The rally at the Georgia Capitol was the African-American leaders' latest effort to free John McNeil, who is serving a life sentence for the 2005 shooting death of Brian Epp. McNeil is black. Epp is white.
Health experts say 2012 is on track to be the worst year ever for west nile virus, the Centers for Disease Control reports new cases jumped 25% over the last week with nearly two thousand cases nationwide and almost 90 deaths.
The Humane Society of the United States and other area organizations were called in by the Wilson County Sheriff's Office to assist in the rescue of 28 large-breed dogs and puppies from a Wilson property.
NOAA forecasters say they expect a total of 12 to 17 tropical storms, with as many as five to eight hurricanes, for the season from June 1 to Nov. 30. Two to three of storms could become major hurricanes.