Top 10 stories for the week of March 18-24

1. Teen sentenced to life with parole for girlfriend’s murder

Kevin Kosturi destroyed two families when he pulled the trigger of a gun and shot and killed his girlfriend, Angel Hope Freeman, in a wooded area near Ellenwood on Feb. 21, 2011.

2. Study: Clayton is metro Atlanta’s unhealthiest county

Clayton County has too many fat people, too many fast food restaurants and not enough recreation facilities for its own good, according to a new study released Wednesday.

3. Business owner kidnapped, beaten, say police

The co-owner of a trucking company was kidnapped and severely beaten in an armed robbery, said police.

4. Storms hit Clayton County

Strong thunderstorms hit Clayton County Monday evening.

5. BOC: Wright not right for Water Authority board

Controversy is beginning to swirl around the Clayton County Board of Commissioners’ decision to replace a member of the Clayton County Water Authority board rather than re-appoint her Tuesday night.

6. Long-term unemployment benefits cuts coming

Thousands of jobless workers statewide will see their federal extended unemployment compensation reduced starting in April.

7. Adams, Lockhart in runoff for mayor

FOREST PARK — Sparkle Adams and David Lockhart are in a runoff for mayor and Tommy Smith is the apparent winner in Ward 1, according to unofficial election results Tuesday.

8. Turner announces CFO, COO finalists

Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner revealed the names of five people who are finalists for the county’s new chief financial officer and chief operating officer positions this week.

9. Starr gets interim Housing Authority director job

Former Clayton County County Manager Wade Starr survived a last-minute challenge from the county’s HUD coordinator and was appointed to be the Housing Authority of Clayton County’s temporary leader Thursday night.

10. Mother arrested for fighting with grandmother, abandoning daughter

A Morrow mother allegedly fought with her grandmother and abandoned her 4-year old daughter on the side of an interstate, authorities said Saturday.