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50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

ATLANTA -- Fifty high school students from across Georgia have been selected to serve on the 2012-13 Student Advisory Council.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced the members of his council Friday.

"The Student Advisory Council allows me to hear directly from students in our schools and discuss major initiatives with them," Barge said in a statement. "The council also gives students the opportunity to share with me their ideas and concerns, which we can use to shape future state policies."

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More than 750 students from 121 Georgia school districts applied to serve on this year's council.

UWG president announces retirement

UWG president announces retirement

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- University of West Georgia president Beheruz N. Sethna will retire at the end of this school year, the university announced Wednesday.

Sethna, who has been at UWG for 19 years, oversaw a number of big changes, including the school's transition from a small liberal arts college to a full university.

He is currently the longest-serving university president in the state, and is believed to be the first person of Indian heritage to head a U.S. university and the first ethnic minority to do so in Georgia.

"It has been my honor to lead UWG through this stage of its life, but I believe it is time to pass the torch of leadership," Sethna, 64, said in a statement.

NY Times Best Selling Author, Emily Giffin!

Atlanta resident and New York Times Best selling author, Emily Giffin stopped by our Get Connected Studios to talk about her new book, "Where We Belong", how and why she writes and more! Find out what she hates!  Meet Emily at her book signing in Buckhead July 27th. Get details at www.emilygiffin.com/calendar.php

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has sworn in the newest justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell was sworn in Thursday morning in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.

Deal last month appointed the 37-year-old Blackwell to fill a vacancy left by Chief Justice George Carley. Carley's resignation as chief justice was effective Tuesday.

Blackwell had served on the Court of Appeals since he was appointed in 2010 by former Gov. Sonny Perdue. He is the 92nd justice since the court's creation in 1845.

Blackwell previously practiced civil and criminal law. He will serve on the court until 2014, when voters will decide whether to keep him on the bench for a six-year term.

Coach honed debating skills of young Gingrich

Coach honed debating skills of young Gingrich

ATLANTA -- Admirers of a young college professor named Newt Gingrich say he was always a dynamic speaker, but with flaws.

He frowned, titled his head awkwardly and repeated the same words. He also went for the rhetorical jugular.

Gingrich was running for Congress in the 1970s and supporters worried that TV cameras would magnify his delivery problems.

But Gingrich didn't have to look far for help when he decided to sharpen his debating skills.

In the building next to the one where Gingrich taught history at West Georgia College, professor Chester Gibson coached students in debate. He helped Gingrich for free.

Now retired, Gibson says Gingrich is the best debater among the four Republican presidential candidates.