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DECATUR | Man gets 5 years in crash that killed 3

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to multiple charges in a 2009 wreck that killed three Georgia Power employees.

DeKalb County Solicitor General Sherry Boston says James Miles pleaded guilty Thursday to vehicular homicide, reckless driving, following too closely, failure to maintain lane and improper lane change.

The Dodge Stratus he was driving crashed into a commuter van carrying nine Georgia Power employees. Three of them died, and the other six were injured.

A judge sentenced Miles to five years in jail. He was also ordered to perform 240 hours of community service, attend three victim impact panels and attend a defensive driving course. The court ordered that his license be suspended for five years.

Wild Heaven debuts 'Let There Be Light' beer

ATLANTA -- Wild Heaven Craft Beers will soon compete in the local light beer arena with its fourth beer hitting certain Taco Macs this week.

The Decatur, Ga.-based craft brewer's take on light beer is called "Let There Be Light," and has 4.7 percent alcohol by volume. Wild Heaven said its new beer has a complexity most light beers don't have thanks to two rare hops -- Nelson Sauvin and Sorachi Ace -- plus orange peel.

Let There Be Light debuts as the featured February "Beer of The Month" at several Georgia Taco Mac locations: Atlanta Metropolis (Peachtree Street), Virginia-Highland, Suwanee, Alpharetta, Cumming, Perimeter, Buford, Kennesaw, Newnan, Roswell (Crabapple) and Marietta (Dallas Highway).

Atlanta Opera's 'Rabbit Tales' to add 4 performances

Atlanta Opera's 'Rabbit Tales' to add 4 performances

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Opera has added four performances of Rabbit Tales, its newly commissioned children's opera, to its 2011-2012 schedule.

Rabbit Tales is based on the writings of Southern writer Joel Chandler Harris, who popularized the Br'er Rabbit stories in the late 19th century. The libretto was written by Atlanta-based playwright Madeleine St. Romain; the score, composed by flutist and composer Nicole Chamberlain, incorporates melodies and rhythms from African, Cajun and Native American music, as well as blues.

The additional performances will be:

Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m.
Decatur High School Theatre, 310 North McDonough Street

Wednesday, Mar. 21 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Atlanta Opera Center, 1575 Northside Drive, West Midtown

Powerball jackpot swells to $170 million

Powerball jackpot swells to $170 million

ATLANTA - Georgia residents have another chance to win a big lottery prize on Wednesday night. The Powerball jackpot is estimated at $170 million to a single winner. 

And it only takes $2 for a chance to win. 

The Georgia Lottery Powerball offers two payment options: the jackpot prize can be paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments or the cash option which, after taxes, is approximately $106 million. So, choose your numbers wisely. 

All proceeds from Powerball benefit education in the state of Georgia. 

Poster contest to help combat human trafficking

Poster contest to help combat human trafficking

ATLANTA -- All Georgia high school students are invited to participate in a poster contest to promote a national hotline for reporting and preventing human sex trafficking.

The contest, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, is open to students in grades nine through 12.

The posters' primary focus should be the national hotline (1-888-373-7888), presented in a creative way to grab people's attention. Judges will pick two winners -- one for an English poster and one for a Spanish poster -- from each of the state's 16 Regional Education Service Agencies.

Regional winners will receive cash prizes -- $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. The winning posters will also be displayed in schools across the region.

Two state winners -- one in English and one in Spanish -- will each receive $250.

Eat out to support family of fallen Atlanta police officer

ATLANTA -- Four restaurants are stepping up to help raise money for the daughter of fallen Atlanta Police Officer Gail Thomas.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and Smith's Olde Bar will donate 20 percent of sales from lunch and dinner on Wednesday.

Avellino's Pizza and Big Tex in Decatur will donate 10 percent of sales.  

Officer Thomas was killed one week ago after stopping on the side of the interstate to help a fellow officer.

Police said she was struck by a drunk driver, Chasity Jones, 22, who remains behind bars.

Thomas had a daughter, who's a junior in college.

Kroger recalls certain frozen Aunt Jemima pancakes

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Grocery store chain Kroger issued a recall Monday on some Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes due to the possible presence of soy.

Included in the recall are 14.8-ounce packages of frozen Aunt Jemima Oatmeal Pancakes, Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Pancakes, Aunt Jemima Low Fat Buttermilk Pancakes, Aunt Jemima Whole Grain Pancakes, Aunt Jemima Confetti Pancakes and Aunt Jemima Homestyle Pancakes.

The pancakes were sold in stores in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Knoxville, Tenn., plus several other Midwest and Southern states.

For those with soy allergies, eating the products could result in severe allergic reactions, Kroger noted.