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State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.

Atlanta Opera and Emory partner for middle school voice program

Atlanta Opera and Emory partner for middle school voice program

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Opera has partnered with the Emory Voice Center to create a program for middle school choral students.

This two-month "Vocal Immersion Program" (VIP) focuses on teaching opera knowledge and skills to up-and-coming singers at Atlanta's Coan Middle School.

"We hope this program will provide an arts and science approach to enhance vocal understanding and vocal health to these choral students and their teachers," said VIP creator Dr. Adam Klein, assistant director of the Emory Voice Center at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Coan Middle School recently lost its budget for a voice teacher, which makes it even more important for the students to gain exposure for the arts, Klein said.

"We also hope that this program will benefit children in other schools suffering from the same curriculum challenges," he added.

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.