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Falcons 2012 regular season schedule released

ATLANTA -- The National Football League released the 2012 regular season schedule for all NFL teams Tuesday evening.

The Dirty Birds open the season with a match-up against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 9 at Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri. 

The season opener is followed by the Falcons' first Monday night game, which is a match-up against the Denver Broncos and their all-star quarterback Peyton Manning at the Georgia Dome on Sept. 17. 

Georgia college tuition rates raised

ATLANTA -- Parents are going to have dig a little deeper in their pocketbooks to pay for college next school year.

The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents voted Tuesday to raise tution by upwards of 2.5 percent, starting this fall.

For students at most state schools, that translates to an extra $31 to $91 in tuition per semester, depending on the college or university.

The regents note it's the lowest increase in a decade.

"The board and I are very sensitive to the present economic realities facing our students and parents," USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby said in a statement.

The board voted on higher tuition hikes at metro Atlanta's three big schools.

Georgia State University students will face a 3.5 percent tuition increase this fall.

University of Georgia students will see a 5 percent increase in tution.

Rain clogs morning commutes

ATLANTA -- The much-needed rain that soaked metro Atlanta Wednesday morning caused several problems on local roads.

11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil says the rain should continue through mid-morning.

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Bartow County

A tractor trailer ran off the road on northbound I-75 near the Main Street exit. The Georgia Department of Transportation reported a diesel fuel leak and damage to a guardrail in this accident. The highway has since reopened.

Cobb County

Cobb County officials report slow-moving water on southbound I-75 at the ramp to eastbound I-285.

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GDOT to hold public hearing on proposed downtown "MultiModal Passenger Terminal"

GDOT to hold public hearing on proposed downtown "MultiModal Passenger Terminal"

ATLANTA --  GDOT will hold at least 3 scheduled "public information open houses" for the proposed Grand Central like terminal to be placed downtown near Mitchell Street bridge.  According to GDOT, "The MultiModal Passenger Terminal (MMPT) will bring together various ground and rail transit services in a centralized downtown location to create a vital connection link for the people of metro-Atlanta and beyond. "

The Rialto Center presents 2 cultures, 1 voice: Israel meets Mali

The Rialto Center presents 2 cultures, 1 voice: Israel meets Mali

DOWNTOWN --  Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts continues its 2011-2012 Series with Two Cultures, One Voice: Israel Meets Mali featuring the Idan Raichel and Vieux Farka Touré Quartet on Saturday, April 21 at 8 PM.

pianist/composer Idan Raichel and guitarist/songwriter Vieux Farka Touré, two virtuosic artists from vastly different musical traditions, will come together for one incredible night of world music.

 

The two musicians have arranged and released a brand new album featuring a brilliant collection of improvised, acoustic recordings.   In the spirit of promoting peace and cross cultural harmony, Raichel and Touré open ears and hearts in this unique project to create some of the world’s most sublime and transcendent music. The touring quartet features renowned bassist Yossi Fine and percussionist Souleymane Kané on djembe and calabash. 

 

Gov. Deal signs open records law, touts successes

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law a sweeping overhaul of the state's open records rules, touting the bill as among several legislative successes from this year's General Assembly.

Attorney General Sam Olens, who supported the bill, also attended the signing after Deal spoke to the Atlanta Press Club. The measure makes obtaining public documents cheaper, the window of public scrutiny for university presidential candidates shorter and penalties for illegally withholding public information stiffer.

Deal, now in his second year in office, says the Legislature was focused on making the state more business-friendly and getting Georgians back to work. He cited tax and criminal justice reform as historic achievements, reiterated his support for the passage of the transportation tax referendum this summer and urged renewed commitment to improving K-12 education.