The first of its kind, the stadium's halo board will be the largest video board in the world - nearly five stories tall (58 feet) and 11,000 linear feet in diameter - at 63,800 square feet.
Photo: Atlanta Falcons
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The scoop on Tuesday, August 25: 5 things to know this morning

Mercedes-Benz USA president and CEO Steve Cannon officially announced Monday that the $1.4 billion Falcons stadium under construction downtown will be called Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The automaker and Falcons' parent company signed a 27-year naming rights deal that will make the Mercedes-Benz brand prominent both inside and outside the stadium. The logo will also be on the top of the retractable roof. Read more.

2. Gwinnett reviews baseball sex-assault suspensions

According to the student's attorney, Gwinnett County school board members upheld the year-long suspension in the case of a Parkview High School baseball player accused of being part of a group of upperclassmen who participated in the alleged sexual battery and hazing of younger students. Read more.

3. Southern Power-AGL deal creates nation's No.2 utility

On Monday, Atlanta utility giant Southern Company bought natural gas provider AGL Resources for $8 billion. This deal, which Southern Chairman Tom Fanning expects to be finalized by mid-2016, creates the nation's second largest utility. Read more.

4. Braves end losing streak at seven against Rockies

Braves' Jonny Gomes hit a two-run home run to take a 2-1 lead over the Colorado Rockies at Turner Field. The Braves powered to a 5-3 victory and snapped their season-long losing streak at seven games. Read more.

5. Charges against ex-DeKalb Judge Becker dropped

Four days after a grand jury indicted DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker on allegations that she lied to state officials, criminal charges were dismissed. Her attorney, Brian Steel, said Becker should never have been indicted and that she signed a consent order, agreeing not to seek to become a judge again. Read more.

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