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First Slice 7/15/15: Metze, Gilligan, Price win Gold Dome seats; Bennett and Davis advance to runoff

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There will be some new faces inside the Gold Dome in 2016 following yesterday's special elections. Retired educator Marie Robinson Metze will take over for longtime state Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta; conservative activist Sheri Gilligan will fill the seat of former state Rep. Mark Hamilton, R-Cumming; and former Roswell Councilwoman Betty Price (and wife of Congressman Tom Price) will replace the late state Rep. Harry Geisinger, R-Rowell. The race to succeed former Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Brookhaven, will head to a runoff between former Georgia Tech quarterback Taylor Bennett and former Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis.

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Family law attorney Mereda Davis Johnson, wife of longtime Congressman Hank Johnson, is now a DeKalb County commissioner.

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Blackstone is planning to sell about 1,300 homes in Atlanta that don't fit into the company's plan to hold properties in areas with higher rents and top-improving schools.

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An upcoming $125,000 study will look at how the city should include communities near the Atlanta Falcons stadium in tackling code enforcement and flooding problems.

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Richard Rose, president of Atlanta's NAACP chapter, wants the massive Stone Mountain carving that pays tribute to Confederate leaders removed.

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Emory University public health professor Kevin Sullivan is facing child pornography charges after finding authorities found images of children on his computer.

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Why did a mom shoot her four-year-old son in their apartment in Pittsburgh? APD is looking for details.

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U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has told Georgia officials to brace for the effects of Congress' failure to reach a long-term solution. It could lead to the state's highway fund going insolvent.

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New York City officials have reached a $5.9 million settlement with the family of fatal police-choking victim Eric Garner.



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