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School Lunch Rooms Cut Potatoes

School cafeteria workers are putting fewer potatoes on kids' plates. Some Georgia school districts are getting ahead of new federal guidelines.

New 'App' Helps Recylers

University of Georgia engineers have developed a new smart phone app that encourages recycling. Right now it’s only available in Athens, but they’re planning to expand to other cities.

Schools Punish Blacks More Harshly

Georgia's black students are twice as likely than white students to be suspended from school. A group is meeting in Savannah this weekend on what some are calling a "pipeline" from suspensions to incarceration.

Georgia Highlands College President To Retire

The president of Georgia Highlands College says he plans to retire at the end of the year.

Chancellor Studies Campus Mergers

University Board of Regents Chancellor Hank Huckaby, says he's studying whether it makes sense to merge some colleges. The idea could have major consequences in Savannah, home to two public universities.

No School, Less Welfare

Macon families getting welfare benefits could lose money if they don’t get their kids into the classroom. Its part of a major effort to reduce truancy.

School Lunch Meat Recalled

Amarillo-based Palo Duro Meat is recalling 40,000 pounds of frozen fine ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli.

Health College To Lay-Off 150

Officials with Georgia Health Sciences University say they are laying off about 150 people.

Study: Missing School Hurts Performance

Last year, one in ten kids in public schools missed more than 15 days of school. A state study shows how important being in class is to student achievement. The State Department of Education tracked the performance and attendance of students from 2007 to 2011.

School Grows Learning Garden

Oconee County residents can add fresh kale, chard, beets, lettuce and more vegetables to their weekly groceries. The University of Georgia and High Shoals Elementary School in Bishop have partnered to plant a community-supported agriculture garden.