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Associated Press

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 3:30 AM

The state at 3:30 a.m.

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TOP STORIES:

WRESTLING MAT DEATH

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The parents of a 17-year-old boy found dead months ago in his high school gymnasium are asking federal authorities to investigate after a pathologist hired to perform a second autopsy concluded the teenager died from a blow to the side of his neck. That conclusion contradicts the findings of Lowndes County sheriff's investigators and a Georgia Bureau of Investigation medical examiner, who decided Kendrick Johnson died accidentally in January after getting stuck upside down in the center of a rolled-up coil of wrestling mats. By Russ Bynum.

KING LAWSUIT

ATLANTA — As the nation and world celebrated the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, his two sons and daughter were caught up in their latest legal fight over control of their father's legacy. On Aug. 28, his estate filed a complaint in an Atlanta court asking a judge to stop a nonprofit devoted to King's memory from using his image, likeness and memorabilia. The date was the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the slain civil rights icon's famous speech. By Kate Brumback.

ANTI-ABORTION CHARITY

ATLANTA — Two elected regulators in Georgia have proposed giving a $10,000 fine from a telecommunications firm to a religious anti-abortion charity with financial ties to one regulator and against the advice of the attorney general's office. By Ray Henry.

HAYS INMATE DEATHS

ATLANTA — The mother of a Georgia inmate killed during a fight in a prison cell sued in federal court Wednesday, accusing prison officials of violating her son's civil rights. RaHonda MacClain's 27-year-old son, Damion MacClain, was found dead in his cell at Hays State Prison on Dec. 26. He was the second of three inmates found dead at the northwest Georgia prison in a five-week period in December and January.

DELTA AIR LINES-TRAFFIC

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines said on Wednesday that a key measure of passenger revenue rose 4 percent in August, as growth in most of the places it flies offset pressure from Japan. Airlines measure how much revenue they collect for each seat flown one mile, which smooths out ups and downs from added or canceled flights.

CAR STOLEN WITH BABY INSIDE

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Authorities in western Georgia were searching for the suspect who stole a man's car from a gas station while his 1-year-old son was inside of it late Tuesday night. Columbus police Sgt. Mark Richards told search teams looking for the boy that he had been found early Wednesday morning. He was reunited with his parents shortly afterward, police said.

AROUND THE SOUTH:

LIONFISH INVASION

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The public is getting a chance to enlist in the war against the lionfish invasion along the coast of the Carolinas. The candy-striped fish with venomous spines and voracious appetites were first spotted off the coast about a decade ago after appearing off Florida in the late 1980s. By Bruce Smith.

— TVA OFFICIAL-IRAN INVESTMENTS — Former TVA vice president pleads guilty to sending $600K to Iran for investment.

ALSO:

— BURGLARY ATTEMPT-POLICE SHOOTING — Teen shot by DeKalb County police was skipping school, not a burglary suspect.

— SERGEANT-SEX ASSAULT — Former Cobb County sheriff's sergeant pleads guilty in inmate sex assault.

— PORT EXPANSION — Army's No. 2 civilian leader tours Savannah port ahead of planned Biden visit in mid-September.

— FULTON COUNTY-ELECTIONS — Fulton County elections officials working to ensure voter roll accuracy before local races.

— SPEECH THERAPY-FRAUD — Owner of Georgia speech therapy company sentenced to 2 years in Medicaid fraud scheme.

— POLICE OFFICERS LEAVING — Some say low pay is reason rising numbers of police officers are leaving suburban department.

— GUNS STOCKPILED IN SCHOOLS — Rifles would be placed in schools in case of school shooting under plan being considered.

— ABDUCTION ATTEMPT — Parents, school bus drivers warned to be on guard after sixth-grader reports abduction attempt.

— INMATE SEARCH — Authorities search for inmate they say escaped from south Georgia lockup.

— FRANCE-AIRBUS-DELTA — Airbus says order for 40 aircraft is 1st in 2 decades from Delta Air Lines.

— ATLANTA MUSIC FESTIVAL — Atlanta to host music festival highlighting African American concert music.

SPORTS:

FBN--FALCONS-RYAN IN CHARGE

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Matt Ryan knows that being a quarterback comes with certain responsibilities. He's expected to be the leader of the Atlanta Falcons, yet he must constantly prove to those around him that he's worthy of the role. By Paul Newberry.

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