Woman doubted man was threat before Ga. shooting
ATLANTA (AP) - The girlfriend of the man who mistakenly killed a disoriented Alzheimer's patient said she had doubts the stranger at her home was a threat just before the shooting.
The woman described the events leading to the shooting of 72-year-old Ronald Westbrook in documents released to The Associated Press under Georgia's open records law.
Westbrook suffered from dementia and wandered away from his home early Nov. 27.
He walked to the home where Joe Hendrix was staying with his then-girlfriend, rang the doorbell and tried opening the door. The woman called 911. Hendrix ultimately went outside and shot the man.
The woman said that she did not consider the stranger "a big deal" and warned Hendrix that he appeared to be an old man.
King family wants input on Georgia MLK monument
ATLANTA (AP) - The family of Martin Luther King Jr. has warned Georgia's governor it wants input on any monument to the slain civil rights icon that might be erected on the grounds of the state Capitol.
A bipartisan bill is pending before the Georgia Legislature that calls for a statue of King to be placed on the grounds of the Capitol or another prominent location. Gov. Nathan Deal in January said he'd work with the Legislature on the effort.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Intellectual Properties Management, which is run by King's family, sent a letter to the governor's office this week reminding him that the estate owns all rights to King's "name, image, likeness, words, rights of publicity, copyrighted works, recorded voice, and trademark interests."
Deal's chief of staff replied by email, saying they were monitoring the legislation. King was born in Atlanta.
Coca-Cola CEO pay falls as bonus pay drops
NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent's pay fell 16 percent last year because his performance-based bonus took a hit.
Muhtar Kent's pay package was worth $18.2 million for 2013, according to a regulatory filing made with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. That's down from the $21.6 million he earned the previous year.
The decline was primarily the result of a lower performance-based bonus, which fell to $2.2 million, from $6 million the previous year. That was the result of lower sales volume growth of just 2 percent for the year, compared with 4 percent the previous year.
A new cap was also put into place for the bonus, based on feedback from shareholders.
The AP's calculation counts salary, bonuses, perks, stock and options awarded to the executive during the year.
Ted Turner hospitalized in Argentine capital
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - American media mogul Ted Turner has been hospitalized for an undisclosed ailment in Argentina's capital.
Turner Enterprises spokesman Phillip Evans in Atlanta said the CNN founder was hospitalized in South America and that "no further details will be provided."
CNN's news desk, however, tweeted that Turner was "under observation" Friday at a hospital in Buenos Aires.
The 75-year-old billionaire Turner was first treated earlier Friday at a clinic in Bariloche, near his ranch in Argentina's Patagonia region.
A spokeswoman at the San Carlos Sanatorium in Bariloche who gave her name only as Marina told The Associated Press that Turner left that clinic after about four hours.
Morris Brown gets court's OK to sell some property
ATLANTA (AP) - Morris Brown College has gotten a court's approval to sell some of the property on its Atlanta campus.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/1hTOX4w) that the school got the bankruptcy court's approval Thursday to market and sell its property through a real estate broker.
The college intends to sell much of its 36-acre campus, and has already begun marketing the property. Facing about $30 million in debt, the cash-strapped historically black institution filed for bankruptcy in August 2012.
The proposed sale of most of the campus property comes after two failed partial property sales fell through.
Whatever the outcome of the planned property sale, Morris Brown intends to continue operations.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com
Candidate fields set for GA May primary elections
ATLANTA (AP) - The list of Georgia candidates running for state and federal offices in the May 20 primaries has been set.
Candidate qualifying for the 2014 elections ended at noon Friday. Candidates had been signing up since Monday.
As expected, Gov. Nathan Deal drew two Republican primary opponents - state School Superintendent John Barge and Dalton Mayor David Pennington. State Sen. Jason Carter is the only Democrat running for governor.
The race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss drew seven Republicans, including three GOP congressmen, and four Democrats. Plenty of Republicans also lined up to seek the open U.S. House seats being vacated by Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston.
The state school superintendent's race proved the most crowded. The open seat drew nine Republicans and six Democrats.
Audra McDonald to perform at 4th symphony gala
ATLANTA (AP) - Broadway star Audra McDonald will perform at the fourth annual symphony gala.
McDonald, a Tony and Grammy Award-winner, will be the featured performer with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the orchestra's talent development program. The black-tie event, which will include a silent auction, will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta on Saturday night.
The program identifies musically-gifted African American and Latino instrumentalists, preparing them for acceptance into top music programs and eventual careers as professional musicians.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the orchestra and its education and community programs.
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