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Members of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi said they're heading to Douglas County this weekend. It's to protest a judge's prison sentence for two people there this week.

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Kayla Norton and Jose Torres will each serve several years in prison for disrupting a black child's birthday party in 2015. They made armed threats, said racial slurs and waved the Confederate battle flag.

A Georgia judge sentenced two people to lengthy prison terms for their role in the disruption of a black child's birthday party with Confederate flags, racial slurs and armed threats.

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Jose Ismael Torres, 26, will spend 13 years in prison; Kayla Rae Norton, 25, is to serve six years, Atlanta news outlets report.

Both wept as the sentences were handed down Monday in Douglas County, west of Atlanta.

"Their actions were motivated by racial hatred," said Superior Court Judge William McClain.

Members of a group that supports the Confederate battle flag have been indicted in Douglas County.   Respect the Flag members allegedly disrupted an African-American boy's birthday party in July. On Monday, Douglas County District Attorney Brian Fortner announced that a grand jury had indicted 15 participants Friday. They face charges for "terroristic threats" and violations of Georgia's Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. Two of the 15 also face charges for battery.

Google will expand in Douglas County
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Google announced it's adding a new $300 million data center next to an existing one in Douglas County.

At the groundbreaking in Lithia Springs on Tuesday, Gov. Nathan Deal said companies are looking at Georgia specifically because of Google’s growth in the state.

“They need to be able to have that connectivity," Deal said. "So it gives us the availability to be an international [state] even more so than we have been in the past.”

Google says it will add 25 new full-time jobs and construction of the building is expected to be complete in 2016.

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Speed limits are increasing on sections of some major roads and interstates in metro Atlanta.

Last year, state lawmakers set the maximum highway speed limit in urban areas to 70 miles per hour.

So the Georgia Department of Transportation spent months studying where it could safely increase the speed limits. 

“We’re really just bringing these speed limits in harmony with what motorists are doing and so we’re really helping them out in the long run," says GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale. "Hopefully less speeding tickets for them.”

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