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Posted: 6:58 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Gun Buyback at Turner Field; Mom Fired After Enduring Armed Robbery 

By Veronica Waters

Cold hard cash for cold, hard steel: The Atlanta NAACP is sponsoring a gun buyback program today at Turner Field, supported by the city of Atlanta, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, and World Changers Church. It's a no-questions-asked buyback; chapter president R. L. White says, "We just want the guns off the street." White says the program is tied into the nonviolence legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, whose birthday is this month. Mayor Reed's office is supporting the initiative, and has contributed $5,000 toward the program, and Sheriff's Lt. Brian McGee says they would love to get thousands--even hundreds--of weapons off the street. The buyback wants to get working guns; the last time they did something similar, they were paying for many weapons that were no longer operative. They will pay $100 for larger caliber guns like AK-47s and shotguns and $50 for smaller weapons.

Former NBA and Georgia Tech basketball standout Javaris Crittenton is now facing drug charges to go along with a murder accusation. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced Wednesday that 14 people were arrested in an early-morning drug sting, accused of selling hundreds of kilos of marijuana and cocaine. The indictment stems from a DEA investigation. Crittenton's lawyer, Brian Steel, says his client is "a good man" and they will fight these allegations. At the time, Crittenton was out on bond awaiting trial for the 2011 killing of an Atlanta mother of four. Julian Jones was walking on a street when gunfire erupted; an indictment accuses Crittenton and his cousin, Douglas Gamble, of opening fire as the athlete was gunning for a man he thought had stolen thousands of dollars of jewelry from him.

A mother of four survives an armed robbery where she works at the Metro PCS in Jonesboro--only to be fired for having too much cash in the register. Kymberly Hines says the armed robber stuck a gun in her face and told her she had two seconds to give him the money. Hines says afterward, she was terminated for violating company policy. But she contends it was her manager's job to keep up with how much money was in the till. Clayton County Police arrested Paul Smith, whom they say may be tied to a string of cell phone store robberies.

"12 Years A Slave" is near the top of today's Oscar nominations with nine nods, including Best Picture. Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwatel Ejiofor are up for Best Actress and Actor, for their "12 Years" performances. Barkhad Abdi also pulled in a Best Supporting Actor nod for playing a Somali pirate in "Captain Phillips." Two films have 10 nominations: "American Hustle" and "Gravity." The Academy Awards are March 2.

Tea Party groups were again on the losing end of a fight in Congress over the budget, this time on a $1.1 trillion catch-all spending bill. Only 67 House members voted against it, including four Georgians--three of whom are running for the Senate seat of the retiring Saxby Chambliss.

Making whoopie makes you smarter! Scientists at the University of Maryland found that making love can jump-start the production of brain cells in the hippocampus, where long-term memories are formed. The study suggests frequent lovemaking boosts your brain power, but that the effect is lost if you don't keep up the activity.

He was only on the job a week. Stockbridge City Manager Ron Finnell hands in his resignation after the mayor and council learn of his arrest record. Finnel had been charged with account fraud in Henry County and cited for driving on a suspended license in DeKalb.

The Cobb County School Board throws a monkey wrench into plans for a huge development near the site of the new Braves stadium. They've voted unanimously to fight tax breaks being given to the developer. The board says those tax breaks would cost them millions of dollars over the next decade.

A Memphis teacher is suspended after reportedly locking a five year old in a closeT--then leaving her in there when she went home sick. The girl's mother told a local TV station that Akeelah Joseph was stuck for about an hour until a substitute teacher found her. So far, no charges have been filed; police and school authorities are investigating.

No impact on Georgia, but JC Penney plans to eliminate 2,000 jobs and close 33 stores as it tries to turn around sluggish sales.

A fitness tracking wristband is giving some users fits. Some FitBit Force wearers are getting a red, itchy rash. The company says it's sorry and looking at ways to fix it. Nickel in the clasp may be causing an allergic reaction. In the meanwhile, FitBit is offering a refund or a replacement.

The KISS 104 weather forecast: sunny and cool with a high of 46.

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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