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Atlanta schools might have to repay funds

ATLANTA --- Atlanta schools embroiled in a cheating scandal might have to pay back up to $260,000 in federal money for high-performing, low-income schools, a state education department spokesman said Wednesday.

State officials are trying to determine whether any of the 44 schools accused of cheating on 2009 standardized tests will have to return money, said Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza. The schools received up to $11,772 a year for their performance on federal benchmarks, which are measured in part with scores on state standardized tests.

Spokesman Keith Bromery said the district will comply with the state's wishes.

Reward is offered in law grad's slaying

MACON, GA. --- Authorities in Macon are offering a reward of $12,000 for information leading to an arrest in the slaying of a recent law-school graduate whose dismembered body was found outside her apartment building.

Macon Police Chief Mike Burns announced the reward Wednesday. No arrests have been made in the killing of 27-year-old Lauren Giddings since her body was discovered June 30. Police say some of her remains are still missing.

Late Tuesday police searched the apartment of her next-door neighbor, 25-year-old Stephen McDaniel. Police have identified him as one of several persons of interest in the case. McDaniel is jailed on unrelated burglary charges.

In other news

A SUBURBAN ATLANTA man dropped his kids off at his sister's house and then asked his estranged wife to come to his condo, where he shot her dead and then killed himself, police said Wednesday. The bodies of Irene and Jamal Mickens were found Wednesday morning.

POLICE SAY a 35-year-old Tennessee woman is accused of driving drunk through Cobb County at more than 90 mph with her four children in the car. Marietta police say Maria Michelle Baylor faces DUI and child endangerment charges.

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emergencyfan 07/14/11 - 11:08 am
I'm interested to know how

I'm interested to know how the schools spent that money.

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