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ATHENS | Eve Carson's image used on Indian billboard

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The image of slain University of North Carolina Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson has turned up in an unlikely place: adorning billboards in southern India.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Carson's picture is being used to advertise a company called Jubeerich Consultancy, which offers study opportunities and job placements in Western countries.

It's not clear how the company came across the photo of the Athens, Ga. native, who was abducted, robbed and killed March 5, 2008. Two men - Laurence Lovette Jr. and Demario Atwater - are serving life sentences for Carson's death.

The company did not respond to emails seeking comment, and a woman who answered the phone declined to give her name but said she had not seen the billboards.

Mega Millions rolls to $290M for Friday's drawing

ATLANTA (WXIA) - The Georgia Lottery says after no one matched all the numbers drawn Tuesday night, Friday night's Mega Millions jackpot has rolled to $290 million.

Six players from Georgia won $10,000 in Tuesday's drawing, from Acworth, Americus, Blairsville, Rome, Tennille and Villa Rica. One player in Valdosta was able to boost his $10,000 prize to $40,000 with the Megaplier option.

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The numbers drawn Tuesday night for Mega Millions were 1, 4, 6, 11, 14 and the Mega Ball 30.

A single winner in Friday night's drawing could pocket about $11 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option. A cash option player could win a single payment of about $205 million. Both of those figures are pre-tax amounts.

Nearly 90 metro Atlanta schools near bottom of barrel

Nearly 90 metro Atlanta schools near bottom of barrel

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has released a list of 156 schools labeled as "focus" schools under the state's new accountability system.

The schools, many of which are in metro Atlanta, are one step above the state's worst performing schools, called "priority" schools, which were released last week. The "focus" schools are ones with a graduation rate of less than 60 percent over two years or have large gaps between the highest and lowest achieving subgroup of students on campus.

Subgroups can be determined by race, special needs and family income.

The state was one of 10 to win waivers last month from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

ATHENS | UGA researchers win nearly $2M in grants

ATHENS | UGA researchers win nearly $2M in grants

ATHENS, Ga. -- Two University of Georgia genetics researchers have won nearly $2 million in grants for projects that could help fight birth defects and improve the understanding of how news species come into existence.

Assistant genetics professors Douglas Menke and Kelly Dyer will receive funding from the National Science Foundation over five years as part of a program that supports research and teaching by outstanding junior faculty.

Menke plans to use his $788,000 award to study the mechanisms responsible for generating different limb lengths in Anolis lizards, which could aid in understanding how genetic mutations in humans can alter limb growth and result in congenital birth defects.

Dyer plans to use her $1.04 million award to investigate how new species form by studying the genetic basis of mating behaviors in Drosophila flies.

 

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Pollen count breaks new record

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Bad news for allergy sufferers: it's another record-setting day for pollen levels.

Tuesday's pollen count is 9,368!

The Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic reports extremely high pollen levels for trees, namely beech, Birch, Mulberry and Oak. 

Tuesday's pollen is also high for grass and moderate for weeds like Sheep Sorrel and Dock.

#18 Georgia Trounces #15 Tech, 7-1

ATHENS, Ga. -- The 18th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs crushed 15th ranked Georgia Tech 7-1 in front of a season high crowd of 3,004 at Foley Field Tuesday.

The Bulldogs (16-6) used a total of six pitchers that allowed one run on eight hits, while registering 11 strikeouts and only two walks. Freshman starter David Sosebee recorded his second win of the season, pitching three scoreless innings while allowing just two base runners on one hit and one walk in a planned staff outing.

Georgia Football Opens Spring Practice

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia football team opened its 2012 spring camp with a two-hour workout in shorts and helmets Tuesday at the Woodruff Practice Fields. The team will hold 14 more practices over the next four weeks, including the annual G-Day game April 14 at 3 p.m.

"It was fun to be out there and practice football again," said Georgia head coach Mark Richt. "We had great weather. It was probably a little bit warmer than they would've hoped, but it's better than freezing rain. An awful lot of work got done today, even though we weren't running into each other. A lot of guys got reps. Spring is a great time of the year when there are no scout teams, so when everybody gets a rep, they get a quality rep on the side of the ball they came to play."