriff said Lavender was last been seen by family members leaving her Lincoln County residence on April 13.

LAKE ARROWHEAD DEATH

Woman's body pulled from north Georgia lake

WALESKA, Ga. (AP) - Police are investigating how a woman died after her body was pulled from a north Georgia lake.

Cherokee County deputies were called to Lake Arrowhead shortly before 8 p.m. Monday after a boater spotted the body floating in the water. Cherokee County sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said divers with the county's fire department removed the body about two hours later.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that investigators identified the woman as being a resident of the private Lake Arrowhead community near Waleska.

Baker said her name wasn't released late Monday pending notification of family members.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

Lake Arrowhead is about 45 miles northwest of Atlanta.

DRUG ABUSE SUMMIT

Atlanta hosts summit on prescription drug abuse

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta is set to host a national summit on prescription drug abuse.

Organizers from the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence say Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to deliver opening remarks at the group's summit Tuesday at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Atlanta.

Organizers say the conference is expected to feature officials from state and federal agencies, treatment providers, educators and more.

The summit runs from Tuesday through Thursday and comes days before National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is Saturday.

ESCAPED INMATES

Sheriff: 2 inmates captured after jail escape

BLAKELY, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say two inmates accused of escaping from a county jail in south Georgia been captured.

Early County Sheriff William Price tells WALB-TV that the two got away from the jail in Blakely shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Price said the two were captured within two hours of the jail break.

The names of the two inmates were not immediately available.

ATLANTA CIVIC CENTER

Atlanta officials takes steps to sell civic center

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials are moving toward selling a major event venue - the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that City Councilman Kwanza Hall introduced legislation Monday that could pave the way for the city to sell the aging performing arts center to a developer.

Under the proposal, the city would transfer the property to Invest Atlanta, the city's economic development arm, which would design a bid process and request proposals from developers to revitalize the site.

The plan would have to be approved by the City Council in coming weeks.

The civic center, built in 1967, includes a 4,600-seat theater.

Major touring shows often bypass the center for the Fox Theatre and others. A 2012 city analysis projected the center would lose $400,000 per year through 2017.

JEKYLL ISLAND-HOTELS

Developer plans $88M for new Jekyll Island hotels

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - After years spent waiting on an economic turnaround, a developer says it's ready to spend $88 million building three new hotels on Jekyll Island.

The Trammell Crow Company announced its plans Monday at a meeting of the island state park's governing board. Company officials say they plan to open new Courtyard Marriott and SpringHill Suites hotels by June 2016 with a third, as yet unnamed property to open in 2017.

In all, the three hotels would add 535 rooms to Jekyll Island, which has been seeing a resurgence of visitors since its new convention center opened in 2012.

The hotels will be constructed on beachfront property where two older lodgings were demolished six years ago. Trammell Crow has paid to lease the land while waiting for the economy to improve.

GEORGIA RELAY-ATLANTA

Atlanta launches communication partnership

ATLANTA (AP) - City of Atlanta officials say public workers in more than 20 departments have been trained to receive and place calls using a program to help them communicate with the deaf and hard of hearing.

Officials say the city joined the Georgia Relay Partner Program in 2013 and all non-profit organizations that apply for city funding will be required to also become Georgia Relay partners.

The free program helps the deaf, hard of hearing and people who have difficulties communicating place and receive telephone calls.

City officials say employees being trained to use the program was also an important component of the city being in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

PEACH BOWL RETURNS

Atlanta eyeing national title game, Super Bowl

ATLANTA (AP) - The city of Atlanta wants to host college football's national championship game in 2018 as a prelude to a possible Super Bowl bid.

Peach Bowl President Gary Stokan discussed the timetable after a news conference Monday to announce a six-year agreement with the current title sponsor. The game is part of a new playoff system and will again be known as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl after carrying only the corporate moniker the last eight years.

Stokan already announced plans to bid for the national title game after the city's $1 billion downtown stadium opens in 2017. He expects a decision next spring.

If Atlanta is selected, Stokan says it would bookend with plans by the NFL's Falcons to bid for the 2019 Super Bowl.

UNSOLVED LYNCHING

Group calls for new probe of 1946 Ga. lynching

ATLANTA (AP) - A group of civil rights leaders is calling for a joint congressional investigation and hearings into an unsolved 1946 lynching in Georgia.

The request was made in a letter dated last week to the chairmen of the House and Senate judiciary committees by representatives of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and other groups.

Two black couples were shot and killed by an angry mob at Moore's Ford Bridge in Walton County in July 1946. Various federal, state and local investigations over the years have not resulted in any arrests, and the case remains unsolved.

The letter calls for the committees to conduct a "full-scale investigation" and asks that a special prosecutor be appointed who would report back to Congress.

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