Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia officials scheduled to set tuition rates

DAHLONEGA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia college students will learn Tuesday how much they will owe in tuition and fees at state schools next year.

The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents meets in Dahlonega on Tuesday afternoon to vote on tuition rates for 31 campuses.

The board also will consider changes to housing costs and student fees requested by individual college or university leaders.

Tuition has increased every year since at least 2002 at Georgia's state universities and colleges.

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Eastern bongo gives birth at Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Zoo Atlanta officials say an endangered eastern bongo has given birth to a male calf.

Zoo officials said in a statement Monday that the calf is the third to be born to 5-year-old Matilda and her 5-year-old mate, Tambo.

Officials say the calf and his parents will have time to bond with each other away from visitors before they're included in any zoo exhibits. Officials say wild bongos, which are an African antelope species, are known to hide their offspring early on to protect them from predators.

Zoo Atlanta officials say eastern bongos are native to Kenya, where habitat destruction and poaching pose threats to their survival.

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Winds gusts up to 40 mph expected across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Wind gusts of up to 40 mph are possible across much of north and central Georgia.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday for several Georgia counties.

Forecasters say they expect that very strong and gusty winds will cause moderate to large branches to fall, as well as trees that have been weakened by recent rains. They also warn drivers of high-profile vehicles to be aware of the strong winds expected Tuesday.

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Habitat for Humanity hampered by gunfire, crime

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) — A Habitat for Humanity official says that gunfire and gang graffiti are hurting the nonprofit's efforts to build homes for people in a central Georgia city.

Houston County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Tom Prior said the safety concerns are hampering his organization's ability to recruit partner families in a Warner Robins neighborhood. He said that people just don't want to live there.

The Telegraph reports that Prior made the comments Monday at a meeting of the Warner Robins Redevelopment Agency.

Prior said he will need much more help from the city to continue trying to upgrade the neighborhood, and that gunfire is an issue that needs to be addressed. Residents say burglaries are also a huge problem.

Habitat is finishing its 22nd house in the neighborhood.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Police probe killing of college student

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Police south of Atlanta are investigating the killing of a technical college student.

Fulton County Police 24-year-old Malcolm X. Scott was shot and killed on Godby Road near College Park Sunday night.

WAGA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1n8uLjx) that Scott was gunned down during a robbery shortly before 10 p.m. Friends say he had just gotten back from the Atlanta Dogwood Festival when he was killed.

An autopsy found that Scott sustained a single gunshot wound to his torso.

Information from: WAGA-TV, http://www.myfoxatlanta.com 

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