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Gas prices in Atlanta near $3.00 per gallon

Gas prices in Atlanta near $3.00 per gallon

Atlanta gas prices have risen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.98/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,134 stations in Atlanta. Gas prices in Atlanta are 6.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.02/g higher than a year ago. According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Atlanta is priced at $2.67/g today while the most expensive is $3.96/g, a difference of $1.29/g. The lowest price in the state today is $2.61/g while the highest is $3.29/g, a difference of 68.0 cents per gallon. The national average price of gasoline…
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Teach your kids these safety tips before they go online

Teach your kids these safety tips before they go online

With school starting up in many Georgia school districts next week, now is a good time to talk to your kids about online safety and being smart when using the Internet. The internet is an important educational tool for students, but online access also comes with risks. Before students’ head back to class, the Marietta Police Department is reminding parents to review account privacy settings, establish guidelines around internet use and discuss ways to keep them safe while online. The department is also reminding parents of the following safety tips to pass on to kids. Don’t reveal personal information including…
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How to know if your child is getting enough sleep

How to know if your child is getting enough sleep

Families are gearing up for a new school year. New grades, new teachers and new schedules are on the horizon. To accommodate the shift from summer break, consistent bedtime routines are crucial. Many kids — and adults, for that matter — don’t get enough sleep. On average, high school students need between seven and 11 hours of sleep. For younger kids, even more time is needed: 12 hours for school-age kids, 13 hours for preschoolers and close to 14 hours for toddlers. With homework, activities, increased screen time and other demands, it’s harder than ever to make sure children get…
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It’s time to talk to your kids about school safety

It’s time to talk to your kids about school safety

With schools starting back up soon, the Marietta Police Department is reminding everyone to start the year off safe by discussing back to school safety with your children. The department is asking you to ensure your children are familiar with general information that may be needed if they get lost or encounter police officers. Role playing with with your children is recommended as well as taking time to discuss personal safety and awareness. According to the Police Department, before starting the school year your kids should: Know their address, telephone number and how to contact a parent or guardian.Remain aware…
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Here’s how you can weigh in on Georgia’s math standards

Here’s how you can weigh in on Georgia’s math standards

If you've ever complained about what your child is learning in math or how they are learning it, you actually have a chance to give input to state school officials. The Georgia Department of Education has posted new K-12 Mathematics Standards for a 30-day public comment period. If approved, the standards will be implemented in the 2022-23 school year, following a year of teacher training. The State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on adoption of the standards at its August meeting. Throughout the 2021-2022 school year, teachers will receive training and professional learning, new resources will be developed, assessments…
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Here’s how you can help DeKalb County students with school supplies

Here’s how you can help DeKalb County students with school supplies

You can help students in need get the necessary school supplies this year when DeKalb County asks residents to "stuff the bus" with school supplies. The county's second Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive will take place July 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in two drop-off zones: The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall at 2801 Candler Road in Decatur and Northlake Mall, at 4800 Briarcliff Road in Atlanta. “It’s important to ensure that every child in DeKalb County has the supplies needed to achieve success this 2021-2022 school year,” said Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson. “By donating essential school items,…
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CDC says it’s OK for kids to return to in-person classes

CDC says it’s OK for kids to return to in-person classes

(The Center Square) – The Center for Disease Control updated federal COVID guidance Friday with several major changes as schools around the country grapple with policies for students' return in the fall. The CDC urged schools to allow students to return to in-person classes whether or not they are vaccinated as most studies showed significant learning loss during remote-only or hybrid teaching models. The agency also said teachers and students should wear masks unless they have gotten the vaccine, a recommendation that is certain to drive controversy. “CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students…
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Georgia sees jump in opioid deaths

Georgia sees jump in opioid deaths

There’s no real profile for the victims. They don’t appear to fit into any particular economic, racial or ethnic grouping. The rising numbers of opioid overdoses “seem to hit everyone,’’ says Dr. Dan McCollum, an emergency medicine physician at Augusta University Medical Center. “It hits all economic strata.’’ Even age is no longer the factor it used to be. Overdose patients coming into ERs are increasingly middle-aged and older, as compared to youthful drug users in past decades, he said Friday. “We’re seeing a great deal of fentanyl being used,’’ he added. “The scary thing is that is hits so fast.…
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Here’s how the expanded child tax credit will affect Georgia families

Here’s how the expanded child tax credit will affect Georgia families

The expanded federal child tax credit Congress passed this year is expected to lift nearly 700,000 Georgia children out of poverty, including about 470,000 Black children, child advocacy leaders said Thursday. As a result, the state’s overall child poverty rate will be reduced from 13.6% to 5.9%, while the Black child poverty rate will go from 21.8% to 11.4%, Kimberly Scott, executive director of Georgia WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions), said during a news conference in Atlanta. “This is major tax relief for nearly all working families,” Scott said. “The expanded child tax credit will serve as a lifeline…
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Will Georgia keep healthcare.gov or have its own health exchange?

Will Georgia keep healthcare.gov or have its own health exchange?

Georgia officials have pushed back against a federal health agency’s request for more financial information on the state’s insurance waiver plan. A letter dated July 2 says that Georgia’s approach to replace the Affordable Care Act’s healthcare.gov enrollment set-up with a privately run process has already been approved by the feds. The Georgia “Section 1332’’ waiver has also attracted much interest from insurers and potential vendors, the state says. The letter asserts that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ recent request for more financial information “came as a surprise’’  and does not follow the approved waiver process. The political context…
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Expect higher gas prices in Georgia for Fourth of July weekend

Expect higher gas prices in Georgia for Fourth of July weekend

(The Center Square) – While Georgia’s gas prices remain below the national average, AAA predicts the cost of fuel will continue to climb over the holiday weekend. More Americans will take road trips this Fourth of July weekend than ever before, AAA predicted. Nearly 44 million Americans will take a road trip this holiday, reflecting a 5% increase from the previous record in 2019. About 1.4 million of those drivers will be from Georgia, AAA estimated. Drivers traveling in and out of Georgia will pay an average of 92 cents a gallon more for gas than they paid a year…
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Atlanta ranks the worst city for minimum wage workers

Atlanta ranks the worst city for minimum wage workers

As an ongoing worker shortage has many employers questioning employee benefits and pay requirements for the lowest paid workers, a survey released by a moving services company has tagged Atlanta as the worst city in the country for minimum wage workers. The experts at Move.org identified the best and worst cities for minimum wage workers and found that minimum wage workers in the country's biggest cities are struggling to make ends meet. According to the report Atlanta, is the No. 1 worst city for minimum wage earners. Minimum wage earners in Atlanta earn $7.25 an hour and would need to work 177 hours a month to afford a…
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Hopebridge will open two new autism therapy locations for Georgia children

Hopebridge will open two new autism therapy locations for Georgia children

As the prevalence of autism increases and the national focus is placed on early identification and intervention, Hopebridge Autism Therapy Centers is bringing its innovative mix of multidisciplinary services closer to home for Georgia’s children. One of the largest autism therapy providers in the nation and headquartered in Indiana, Hopebridge is bringing more than a decade of knowledge, experience and care to Conyers and Woodstock beginning in August. Georgia children living with autism will receive a wide range of benefits and services at Hopebridge, including: Diagnostic and applied behavior analysis evaluations – Now SchedulingState-of-the-art facilities designed specifically to enhance pediatric therapy for a spectrum of functioning levelsCenters with approximately 20…
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Find out about Gwinnett County’s new state-of-the-art library

Find out about Gwinnett County’s new state-of-the-art library

SNELLVILLE -- Gwinnett County residents will soon have a new library that will include co-working spaces and teaching spaces. Gwinnett County and the city of Snellville have a new construction project on the books. The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a contract with Reeves Young LLC, to build a new library in the city’s planned The Grove at Town Center development on Wisteria Drive.  “We can always do more as a team than we can by ourselves,” said District 3 Commissioner Jasper Watkins. “With Gwinnett County and the city of Snellville combining ideas and resources, we can…
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Some Georgia students will get to take ‘Adulting 101’ class

Some Georgia students will get to take ‘Adulting 101’ class

Adulting is hard. That's why University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents in Cobb, Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale counties have devised a virtual youth development series called Adulting 101 for 4-H youth in their areas. The idea was born in April 2020 when Cobb County 4-H agent Brittani Lee held a virtual brainstorming session with 4-H student officers in the county to gather ideas for programming over the coming year. "One of my officers was a junior in high school and she asked if we could do some life skills classes on how to be an adult," said Lee, who shared…
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