5 things to know today: 1 killed outside Buckhead shopping center 

1. 1 killed outside Buckhead shopping center. Atlanta police are investigating an overnight shooting that left a man dead outside a busy Buckhead shopping plaza. Officers responded late Thursday to a call about a shooting outside Piedmont Peachtree Crossing, a shopping center that is home to a Kroger and other retailers and across the street from the Terminus building on Piedmont Road. [Read here] 

2. Georgia Republicans face a ‘no going back’ moment at state meeting. Antsy Georgia Republicans gather in Augusta on Friday to kick off their annual meeting under a new strain of electoral duress. They’ve been at the top of Georgia’s political heap for more than a decade, but Democrat Jon Ossoff’s campaign has highlighted the GOP’s vulnerabilities in districts once considered Republican strongholds — and underlined the tempestuous effect that President Donald Trump could have on contests. [Read here] 

3. DNC Gold Star dad: Anti-Ossoff ad invoking Syrian refugees ‘un-American.’ One of the breakout stars from last summer’s Democratic National Convention had strong words for the National Republican Congressional Committee and its latest ad invoking Syrian refugees to attack 6th District Democrat Jon Ossoff. [Read here] 

4. Officials deem Mercedes-Benz Stadium on track for opening. Mercedes-Benz Stadium officials provided a media tour of the still-under-construction building Thursday, pointing to signs of progress that they said signal the massive stadium is on track to open for the start of football season. [Read here] 

5. Dry for most of metro Atlanta. Metro Atlanta woke up to pleasant conditions Friday morning: temperatures in the upper 60s and plenty of sunshine. [Read here]

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