Morning Rush Dec. 9, 2015

Kristina Privette, John Lyles, & Kurt Schmitz

Good morning!

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2015. There are 22 days left in the year.

Here’s today’s Highlight in History:

Dec 9, 1992: 1,800 United States Marines arrive in Mogadishu, Somalia, to spearhead a multinational force aimed at restoring order in the conflict-ridden country.

Backed by the U.S. troops, international aid workers were soon able to restore food distribution and other humanitarian aid operations.

Sporadic violence continued, including the murder of 24 U.N. soldiers from Pakistan in 1993.

President Bill Clinton gave the order for all American soldiers to withdraw from Somalia the next year due to the ongoing fighting.

Here are your Morning Rush Headlines from News 3:

A Georgia man convicted of forging checks and killing a close friend of his mother’s has been put to death.

The State Department of Corrections says the execution of 47-year-old Brian Keith Terrell was carried out at 12:52 this morning at the state prison in Jackson.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay of execution shortly after 11 p.m. last night.
No explanation was given.

Terrell was originally scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. last night.

He was convicted of murder in the june 1992 killing of 70-year-old john watson.


A Georgia woman convicted of confining her adopted daughter to a chicken coop has been sentenced to 190 years in prison.

Diana Franklin was convicted last month on 19 counts of cruelty to children, eight counts of false imprisonment, and one count of  aggravated assault.

Social workers removed the girl from the Taylor County home in 2012 after police say she was confined to the chicken coop and other buildings without plumbing or power.

The 15-year-old was in court for Franklin’s sentencing.


The debate over the use of medical marijuana continues in Georgia this morning.

The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis is holding it’s final meeting at the Georgia State Capitol today.

State Representative Allen Peake (R-Macon) is the main lawmaker pushing to legalize full use of medical marijuana.

This year state lawmakers legalized the use of cannabis oil by patients with a limited number of diseases.

Patients must arrange their own way of obtaining the drug, which is not sold in Georgia.

Here’s Kurt’s News 3 First Alert Forecast:

TODAY: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High: 68

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and a bit milder. Low: 47

THURSDAY: Partly sunny and mild.  High: 69

Have a great day!

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