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LITHONIA: Hacker had 675,000 stolen credit cards

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A computer hacker from Lithonia has pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft after authorities found him with more than 675,000 stolen credit card accounts on his home computers.

Credit card companies have traced more than $36 million in fraudulent transactions to the accounts that were breached by 26-year-old Rogelio Hackett Jr.

Hackett pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Alexandria, Va., following a lengthy Secret Service investigation. He will be sentenced in July and faces two to 12 years in prison.

Court documents indicate that Hackett built a reputation for himself as a teenager in the hacking community and had been stealing account information for roughly a decade. Typically he sold the account data to others, who would use them to make fraudulent charges.

A New Severe T-Storm Watch South of Atlanta

A New Severe T-Storm Watch South of Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A severe thunderstorm watch has been posted for parts of west central and southwest Georgia until 10 p.m. Wednesday. 

The watch area mainly covers the region south of a line from La Grange to Macon. 

The 11Alive Weather Information Zone has reports of minor damage in North Georgia from storms that moved through earlier.  Two trees fell in Walker County near Cedar Grove.  We also have a report of a tree down in Ellijay.

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.

APRIL 30th, FREE FINANCIAL BOOTCAMP WILL HELP YOU INCREASE YOUR FINANCIAL WELLNESS

APRIL 30th, FREE FINANCIAL BOOTCAMP WILL HELP YOU INCREASE YOUR FINANCIAL WELLNESS

The Decatur/DeKalb Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s (NCBW) announced that the date of its Annual Financial Boot Camp set Saturday April 30, 2011 at DeKalb Medical Center – Hillandale’s Community Room (2801 DeKalb Medical Parkway; Lithonia, GA 30058) from 9 am. to 12 p.m. This year’s seminar, sponsored by State Farm Insurance – Lem Howard Agency (Evans Mill Road, Lithonia), will focus on youth financial responsibility, retirement options for adults of all  ages, money management, real estate and social security. “As a community, we must take a good look at our options for financial stability and the Decatur-DeKalb Chapter has been dedicated to providing our community with an annual forum where they can get the necessary information that we all need to remain financially secure in this economy,” said Kimberly Cameron, Chapter President.

The Babies Are Back: evian® Announces Launch of New Live young® Campaign

The Babies Are Back: evian® Announces Launch of New Live young® Campaign
New Global Commercial Features the Return of the Famous evian® Babies, and This Time They’re Looking for Co-stars!

Two years after the worldwide success of the roller babies commercial, which achieved Guinness World Record status for most viewed ad on the Web and continues to top YouTube charts, evian® announces today that the babies are back in a new Live young ® campaign. This time around, the evian® babies have hung up their skates and are dancing their way back into pop culture through the new “Baby Inside” commercial. And now, consumers have a chance to become a part of the campaign.

Deadly storms spare Metro Atlanta

Deadly storms spare Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Thousands of Metro Atlantans spent part of the weekend without power after severe thunderstorms pounded portions of North Georgia Friday. This same system has claimed at least 44 lives moving across the Southeast.

The storms weakened as they crossed into the Peach State and did less damage than the storms that slammed Metro Atlanta two weeks ago, but they still knocked down trees and power lines across the region.

About 1,800 Georgia Power customers were still without power Sunday morning in the Rome and Cedartown areas, which were hardest hit by the storms. Georgia Power said restorations were expected by 1 p.m. Georgia EMC reported no outages.

$29 billion Metro Atlanta wish list goes to GDOT

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Regional Commission Friday submitted a wish list of $29 billion in transportation improvement projects to be funded from about $8 billion to be raised in the metro region by a proposed sales tax.

The Georgia Department of Transportation and a roundtable of local elected officials will pare down the list to highway and transit projects that fit the revenue that would become available if Atlanta-area voters approve a referendum in August of next year levying a 1-cent sales tax dedicated to transportation.

The public will get a chance for input into the process this summer, with the list due to be finalized by mid-October under a timetable established in legislation passed by the General Assembly last year.

The wish list contains a variety of transportation improvements scattered across the region, including: