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ADOPT A PET: Meet Maizy

ADOPT A PET: Meet Maizy


NEWNAN, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a "companion" for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Court upholds murder conviction in toddler's death

Court upholds murder conviction in toddler's death

ATLANTA -- Georgia's top court has unanimously upheld the murder convictions and life prison sentences given to a Coweta County couple for strangling and beating to death the woman's young daughter.

The Georgia Supreme Court's decision on Monday involved the December 2008 death of Makayla Mack, who was two-and-a-half when she was taken to the hospital.

An autopsy revealed she had hair loss, bruises and other signs of abuse, and Coweta County prosecutors charged Thomasina Mack and DeMario Steven Smith with her death.

The two were tried jointly in April 2010; the jury found them guilty of murder and cruelty to children, sentencing them both to life in prison.

Both appealed, but the Georgia Supreme Court's opinion found the evidence was sufficient to find them "guilty beyond a reasonable doubt."

ATLANTA WEATHER | Monday morning forecast

ATLANTA -- Heavy Rain this morning with a threat of strong storms. Meteorologist Chesley McNeil has the latest.

Tornado Watch Continues Until 1pm

Tornado Watch Continues Until 1pm

Short Term

We have storms delveoping all across the metro area this morning, as of 9:45 nothing is severe. As you can see down below there are more storms west of the metro area that will be moving in here soon. There is a lot of lightning with these storms. There are more storms to the north along the cold front that will be moving in later on this morning. The 3rd image below is what is called helicity. What that is is the amount of spin in the atmosphere and there is a lot of it just south of the front. The thing that is lacking this morning is instability, it is very limited. So as these storms continue to come in from the west and the north look for the main threat to be in the form of wind, hail, and heavy rain. There have been some unconfirmed reports of some wind damage in Carroll county.

Absentee ballots available beginning Sat., Jan. 21

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- With Super Tuesday just six weeks away, absentee voting begins in Georgia on Saturday. Voters can request an absentee ballot through Friday, March 2.

Absentee ballots must be returned to their county's election office by the close of the polls on March 6. Ballots cast by overseas and military voters must be postmarked on or before March 6, but will be accepted through the close of business on March 9, 2012.

Georgia voters are not required to provide a reason for requesting or casting an absentee ballot.

To obtain an absentee ballot request form, visit the Secretary of State's website.

Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

ATLANTA -- If the kids are getting restless and screaming for a family vacation, this weekend's DealChicken Atlanta deal was made for you.

Through Sunday night, DealChicken members can pay $99 for a weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge in Tennessee's beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.

This exclusive offer, valued at $328, is good for two adults and up to three children, and includes one night at the James Manor hotel, in the heart of all the action; $100 worth of dining certificates; a gift basket upon arrival; and five passes to the Lazer Port Fun Center.

Milton and McEachern top the Metro Atlanta Super 25

ATLANTA--The latest edition of the USA Today Super 25 high school basketball polls for metro Atlanta has the Milton Boys and the McEachern Girls on top.Miller Grove, Columbia, Douglas County, and Shiloh complete the boys top 5. Wesleyan, Norcross,Parkview, and Stephenson complete the Girls top 5.