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Bigger, better, more: The new Powerball

Bigger, better, more: The new Powerball

ATLANTA -- The new Powerball makes its deut this week with bigger starting jackpots, better overall odds and more millionaires.

The enhanced game's first drawing will be Wednesday.

Powerball starting jackpots will double to $40 million and will grow faster. The game's second prize will increase from $250,000 to $1 million, and to $2 million with the Power Play option. Additionally, overall odds and odds to win a jackpot prize have improved.

The game's ticket price also will change from $1 to $2 per play.

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Players can still multiply with the Power Play option for an additional $1 per play.

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Belk raises $1M for Susan G. Komen

Belk raises $1M for Susan G. Komen

ATLANTA -- Belk, Inc. has raised more than $1 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help win the fight against breast cancer.

The funds were raised through the company-wide "Pink is Our Passion" campaign held at the department stores in October.

"We want to thank our associates and customers for their generosity in supporting our breast cancer campaign, which has raised more than $2 million over the past two years for Susan G. Komen for the Cure," Tim Belk, chairman and CEO of Belk, Inc., said in a statement. "We're proud of our partnership with Komen and look forward to our continued efforts to raise more funds to fight this disease."

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Pink is Our Passion was part of a three-year movement to raise $3 million for Komen and its breast cancer initiatives.

STOCKBRIDGE | 911 calls of plane crash that killed 5 released

BRYAN, Texas -- Recordings of 911 calls after a Texas plane crash that killed five people, including an entire Stockbridge family, show that neighbors tried to rescue the victims but found no survivors.

One caller said her husband told her an airplane crashed into the couple's pasture and that he "thought he heard something blow up outside."

Another one of the calls made public Monday includes a man telling an emergency dispatcher there was "a terrible crash" and that he did not believe anyone was alive.

The Dec. 19 crash in Brazos County killed pilot Michael Butler, his wife Kelly, and Butler's two children, 14-year-old Brooke and two-year-old Braylon.

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The fifth victim was Butler's brother, 37-year-old David Butler of Mount Calm, Texas.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Venus

ADOPT A PET: Meet Venus

 

NEWNAN, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a "companion" for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

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Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Picasso, Annie and an Art Stroll

WEEKEND EVENTS: Picasso, Annie and an Art Stroll

 

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

On Saturday, Milton High School will host a Run for Cover 5K which will begin at 3:00 p.m. Run organizers are asking participants to bring new or gently used articles of winter clothing or some type of non-perishable food item to be donated to North Fulton County charities. Registration for the run costs $25 and registration will be held on site. Milton High School is located at 13025 Birmingham Highway in Milton.

Wind causes 10K power outages in parts of Ga.

Wind causes 10K power outages in parts of Ga.

ATLANTA -- Officials say wind gusts of up to 46 mph blew across parts of the state Thursday evening, toppling trees and causing up to 10,000 customers to lose electricity.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Lynn Wallace says most of the power outages happened in northeast Georgia, with 5,600 customers losing electricity near Athens, Toccoa and Gainesville.

She said another 3,400 customers lost electricity in the metro Atlanta area, including 1,600 customers in Smyrna and 875 near the Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead. Another 720 customers were without power in the Lawrenceville and Suwanee areas.

At 4 a.m., Georgia Power reported power restored to all but 84 customers in metro Atlanta. Some 311 customers in Cartersville were still without power.

Statewide, fewer than 1,000 customers are without power.