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Should Georgia raise the mandatory school attendance age to 17?

Should Georgia raise the mandatory school attendance age to 17?

Legislators studying the issue of raising Georgia’s mandatory age for school attendance from 16 to 17 were met with tough, complex questions from some metro Atlanta school officials on Wednesday.   “The first question for us is, what is the reason for raising the age for compulsory attendance?” asked Gretchen Walton, compliance and legislative affairs officer for the Cobb County School District. “Our research shows raising the age for compulsory attendance doesn’t increase high school graduation rates. So what are some of the other reasons for doing so?”  “What can you do at age 16?” asked Nicole Holmes, chief academic…
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This city has the most extreme poverty in Georgia

This city has the most extreme poverty in Georgia

There are an estimated 39.5 million Americans living below the poverty line, which, in the lower 48 states, is an annual income threshold of $12,880 for an individual and $26,500 for a family of four (Alaska and Hawaii have a slightly higher threshold). Living in poverty can have serious consequences and impacts nearly every aspect of life -- and those problems can be compounded for those who are facing poverty while also living in very poor neighborhoods. Residents of poor neighborhoods often struggle with higher crime rates, limited employment opportunities, lower school quality, and poor health outcomes. For those living…
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Court battle over Georgia’s abortion law continues Friday

Court battle over Georgia’s abortion law continues Friday

As the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals prepares to hear the latest challenge to Georgia’s controversial abortion law, groups on both sides of the issue have their own hopes, expectations and aspirations before Friday’s hearing. "A Georgia judge struck down Republicans' HB 481 last year because the court saw it for what it was — an unconstitutional infringement on the right to choose — and we hope the 11th Circuit Court agrees,” said Rebecca Galanti, spokesperson for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Democrats will continue to fight at every turn to safeguard reproductive freedom and stop Republicans' dangerous anti-choice agenda…
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Leaf Peeping? Here are the best states to visit for fall

Leaf Peeping? Here are the best states to visit for fall

Sweater season is back. If you’re planning a getaway that involves cooler weather, colorful leaves, and all things flavored pumpkin spice, you need to know the Best States to Visit This Fall. Georgia did not make the list of best states to visit in the fall -- it didn't make the list of worst states either -- but if you're looking for an out-of-state getaway this fall, the top states in this survey may be the place to go for you. LawnStarter ranked the 50 states based on 15 fall factors. Among those we looked at are the number of national and…
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Georgia will get less monoclonal antibodies as feds take over supply

Georgia will get less monoclonal antibodies as feds take over supply

A recent surge in demand for powerful Covid antibody drugs has generated concerns about supply shortages in states that are heavy users of the treatment, including Georgia. About 70 percent of these lab-created drugs are being used in the Southeast. With that uneven distribution, federal health officials recently decided to take over supplies and allocate them through state agencies. Georgia and other Southern states are expected to get less supply of the monoclonal antibody drugs while the shortage continues. To be most effective, the antibody cocktails must be given within 10 days of Covid infection or exposure. Michael Purvis, CEO…
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Six arrested in metro Atlanta on child exploitation charges

Six arrested in metro Atlanta on child exploitation charges

Six people were arrested and one molestation victim was identified by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, during a coordinated effort between the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, and the GBI’s Special Enforcement Team. Those arrested were charged with crimes related to the possession and distribution of child pornography. One additional person was arrested on charges related only to illegal drug possession. One of the arrestees was charged with illegal drug possession in addition to charges related to the possession and distribution of child pornography. Additional charges are possible and other arrests may occur after analysis…
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Brian Kemp teams up with Monica Kaufman Pearson to encourage vaccines

Brian Kemp teams up with Monica Kaufman Pearson to encourage vaccines

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp have teamed up with beloved Georgia broadcaster, WSB-TV’s Monica Kaufman Pearson, for an important video announcement about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine and where the vaccines are currently available, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health's website. Below is the video released by Kemp's office. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h5i0iCMVIY According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, 46% of Georgians are fully vaccinated and 53% of Georgians have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Want to know more about traffic calming in Brookhaven? Here’s your chance

Want to know more about traffic calming in Brookhaven? Here’s your chance

BROOKHAVEN -- District 1 City Councilwoman Linley Jones will host the latest in her series “Conversation with a Councilwoman” on Monday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 7 p.m.   As traffic safety is a top concern throughout Brookhaven, the conversation will focus on various traffic calming solutions and the process to follow if a neighborhood is seeking to opt in for this strategy To accommodate responsible social distancing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be outdoors at the Blackburn Park pavilion at 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Brookhaven, weather permitting. In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled. “Traffic calming devices…
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Police kill 27-year-old man after standoff in Smyrna

Police kill 27-year-old man after standoff in Smyrna

SMYRNA -- A standoff between police and a 27-year-old man at an apartment complex in Smyrna ended when police shot and killed the man. Officers responded to an apartment on North Lincoln Trace Avenue, in Smyrna Saturday afternoon following a 911 call about a suicidal man.  When officers arrived on scene, they found Unsfored Lewis Thurmond III, and attempted to negotiate with him for several minutes.  According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, During the incident, Thurmond pointed a firearm that he had been holding towards officers. At that point, an officer shot Thurmond. Thurmond was taken to a local…
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Can’t keep a good dog down: DeKalb K9 officer who was shot gets medal

Can’t keep a good dog down: DeKalb K9 officer who was shot gets medal

Last week, the DeKalb County Police Department awarded K9 D’Jango the Exceptional Merit Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal for his apprehension of a suspect wanted for 11 felonies. At the time of the apprehension, the armed suspect shot K9 D’Jango one time in the leg, later resulting in the amputation of his leg and two surgeries. Despite being wounded, D’Jango held the bite until being called off. D'Jango has since retired from the police force.
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One dead after shooting in Norcross lounge parking lot

One dead after shooting in Norcross lounge parking lot

NORCROSS -- The Gwinnett Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred in the parking lot of 4771 Britt Rd.   Shortly after 2:50 am, an off-duty officer working security at a karaoke restaurant heard shots being fired nearby. The off-duty officer drove through the parking lot of the shopping center, and located one man on the ground, dead, in the parking lot outside of 11 Lounge. Two more men were located with gunshot wounds and were transported to a local hospital. They are being treated for their injuries. Police have not released the deceased victim’s name until the next of kin is notified.…
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What are the safest cities in Georgia?

What are the safest cities in Georgia?

With reported murders up 64% compared to this time two years ago in Atlanta, SafeWise decided to look into the cities where Georgia residents can feel safe.  SafeWise just released its 7th annual "50 Safest Cities in Georgia" report for 2021. To determine the safest cities in Georgia, Safewise analyzed the latest violent crime and property crime data from the FBI for each city. Milton was determined to be the safest city in the state with a violent crime rate of 0.4 violent crime incidents per 1,000 residents and a property crime rate of 7.3. Here’s a peek at the…
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67-year-old Georgia man charged with human trafficking of a child for sexual purposes

67-year-old Georgia man charged with human trafficking of a child for sexual purposes

A 67-year-old Pickens County resident was arrested on charges related to human trafficking of a child for sexual purposes Monday. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Roland Buchanan was arrested and charged with one count of Criminal Attempt to Commit the Offense of Human Trafficking, one count of Criminal Attempt to Commit Aggravated Child Molestation, one count of Pandering, and one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children by the GBI Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit. The GBI received information regarding Buchanan’s potential involvement in a transaction involving the exchange of currency for sexual contact with a child. An…
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What do you think of these proposed new MARTA designs?

What do you think of these proposed new MARTA designs?

MARTA is asking for your opinion on the exterior graphic design of new railcars, after a successful campaign earlier this year to solicit feedback on interior design features.  MARTA’s next generation of railcars will build upon new technology and advance safety and security for all customers. The goal is to expand comfort and convenience elements to create a reimagined transit experience.  Daily riders, occasional riders and potential future customers are encouraged to vote on one of four exterior graphic design options inspired by MARTA colors and the dynamism and movement of trains. Participants can vote and share their feedback by navigating to a crowdsourcing…
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Georgia colleges report decrease in COVID-19 cases

Georgia colleges report decrease in COVID-19 cases

New cases of COVID-19 on University System of Georgia campuses started to come down this week after increasing at the beginning of the fall semester. The number of positive tests reported at nine schools – including the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech – declined this week, mirroring a trend that occurred at the same time last year. “Whenever we see a decline in cases, we are grateful, and we hope this downward trend holds,” said Dr. Shelley Nuss, co-chair of UGA’s Medical Oversight Task Force. “We saw a similar pattern last fall: a peak in cases shortly after we…
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