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News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - An inmate who escaped from a Connecticut state prison is in custody. The state Department of Correction said Wednesday that 25-year-old Jerry Mercado is in custody in Georgia. Mercado escaped from the Carl Robinson Correctional Facility in Enfield, Connecticut on Jan. 7. Mercado was sentenced in August 2016 to three years for burglary.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Several Southern states will be dealing with the lingering effects of a slow-moving winter storm that dumped a half-foot (15 centimeters) of snow on North Carolina's largest cities, dusted the Deep South and killed at least 10 people. Icicles hung from a statue of jazz musicians in normally balmy New Orleans on Wednesday, and drivers unaccustomed to ice spun their wheels across Atlanta, which was brought to a near-standstill by little more than an inch (2.5 centimeters) of snow.

ATLANTA (AP) - A former high-ranking Atlanta city official has been sentenced to just over two years in prison after pleading guilty in an ongoing corruption investigation. Ex-chief procurement officer Adam Smith pleaded guilty in September to a conspiracy charge stemming from an ongoing corruption investigation. Prosecutors have said Smith accepted more than 40 bribe payments over roughly two years from an unnamed vendor who received millions of dollars in city contracts.

NEW YORK (AP) - Hugh Wilson, an award-winning director and writer whose credits ranged from the raucous film comedy "Police Academy" to the popular sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati," has died at age 74. Wilson was a Miami, Florida native who found work with Mary Tyler Moore Productions in the mid-1970s and i 1978 created "WKRP," which drew upon Wilson's time working at a radio station in Atlanta. He was also successful in movies, directing "Police Academy" and the hit "The First Wives Club."

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