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Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta attorney who was convicted of murder for fatally shooting his business executive wife is to be sentenced next month.

Claud “Tex” McIver is set for sentencing May 23. A jury on Monday convicted McIver of felony murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence. It is up to the judge to decide whether McIver will have the possibility of parole.

The jury also convicted the 75-year-old McIver of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and influencing a witness.

Ethics Complaints Lodged Against Gubernatorial Candidates

Apr 23, 2018

Three of Georgia's top gubernatorial candidates are facing ethics complaints filed a month before the May 22 primary elections.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Democrats Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans and Republican Casey Cagle are targets of complaints filed last week.

A complaint by one of Abrams' advisers claims aides for Evans formed a third-party organization to take in unlimited contributions to assist her campaign.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab is making progress in a years-long effort to test thousands of backlogged sexual assault evidence packages, authorities said.
The agency's goal is to clear out the old rape kits by the first of next year, allowing it to then concentrate on new criminal cases coming in for analysis.

"We see a light at the end of the tunnel," Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan said.

Athens News Matters for April 20, 2018

Apr 23, 2018

On the next edition of the show my guests, District 5 challengers Danielle Benson and Tim Denson join incumbent commissioner Jared Bailey to discuss their campaigns and why they’re running for the ACC Commission.

Georgia's largest health insurer and one of its largest hospital groups have signed a peace treaty.

Piedmont Healthcare said Monday that it on Friday completed an agreement with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia.

The agreement means people insured by Anthem Blue Cross can see Piedmont physicians and use services at Piedmont hospitals without paying extra out-of-network charges.

Top managers from both sides met with Gov. Nathan Deal last week and announced a handshake agreement.