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11 Things You Need to Know for Wednesday, July 17

ATLANTA -- We're halfway to the weekend on this Wednesday, July 17. Here is a list of the biggest local and national news stories that will keep you in the know today. 

1. "Panda-monium"

There's "panda-monium" in the air at Zoo Atlanta after the birth of twin panda cubs.

2. Zimmerman verdict sparks conversations at home

The George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict has sparked countless kitchen table conversations across the country about self-defense, the criminal justice system and race.

3. 2 shot while walking down the street

Two people were shot while walking down the street Tuesday night in College Park.

4. Man beaten, stabbed in College Park

A man was beaten and stabbed early Wednesday morning in College Park, near World Changers Church.

5. Chesley receives honor from ABL

Congrats, Chesley! Our meteorologist received what some would consider among Atlanta's top honors on Tuesday evening; he was named one of Atlanta's "Men of Influence" by the Atlanta Business League.

6. Ellis suspended in DeKalb

DeKalb County's newly-appointed, interim Chief Executive Officer, Lee May, promised Tuesday evening to be a pro-active CEO, not simply a caretaker, while the now-suspended CEO, Burrell Ellis, fights a multi-count felony indictment.

7. Over 20 India kids die from school lunch

At least 21 children have died in eastern India after eating a free school lunch believed to have been contaminated with insecticide.

8. Piece of land: Georgia or Tennessee? 

It's a piece of land that some in Georgia would call 'occupied territory.' It's in the state of Tennessee, but claimed by the state of Georgia.

9. Stadium updates for BB&T Atlanta Classic

When tennis fans arrive at Atlantic Station for the BB&T Atlanta Classic, they'll notice a considerable difference between this stadium and past configurations.

10. Another day without rain!

Plan your day with the hour-by-hour forecast. 

11. Something to do mid-week

Looking for something to do? Check out our event calendar, where you can search by day.