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Emory apologizes for issuing bogus tornado warning


ATLANTA-- Emory University has apologized for mistakenly issuing a tornado warning during Tuesday night's storms. The university initially said it did so out of what it called an abundance of caution – even though there were no tornado warnings issued by the National Weather Service.

Emory issued the warning on Twitter, on its text and email alerts, and folks at Emory say the university even sounded warning sirens – all for a tornado warning that wasn't.

WellStar, Emory no longer planning to merge


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- WellStar Health System no longer plans to merge with Emory Healthcare.

The two health systems announced in February they had begun formal discussions about the possibility of uniting.

But in a statement released Tuesday, WellStar Board of Trustees chair Gary Miller said the board "has determined a new strategic direction."

"WellStar has declined to enter the next stage of discussions with Emory University," Miller said. "We respect Emory University as a leading, international academic medical center. WellStar will accelerate multiple horizontal and vertical integration opportunities with other potential partners."

Tenn. family to move to Atlanta for autism treatment


ATLANTA -- A Tennessee couple is looking to move to Atlanta in search of a better life for their three sons, all of whom have autism.

Renita Jackson wants her boys -- ages 9, 7 and 5 -- to get help from the nationally acclaimed Marcus Austism Center, a non-profit organization that treats more than 5,500 children with autism and related disorders every year.

"I love Knoxville, but for my children to be successful, I feel like they need to be somewhere that really focuses on special needs and autism so they can succeed," Jackson said. "Most parents worry about if (their) children will finish college, what kind of career they'll have. I'm just worried about if my children will never speak."

The Jacksons have started a GoFundMe account to raise money for the move to Atlanta.

Ex-Emory employee pleads guilty to embezzlement


ATLANTA -- A former administrative assistant with Emory University pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing more than $300,000 from the school.

Brenda Michael admitted she created a personal PayPal account, then instructed students to make their tuition and fee payments to it.

"Michael brazenly abused her position with Emory University," Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn said in a statement. "Those funds were owed to the school, paid by students working on their college education."

Michael, 53, was hired by Emory in 2007. Investigators said she began embezzling the funds in 2012. She used the $317,000 she stole to pay her personal expenses.

She will be sentenced July 8 on a count of wire fraud.

Horn said Emory University cooperated fully with the FBI during its investigation.

Emory frat suspends activities after veterans heckled


ATLANTA – A fraternity at Emory University has suspended all activities after a group of college students reportedly heckled veterans at a Wounded Warrior event in Panama City Beach, Fla.

WJGH-TV reports that the veterans were in town last weekend for the Warrior Beach Retreat. The soldiers were staying at the Lake Town Wharf Resort at the same time students in the fraternity Zeta Beta Tau from the University of Florida and Emory University were in town for their spring formal.

The veterans said college students threw beer on them from balconies and spit on them.

Blue Bell listeria outbreak has been going on for 5 years, CDC says


(NBC NEWS) -- An outbreak of listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products has been going on quietly for as long as five years, federal health officials said Tuesday.

Genetic tests link Listeria bacteria from two separate Blue Bell factories to at least six cases of listeriosis dating back to 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told NBC News.

The outbreak, which has killed three people and put seven others into the hospital, involves two distinct strains of the bacteria that have been making people sick from Kansas to South Carolina, the CDC says.

The three exposed people who died all were in Kansas.

Blue Bell's recalled all of its products because of the outbreak, and says people should throw away any of its products in their refrigerators or freezers.

Patient with Ebola-like symptoms seeking treatment at Emory


ATLANTA -- A passenger on a direct flight from a west African country to Atlanta is being treated at Emory.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, the man experienced health issues on the flight to Atlanta.

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Out of an abundance of caution, he was taken by ambulance to Emory hospital for tests and treatment. The Department of Public Health says the passenger is considered "a very low risk for Ebola".

The CDC confirmed to 11Alive the traveler is currently being evaluated, but would not confirm what illness he's suspected of having.