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Police: Inmate Tried to Hire Hitman to Kill Family

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- A Gwinnett County man already in jail for child molestation faces new charges after authorities say he tried to hire someone to kill his family.

The Gwinnett County Police Department says Raymond Wesner's cellmate contacted a police investigator last week saying Wesner tried to hire him to kill Wesner's family.

Wesner has been in jail since his April arrest on child molestation charges and the cellmate said Wesner wanted his family killed so they couldn't testify against him.

An undercover investigator was put in the jail with Wesner and posed as a hit man. Police say Wesner offered the investigator $75,000 to kill his family before his hearing.

Wesner was charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit the crime of murder and three counts of attempted murder and threatening a witness.

Georgia Among Ten Race to the Top Winners

ATLANTA -- "This is going to be really exciting," exclaimed Governor Sonny Perdue.

$400 million in federal Race to the Top money looked mighty good to Perdue, who has watched school systems lose billions in tax funding during a two-year economic downturn.  

"This is really the first time that we've had the money and the resources to really move the needle significantly in education," Perdue said at a Capitol news conference.  

But the Governor is talking about using the Race to the Top money to innovate schools, not infuse operating cash to rehire teachers or restore cut programs.  Race to the Top is a competition to reform education, with federal dollars as the prize.

Fundraiser to Help Boys & Girls Club That Was Robbed

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- When Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club director Rory Johnson went outside to try and figure out why it was so hot in the building, he was in for a shock. All seven central air units were gone.

"My heart just sank and I was devastated. How could anyone do something like this to our children?" Johnson said.

The hundreds of youngsters using the club were equally stunned.

"How could somebody do something like that to the club? This is where we come to be safe at," Johnson said. "It just changed the Club climate. It hasn't changed the programs and the hearts and the passion that each and every one of us comes in here with each day, looking forward to our kids with their smiles."

Despite insurance, Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Club Chief Operating Officer Missy Dugan says replacing 16 units at three clubs and beefing up security systems at all 27 Metro Clubs could reach as much as $500,000.