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Former schools chief can keep her award

ATLANTA --- Former Atlanta schools chief Beverly Hall can hold on to her national superintendent of the year award for now.

The American Association of School Administrators said Thursday that they want to "respect the integrity" of the investigation as it moves forward. Hall and other educators could face criminal charges after a state investigation found cheating in nearly half of the district's 100 schools.

Investigators said Hall either knew or should have known about cheating in the district dating back to 2001. Hall's attorney, Richard Deane, has denied the allegations.

Hall was given the award in 2009, partly based on a rapid rise in test scores among the district's poorest schools. Many of those schools are where investigators say cheating occurred.

Licence plate winner to be announced today

ATLANTA --- Three finalists have been unveiled for Georgia's new license plate, each featuring a peach.

The three plate designs were selected from more than 500 entries submitted by the public.

A panel of Georgia college and university art professors narrowed the selection to eight. An online public vote chose the final three designs.

Gov. Nathan Deal will announce the winner today at a state Capitol news conference.

A sticker featuring the logo "In God We Trust" may be purchased for an additional dollar at county tag offices.

The state will begin issuing the plate next year.

In other news

AUTHORITIES SAY A 59-year-old former leader of a Ku Klux Klan chapter was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for seeking to have sex with two teenage girls. Neal Ray Schmidt was sentenced Thursday after he pleaded guilty to driving from St. Louis to Georgia for what he hoped would be a sexual encounter with two 14-year-old girls he met online.

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copperhead 07/15/11 - 04:47 am
Murder your 2 year old and

Murder your 2 year old and get a book deal worth millions,want to have sex with a teenager and get 20 years. The greatest system in the world!

KSL 07/15/11 - 04:58 am
I agree, copperhead What was

I agree, copperhead What was coming from the 14 year old end of those on-line conversations?

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