No tuition increase for public colleges

GEORGIA — Tuition rates at Georgia's public colleges will hold steady for the next academic year.

The state Board of Regents voted Tuesday not to increase tuition for 2018-19. Enrollment costs will remain the same at all 26 public colleges and universities in Georgia.

University system Chancellor Steve Wrigley said the board recognizes a "critical need to keep our institutions affordable for students while providing a quality education."

The board agreed to allow nine schools to make limited fee increases, ranging from $3 to $31 per semester, for full-time undergraduates paying in-state tuition.


Counties teach storm spotting

ROCK SPRING, Ga. — The emergency management agencies for Walker and Dade counties in Georgia, along with the National Weather Service, will host a storm spotting training class on May 1 at the Walker County Civic Center at 10052 Highway 27 in Rock Spring, Ga.

The class is open to the public. In particular, the county encourages amateur radio operators, boaters, public utility workers, police, firefighters and EMS employees to attend. Instructors will train people on radar interpretation, identifying storm features and how to report storm information.


Suspects in burglary arrested

CHARLESTON, Tenn. — Two suspects have been arrested in connection to a robbery at the Lee Highway Tobacco Store in Charleston, Tenn.

The investigation by the Bradley County Sheriff's Office and the Charleston Police Department led detectives to two people of interest who live near the business.

A search warrant was executed and the detectives discovered the stolen property.

Hailee Denise Hamilton, 18, and Marvin Gage Sneed, 18, of Cleveland, Tenn., were charged with burglary and theft of property.


Ban on spanking the disabled OK'd

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Legislature passed a bill banning the spanking of disabled children at public schools.

The bill passed in the Senate on Tuesday by a vote of 28-0. It cleared the House earlier this month.

If signed into law, the measure would bar school officials from using corporal punishment on kids with disabilities, unless their parents give written approval.


Ivey campaign ad praises monument law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey aired a campaign ad Tuesday praising a law she signed that prohibits taking down Confederate monuments.

In the 30-second ad, Ivey slams Washington, D.C.'s "politically correct nonsense" and says that when "special interests" wanted to tear down monuments, she said no and signed a law to protect them. She continues that "we can't change or erase our history" and Alabama understands "to get where we're going means understanding where we've been."

The 2017 law titled the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act prohibits relocating, removing, altering or renaming public buildings, streets and memorials that have been standing for more than 40 years. The legislation doesn't specifically mention Confederate monuments, but it was enacted when other Southern states like Louisiana and Florida were taking down similar memorials.

"We could all read between the lines," said State Rep. Merika Coleman, a Democrat from Pleasant Grove who is black. "As the chief executive in the state of Alabama, to make a campaign ad that is looking at sites that are primarily Confederate sites, it's a part of our history that's a stain on the state of Alabama."