ICYMI: Three big stories worth checking out provides in-depth coverage of the top stories affecting metro Atlantans. Here are three highlights from this past week that you might have missed. Get more details on by clicking on the links below.

Metro Atlantans remember a man of faith: The esteemed evangelist Billy Graham passed away Wednesday at age 99 at his North Carolina home. With the urgency of Armageddon in his flashing blue eyes, Graham called the world to the altar in a career that spanned more than six decades. By the tens of thousands, from across the nations of the Earth, they came. His message, delivered in a soft, Piedmont drawl as familiar as an old hymn, never varied: Come to Jesus. His influence and guidance were felt around the world. 

Obituary and interactive timeline: Billy Graham, 1918-2018

A front-row seat: Marietta man spent decades working with Graham

How Graham led people to faith: Remembering the man’s influence

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Civil rights role: Graham said ‘no excuse ... for bigotry’ 

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The gun debate in Georgia: As student survivors from the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, continued to speak out to the nation, Georgians on both sides of the hot-button issue were making their voices heard this past week in regards to gun ownership and the Second Amendment. 

AJC at the Gold Dome: State gun law may get tweak

Gun control advocates turn out: Hundreds descend on Capitol

Getting students prepared: Law looks at mandatory safety drills

Teachers and guns: First-responder duties proposed

AJC Watchdog: NRA money piles up for congressional delegation

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Relief for Georgia taxpayers:  The size of Georgia’s estimated windfall from the federal tax overhaul that Congress approved in December kept growing over the past month: first it was $3.7 billion over five years, then $4.7 billion, and by Tuesday, $5.2 billion. So Gov. Nathan Deal was wary about moving to eliminate the windfall — essentially higher income taxes that Georgians would have to pay — because he couldn’t be sure of the numbers. Yet when he and legislative leaders decided to act Tuesday, they went big: a plan that will not only wipe out the federal windfall, but cut taxes on Georgians by an additional $516 million over the next half-decade.

How your state tax rate could drop: The Georgia plan

Georgia Legislative Navigator: Your guide to where the bills stand

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