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Posted: 10:05 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Teen Shot During Carjacking; Mom Leaves Hungry Kids; Menthol Danger 

By Veronica Waters

An attempted carjacking turns into a murder in Forest Park. Clayton County Police are searching for the two suspects who shot and killed 13-year-old Steven Galindo as he helped his older sister put air in her tires. First they snatched her chain, then took her keys--but when her truck wouldn't start they opened fire, and her little brother was hit. Samaria Diaz says she tried to give Steven CPR, but couldn't save him. The crooks left in a red SUV. Police say so far, the only description they have is that they were two Hispanic males.

A Cobb County mother allegedly leaves three young kids alone with no food--for at least 24 hours. The two five-year-olds and an eight-month-old baby were found in a room at a Howard Johnson on Delk Road. There was no formula for the infant; neither five-year-old could remember the last time they ate. Tanisha Howard is jailed on three felony counts of cruelty to children.

The people supporting a new Atlanta Falcons stadium may be turning their focus toward a new site. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority votes today whether to ask the state for permission to go after a new site. Negotiations have been ongoing with a pair of churches south of the Georgia Dome, but so far, it seems neither side can agree on the price to relocate them. The deadline is August 1. An alternate site would be a half-mile north of the Dome near Northside Drive and Ivan Allen Boulevard.

Cobb County homeowners should see a little difference on their property tax bills coming next month. Commissioners voted Tuesday to cut property taxes by a fraction, after a much bigger hike in 2011 during the Great Recession. It will amount to about $14 a year on a $200,000 home. The commission chair says they hope to lower taxes each year for the next five years.

Smokers, beware: menthol cigarettes pose a bigger public health risk than regular smokes. The new FDA review says menthol makes it tougher to quit, and draws in younger smokers. The review stops short of recommending a ban on the minty cigarettes. Experts say there is little evidence to suggest they are more toxic.

Teenaged boys are showing up in ERs after inhaling homemade blowdarts. Doctors at an Ohio hospital started sounding the alarm after seeing three 14 and 15-year-olds in as many much with the darts stuck in their throats. The problem seems to be growing as at least 20 Internet sites show how to make the guns from household objects like sewing needles, ink pen cases, and shoelaces.

Salsa sold at dollar stores nationwide is under recall because glass fragments have been found in some jars. Olam Tomato is recalling Mild and Medium Chunky Salsa with best-by dates in June, July, and October 2015. Some jars were damaged at the plant. The salsa was sold at Dollar Tree, Dollar Express, and Dollar Bills stores.

The KISS 104 weather forecast: partly sunny, 40% chance of showers or storms, high 87.

Veronica Waters

About Veronica Waters

Veronica Waters is the morning news anchor on KISS 104.1 and B-98.5FM. She is also an anchor and reporter for News/Talk WSB.

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