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UGA to donate 1,900 pounds of fish to food bank

UGA to donate 1,900 pounds of fish to food bank

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are donating 1,900 pounds of California white sturgeon that had been part of a research study to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

UGA associate professor Doug Peterson said in a statement Monday that researchers didn't want the sturgeon to be thrown out. Although fish used in studies are normally disposed of, Peterson says research only involved testing a fish's swimming ability.

Officials say an Atlanta seafood company processed the sturgeon, which yielded about 950 pounds of high-quality filets for a value of $9,000.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank distributes more than 35 million pounds of food and groceries annually in metro Atlanta and north Georgia.

UGA officials say three live sturgeons also were donated for a Tennessee Aquarium exhibit.

UGA President Michael Adams leaving office

UGA President Michael Adams leaving office

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia President Michael Adams is leaving office after 16 years of service, clearing the way for President-elect Jere Morehead to officially begin in his new role.

University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby said even Adams' critics will likely say he made a positive impact on the school. Morehead, who previously served as provost and vice president of academic affairs, is set to take office Monday.

Adams says his legacy will be creating the College of Engineering, the School of Public and International Affairs, the Odum School of Ecology, the College of Public Health and a medical partnership the school launched with Georgia Regents University.

Adams says creating those academic programs has helped raise the university's profile in the research field.

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In Clarke County, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 88.62
Math: 73.79
Science: 69.98
Social Studies: 76.92

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.

Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

(WXIA) -- The number of students receiving diplomas is on a steady rise, as it jumped for a second time using a new formula.

For 2013, Matt Cardoza of the Georgia Department of Education reported, the graduation rate marked 67.4 percent in 2011, followed by 69.7 percent in 2012.  The new way to figure the graduation rate is based on the adjusted cohort rate, which is required by the U.S. Department of Education. 

The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student becomes a freshman, Cardoza said. The calculation takes the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers. 

"I am very pleased that our graduation rate continues to increase, no matter how it is calculated," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "While our graduation rate is still far too low and we have much progress to be made, we are moving in the right direction."

School is (almost!) out in Clarke County

School is (almost!) out in Clarke County

ATHENS, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Clarke County Schools, the last day is Friday, May 17.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Cobb County
Clayton County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County

UGA cheerleaders appear on 'Today'

UGA cheerleaders appear on 'Today'

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia's cheerleaders are visiting New York for an appearance on early morning TV.

The Georgia cheerleading squad appeared on NBC's "Today Show" on Monday.

The UGA squad was the only collegiate group chosen to appear on the show's "Varsity Week."

The Bulldogs sent 12 cheerleaders and one mascot to New York City to do a one-minute routine at Rockefeller Plaza. They also appeared before and after commercial breaks.

Producers selected participants based on videos from the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Collegiate National Championships.

Ga., Ga. Tech baseball teams to battle in 11th annual Kauffman Tire Spring Classic for Kids

Ga., Ga. Tech baseball teams to battle in 11th annual Kauffman Tire Spring Classic for Kids

ATLANTA – The Kauffman Tire Spring Classic for Kids returns to Turner Field on Tuesday, April 23 as Georgia and Georgia Tech meet in this annual neutral-site showdown. With more than 20,000 tickets sold each year, the Kauffman Tire Spring Classic is one of the highest-attended regular season NCAA baseball games every season.

Proceeds from the event benefit the pediatric research of the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Neurosciences Program.  The Children's Neurosciences Program collaborates with other institutions to discover preventative and curative strategies for children with serious medical illnesses or challenges.