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Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals high schools both holding events aimed at helping students decipher the often-complicated process of applying to college and applying for financial aid. Mentors with the Georgia College Advising Corps are providing assistance on how to use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

Brionna Johnson is a college adviser at Clarke Central High school.

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For the third year in a row, Georgia students have surpassed the national average on the ACT. They outperform the nation in English, reading, science, math and overall composite.

Georgia’s average composite score of 21.4 was higher than the national average of 20.8.

2018 ACT results also brought positive news in the area of equity, as students in Georgia’s two largest minority groups significantly outperformed their counterparts nationally.

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A group that encourages African-Americans to vote says about 40 black residents of a senior living center in Georgia were told to get off a bus taking them to vote.

Officials with Jefferson County, which operates the senior center, say the county considered Monday's event "political activity," which isn't allowed during county-sponsored events.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Monday was the first day of in-person early voting in Georgia. Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp are running for governor.

Georgia Officials Sued Over Rejected Absentee Ballots

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Voting rights groups say officials in one of Georgia's most diverse counties are improperly rejecting absentee ballots cast in the state's nationally watched governor's race.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 390 absentee ballots have been rejected in Gwinnett County — one-third of the number rejected across the state.

Voting rights groups this week filed two separate lawsuits against Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp and the Gwinnett County elections board, calling for the rejections to be reviewed.

Ex-Equifax Manager Gets Home Confinement for Insider Trading

Oct 16, 2018

A former Equifax manager was sentenced Tuesday to serve eight months home confinement for engaging in insider trading in the wake of the company's massive data breach last year.

Sudhakar Reddy Bonthu, who worked as a software product development manager for the Atlanta-based credit-reporting agency, had pleaded guilty in July. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg also ordered Bonthu to pay a $50,000 fine, to serve 50 hours of community service and to forfeit the proceeds he gained from insider trading.

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When a huge floating gyre of plastic waste was discovered in the Pacific in the late 1980s, people were shocked. When whales died and washed ashore with stomachs full of plastic, people were horrified. When photographs of beaches under knee-deep carpets of plastic trash were published, people were disgusted.

Though some of it came from ships, most, presumably, was from land. But how much was coming from where?

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White House counsel Don McGahn has left the job effective Wednesday. But his influence will live on for years, thanks to the dozens of conservative judges that McGahn helped President Trump put on the federal bench.

The grueling confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh marked an explosive end to McGahn's White House tenure. But he's also worked more quietly in the last two years to put his stamp on the lower courts.

A 76-year-old Pennsylvania man whose tips from his one-man shoeshine business raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh died on Tuesday.

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The warden at the women's prison in Iowa recently instructed her corrections officers to stop giving out so many disciplinary tickets for minor violations of prison rules, like when a woman wears her sweatshirt inside out or rolls up her sleeves.

It's a small thing. But it's also part of a growing movement to reconsider the way women are treated in prison.

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