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House Democrats continue #NoBillNoBreak sit-in, demanding gun control vote

At 7 a.m., Democrats continue a 19 hour sit-in on the House chamber floor protesting a lack of “sensible gun reforms.” The House adjourned official legislative business just after 3 a.m. Thursday morning after Republicans worked around the protest to approve $1.1 billion in Zika funding.

Led by Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who had called the dramatic protest simply a “publicity stunt,” Republicans took back control of the floor at 10 p.m. amid Democrat chants, nearly 11 hours after the sit-in began.

Democrats shouted “Shame! Shame!” as House business proceeded and members cast votes on measures unrelated to guns.

The next vote won’t be until July 5, but some of the protesters say they will still stay to push for a vote on a bill that would ban anyone on the no-fly list from buying a gun.

Georgia Congressman John Lewis lead the sit-in and says he is pushing for an end to “the senseless plague of gun violence.”

“What is the tipping point? Are we blind? Can we see? How many more mothers, how many more fathers need to shed tears of grief before we do something? We have been too quiet for too long. There comes a time when you have to say something, when you have to make a little noise, when you have to move your feet. This is the time. Now is the time to get in the way. The time to act is now. We will be silent no more.”

–Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.

1 dead, 4 injured at Stone Mountain shooting

Police say several people are in custody after a shooting that left one person dead and four others injured Wednesday in DeKalb County.

The 911 call about the shooting came into police just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The incident began at the Hidden Meadows Apartments and spread out to two other scenes.

Police say they think a drug transaction led to the shooting.

Police say the other people injured were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, some with critical injuries.

GQ magazine publishes expose on Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley

The local scandal centering around Governor Robert Bentley is now officially viral news as social media starts talking about a lengthy GQ article apparently exposing all the dirty details.

Jason Zengerle wrote the piece where he details the timeline of Gov. Bentley’s alleged affair with former aide Rebekah Mason. As News 3 reported, Bentley admits to making “inappropriate comments” to Mason, but strictly denies an affair with her.

GQ takes the story one step further, claiming an inside source says Bentley would often disappear into closed rooms with Mason who would exit “with her hair tousled.” The piece details recordings made by Bentley’s wife Dianne where he allegedly called Mason and making sexual talk with her before saying, “I love you… Rebekah, I just, I miss you.”

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency head Spencer Collier is also mentioned in the article where he says Bentley confided that he was “madly in love” with Rebekah Mason.  He also says he warned his friend Bentley that Mason was manipulating him.

News 3 and other local outlets have not been able to independently confirm these reports.

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