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3 things to know from News Leader 9 - Wednesday, July 1: New laws in GA, AL

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – From the WTVM News Leader 9 web desk, here are the top three stories you need to know for Wednesday, July 1:

  1. New laws go into effect in both Georgia and Alabama on Wednesday, with dozens of new laws on the books and some hit our wallets while others hit on justice. House Bill 28 also takes effect in Alabama and comes as several states scramble to investigate church burnings. The law gives a mandatory jail time to anyone convicted of vandalizing a church and orders restitution be paid ahead of any fines or court fees. In Georgia, the gas tax may cause some pain at the pump if you have travel plans this weekend. The new tax is converted to a per-gallon basis and raised the price 6 cents per gallon. For more on the laws in both states, click here.
  2. The Auburn man accused of beating his 5-year-old stepdaughter to death is expected to make a court appearance on Wednesday. George Barton is charged with capital murder in the death of Caley Presley.
  3. Jarrett Marshall, 19, is expected to make his first court appearance at 9 a.m.  Marshall is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 21-year-old Trenton Lamar Hill. The shooting happened Sunday night on Andrea Drive in Columbus.

WEATHER: A quiet start for Wednesday, but expect some afternoon storms for portions of our viewing area. Expect temperatures in the low-90s, with a 40 percent chance of rain.

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