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50,000 school buses recalled: Is your child riding in one?

50,000 school buses recalled: Is your child riding in one?

The buses some of your children ride every day might be under recall. There is a nationwide recall involving 50,000 buses. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said this week it believes some of the buses don't have enough padding in the seat backs, potentially putting children at risk in a crash. The buses were made by a company called Thomas Built, and right now, at least four metro Atlanta school districts may be impacted. We're hearing from concerned parents and students about the potential safety issue, on Channel 2 Action News This Morning.  TRENDING STORIES: Georgia Southern football player dies at 18 Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q to open second Atlanta location Julio Jones speaks out in support of Dan Quinn: 'It's on us. It's not on Q' Gwinnett County School District told Channel 2 Action News it may have more than 300 buses impacted by the recall. Cobb County Schools, DeKalb County Schools and Clayton County Schools confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution they too may be impacted.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report. 

12 sightings. 1 month. Peeping Tom caught peeking into women's windows

12 sightings. 1 month. Peeping Tom caught peeking into women's windows

An Atlanta neighborhood is banding together to stop a Peeping Tom from peeking into women's windows. A Virginia-Highland community said there have been 12 sightings in the last month -- and the person at the center of the sightings was caught on video. 'The bathroom window is really tall, and he had been standing on the A/C unit to look in. There were shoe print marks on top of all the A/C units,' said a neighbor who did not want to be identified. 'It's very violating.' Ring video from the woman's newly installed camera shows the person last Thursday night at around midnight along her apartment complex. The woman said she's not the only victim.  TRENDING STORIES: Former President Jimmy Carter hospitalized after 2nd fall at home this month Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q to open second Atlanta location Georgia Southern football player dies at 18 Neighbors told police there have been 12 sightings in the last month along Green Avenue, at three different buildings. The person of interest was last seen Saturday around 11 p.m. before a woman chased him off with a screwdriver. 'Within a minute, I hear her screaming for me to call 911 because he was here,' the neighbor said.  Neighbors are now sharing the pictures and videos of the person of interest before the situation can escalate. 'My fear is that eventually he's going to get bored with just peeping into people's windows,' the neighbor said. Neighbors said the man knows the area well because of how he keeps running through alleys to escape. Atlanta police are looking for leads in this case and anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) and possibly get a reward.

Fulton district cancels  standardized tests for 14,000 students at 61 schools

Fulton district cancels standardized tests for 14,000 students at 61 schools

Standardized tests taken by about 14,000 Fulton County elementary and middle school students at 61 schools have been cancelled this year because of problems with the online vendor.  The district began giving the Iowa Assessments to third, fifth and eighth grade students on Monday, but schools reported problems with the online testing platform.  A Fulton County Schools spokesman announced Tuesday afternoon that the district has canceled the Iowa test for this year.  The online system failed during the administration of the test, according to the district. The vendor has not been able to provide a timeline for when testing can resume and recommended the district suspend testing for Wednesday, according to a district spokesman.  All scores from tests taken on Monday are invalid because students were unable to access materials, were interrupted many times and encountered other problems.  The score results cannot be used for determining eligibility in talented and gifted programs or for monitoring the district’s progress in implementing its strategic plan, the district said. “This decision will not negatively impact your child in any way. Plans are being made to ensure that all student placement decisions using IOWA results will be adjusted as needed,” the district said in a statement. The Iowa tests aim to measure how much a student knows in various subjects, such as language skills and math.  The tests results can be used to compare students’ performance with a national sample and to improve classroom instruction.

In essence, the documentary ‘Voice of Reason’ is the story of Jamie Dupree’s return to air. But, Jamie’s story transcends radio waves.
In essence, the documentary ‘Voice of Reason’ is the story of Jamie Dupree’s return to air. But, Jamie’s story transcends radio waves.
In essence, the documentary ‘Voice of Reason’ is the story of Jamie Dupree’s return to air. But, Jamie’s story transcends radio waves.
In essence, the documentary ‘Voice of Reason’ is the story of Jamie Dupree’s return to air. But, Jamie’s story transcends radio waves.
House panel to vote on plan to raise tax on nicotine used in vaping Amid growing concerns about the negative health impacts of vaping products, a U.S. House panel on Wednesday is poised to vote on a bill which would raise taxes on vaping products which involve nicotine, utilizing the same tax rate used for regular cigarettes. 'I’m terrified by the number of teenagers who are becoming addicted to nicotine because they vape,” said Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY). “Increasing the cost of vaping will have a direct correlation to decreasing the usage of vaping products.' 'Today’s development is an important step in ensuring Congress explores a means to end this epidemic and ensure the well-being of our youth,” said Rep. Pete King (R-NY). The plan before the House Ways and Means Committee would raise almost $10 billion in tax revenues over the next ten years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. Work on the tax question involving vaping comes at a time where Congress is asking more questions - and getting alarming answers. 'We are in the midst of an outbreak of severe, acute respiratory disease that has affected more than 1,000 people – mostly youth and young adults – and has resulted in more than 20 deaths,' Dr. Michael Siegel of the Boston University School of Public Health told lawmakers at a hearing last week. “I think it’s possible the epidemic of nicotine-containing E-cigarettes has created a generation that is addicted to vaping, no matter what the product is,” said Anne Schuchat, a top official at the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC reported last week that the number of what they call 'lung injury cases' related to vaping and E-cigarettes is at almost 1,500 people and continues to climb - with deaths linked to such use in 33 states.
 
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Proposed budget cuts could have big impact on health care in Georgia
A blitz of Democratic candidates has split Georgia donors
A blitz of Democratic candidates has split Georgia donors
Democrat’s new ad spoofs Kemp’s infamous shotgun spot
Democrat’s new ad spoofs Kemp’s infamous shotgun spot
A new dynamic: Warren faces sharp attacks at Democratic debate in Ohio
A new dynamic: Warren faces sharp attacks at Democratic debate in Ohio
Voters critique Georgia’s new voting machines as test run begins
Voters critique Georgia’s new voting machines as test run begins
Georgia EPD doubted ethylene oxide cancer risks. Other states acted.
Georgia EPD doubted ethylene oxide cancer risks. Other states acted.
David Perdue warms to Trump’s trade strategy
David Perdue warms to Trump’s trade strategy
U.S. Supreme Court appears divided on Georgia man’s gay rights case
U.S. Supreme Court appears divided on Georgia man’s gay rights case