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Southern accents differ depending on where in the South you're from, for instance, plus race, class and age. Researchers at the University of Georgia are starting a project to catalogue the South’s many accents.  

In the past, UGA professors have studied what words people in different places around the country use – like "pop," "soda" or "Coke." Now, they're looking beyond word choice and into pronunciation in the South.

Here are different Southerners saying the word "white" from UGA’s collection.

The University of Georgia arch in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech)
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The mourning process continues at the University of Georgia.

Multiple vigils were held in the Athens area, including the UGA campus, to remember the victims who died in a two-vehicle accident in Oconee County on Wednesday night.

"The loss of any student is very difficult, a tragedy of this magnitude is truly devastating," said UGA President Jere Morehead, who has been at the university for more than 30 years.

The four victims are: Kayla Canedo, 19, of Alpharetta; Brittany Feldman, 20, of Alpharetta; Christina Semeria, 19, of Milton and Halle Scott, 19, of Dunwoody.

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If the University of Georgia football team wins a national championship under head coach Kirby Smart, it may be about more than just his play calling.

The new hire from rival University of Alabama has raised questions about UGA's relatively strict drug policy, and he has already restricted student transfers to the competition.

It’s all part of an effort to put the Bulldogs on top. 

State lawmakers are also eager to help UGA finally win a national championship. To get there, they passed a bill restricting open records access for journalists and the public.

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Super Tuesday is less than a week away, and Georgia is among the states with delegates up for grabs.

But, where are those political ads?

“I personally have not seen a whole lot of advertising, and I watch a lot of news shows and that’s where you generally expect to see that. So my sense is they haven’t yet made any big ad buys here," said Charles Bullock, a political professor at the University of Georgia.


Bullock said it's partly because Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has a comfortable lead over challenger Bernie Sanders in Georgia.

The University of Georgia North Campus green in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech)
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University of Georgia professors are voicing their objections to a new grading system for faculty members that UGA administrators began installing last year.

The Office of the Provost's plan to give all faculty members one of three grades every year is a bad idea, the faculty members say.

The faculty members outlined their objections in a letter approved Tuesday by the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate, The Athens Banner-Herald reported.

The state board of regents is set to approve a building project for the University of Georgia.

The regents are expected to approve the third phase of the university's $140 million Business Learning Community when they meet Wednesday in Atlanta, The Athens Banner-Herald reports.

The business college occupied Correll Hall, the first of the three buildings, earlier this year. Officials ceremonially broke ground the second building, Amos Hall, on Sept. 18, 2015.

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Bulldog Nation has its new leader.

On Monday afternoon, the University of Georgia will introduce Kirby Smart as the head coach of its football program.

Smart, a former player at UGA, will succeed Mark Richt, who stepped down as head coach after the end of the regular season.

During a press conference on Monday, Smart focused on the UGA football player's actions both on and off the field, mentioning multiple times that he was looking for "the right kind of player."

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It looks like Bulldog Nation has its new leader.

Kirby Smart is expected to be the new football head coach for the University of Georgia, according to

An official announcement could be made next week.

The 39-year-old Smart is currently the defensive coordinator for Alabama. On Saturday, the Crimson Tide will face off against Florida in the SEC Championship Game.

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For the first time since 2001, Bulldog Nation is looking for a new leader.

On Sunday, one day after the University of Georgia football team beat Georgia Tech, UGA officials announced that Mark Richt was stepping down as head coach.

"Georgia football is going to be around a whole heck of a lot longer than I'm going to be alive ... I just appreciate everybody and how they've treated me and my family," Richt said at a press conference Monday morning.

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Georgia coach Mark Richt is stepping down after 15 seasons in what is being called a "mutual" decision.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity says he met with Richt on Sunday morning "to discuss the status of our football program" and "mutually agreed that he would step down as head coach and would have the opportunity to accept other duties and responsibilities at UGA following the bowl game."

The decision was announced in a statement released by Georgia.

Georgia (9-3) concluded its regular season with Saturday's 13-7 win over Georgia Tech.

Pope Francis delivers his message on the occasion of an audience with participants of Rome's diocese convention in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 14, 2015.
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In June, Pope Francis wrote a letter to Catholic bishops, called an encyclical, which stressed the need to address climate change.

The 192-page letter, called "Laudato Si," urges people to take action to protect the planet.

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There will be plenty of pecans from the Peach State this year.

Between 110 million and 120 million pounds of pecans are expected to be harvested this year, according to the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.

If that prediction holds through, it will be Georgia's strongest crop in three years.

Farmers say lots of sunshine this summer helped crops fully develop this year.

Georgia tops the nation in pecan production.

UGA researchers say pecans brought in nearly $316 million in net value in 2013.  

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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer":

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Bad news for Bulldog Nation.

The University of Georgia football team will have to make do for the rest of the season without Nick Chubb.

The tailback suffered what the team is calling a "significant" left knee injury during Saturday's game against Tennessee.

UGA says Chubb has severe damage to numerous ligaments and cartilage.

However, he didn't injure his ACL, which would have been much worse.

Chubb is expected to have surgery within the next two weeks. 

The University of Georgia sign in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
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A former University of Georgia police officer has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the university and the Board of Regents, claiming he was fired after he called out his department for illegally arresting people who were reporting possible alcohol overdoses.  

Jay Park, an officer with the department for five years, was fired last year after he told judicial officials about his department’s conduct, according to the lawsuit filed in Fulton County Superior Court. 

An animal protection group wants federal authorities to investigate the University of Georgia after the group obtained a document detailing the use of live dogs, pigs and goats to teach medical procedures.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals submitted a complaint Monday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. PETA says UGA's "medical readiness training program" participants should learn the emergency procedures using simulators rather than live animals which are then euthanized.

University officials weren't immediately available for comment.

Rush hour traffic on Atlanta's downtown connector
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All the asphalt and cement in cities can make them heat up more than the areas around them. It's called the urban heat island effect, and University of Georgia researchers recently conducted a study to figure out which had more effect on the phenomenon: density or sprawl?

It turned out, it's not an either/or answer.

“Sprawling and high density city configurations both can increase urban heat island intensities,” said Neil Debbage, a graduate student at UGA and the lead author on the study.

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson takes to the field with the team before the start of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
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Football season, both college and pro, kicked off  last week. And Georgia teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, fared pretty well in their opening games.

Sports writer Brian Jones from 247Sports joined Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer on “Closer Look” to talk about the start of the season and what’s ahead this weekend.

United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), in a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer on Dec. 5, 2014 in Atlanta.
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Former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is sharing his experience in law and politics with students at the University of Georgia's law school.

The university says Chambliss is co-teaching a class called Political Leadership and the Law for the fall semester with his former chief of staff, Camila Knowles.

Chambliss served two terms in the U.S. Senate and four in the U.S. House of Representatives. Knowles is now commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

 The Georgia mascot Uga takes the field before an NCAA football game against the LSU, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Athens, Ga.
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Bulldog Nation has plenty to bark about.

The University of Georgia will have a top 10 football team this year, according to the broadcasters and writers who take part in the Associated Press poll.

The Bulldogs, who kick off the season Sept. 5 against the University of Louisiana-Monroe, are ranked ninth.

Georgia Tech came in 16th place.

This is the first time since 2010 that the Yellow Jackets had a pre-season ranking.

Ohio State tops the college football poll. The defending champs collected all 61 first-place votes from the panel.

The University of Georgia North Campus green in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech)
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The University of Georgia is the only Southeastern Conference member among the Princeton Review's annual list of the nation's top 10 party schools.

Georgia comes in at No. 8 in this year's rankings by the college guide.

The Athens News-Banner reports the ranking is the highest for Georgia since 2012, when it was ranked fifth.

SEC members Ole Miss and the University of Florida also are on the party school list but didn't rank in the top 10. The University of Mississippi comes in at 12th, and Florida is No. 14.

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It's almost time for college football.

And to whet fans' appetite for Saturday afternoons on the gridiron, the College Football Hall of Fame, ESPN and the Atlanta Sports Council are hosting a Huddle-Up Luncheon to take a look at the upcoming season.

Georgia Tech kicks off the 2015 season on Thursday, Sept. 3, hosting the Alcorn State Braves at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

UGA makes its debut two days later on Sept. 5, when they entertain the ULM Warhawks at Sanford Stadium.

The University of Georgia's law school says it has received a $500,000 gift from a state legislator to create a scholarship.

The UGA School of Law said in a news release Friday that alumna Rep. Stacey Godfrey Evans, a Democrat from Smyrna, made the gift to help first-generation college graduates attending the school.

The first Evans Scholar is set to be named in the fall.

Beverley Petrunich, co-owner of DoGone Fun, a day care and boarding facility, visits with some of her clients in Chicago. Experts say doggie day care contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest.
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The veterinary school at the University of Georgia has confirmed 55 cases of canine influenza in the state, although it’s not the only lab that can confirm the virus.

One of the reasons the virus is spreading, according to a UGA professor, is that dogs can easily catch it. That's because the flu is a new disease to them, beginning after the year 2000.

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There is a smaller than usual Vidalia onion crop this year, thanks to the wet spring weather. Earlier this spring, the Vidalia onion crop was in good shape, but then in May, there was a lot of rain, wind and some hail.

“And so a crop that was looking really good, all of a sudden, wasn’t,” UGA agricultural economist Jeffrey Dorfman said.

He said on top of the weather, farmers planted fewer acres of Vidalia onions this year.

The Iron Horse sculpture surveys the scene near Watkinsville, Georgia.
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Today is May 27.  

If we were to turn Georgia's clock back 61 years to this date in 1954, we'd witness a rather extreme reaction by University of Georgia students to the placement of a horse on their campus.  

As Georgia State University associate professor of history, Dr. Clifford Kuhn explains, the horse was a sculpture and part of a well-intentioned effort to expose the university community to some "culture."  

First Case Of New Dog Flu Confirmed In Metro Atlanta

May 20, 2015
Brushing fluffy dogs can help release loose undercoat hairs, making them feel cooler in the summertime.
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A dog in metro Atlanta has been diagnosed with a new strain of the canine influenza virus and may have exposed other animals to the illness.

The new dog flu has been spreading through dog populations in the Midwest and has already affected thousands of dogs in Chicago since March.

Scientists at the University of Georgia confirmed Wednesday that an illness diagnosed in a dog in Athens late last week is the new strain of canine flu, identified as H3N2.

Learning Chicken Speak and How It Can Help Georgia Farmers

May 11, 2015
UGA and Georgia Tech researchers are studying chicken sounds to try to better understand how the birds are feeling. What a chicken says could help farmers better care for the birds .
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Forget the age-old question about why the chicken crossed the road. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia want to know what the chicken said. 

UGA and Georgia Tech researchers have been studying the different sounds chickens make and if those sounds might indicate whether the birds are happy or sad, or maybe sick or frightened.

Blueberries at UGA's farm in Athens
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Blueberries are now the state’s No. 1 fruit crop. They even beat out Georgia’s peaches.

As farmers try to meet growing demand they’re also looking for ways to cut losses.

Researchers at the University of Georgia won a $2.37 million grant from the USDA to develop technology to help small to mid-size blueberry growers. 

During the harvesting process, a lot of blueberries get squashed. Machines do their best, but a lot of the time, they leave something to be desired.

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Rural communities in Georgia are getting some attention from the University of Georgia.

Researchers will be taking a look at more than 300 small towns throughout the state. Many of them are in rough shape.

“Dilapidated housing, a lack of affordable housing, you know, access to home ownership can be an issue,” Kim Skobba, an assistant professor of financial planning, housing and consumer economics at UGA, says.