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Ga. Lottery posts educational transfers totaling $15B

Ga. Lottery posts educational transfers totaling $15B

ATLANTA – As the Georgia Lottery Corp. celebrates its 20th anniversary, lottery officials today announced record proceeds to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014. The Georgia Lottery’s first-half transfers to the Lottery for Education Account will bring the total raised for educational programs in the state to $15 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1993.

Georgia Lottery returns to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014 totaled $462.1 million, more than $11.6 million ahead of the same period last year.

“More dollars will go to fund educational programs in Georgia than ever before as a result of our strong start to the fiscal year,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. “We are proud of our accomplishments and remain committed to maximizing revenues to benefit Georgia’s students.”

The first half of the fiscal year spanned from July 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013.

Eastern bongo escapes cage at Zoo Atlanta

Eastern bongo escapes cage at Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Tambo, an eastern bongo at Zoo Atlanta, somehow managed to leave his habitat Wednesday afternoon.

Zoo spokeswoman Keisha Hines said Tambo was not out of his habitat for long before a veterinary team found him. The eastern bongo was not aggressive or distressed during the incident.

A veterinarian was able to safely tranquilize Tambo and return him to his exhibit.

Hines said all zoo guests were escorted to buildings as a safety measure. The zoo was briefly closed Wednesday afternoon.

Zoo Atlanta officials are now investigating to determine how Tambo left his habitat.

Eastern bongos are a critically endangered antelope species native to eastern Africa.

Path2College launches savings sweepstakes

Path2College launches savings sweepstakes

(WXIA) -- Path2College, Georgia's 529 savings plan, has kicked off this year's $25,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes.

The promotion is designed to get parents thinking about saving for college while their children are still young.

Through the sweepstakes, one lucky child will be awarded $15,000 for his or her college education. The winner's school will receive $10,000.

"All you have to do is go online and enter for a chance to win," Path2College exeuctive director Mitch Seabaugh said. "There's nothing to lose by entering, and both a child and his or her school have a lot to gain."

To enter, visit path2college529.com. The sweepstakes is open to current Path2College 529 Plan account owners or non-account owners who live in Georgia and are at least 21 years old.

The contest closes on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Man shot to death in SE Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A man was found shot to death on a residential Atlanta street Wednesday night.

The unidentified victim's body was found lying in the road on Farrington Place near Tuskegee Street at around 10:30 p.m.

Atlanta Police Capt. Paul Guerrucci said the man was shot a number of times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators believe he is in his mid-30s.

Police have not identified a suspect or given a motive for the shooting.

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Scholarships available to high school and college students

Scholarships available to high school and college students

(WXIA) -- The Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia is offering three scholarships to Georgia's college students and high school seniors.

To qualify for the COAG Scholarship, a student must be a high school senior or GED candidate and a Georgia citizen, and should be scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2014.

Current students at accredited Georgia colleges and universities are also welcome to apply. The scholarship is available to students majoring in government or law enforcement; political science; accounting or finance; business; or pre-law.

COAG is offering scholarships in three amounts -- $500, $1,000 and $1,500. Applicants must write a 1,000-word essay that answers the question "Who are the locally elected constitutional officers and what differentiates them from other county offices?"

Fulton County and community partners provide shelter to homeless during severe weather

Fulton County and community partners provide shelter to homeless during severe weather

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Office of Emergency and Transitional Housing is reporting that while they have seen an increase in their number of clients served at the county’s two homeless shelters, they still have some space available for those in need of shelter. However, space is limited.

Jefferson Place is the county’s homeless facility for men and Springdale Place is for displaced women and their children up to age 17. Both facilities are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at this time, and individuals are not required to leave the facilities during the day due to the weather being below 40 degrees.

Yesterday, Jefferson Place opened up 85 spaces as part of the county’s overflow policy and today is reporting that half of those spaces have been filled. Springdale Place for women had nine rooms open; today, nearly half of those have been filled as well.