Georgia News Roundup
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6 Georgia parents honored with engagement award

ATLANTA (AP) — State education officials are recognizing six parents from throughout Georgia for their engagement in their children's educational progress.

Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza says parent engagement is critical toward student success regardless of a child's age.

Officials say recipients of the 2014 Georgia Parent Leadership Award include Gail Bouie, of Decatur County; Kimberly Fisher, of Cherokee County; Mariana Hernandez-Goodwin, of Gwinnett County; Karen Preble, of Camden County; Edward Richardson and Laura Shyman both of Cobb County.

The awards are given to six parents each year who are nominated by public school personnel in November — which is Georgia's parent engagement month.

The award winners will be honored Saturday during the Georgia Family Engagement Conference.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Georgia man's comic collection stolen from storage

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — An eastern Georgia man told police that someone burglarized his storage unit and stole his collection of nearly 30,000 comic books.

The Augusta Chronicle reports a 46-year-old man told police he was keeping his comic book collection at a storage building at a friend's house. He says the 85-box collection may have been stolen between Nov. 13 and Dec. 30.

The man told police that the collection included X-Men, Avengers, Fantastic Four comics and more. He said some of the comic books were signed.

Police say the man's collection is worth about $29,750.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Atlanta police investigating after man found dead

ATLANTA (AP) — Police are investigating the killing of a man found dead in northwest Atlanta.

Atlanta police say officers found the man's body on English Avenue while responding to a report of a person shot around 6 p.m. Wednesday. Officers say he was dead when they arrived, and he appeared to have been shot.

Atlanta police Officer John Chafee says a preliminary investigation found that the man may have been in an argument that escalated to gunfire. An autopsy will be done to determine how the man died. His name wasn't released.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Regents to review out-of-state tuition waivers

ATLANTA (AP) — State regents say they plan policy changes next month that would allow the board -- rather than state lawmakers -- to make decisions on tuition waivers for out-of-state students at Georgia colleges and universities.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the regents acknowledged Wednesday that guidelines for out-of-state tuition waivers need to be improved.

In December, a state audit found that the University System of Georgia waived about $106 million in out-of-state tuition during the 2012-2013 school year. Nonresident tuition was almost $9,300 more per semester than in-state tuition at some schools that year.

The audit found that by awarding the waivers, institutions are potentially forgoing that revenue. But the amount of missed money is difficult to determine without knowing whether an out-of-state student would pay the full tuition without the waiver.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Powerful storms, tornadoes could follow freeze

ATLANTA (AP) — Severe storms and the potential for isolated tornadoes are in the forecast for Georgia as the state recovers from record-breaking cold.

The National Weather Service says that strong thunderstorms appear possible on Saturday, and that isolated tornadoes will be possible with any thunderstorms that become severe.

The weather service projects that Atlanta will reach a high temperature of 60 degrees on Saturday, with an 80 percent chance of precipitation.

The severe weather threat comes after temperatures finally climbed above freezing across much of Georgia late Wednesday morning.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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Remains found in Georgia park identified

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Hall County sheriff's officials say they've identified a set of human remains that were found wrapped in a blanket in a park bathroom.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Mark Mitchell says the remains of 21-year-old Kayla Weil were found in a bathroom at Chestnut Ridge Park in Flowery Branch Oct. 24. Authorities have said workers cleaning the park found the woman's remains inside one of the bathrooms.

Mitchell says Weil was reported missing by relatives in September 2013 and the park was closed to the public several years ago.

Mitchell says the remains appeared to have been in the park for an extended time period.

Details on the woman's cause of death weren't immediately available, and Mitchell says the woman's death remains under investigation.

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