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Actress, beauty queen found dead in Texas home

Former beauty queen and TV actress Margaret Ann Garza, 31, was found dead Tuesday at her Texas home.  

Police were called at 6:31 a.m. to a home near Austin, Texas, about a woman who was not breathing, according to Angelique Myers, a spokeswoman for the Round Rock Police Department.  

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Firefighters and medics were already at the scene when police arrived. Her death is under investigation and an autopsy is pending, Myers said.

Garza was crowned Miss Texas Belleza Latina in 2007 and Miss Belleza Latina International in 2008, according to an online obituary.  

She recently appeared in the AMC television series “The Son,” as well as in the movie “Mercury Plains” with Scott Eastwood, the obituary said. She is also in the movie “Pizza Joint,” which will premiere this month, according to her obituary.

Police: Oklahoma teen likely killed in horseback riding accident

An Oklahoma teen is dead after he left his home on a horse and didn't return, investigators said.

Family members said 13-year-old Cash Lawrence, of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, rode off to round up a herd of horses on the family's property on Tuesday. When the horse returned without Lawrence, family members and authorities started to search for him.

Deputies said a family friend found the boy's body late Tuesday night, according to Fox23 News.

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A medical examiner is working to confirm a cause of death; investigators believe it was an accident.

Family members say they believe the boy's horse was provoked by other horses, and likely threw him from the saddle and dragged him.

Lawrence and his brother were set to compete in a youth rodeo Wednesday. Family members said he wanted to become a bull rider.

Family members said Lawrence competed in track and field, and even made a pole vault out of supplies he found on the family's small ranch. They said Lawrence loved the outdoors and was looking forward to joining the seventh-grade basketball team in Kellyville.

His funeral will be held Monday.

Amazon hangs Help Wanted sign in Jackson Co

         

Amazon plans to develop a new distribution hub in metro Atlanta that will ultimately employ about 1,000 full-time workers, the company said Thursday.

The new “fulfillment center” in near Jefferson, northeast of Atlanta, will be its second in Jackson County, which has seen growth in its warehousing and logistics sector amid the rebound from the Great Recession and growth since that time in both online shopping and overall consumer spending.

“Georgia has been a great place to do business for Amazon and we look forward to adding a new fulfillment center to better serve our customers in the region,” Akash Chauhan, Amazon vice president of North American operations, said in a news release.

The more than 850,000-square-foot facility will pack and ship orders from Amazon to consumers. Amazon said it already employs more than 1,500 full-time workers at its existing Georgia facilities.

“Not only is this fulfillment center important to the community and its citizens, but is a testament to our seamless logistics infrastructure which is so critically important to companies like Amazon,” Gov. Nathan Deal said in the release.

Chipotle customer data likely stolen at 32 metro Atlanta locations

While you were chowing down on a burrito bowl, a hacker might have gotten hold of your credit card information. Chipotle announced on Friday that most of its 2,249 restaurants were affected by malware between March 24 and April 18. That malware, Chipotle says, targets credit card numbers, names, expiration dates and verification codes, and collected that data each time a card was swiped -- whether it be for chips, guacamole or one of those epic "quesaritos." TRENDING STORIES: President Trump's son calls Kathy Griffin's 'beheading' pictures 'disgusting' Mother charged with murder after 3-year-old drowns in pool Nurse suspected of killing 40 kids indicted for murder in 35-year-old case The Mexican grill chain has now released a list of the restaurants that were hacked, and there were many throughout metro Atlanta that were affected. Check your credit card statements if you visited one of these Chipotle locations in March or April: Alpharetta 5250 Windward Parkway, Suite 120 10910 Haynes Bridge Road Atlanta 718 Ponce de Leon Avenue 5920 Roswell Road 5001 Peachtree Blvd, Building 1000, Suite 1010 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE 3424 Piedmont Road NE 3393 Peachtree Road, Suite 1017A 2973 B Cobb Parkway 2963 N. Druid Hills 2078 Henderson Mill Road Northeast 2020 Howell Mill Road NW, Unit 39, Space 39 1745 Peachtree St NE 1401 Oxford Road 123 Perimeter Center West, Suite 500 11700 Spine Road, Suite DF2, Gate D11 Buford 3350 Buford Drive, Suite B 260 Decatur 198 West Ponce de Leon Avenue Duluth 2190 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., 110 2040 Pleasant Hill Road 11720 Medlock Bridge Road, Building 100, Suite 135 East Point 3330 Camp Creek Parkway, Suite 300 Kennesaw 954 Ernest W Barrett Parkway NW, Suite 120 777 Townpark Lane NW, Suite 100 Lawrenceville 860 Duluth Highway, Suite 320 Marietta 1281 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Suite 104 Morrow 2011 Mt. Zion Road Norcross 5175 Peachtree Parkway Roswell 10800 Alpharetta Highway, 288 4600 Roswell Road, Suite B110 Snellville 1650 Scenic Highway Tucker 4347 Hugh Howell Road, 300 To see all of the Chipotle locations that might have been compromised in the hack, CLICK HERE.

Jimmy Buffett fan attacked concert staff, security, authorities say

A 23-year-old Space Coast woman’s 125-mile trip to Palm Beach County to watch a Jimmy Buffett concert was cut short Tuesday night after she allegedly attacked employees and security staff at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater, in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Authorities say Shannon Springhorn of Melbourne was attending the show at the concert venue just east of the village when she caused a disturbance. She faces charges that include battery on a law-enforcement officer, simple battery, resisting with violence and trespassing after receiving a warning.

Springhorn remained at the Palm Beach County Jail early Thursday after Judge Dina Keever-Agrama set her bail at $13,000 during a hearing at the jail Wednesday.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputy and security staff responded shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday after Springhorn allegedly assaulted an employee at the concert venue, which is within the grounds of the South Florida Fair, according to an arrest report made public Wednesday.

As she was taken into custody, Springhorn tried to kick a sheriff’s deputy and fell, according to a sheriff’s arrest report. She also hit a deputy in the groin with her knee, the Sheriff’s Office said

The arrest report indicates that Springhorn appeared intoxicated and on some type of drug. According to the report, she became unconscious as a deputy forced her to the ground. She was treated by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue workers and taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

Deputies learned that Springhorn had been issued a trespass warning at the concert venue earlier in the evening, the report said.

Oprah Winfrey at Agnes Scott College commencement today

Oprah Winfrey delivered an impassioned commencement address at Agnes Scott College – one of the metro Atlanta locations where her HBO movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” filmed – Saturday morning. After a roaring welcome from the Class of 2017 she delighted graduates and their families with an address that combined humor, candor and inspiration. (Scroll to the bottom for a live-stream of the exercises).  

 

“You’re nothing if you’re not the truth,” Winfrey said. “I’ve made a living, I’ve made a life – I’ve made a fortune, really – all good! – from being true to myself. If I can leave you with any message today: The biggest reward is not financial benefits, though it’s really good, you can get a lot of great shoes! Those of you who have a lot of shoes know having a closet full of shoes doesn’t fill up your life. Living a life of substance can. Substance through your service.”

Agnes Scott president Elizabeth Kiss introduced the school’s much anticipated speaker after warm remarks to the new alumnae. 

 

“I cannot think of a more perfect commencement speaker, for Agnes Scott, for this class and for this moment in history than global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress Oprah Winfrey. From a difficult and abusive childhood she has proven that with faith, strength and the courage of a lion, your dreams are not out of reach. 

 

“She is a trailblazer in so many ways,” Kiss continued. “In 2013 Oprah Winfrey was awarded a very well deserved Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. There’s really nothing she can’t do. Maybe, just maybe, she will run for president.”

While Winfrey didn’t speak of any political ambitions, she did note the gathering she hosted in the weeks following the 2016 election, bringing together a group of women who had supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and those who voted for President Donald Trump. 

 

“Nobody wanted to come to breakfast. After two and a half women I had those women not only eating croissants but sitting around the table listening to each other’s struggles, hearing both sides and by the end they were holding hands and exchanging emails and phone numbers,” she said. “It’s possible. It can happen. I want you to work in your own way to change the world in respectful conversations with others.” 

 

“I want you to enter every situation aware of its context, open to hear the truth of others and most important, open to letting the process of changing the world change you,” she said. “That is the spirit of constructive engagement.” 

 

Winfrey spends a good bit of time in Atlanta. In addition to “Henrietta Lacks,” her OWN show “Greenleaf” films here, as did “Selma,” directed by her close friend and frequent artistic partner Ava DuVernay. Winfrey served as a producer for and played a role in “Selma.”

I-85 northbound lanes reopen in Atlanta

The Georgia Department of Transportation has reopened the northbound lanes of I-85 in Atlanta.

The lanes opened about 7 p.m. Friday after workers finished the last preparations for opening those lanes. The southbound lanes are expected to open by Sunday.

The opening comes six weeks after I-85 burst into flames and collapsed near Piedmont Road. A homeless man, Basil Eleby, has been charged with setting the blaze. On Friday he asked the district attorney to drop the charges against him.

Since the March 30 collapse, I-85 has been closed in both directions from I-75 to Ga. 400. Contractor C.W. Matthews has worked around the clock since the collapse to rebuild the bridge – with a $3.1 million incentive for getting it done before the original June 15 completion date.

Meanwhile, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed lifted a ban on construction in the I-85 area.

Hosea Helps may be forced to shut down

ATLANTA - The nonprofit organization Hosea Helps, formerly known as Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, has been helping families in need for 45 years, but it may soon have to shut its doors.

The organization has been housed in a warehouse in southwest Atlanta for nearly three decades.

The building was sold to new owners, who sent a letter saying they are doubling the rent to $8,000 a month. 

“It hit me in my stomach like somebody had punched me,” Hosea Helps CEO Elisabeth Omilami said.

They can't afford the new rent, so the organization has until July 1 to find a solution. 

“I never thought it would happen to us,” Omilami said.

The group helps serve thousands of people every year on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Easter. They also pack boxes filled with food, baby formula and toiletries, which they hand out to hundreds of people each week.

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It’s back! Marietta’s ‘Big Chicken’ KFC restaurant re-“hatches” Thursday morning

It's been more than three and a half months at a cost of more than $2.5 million - now, massive renovations are complete at the iconic KFC restaurant along Cobb Parkway. A grand re-open ribbon cutting is set for Thursday at 10 a.m. 

"We built the first-ever Big Chicken mascot which will be out front greeting people and there to take photos with people. There'll be a Colonel Harland Sanders impersonator there which is always fun," says Mike Kulp, CEO of KBP Investments, which owns the Big Chicken and 60 other KFC stores in metro Atlanta.  

Kulp says it's been a long but satisfying process to get here, since the location was closed in late January for renovations.  

"There wasn't an area that wasn't touched with the exception of the structure around the Chicken itself which actually was pretty major-ly overhauled from just a cosmetic perspective," says Kulp.  

The Big Chicken's full makeover included a fresh paint job to mechanical upgrades. And now it has its own 16-foot, weathered-wood sign to welcome customers, sitting alongside the road.  

But it's the store structure itself - outside and inside - that's now completely different.

"We ripped it down to the cinder block through most of the lobby," says Kulp. “In the kitchen, we completely gutted the entire kitchen. All the way down to mechanical and electrical and re-did a lot of that.

“All new equipment in the back of the house...brought in a lot of cutting-edge equipment from all around the world that's being tested in a lot of the KFC's in Europe and other parts of the world using some unique and proprietary equipment."  

One of those items is a new craft soda station which another company official says is the first of its kind to be installed in any fast-food establishment.  

The store inside includes new light fixtures, custom-wood walls, floors and ceilings. There are replicas of KFC's Col. Sanders and the Big Chicken inside to welcome customers.  

At the counter, there's a see-through window to the kitchen, where Kulp says you'll be able to watch cooks in special Big Chicken embroidered jackets and hats. And for customers, an expanded merchandise section with collectible items, including many specific to this re-opening weekend. 

Kulp says Thursday's grand re-opening will bring city and company officials together to welcome an old friend back to the city.  

"It's a...pretty unique facility from front to back."

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