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    A teacher who fired a gun inside a Georgia classroom has been sentenced to two years behind bars. News outlets report that 53-year-old Jesse Randal Davidson was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in a Whitfield County courtroom to multiple charges, including criminal damage to property in the first degree. Once released from prison, Davidson will be on probation for eight years. Davidson had been a social studies teacher at Dalton High School when he barricaded himself inside a locked classroom in February and fired a single shot from a handgun. No students were in the classroom at the time, and Davidson surrendered after a school resource officer talked him out of his classroom. The incident happened two weeks after 17 were killed in a shooting at a Florida high school.
  • Nick Saban should feel right at home at the College Football Hall of Fame, the facility hosting part of this week's SEC Media Days. The Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta is only a short walk from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where six months ago Saban's Alabama team beat Georgia for his sixth national championship. Even in a year Alabama wasn't the SEC champion, the national championship win over Georgia strengthened Saban's hold as the king of the league. Alabama is still the team to beat as SEC teams gear up for another season. Wednesday will be day three of the four-day SEC Media Days. The annual event brings together coaches and players from the league's 14 schools. This year approximately 1,000 media credentials have been issued. The event will return to Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham, in 2019. ___ More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • The Atlantic Coast Conference opens its preseason media days Wednesday with a focus on the Coastal Division. The division hasn't had a repeat champion since 2011. This time, Miami is trying to hang onto that top spot after Mark Richt's Hurricanes had their first 10-win season since 2003. The Coastal also features two of the longest-tenured coaches in the league, with Duke's David Cutcliffe and Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson entering their 11th seasons. Four of the seven division teams — Miami, Virginia Tech, Duke and Virginia — played in bowl games last year. North Carolina finished last in an injury-riddled three win season, which came just two seasons after the Tar Heels won 11 games and claimed the Coastal crown. The two-day session concludes Thursday with the Atlantic Division teams. ___ More AP college football: http://collegefootball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • A California-based rocket company has shortlisted the Kodiak spaceport as a possible permanent home for its launches. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports Rocket Lab announced Tuesday that it's seeking to build a launch complex in the U.S. to complement its current launch site in New Zealand. Alaska's Pacific Spaceport Complex is among four finalists, including Cape Canaveral in Florida, the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, and the Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California. The company, headquartered in Huntington Beach, California, is planning to build a launch pad and infrastructure to support its Electron rocket. The company expects a decision to be made next month. Construction would start immediately The company says it hopes to have monthly launches at the site upon completion of construction. ___ Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com
  • A lumber company is investing $110 million in a new facility in Alabama's Pike County, bringing more than 100 new jobs. WSFA-TV reports Rex Lumber Co. announced Tuesday at a groundbreaking ceremony that the new facility will be located 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of Troy in the Harmony Community. It expects to employ around 110 people. Officials say the Southern Yellow Pine sawmill is expected to be operation by June 2019. Currently, Rex Lumber Co. operates sawmills in Graceville and Bristol, Florida. They also have a site in Brookhaven, Mississippi. ___ Information from: WSFA-TV, http://www.wsfa.com/
  • A man accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and a Florida police officer has been appointed the high-priced attorney he asked for last year. The Orlando Sentinel reports that a judge assigned Miami attorney Terry Lenamon as Markeith Loyd's lead attorney Tuesday. His previous attorney stepped down last month because of a technical issue with his death penalty qualifications. Loyd had previously asked for Lenamon, but Chief Judge Frederick Lauten said he was hesitant to appoint the lawyer. The judge previously said Loyd is entitled to an attorney but can't choose any attorney he wants when taxpayers are footing the bill. Authorities say Loyd killed Sade Dixon in December 2016, and then gunned down Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton while she was trying to arrest him. ___ Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/
  • Authorities say a Florida toddler died after going missing and falling in a canal. News outlets report that 20-month-old Ava Natalia Perry went missing from her North Port home Tuesday morning. Officials say the girl's family searched for about an hour before calling police. Officers conducted an aggressive search and found the girl in a canal about a half-mile from her home. The girl was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police say the girl had been with a sibling in an unfenced backyard that bordered the canal.
  • The latest debate among Florida's Democratic candidates for governor will have a newcomer: billionaire developer Jeff Greene. Greene is joining the other four candidates Wednesday night at Florida Gulf Coast University in his first debate since his late entry into the race. The Palm Beach resident has already spent $10 million in ads, mostly his own money. He now hopes to shake up the race even more during the live exchange with former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Orlando-area businessman Chris King. The winner of the Aug. 28 primary will face the Republican nominee in November. The Republican candidates are Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis. Term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.
  • A third woman has been arrested in the beating and stabbing of an Applebee's waitress who Georgia authorities say accidentally brushed against a customer's leg. Citing a McDonough police release, news outlets report 36-year-old Lakisha Boyd turned herself in Monday night, three days after 38-year-old Lasondra Boyd and 30-year-old Keterah Boyd were arrested near Macon. Another relative, Demetrius Boyd, remains at large. Police say the suspects assaulted the waitress July 10 after the accidental contact. The waitress was stabbed with a steak knife and her tips were stolen. Police say the suspects also skipped out on the $62.57 bill. Applebee's says the waitress returned to work the following day, after receiving 15 stitches. Lasondra and Keterah Boyd have each posted $35,000 bail. It's unclear whether the suspects have lawyers.
  • The winning numbers in Tuesday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 4 Night' game were: 4-9-2-5 (four, nine, two, five)