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Cities, including Atlanta, crack down on homeless

(USA TODAY) -- A growing number of cities across the United States are making it harder to be homeless.

Philadelphia recently banned outdoor feeding of people in city parks. Denver has begun enforcing a ban on eating and sleeping on property without permission. And this month, lawmakers in Ashland, Ore., will consider strengthening the town's ban on camping and making noise in public.

And the list goes on: Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City and more than 50 other cities have previously adopted some kind of anti-camping or anti-food-sharing laws, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

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Healing PTSD through filmmaking

ATLANTA -- A surge in suicides among veterans has officials looking for ways to intervene before it gets even worse.

The VA says there is a link between suicide and post traumatic stress disorder, which is also at crisis levels. But trying to diagnose and treat PTSD has been elusive.

Psychiatrists are still trying to figure out why some in the military can bounce back with no problem after witnessing some of the indelible horrors of war, and why others struggle with the memories for a lifetime.

PTSD can paralyze its victims with fear, rage, insomnia, and a sense of being out of control. Treatment can include medication and counseling. But alternative therapies have included everything from wood-working to companion pets to medicinal marijuana.

The latest creative approach, one endorsed by the military, is film-making.

Deal freezes Georgia gas tax

Deal freezes Georgia gas tax

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has frozen Georgia's gas tax, preventing an increase that would have kicked in July 1.

Deal signed an executive order freezing the gas tax at current levels, saving motorists nearly one cent from the next six months. Deal signed the order Friday.

The state gas tax had been set to rise .8 cents on July 1, as a result of a formula tied to fuel prices.

Deal says the state's economy has slowly improved with growing revenue and the unemployment rate decreasing. Deal says taxpayers in the state should not have to take on the "burden" of a gas tax right now.

Every six months, the Department of Revenue analyzes the previous half year's gas price and adjusts the state tax either up or down.

Fulton County Workshop to Provide Advice on Improving Credit Scores

Fulton County Workshop to Provide Advice on Improving Credit Scores

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Housing and Human Services Department will host a workshop to teach participants how to improve their credit scores.  The workshop will be held at the Ponce de Leon Branch Library on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  The Library is located at 980 Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta. 

Residents will learn the value of a good credit score to purchase big-ticket items such as a new home.  Equifax Vice President of Public Relations Tim Klein will facilitate the workshop.

All Fulton County meeting facilities meet ADA accessibility requirements.  Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations and communication in an alternative format, need to contact the Department of Housing and Human Services at (404) 613-7944.  For relay-type services, dial 711.

For more information about the workshop, residents may contact Klein at 404-885-8300.

Graffiti artists plead guilty to vandalism

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Two graffiti artists have pleaded guilty to defacing property throughout Atlanta.

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Christopher Erik Smith and Douglas Grantham Jones, known as Vomet and Beav, respectively, confessed Thursday to violating the city's ordinance on graffiti.

Fulton Commissioners Vote to Accept $25,000 State Grant to Support the Teen DADS Program

Fulton Commissioners Vote to Accept $25,000 State Grant to Support the Teen DADS Program

The state administered federally funded Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) educates youth on both abstinence and contraception

Fulton County Commissioners voted today to direct the Housing and Human Services Department to apply for and accept a $25,000 grant from the State of Georgia, Department of Human Services.  The vote came during the regular June 6, 2012, meeting of the Board of Commissioners.

SEC welcomes new members

ATLANTA -- Missouri and Texas A&M will begin competing as full fledged members of the Southeastern Conference this fall. The conference rolled out the red carpet in Buckhead Wednesday night.

The SEC welcomed its newest members, Texas A&M and Missouri, during a celebration at the JW Marriott Atlanta. Both the Aggies and Tigers are former members of the Big 12 Conference. Missouri's first SEC opponent will be Mark Richt's Georgia Bulldogs in Columbia, Missouri on Sept. 8.

Officials from both schools were in attendance as well as members of the coaching staffs. Texas A&M Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin was on hand, as was Women's Basketball Coach Gary Blair. Missouri Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel was on hand to talk Tigers football.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive was happy with the turnout, but would not comment on the proposed 4-team playoff or future conference expansion.