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The U.S. Attorney General is reminding residents to report fraud after Hurricane Michael and other disasters. The office is warning of scam artists coming out of the woodwork to exploit people at a vulnerable time.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the U.S. Department of Justice established the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF), a national coordinating agency that improves detection, prevention, investigation and prosecution of fraud related to natural and man-made disasters, to serve as an advocate for victims of fraud, and to dissuade potential fraudsters.

Due to the possible impact of Hurricane Michael, the University of Georgia will delay opening its Athens campus until 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. The first classes will begin at 11 a.m. Business operations on the Athens campus will resume their normal schedules beginning at 10 a.m.

All university residence halls will remain open. For on-campus residents in University Housing, please contact your community front desk or RA with any questions or concerns and please report any facilities-related problems.

On Tuesday, October 9, the student organization Turning Point UGA, an affiliate of Turning Point USA, hosted a “Campus Clash” event at the Classic Center in Athens. The event featured Turning Point USA’s founder Charlie Kirk, Director of Communications Candace Owens, former Fox News anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Donald Trump, Jr.

Turning Point USA is a national organization whose mission is to train and educate students on the “principles of freedom, free market, and limited government.”

Hundreds of Athens-area supporters and dissenters converged on the Classic Center Tuesday evening to hear speakers Donald Trump Jr., former FOX anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle, Turning Point founder Charlie Kirk and communications director Candace Owens.

Trump and his fellow panelists had plenty of comments regarding “the left.”

NASA via AP

Hurricane Michael has made landfall along the Florida panhandle as a major hurricane.

Governor Deal has added 16 additional counties to a state of emergency he declared Tuesday as a result of the potential impact of Hurricane Michael. Clarke, Oconee and Oglethorpe join the 92 counties in central and South Georgia. Michael is now a category 4 storm, with what forecasters are calling potentially catastrophic winds of 155 miles per hour. Experts say it’s the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in nearly 50 years.  

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