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Gingrey Sounds Off on Border Problems

ATLANTA -- Through a night vision lens, Phil Gingrey sees what so many people only talk about in living rooms, on cable TV, in the chambers of state houses and Congress: two people trying to come into the United States from Mexico illegally.

Gingrey organized a congressional delegation to the U.S. border. He and a Republican contingency including Steve Pearce (R-NM), Ed Royce (R-Calif.), and Steve King (R-IA) toured four towns dotted along the Southern border, traveling from El Paso, Tex., through New Mexico and west into Arizona.

"It's not xenophobia on my part. If I had to choose from immigrants across the globe, my favorite alien would be our Hispanic and Latino residents coming from across the Southern border," Rep. Gingrey said.

In an interview with 11Alive's Ted Hall, Gingrey talked about the hazards and headway made in towns dotting the Mexico border.

Acworth Police Identify Victims of Weekend Fire

Acworth Police Identify Victims of Weekend Fire

ACWORTH, GA -- The Acworth Police Department now believes that a Sunday, Feb. 6 house fire was the result of a murder-suicide.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 6, officers responded to a fire on North Bend Way in Acworth.

Two bodies were found at the scene. The victims were identified as 42-year-old Shawn Hutcheson and 64-year-old Dianne Hutcheson. Their bodies are now in the care of the Cobb County Medical Examiner's Office.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Acworth Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 770-974-3111.

CTC Named Sixth Largest College in Georgia

CTC Named Sixth Largest College in Georgia

MARIETTA, GA -- Chattahoochee Technical College is now the sixth largest college or university in Georgia, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Already the largest technical college in Georgia, CTC moved up the annual list one spot, bypassing Emory University in Atlanta.

"Our enrollment has been continuing to grow over the last several quarters," said CTC president Dr. Sanford Chandler. "This growth is an exciting challenge for us in our efforts to meet student needs."

Home to more than 13,000 students during both fall and winter quarters, CTC expects enrollment to top 15,000 to 20,000 for fiscal year 2011.

The college offers more than 100 programs at the degree, diploma and certificate levels through its six-county service delivery area.

26 Cobb Schools Recognized as Title I Distinguished Schools

26 Cobb Schools Recognized as Title I Distinguished Schools

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Twenty-six Cobb County schools are among the 868 Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools recognized by the Georgia Department of Education during its January meeting.

The program is designed to honor high-performing Title I schools that receive additional federal funding and services to support economically disadvantaged students.

To earn the distinction, a school must make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for three consecutive school years.

Georgia Lottery Debuts 'Decades of Dollars' Game

Georgia Lottery Debuts 'Decades of Dollars' Game

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Lottery is introducing a multi-state game with the opportunity to win millions.

Decades of Dollars is a new game with a top prize of $250,000 every year for 30 years.

"We constantly are looking for ways to keep our games fresh and exciting for players as we work to maximize revenues for the educational programs we fund," said Georgia Lottery Corporation president and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. "The additional revenue generated by Decades of Dollars will benefit Georgia's HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K students."

Decades of Dollars tickets went on sale Sunday, Jan. 30, with the first drawing scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 3. Drawings will be held every Monday and Thursday at 11:00 p.m.; they will be broadcast live on Georgia Lottery draw stations throughout the state.

Tickets are $2 per play.

To play Decades of Dollars, select six of 47 numbers.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night at Chick-fil-A

Daddy-Daughter Date Night at Chick-fil-A

ATLANTA -- The 119 Atlanta-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host a special Daddy-Daughter Date Night on Saturday, Feb. 5.

Fathers and daughters will be encouraged to spend the evening together, enjoying time in the restaurant and participating in activities.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," said Robin Lomax, Chick-fil-A area marketing director. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage Atlanta community members to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their loved ones' company over a meal and celebrate the significant relationship in their lives."

Each Chick-fil-A will celebrate in its own way.

Acworth Teen Hypnotizes, Stabs Friend

Acworth Teen Hypnotizes, Stabs Friend

ACWORTH, GA -- An 18-year-old Acworth man is behind bars, charged with stabbing a friend after attempting to hypnotize him.

The incident happened early in the morning on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the Shadowood Mobile Home Park off of Bells Ferry Road.

When police arrived at the scene, they found James Stanley, 19, of Acworth with a stab wound to his neck. The suspect, Jeremiah Gossett, had reportedly attempted suicide by cutting his wrists after he stabbed Stanley.

According to police reports, the suspect and victim are neighbors. They were allegedly smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol together when Gossett asked Stanley if he could hypnotize him.

Stanley agreed and closed his eyes. Suddenly, he felt a sharp pain in his neck; when he opened his eyes, he saw Gossett holding a knife.

Stanley ran from the residence, while Gossett tried to commit suicide.

The suspect and victim were taken to Kennestone Hospital and treated.