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Dorie Turner

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Regents raise fees for students

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia college students will pay more fees and employees will shell out hundreds more dollars for health care under stopgap budget measures passed by the state Board of Regents on Wednesday.

Indian-Americans track down loved ones Relatives pray as terrorist attacks unfold on television

ATLANTA - Angela Mulchandami was relieved to see her mother made it aboard a flight from Mumbai to Atlanta on Thursday morning.

Prosecutor: Man confesses to New Jersey church killings

MONROE - A man accused of gunning down his estranged wife and a man in a New Jersey church told authorities Tuesday in a videotaped confession that he would've killed everyone in the building if he'd had a machine gun, a Georgia prosecutor said.

Board rejects proposed change to teacher pensions

ATLANTA - A state board voted unanimously Wednesday to keep a nearly 40-year-old policy that guarantees cost-of-living increases to pension payments for retired Georgia teachers.

Town keeps Laurel and Hardy's legacy alive

HARLEM - A blink-and-you'll-miss-it town in rural east Georgia is the last place you'd expect to find the country's only museum dedicated to the classic comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

Clayton County schools enrollment plunges

JONESBORO - Enrollment in Clayton County schools has plunged since the system found out it was losing accreditation two weeks ago.

Group: State should be able to take over schools

ATLANTA - A group of business leaders and educators called Wednesday for overhauling Georgia laws to give the state more control over school boards that behave unethically or fail to follow their own policies.

Clayton County school board runs into trouble again

ATLANTA - A Clayton County school board member violated at least six policies when he hastily called a Friday afternoon meeting, the board's attorney said.

Zoo visitors flock to welcome panda cub

ATLANTA - Visitors flocked to welcome the only panda born at a U.S. zoo so far this year and watch mother and child on a live video feed at Zoo Atlanta on Monday.

Judge: 4 Clayton BOE members should go

ATLANTA - A state administrative judge recommended Wednesday that four members of the embattled Clayton County school board be removed from office for violating Georgia's open meetings laws and ethics code.

Georgia Aquarium now houses only manta ray in US

ATLANTA - The creatures just keep getting larger at the world's biggest fish tank.

Delta: Body of woman, 61, found in plane bathroom

ATLANTA - Flight attendants discovered the body of a 61-year-old woman in the restroom of a plane shortly before the flight landed in Atlanta Wednesday morning, a spokeswoman for the airline said.

Georgia colleges brace for state budget cuts

ATLANTA - Fewer police officers. More part-time faculty in the classroom. No computer upgrades. Not as many books and magazines in the library.

Pakistani religious school releases teens

ATLANTA - Two American-born teens forced by their father to attend a religious school in Pakistan for nearly four years have returned home to Atlanta after a documentary filmmaker pushed for their release.

Attorney says Atlanta narcotics unit in fatal raid skirted laws

ATLANTA - The attorney for a former police officer charged in a botched drug raid in which an elderly woman was shot to death described a renegade Atlanta narcotics unit that routinely planted drugs and lied to obtain search warrants.

Attorney general holding up college construction projects

ATLANTA - Construction projects at eight state colleges are on hold because the funding organization for them is caught up in red tape in the state attorney general's office.

Kid Rock signs autographs at Duluth Waffle House

DULUTH - Kid Rock caused a scene at a Waffle House on Tuesday, but this time it was on purpose.

Hundreds pay tribute to officers killed in shooting

LITHONIA - Eric Barker and Ricky Bryant Jr. had similar stories.

Pastor of megachurch says uncle is his father

DECATUR - The 80-year-old leader of a suburban Atlanta megachurch is at the center of a sex scandal of biblical dimensions: He slept with his brother's wife and fathered a child by her.

Family sues Delta in alleged molestation

ATLANTA - The family of an 11-year-old Alabama girl has filed a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines after the child said a man sexually molested her on a flight from San Diego to Atlanta.

Georgia test needs more work, experts say

ATLANTA - Two years after Georgia toughened state-mandated tests based on beefed up reading and math curricula, some testing experts say the state's standards may still be too easy.

State to require more math, science

ATLANTA - Next year's high school freshmen will take more math and science than their predecessors under changes expected to be approved next week by the state Board of Education.

Zoo Atlanta's panda cub turns 1

ATLANTA - By all accounts, Mei Lan's first year was a big one.

Georgia Tech officers go through campus shooting simulation

ATLANTA - The muted sound of gunfire rang out from a window in the boarded up brick dorm.