Georgia News Roundup
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Anonymous donor helps form Georgia scholarship program

ATLANTA (AP) — University system of Georgia officials say money from an anonymous donor will be used to launch a new scholarship program.

Officials said Wednesday that the donor's $25,000 gift will benefit students enrolled in the state's Early College Program, and the money can be used to help students attend any of the university system's 31 institutions.

Early Colleges are small schools that focus on low-income, first generation or minority students who are working toward a high school diploma while also earning an associate's degree or transferable college credit.

There are 10 early college programs operating in the state.

Officials say the University System of Georgia Foundation will administer the scholarship program.

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Police seek suspects in home invasion

ATLANTA (AP) — Police are searching for suspects in an overnight home invasion at an off-campus apartment complex near the Mercer University campus just outside Atlanta.

DeKalb County police say the crime happened early Thursday morning at the complex on Flowers Road South.

Police tell WSB-TV that two armed suspects forced their way into an apartment and stole several items. Residents were inside the apartment at the time, but no one was hurt.

Police did not say whether the victims were college students, but the Atlanta station reports that the off-campus apartments house several Mercer students.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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Lake Lanier full of water heading into summer

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — After recent droughts emptied Lake Lanier during the summer months, the northeast Georgia lake is now full heading into its busiest time.

The Times reports that the lake level was at 1,071.6 feet as of Wednesday evening.

Joanna Cloud, executive director of the Gainesville-based Lake Lanier Association, says people are very happy with lake levels going into this summer.

National Weather Service officials say the Hall County area has gotten nearly 16 inches of rain this year so far, or about 3 inches less than the average.

Information from: The Times, http://www.gainesvilletimes.com 

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Athens airport could lose daily passenger flights

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A federal subsidy for airline service to and from Athens could end this year, leaving the airport without its regular daily passenger service to Nashville International Airport.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Athens-Ben Epps Airport was recently notified by federal officials that the Essential Air Service program will be reduced or cut entirely as soon as this fall. The program provides a $1.5 million annual subsidy to Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines' operations in Athens.

The program was put in place following airline deregulation in 1978 to help small communities to maintain a minimal level of air service.

Airport Manager Tim Beggerly said the elimination of the EAS subsidy at Athens-Ben Epps would be based on SeaPort's inability to meet the 10 passenger per day requirement of the program.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com 

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Michigan considers aviation fuel tax increase

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan airport executives are seeking an aviation fuel tax increase to help make improvements and repairs at the state's 235 public airports.

The state House-approved plan would help general aviation and commercial airports avoid falling far short of more than $730 million needed for fixes in the next five years. The Detroit News reports it's stuck in the Senate in part amid concerns by Delta Air Lines.

About $190 million in runway and taxiway reconstruction, as well as demolition work at the Smith and Berry terminals at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, is at stake as part of the state's five-year plan. Other major projects are planned in Grand Rapids, Flint and elsewhere.

Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter says Michigan's overall fuel tax costs are the highest among the Atlanta-based airline's hubs.

Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/ 

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Georgia university probed for Title IX compliance

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education says Emory University is being investigated for the way it responds to complaints of sexual violence and harassment.

The Department's Office for Civil Rights on Thursday named Emory as one of 55 colleges nationwide that is being probed for Title IX compliance and enforcement.

In a statement, Emory University officials said the department is also reviewing the school's sexual assault prevention, outreach, support and education programs. Emory spokeswoman Beverly Cox Clark says the school works to build a safe community and takes all complaints and accusations of sexual misconduct seriously.

The Department of Education's Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon says federal officials hope that publishing the list of schools under investigation will prompt community discussions on the issue.

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Tuition to increase at Georgia technical colleges

ATLANTA (AP) — The group that oversees Georgia's technical colleges has approved of increasing tuition beginning in fall of 2014.

Officials say the Technical College System of Georgia has voted unanimously to raise tuition at the state's technical colleges by $4 per credit hour. Officials say students at the state's 24 technical colleges will now pay $89 per credit hour for standard programs, and average tuition for a full 15-hour course load this fall will be $1,335, plus books and fees.

Commissioner Ron Jackson says the system has done what it can to avoid tuition hikes, but operational costs for the programs being offered at the state's technical colleges continues to rise.

Jackson says college presidents are still committed to helping students and their families find financial aid.

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