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Metro Atlanta heads back to school this week

Metro Atlanta heads back to school this week

ATLANTA -- Although four Georgia mountain counties found themselves with an extra day of winter break due to weather, most of metro Atlanta began heading back to school Tuesday.

Cherokee, Gwinnett and Henry counties resumed classes on Jan. 3.

FAMU trustees will create anti-hazing committee

FAMU trustees will create anti-hazing committee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The family of a Florida A&M University marching band member who police say died after being hazed says no memorial or independent committee studying hazing will prevent a similar death.

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Key component of Georgia's immigration law takes effect

ATLANTA -- Just more than seven months after Governor Nathan Deal signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act into law, one of its more contested components is taking effect.

Effective Sunday, Georgia businesses with 500 employees or more are required to check their employees using an online system called E-Verify. Workers must be U.S. citizens or otherwise authorized to work in the country in order to be hired.

The requirement takes place in phases. Starting July 1, businesses of 100 or more must use E-Verify. By January 2013, all businesses with more than 10 employees will be required to use the system. Those with 10 or fewer employees are exempt.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Jaleah

ADOPT A PET: Meet Jaleah


DECATUR, Ga. - If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half chewed shoe or overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local pet shelter. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers but adopting a "companion" for yourself or your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Freezing temperatures, high winds to blow into Ga.

Freezing temperatures, high winds to blow into Ga.

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Forecasters say temperatures will plummet to the teens and 20s across north Georgia Monday night as extremely cold air pushes into the state.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has also issued a wind advisory through 7 p.m. Monday. Winds from 15 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph are expected in central and north Georgia.

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Authorities say the low temperature could fall to around 16 degrees in Blairsville and other communities in the north Georgia mountains.

The weather service says temperatures in Atlanta could dip to around 22 degrees Monday night and 20 degrees Tuesday night before warmer weather begins to raise temperatures around mid-week.

Nominate your favorite do-gooder for the 11Alive Community Service Awards

Nominate your favorite do-gooder for the 11Alive Community Service Awards

ATLANTA -- Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for the hard work that he or she does to make metro Atlanta a better place?

Nominate your favorite philanthropist for the 2012 11Alive Community Service Awards.

For the last 37 years, the 11Alive Community Service Awards have honored some of the most caring, giving, selfless members of the community. A total of 11 people are recognized every year during a televised dinner and awards ceremony.

Each recipient receives $1,000 for the charity of his or her choice.

To nominate someone, visit the 11Alive Community Service Awards website to get all the information. Nominations are due no later than Monday, Jan. 9.

DeKalb Schools up for grand jury investigation

DECATUR - We may finally get some answers as to what's been going on inside the DeKalb County School System over the years. It's been plagued with controversy and now a Special Grand Jury could investigate.

The recommendation is in a recent report returned from the fall sitting of the Grand Jury in DeKalb County. They started asking questions about what's been going on inside the school district and "weren't satisfied with the answers they got from former and current administrators".

Neither were we, when we started asking questions, last fall, about the new superintendents job application. In it, Cheryl Atkinson indicated she had never been named as a defendant in a lawsuit. However, we discovered she was named as a defendant in a bankruptcy suit in 1998.