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A New Severe T-Storm Watch South of Atlanta

A New Severe T-Storm Watch South of Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A severe thunderstorm watch has been posted for parts of west central and southwest Georgia until 10 p.m. Wednesday. 

The watch area mainly covers the region south of a line from La Grange to Macon. 

The 11Alive Weather Information Zone has reports of minor damage in North Georgia from storms that moved through earlier.  Two trees fell in Walker County near Cedar Grove.  We also have a report of a tree down in Ellijay.

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.

Deadly storms spare Metro Atlanta

Deadly storms spare Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Thousands of Metro Atlantans spent part of the weekend without power after severe thunderstorms pounded portions of North Georgia Friday. This same system has claimed at least 44 lives moving across the Southeast.

The storms weakened as they crossed into the Peach State and did less damage than the storms that slammed Metro Atlanta two weeks ago, but they still knocked down trees and power lines across the region.

About 1,800 Georgia Power customers were still without power Sunday morning in the Rome and Cedartown areas, which were hardest hit by the storms. Georgia Power said restorations were expected by 1 p.m. Georgia EMC reported no outages.

Gov. Deal intends to sign immigration, APS bills

Gov. Deal intends to sign immigration, APS bills

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal tells 11Alive News that he intends to sign the illegal immigration bill now on his desk. The bill, which has been compared to Arizona-style immigration reform, passed with just hours left in the final day of the General Assembly's legislative session.

Deal supported tough immigration measures in Congress and campaigned on the issue in the governor's race, but refrained from commenting on the legislation while it was still pending.

Deal said he hopes Georgia and other states that are enacting similar legislation will help spur Congress to take action nationally.

He said he and his staff have studied the legislation as it progressed, and they said they feel it will pass legal muster.

FAA responds to sleep deprive air traffic controllers

ATLANTA -- The Federal Aviation Administration is promising to make sure no more air traffic controllers accidentally fall asleep on the job. As a safeguard the agency is putting at least two controllers in the tower at more than two dozen airports for overnight shifts.

Hartsfield Jackson is the world's busiest airport. It is hard to imagine an air traffic controller falling asleep here. But in other airports where the flights at night slow to a drowsy few, a big empty window and soft mood lighting in the tower are the stuff dreams are made of.

"It should be no surprise to the FAA that people are sleeping on the job when they've been left alone in a tower at night," said Dr.Russell Rosenberg, the director of the Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic. "In fact, I spoke with a Delta pilot who said this is something that's been going on for a long time."

Another round of outages, cleanup after storms

Another round of outages, cleanup after storms

ATLANTA -- Monday night's fast-moving storms weren't nearly as bad as what we saw a week ago, but people in parts of North Georgia are again cleaning up damage. 

Power back on for most Metro Atlantans

Power back on for most Metro Atlantans

ATLANTA -- More than 400,000 Georgia customers lost power in the wake of Monday night's storm. After a massive effort involving crews from eight states, all but about 500 Metro Atlantans are back online.

The homes and businesses still in the dark were evenly split between Georgia Power and Georgia Electric Membership Corporation customers as of Thursday morning. Statewide, just over 4,600 were still without power.

Cleanup will take much longer. Wild winds late Monday and Tuesday morning snapped power poles and trees like twigs across the region.

At least nine people were killed by the storms that tore through the Southeast. Bright lightning, loud thunder and wind gusts above 60 miles per hour streaked through, dumping rain and hail across the region.