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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?"

Regents to discuss smoking ban at Ga. colleges

Regents to discuss smoking ban at Ga. colleges

ATHENS, Ga. -- The board that governs Georgia's public colleges and universities is taking a close look at banning tobacco from campuses statewide.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to discuss the proposed tobacco ban at its meeting Wednesday in Atlanta. The ban would prohibit faculty, students, staff and even spectators at sporting events from smoking or using smokeless tobacco in both indoor and outdoor parts of college campuses.

The policy would tighten anti-smoking policies at campuses such as the University of Georgia, which since 2011 has prohibited lighting up within 35 feet of building entrances.

If adopted by the Board of Regents, the tobacco ban would affect all 31 campuses in the University System of Georgia.

Furious Comeback Falls Short for Lady Dawgs

ATHENS, Ga.----The 19th-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs fell to the No. 5 Tennessee Lady Volunteers 85-70 Sunday afternoon in Stegeman Coliseum. The Lady Bulldogs fall to 12-3 on the season and 0-2 in the Southeastern Conference.

Krista Donald led Georgia in scoring with a season-high 18 points, while Donald and Merritt Hempe collected six rebounds each to lead the home team. Tiaria Griffin added 15 points, Hempe chipped in 13 and Shacobia Barbee added 12.

Tennessee's junior point guard Ariel Massengale led all scorers with 28 points, including going 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. The Lady Volunteers hit 30-of-33 shots from the free-throw line.

"They definitely took advantage of our mistakes in the second half," Georgia head coach Andy Landers said. "But I was really proud of them for most of the game because despite everything they never dragged their feet. They just fought the fight but struggled to make things happen at times."

All You Can Eat Pancakes returns at IHOP

All You Can Eat Pancakes returns at IHOP

(WXIA) -- One of IHOP's tastiest promotions has returned for the new year.

All You Can Eat Pancakes is back at all IHOP restaurants through Sunday, Feb. 9.

"There are so many ways to enjoy our classic buttermilk pancakes. Now you can have your pancakes the way you always do ... and still be able to try a new way of adding butter or discovering a different syrup," IHOP senior vice president of marketing Natalia Franco said in a statement. "We know people love our pancakes, and as long as you can keep eating them, we'll keep serving them!"

During All You Can Eat Pancakes, guests who order pancakes as either an entree or a side item will keep receiving stacks of two until they "say when."

Visit ihop.com to find your nearest restaurant.

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Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

(WXIA) -- Every year, 11Alive News honors extraordinary metro Atlanta residents who make a daily difference in the community.

The annual Community Service Awards recognize some of the area's unsung heroes.

11Alive is accepting nominees for the 39th annual Community Service Awards. This year's dinner and awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Apr. 22. Proceeds benefit a local charity; the 2014 recipient is the Ron Clark Academy.

To nominate a deserving person, visit 11Alive.com/CSA and click on the nomination form link at the top of the page. The deadline is Jan. 10.

The holidays are over -- and so is the roadwork hiatus

The holidays are over -- and so is the roadwork hiatus

(WXIA) -- Now that the holidays are winding down, the Georgia Department of Transportation is resuming the road projects it began last year.

Major work will be performed in the HOV lanes on Interstate 85 in both directions between the Clairmont and Lenox/Cheshire Bridge interchanges.

The HOV lanes and their adjacent lanes will be closed continuously from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

The inside shoulders of I-85 in the same area will also be closed continuously through Friday, Feb. 7.

Work will also continue on the bridge of the Buford-Spring Connector in Atlanta. One inside lane will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Drivers traveling into or out of Atlanta are asked to use extreme caution when moving through these areas.

See a complete list of road projects at dot.ga.gov.

Pizza Hut offering 50% off online orders

Pizza Hut offering 50% off online orders

(WXIA) -- Twenty years ago, Pizza Hut delivered its first-ever pizza to be ordered over the Internet.

Now, the pizza chain is celebrating this milestone by offering a half-off online deal for customers.

Medium and large Pizza Hut pizzas will be 50 percent off when ordered online now through Jan. 10.

Pizza Hut has also launched Hut Lovers, a loyalty program that provides members with exclusive deals.

A large pepperoni, mushroom and extra cheese Pizza Hut pizza was the first physical good ever purchased online, according to Pizza Hut chief marketing officer Carrie Walsh.

"We want to celebrate the fact that before consumers could buy books, clothes, music or vacation packages via the Internet, they could place an online order for a Pizza Hut pizza," Walsh said in a statement. "We're doing so by giving back to our customers who have helped us lead the way with digital innovations over the last 20 years."