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Freeze warning issued for much of Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- With temperatures expected to dip down to the high 20s overnight, a freeze warning has been issued for large portions of Metro Atlanta.

WEATHER BLOG: Winds, Freeze and Sunshine

The freeze warning affects Barrow, Butts, Clayton, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Newton, Pike, Putnam, Rockdale, Spalding, Upson and Walton counties.

It will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday.

Residents are reminded to bring their outdoor pets and plants inside and to wrap their pipes.

EMORY: SAT cheating probe expanded to ACT

NEW YORK -- An SAT cheating investigation involving an Emory University student has been broadened to include the ACT college entrance exam, according to authorities in New York.

Investigators allege that several students at Great Neck North High School paid Emory sophomore Sam Eshaghoff to take the test for them. Seven current or former students have already been arrested, and more arrests are expected.

A spokesman for the Nassau County district attorney said investigators have not yet determined how many people will be arrested, but said the ACT appears to be "plagued by the same security vulnerabilities as the SAT."

ACT spokesman Scott Gomer said the company doesn't release data on charges of cheating.

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

ATLANTA, Ga. – Thanksgiving is traditionally a holiday reserved for fellowship with family and friends. Most of us enjoy a huge meal, fight through the subsequent stomachache, hang with your favorite cousins and watch football, however, everyone doesnt enjoy turkey day in the same fashion. Some families have unique traditions that may not be consistent with, what we would call an average Thanksgiving. So, if you’re looking to change-up your routine, check out some of the ideas the “Where U Live” team put together.   

New program aims to raise Ga. college graduation rates

New program aims to raise Ga. college graduation rates

ATLANTA -- The state Board of Regents has approved a plan to increase the number of students who finish college.

The board approved the "Complete College Georgia" initiative during a meeting Wednesday to address statistics showing that 42 percent of adults in the state have some kind of education past high school.

The plan calls for more cooperation between the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia. It also will focus on helping Georgia's public schools produce more college-ready graduates.

The plan must also be approved by the Technical College System of Georgia before it is presented to the governor's office. It is part of a $1 million grant Georgia received in August from the Complete College America Foundation.

EMORY: Civil, human rights leaders honored

EMORY: Civil, human rights leaders honored

ATLANTA -- Emory University honored Nobel Prize recipient Wole Soyinka and several other civil and human rights leaders Tuesday night.

Medals from Emory's James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference were also awarded to journalist and civil rights activist Xernona Clayton, Emory law professor Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, and Spelman College professor Willie Christine King Farris, sister of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Honoree and Baseball Hall of Fame member Hank Aaron was unable to attend Tuesday's ceremony because he is recovering from knee surgery.

The awards were created by Emory professor Rudolph Byrd, who died last month at 58. 

 

DeKalb DA named to '40 Under 40'

DeKalb DA named to '40 Under 40'

DECATUR, Ga. -- DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James has been named to this year's distinguished "40 Under 40" list by the National Law Journal.

Every year, this list honors 40 minority lawyers who are younger than 40 years old and enjoy thriving careers.

"I am honored to be recognized with this distinguished group of young professionals selected by the National Law Journal," said James, 39. "I am inspired every day I wake up to continue to make a difference for the people I serve in DeKalb County. I made a pledge when I took office in 2007 to ensure that justice is served in our community, and I look forward to upholding that promise as DeKalb's DA."

James has also been recognized as an accomplished leader in a number of leading publications, including the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Daily Report.

What will a penny sales tax for education buy?

What will a penny sales tax for education buy?

ATLANTA -- Voters in two cities and six counties in Metro Atlanta will decide Tuesday whether to renew a one-cent sales tax for school construction.

The education SPLOST is a one-cent special purpose local option sales tax that was first approved by voters in Atlanta, Decatur and Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cherokee, Douglas and Henry counties in 1997.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters will be asked to continue that tax with SPLOST IV.

In DeKalb County, the renewal of ESPLOST would generate $475 million for dozens of capital projects, including new buildings, new roofs, air-conditioning systems, even smart boards in every classroom.