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One of the reasons students are paying more to go to college is for on-campus services, like living in dorms.
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Ten years ago, it cost students on average a little more than $8,000 to go to one of Georgia's public colleges or universities. Now students are paying almost twice as much.

In May, state senators requested an audit, available below, on what are the driving costs of higher education. The audit, which was released last week, pinpointed two main factors:

One, students are paying more tuition because there is less state funding.

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Georgia's roads are in tough shape.

You won't get much debate on that — not even from the Georgia Department of Transportation. But things have picked up in the last 18 months thanks to the passage of a state transportation funding act in 2015.

G-DOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale says an increased gas tax has brought in more than $2.5 billion so far. And some of the projects that money is paying for are coming to fruition.

Car designers are a type. They stand out from the engineers, accountants and lawyers that populate the car business. By all accounts, Ed Welburn, General Motors' first global head of design, is quiet, focused and congenial. This year, he retired after 44 years at GM.

Every year in late November, the New Mexican village of Abiquiu, about an hour northwest of Santa Fe, celebrates the town saint, Santo Tomas. Townfolk file into the beautiful old adobe Catholic church to pay homage its namesake.

But this is no ordinary saint's day. Dancers at the front of the church are dressed in feathers, face paint and ankle bells that honor their forebears — captive Indian slaves called genizaros.

You might think the secrets to HGTV stardom lie in real estate savvy or creative design. But for shows like Fixer Upper and Property Brothers, it's that hard-to-find combination of charm and chemistry that turns hosts into stars.

"They're fun — they make you feel like you could be friends," says Maggie Winterfeldt, editor of PopSugar Home. "These are people that you actually relate to. They're not living in mansions; they're not driving Escalades. They live an attainable lifestyle."

Talking publicly about women's menstruation has long been a taboo. But in 2016 the world made big strides getting over the squeamishness. There was the Chinese swimmer at the Rio Olympics who had no qualms explaining that she was on her period after she finished a race grimacing in pain.

Studies of fish oil and health are like studies about coffee — there's plenty of contradictory information out there.

With that in mind, here's the latest turn: A Danish study finds that women who took fish oil supplements during pregnancy reduced the risk of asthma in their children.

Wildfires Burned In North Ga. Over Christmas Weekend

Dec 27, 2016
Firefighters spent more than two months battling wildfires in north Georgia and in Tennessee this fall.
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The U.S. Forest Service is keeping watch on a new wildfire in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

It says a fire that broke out over the weekend in Lumpkin County, between Blairsville and Dahlonega, has burned about 200 acres. It's no longer spreading, but because of drought conditions there is always the chance it could flare back up.

Judy Toppins with the U.S. Forest Service says a vehicle started that fire as well as one in Union County near the Richard Russell Scenic Highway.

In San Francisco, companies will pay six-figure salaries to entry-level tech workers from all over the world. So this might come as a surprise: A public university there is laying off some of its own IT staff and sending their jobs to a contractor with headquarters in India.

Until recently, Hank Nguyen's daughter wanted to follow in his footsteps and work in tech. Last spring, she was accepted into the University of California system.

"She was inclined to take computer science and engineering," Nguyen says.

The holiday season has been unusually warm the past two years. Supplies of Christmas trees were still coming in the day before Thanksgiving here at Big John's Christmas Trees in Buckhead. Big John's owner expected the holiday weekend to be  a big one
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It was a warm Christmas along most of the East Coast on Sunday, including in metro Atlanta, where it was the second warmest on record.

Last Christmas, metro Atlanta saw a record high temperature of 75 degrees, just a one degree difference from this year's high of 74.

That's the second highest since 1878, when temperature records started to be collected.

Sidney King, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, said for the second year in a row winds from the Gulf of Mexico brought moist air to the Southeast.

Jeneyah McDonald is tired of using bottled water for everything: drinking, cooking, bathing.

In order to keep her two children safe, the resident of Flint, Mich., told them the city tap water was poisonous.

"I don't know any way to explain to a 6-year-old why you can't take a bath anymore every day, why you can't help mommy wash the dishes anymore," McDonald said earlier this year. "So I told him it's poison. And that way, he'll know I'm serious — don't play with it."

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Do you leave a holiday present for your mail carrier?

Time was when people tied a red ribbon on a bottle of bourbon and tossed it in the mailbox for the mailman. That's not quite how it's done these days, and you likely don’t need to read the U.S. Postal Service regulations to figure out you're probably not supposed to give liquor.

So what are you supposed to give? Do you need to give your carrier anything at all?

"Just a little bit," said Roy Rogers of Decatur: a little bit of cash.

First Ebola Vaccine Likely To Stop The Next Outbreak

Dec 22, 2016

When Ebola struck West Africa a few years ago, the world was defenseless. There was no cure. No vaccine. And the result was catastrophic: More than 11,000 people died. Nearly 30,000 were infected.

Now it looks like such a large outbreak is unlikely to ever happen again. Ever.

The world now has a potent weapon against Ebola: a vaccine that brings outbreaks to a screeching halt, scientists report Thursday in The Lancet.

If you were to witness a bias-based attack or a hate crime, how would you respond?

It's something some activists are preparing some New Yorkers to be ready for, as reports of hate crimes in the city have increased since the election of Donald Trump. They are up 63 percent compared to the same period last year as of Dec. 14, according to the New York City Police Department.

After nearly an hour's flight north from Baghdad, a cavernous C-130 military cargo plane touches down. Aboard are reporters, Pentagon officials and the man who has occasioned this trip, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

The plane taxis along an airstrip that as recently as July was controlled — and then largely destroyed — by Islamic State fighters.

This is the Qayyarah Airfield West, just 30 miles south of Mosul.

When Donald Trump won the presidential election, he made a pledge to every citizen: that he would be president for all Americans. In the weeks before Trump's inauguration, we're going to hear about some of the communities that make up this nation, from the people who know them best, in our series Finding America.

Ga. Family Files To Sue Deputies Involved In Taser Death

Dec 21, 2016
The family of Chase Sherman, who died after being stunned repeatedly with a Taser, filed a federal civil lawsuit.
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The family of a man who died after Coweta County deputies stunned him repeatedly with a Taser have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.

Chase Sherman’s family called 911 after pulling over on Interstate-85 on their way home to Florida. They said their son was behaving erratically.

A video shows deputies Joshua Sepanski and Samuel Smith using a Taser on Sherman more than a dozen times.

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Students at Emory University, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia are getting their money’s worth, according to new college rankings.

Personal finance magazine Kiplinger has issued its annual lists of “Best College Values.” Emory ranks 30th out of 300 schools for overall value. Georgia Tech is listed as the 9th best public college; UGA rates 10th. That’s out of 100 schools.

 Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga.
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A new 780-bed immigration detention center is scheduled to open in South Georgia next year. The GEO Group, a private corrections company, said it signed a five-year contract last week with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Charlton County to run a new center in Folkston, Georgia.

The Folkston ICE Processing Center will be at a facility next to the D. Ray James Correctional Facility, which The GEO Group currently owns and operates.

When New York City launched the nation's largest municipal ID program, advocates said it would give immigrants in the country illegally access to bank accounts and city services.

"They could go visit a loved one in the hospital, they could go visit their child's teacher," Mayor Bill De Blasio said at a press conference earlier this month. "If they had an interaction with a police officer, there was an ID recognized by the NYPD. It was a very basic concept."

It's hard to imagine a time when red and green weren't synonymous with Christmas, but they haven't always been the holiday's go-to colors. Arielle Eckstut, co-author of Secret Language of Color, attributes the palette's rise to two things: holly and Coca-Cola.

In this June 13, 2014, file photo, construction continues on a new nuclear reactor at Plant Vogtle power plant in Waynesboro, Georgia. An analyst for the Public Service Commission, Steven Roetger, said the timeline for finishing two nuclear reactors at Pl
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The Public Service Commission approved a deal with Georgia Power to pay for its delayed nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

Construction on the two new units is now several years behind schedule. It’s also costing Georgia Power about $2 billion more than originally expected.

The Public Service Commission's vote signaled Georgia Power's spending at the plant is “reasonable and prudent,” and much of the costs can be passed onto the company's customers.

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