News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia jury has awarded an eye-popping $1 billion verdict against a security company after an apartment complex guard raped a 14-year-old girl. Attorney L. Chris Stewart represents the girl's mother. He says the teen was at a party in October 2012 and was outside by some picnic tables with her boyfriend when an armed security guard approached. Stewart says the guard told the boyfriend not to move and raped the girl. The verdict was handed down on Tuesday. It is likely to be appealed.
ATLANTA (AP) - A well-connected Atlanta attorney convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of his business executive wife has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. The attorney, 75-year-old Claud "Tex" McIver, was sentenced Wednesday on felony murder and three other counts in the September 2016 death of 64-year-old Diane McIver, the president of U.S. Enterprises Inc.
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia attorney and romance novelist Stacey Abrams has a tough road ahead as she campaigns to become America's first black female governor. The 44-year-old Democrat won the nomination Tuesday. But Republicans control every statewide office in Georgia. And the state hasn't elected a Democratic governor in 20 years.
(AP) - The president of one of Georgia's largest teacher organizations and a retired military officer face a Democratic primary runoff to challenge the Republican state school superintendent. Sid Chapman of Griffin and Otha Thornton Jr. of Richmond Hill will meet in a July 24 runoff after neither candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote in a three-way Democratic primary Tuesday.
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