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Morehouse cafeteria workers on strike

Cafeteria workers at Morehouse College went on strike this morning as part of national effort to protest the international company that provides food services to the Atlanta campus. The workers are protesting the French-owned Sodexo, accusing the company of unfair labor practices, low wages and poor working conditions, according to strike organizers. They said the dispute is with Sodexo and not any other employer. Workers have voted to hold strikes at other locations staffed by Sodexo, including Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans and Ohio State University, according to a news release....

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School bus training varies widely

If your child gets on a school bus today, the ride might be safer in one school district than in another. That’s because the driver might have anywhere from 24 to 120 hours of required training, depending on the school district. Monday’s deadly school bus crash in Carroll County, in which a trainee was behind the wheel, has raised questions about the level of preparedness among school bus drivers. The training, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found, varies wildly from school district to school district. While the state education agency makes on-site assessments of district training only once every five years, officials said they’ve found districts...

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Study: 4 Atlanta neighborhoods among nation’s most dangerous

If you live in certain Atlanta neighborhoods, you have a good chance of being the victim of a violent crime, according to report on walletpop.com. Four Atlanta neighborhoods are among the 25 most dangerous in the country for 2010, giving Atlanta more neighborhoods on the list than any other city, according to the report. Coming in at No. 5 on the list is the Carter Street area, found within zip codes 30314 and 30313. Residents have a 1 in 8 chance in a year of becoming a victim, the website states. Marietta Street, including the 30313...

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Police investigate killings near Lawrenceville

Gwinnett County investigators are at a home in the Lawrenceville area where two people were found dead Tuesday morning. A man and woman were found dead inside a home in the 2000 block of Carriage Way, police said. Gwinnett Police spokesman Edwin Ritter said that the couple's 12-year-old son went to a neighbor's house around 7:30 a.m. and told the neighbor his parents were having problems. The neighbor phoned police, who responded and found the couple dead inside the home, Ritter said. While there were "obvious signs of trauma," Ritter said that investigators have not...

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Gubernatorial candidates appear in first televised debate

Georgia's three candidates for governor battled hard Sunday in a student-sponsored debate that touched on education, jobs and transportation. In their first televised debate, Republican Nathan Deal, Democrat Roy Barnes and Libertarian John Monds threw numerous verbal body blows in the forum sponsored by the student government groups from five Georgia universities. Barnes attacked Deal in connection with questions that emerged following a loan Deal made to his daughter and son-in-law to start a business, which failed. "I have demanded you disclose your financial statements," Barnes said. "You have repeatedly amended them." Barnes said that...

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Pastor among 4 dead in Ga. church van crash

BLAKELY, Ga. — A coroner says the pastor of a Georgia church is among four people killed when all 19 occupants where thrown from a church van that flipped after a tire blew. Early County coroner Todd Hunter told The Associated Press on Monday that the dead include 35-year-old R.D. Williams, pastor of the Tabernacle of Prayer and Deliverance in Columbus. The Georgia State Patrol says 15 other people were injured when they were ejected as the van flipped multiple times Sunday night on a southwest Georgia highway. Authorities say they were traveling...

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Damon Evans’ DUI case postponed

Damon Evans' DUI case has been postponed until the first week of December. Evans' attorney and the solicitor prosecuting the case, Solicitor Raines Carter agreed to the delay, which was granted by Judge Calvin S. Graves. Graves rescheduled the case for 3 p.m. Dec. 7. The former UGA athletics director did not attend Monday's court session. Evans was arrested and charged with driving drunk on the night of June 30, just five minutes before his new contract with UGA was to go into effect, paying him more than half a million dollars a year. According to...

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Bernie Marcus to give away nearly all of his $1.5 billion

Bernie Marcus plans to give away nearly all of his money — not just half of it. Forbes estimates Marcus to be worth $1.5 billion, although Marcus would not confirm that figure in a recent interview. Bernie Marcus Two months ago, Marcus, 81, became one of about 40 wealthy individuals who pledged to give away at least half of their fortunes to charity, as part of a campaign by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. In an interview last week, Marcus said the lion’s share will be donated. He’s not leaving anywhere close to half of his money...

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Atlanta Area Companies Looking for Employees

ATLANTA -- If you're unemployed and looking for work there's one thing you know for a fact: looking for a job in this economy is hard work. 11Alive is working to help you find work by identifying Atlanta-area companies that are hiring right now. Here's a rundown of the companies mention during Thursday night's Ways to Save special: Retail With the holidays just around the corner, tons of jobs are expected to open up in retail. Here's a rundown of just a few companies that have been spotted at job fairs. The Georgia Department of Labor...

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Streets To Home Aids Atlanta Homeless

Atlanta--How do you help people who need help the most? It is a vexing question for those who want to do something for Atlanta's homeless men and women. But now- - -there is a program called "Streets To Home" with Metro Atlanta's United Way and the Regional Commission on Homelessness making a difference. 11Alive reporter Jeff Hullinger was out on the streets with those in action. 5am inside the United Way's headquarters in downtown Atlanta recently was a hub of activity for volunteers looking to help. Men and women preparing for an outreach program. "The work we do today...

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