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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.


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.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

Ebola in Atlanta: Inside Emory's labs

ATLANTA -- Emory University is opening its lab doors and talking about how it's treating Ebola.

Last fall, the Ebola virus plaguing West Africa made its way onto U.S. soil, prompting an urgent quest for treatment.

It was at Emory University Hospital where Dr. Aneesh Mehta admitted Dr. Kent Brantly.

In the isolation unit, the team of doctors worked in 12-hour shifts offering what's called advanced supportive care. It includes monitoring electrolytes and fluid levels, as well as managing the hemorrhagic part of the disease – making sure the patient's blood has enough red cells, white cells and platelets.

A beacon of light came when Brantly had a simple request.