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Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

ATLANTA -- Sixty years ago, 1 million men and women signed up for the first-ever Cancer Prevention Study. They filled out surveys every few years. And the information from those million Americans led to a dramatic discovery.

Doctor Alpa Patel with the American Cancer Society is the lead researcher on CPS3, the third generation of the cancer prevention studies.

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"The first study was actually set up to specifically address the question of whether not smoking caused lung cancer, and it provided the first evidence that in fact smoking is what was the causal fact, causal factor with the increase rise in lung cancer death rates we were seeing in men at that time," she said.

Fayette County latest to look at closing some schools

Fayette County latest to look at closing some schools

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Like many other metro Atlanta area school systems, Fayette County's says it needs to close several schools.

Not too many years ago it was getting several hundred new students each year.

But now it's losing about 500 students annually, partly due to a sagging economy and partly to an aging population.

The system says it needs to close four of its 30 schools and eliminate about 250 jobs to save around $15 million in next year's budget.

Closing the four schools, without eliminating any jobs, would save about $3 million of the $15 million.

One of those schools could be Tyrone Elementary, which is sad news to parent Tamara Dixon who transferred her son there thanks to its good reputation.

"This was actually his first year here; he's a first grader," she told 11Alive News on Monday.

"So if it closes, we're going to be very sad about this," Dixon added.

Ellen surprises local family during talk show

PEACHTREE CITY -- Tiffany Rowan and her family know the power of a good deed.

After all, it was the kindness of others that kept the family going; seven years ago, she and her husband both lost their jobs two weeks after moving into a new house.

"We lost our cars, house, savings. Everything we owned," Rowan said.

So when she heard talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres was accepting nominations for "Kick in the Kindness Week," Tiffany wanted to nominate the group of people who stepped up to help her family through their hard time.

It took just one late-night phone call for Tiffany to learn how returning that kindness would mean more than she ever imagined.

"I answered my phone and she said something to the effect of 'If you want to talk, this is Ellen' and I just about lost it," Rowan said. "I thought that was the greatest thing ever!"

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA -- As region tournaments approach, the final regular season edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is here.  This week a new face appears and a defending state champion drops out of the top 10, but the name at the top is unchanged.

North Gwinnett remains in the top spot with region rival Norcross second.  Parkview, Wesleyan and Tucker make up the top 5.  With Miller Grove, Buford, Stephenson, Alpharetta and Cherokee rounding out the top 10.

Defending state champion Columbia drops from 8th to 13th this week.

Calhoun checks in at 25th, while Mountain View drops out of the Super 25.

Biotech facilities to open in Marietta, Peachtree City

Biotech facilities to open in Marietta, Peachtree City

ATLANTA -- Two biotech companies are coming to metro Atlanta and creating dozens of jobs.

Kennesaw-based MiMedx Group Inc. is planning to relocate to an 80,000 square-foot facility in Marietta by the end of the year. The move will create about 40 jobs. MiMedx Group Inc. uses amniotic tissues to manufacture biomedical products doctors use to heal wounds.

Japanese manufacturer Calpis America Inc. has decided to open its U.S. headquarters and first manufacturing operation in Peachtree City. In its first year, the animal feed ingredients-producing company plans to create 42 jobs and invest $20 million.

"As the No. 1 poultry-producing state in the nation, Georgia is the ideal place for Calpis to expand in the United States," Gov. Nathan Deal said Friday. "The company's strategic decision to locate here moves us closer to becoming the best place in the nation in which to do business."

Weather radios play important role in safety during storms

Weather radios play important role in safety during storms

(WXIA) Many people rely on tornado sirens to alert them when bad weather is quickly approaching.

But not all counties have tornado sirens, and even if your county does have one, it may be too far from your home to hear it while you're sleeping.

"Well, weather radios you can get fairly cheap," Keith Stellman, Meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service in Peachtree City explained. "It's a one-time fee, but the biggest advantage is the fact that you can program it, and it will wake you up in the middle of the night with a very loud alarm."

The National Weather Service office in Peachtree City sends out the watches and warnings directly to the weather radios, whereas, other alternatives such as apps or text message alerts can carry a time delay of up to two minutes, since they are routed through multiple vendors first.

Ga. golf cart manufacturer issues recall

Ga. golf cart manufacturer issues recall

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- An Augusta-based golf cart manufacturer has issued a recall for 950 of its vehicles. 

Club Car has issued recalls for some of its gas-powered golf carts, which are used for short-distance transportation.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the fuel hose could separate from the fuel tank, which poses a fire hazard.

Federal officials say the vehicles involved in the recall were manufactured in 2013.