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JACKSON, Ga. — A Fulton County judge stopped Monday's scheduled execution of Warren Lee Hill to consider a legal challenge to a state law prohibiting the release of information on Georgia's supply of lethal injection drugs. Superior Court Judge Gail S. Tusan issued a temporary stay until a hearing could be held Thursday morning, said Hill's attorney Brian Kammer. The execution could be rescheduled for as soon as Thursday evening if the judge decides to lift the stay. By Christina A. Cassidy.


ATLANTA — A spokeswoman for Zoo Atlanta says a giant panda named Lun Lun, has given birth to twins. Keisha Hines said Lun Lun went into labor Monday afternoon and gave birth at 6:21 p.m. EDT, surprising zookeepers with the first twins born at Zoo Atlanta.

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Georgia is planning to open its turkey hunting season early for certain groups, and residents can provide input on the changes at upcoming public hearings. A new state law that went into effect July 1 directs the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to establish a separate turkey season for youth and mobility-impaired hunters.


ATLANTA — A panel assembled by Gov. Nathan Deal has recommended suspending indicted DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. The panel on Monday heard more than an hour of testimony before beginning their private deliberations and announcing their decision. The panel consists of Rockdale County CEO Richard Oden, Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeffrey Turner and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens.