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Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

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Parents urged to provide homework support

Parents urged to provide homework support

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- As the school year moves into high gear, the Fulton County Office of Children and Youth urges parents to help children to transition successfully into their new school year by playing an active role in their children’s education.  The U.S. Department of Education reports that homework helps children to gain an edge by providing extra time for research, development of study skills and time management skills.

“Homework helps children to remember and master material that has already been presented in the classroom and assists them with preparation for future classroom activities,” said Melinda Pruitt, Division Manager for the Office of Children and Youth. Homework allows children to achieve the following skills:

Fulton County Fire Rescue offers Labor Day BBQ fire safety tips

Fulton County Fire Rescue offers Labor Day BBQ fire safety tips

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Labor Day is a time for barbeques. It can also be a time of extreme fire danger. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA) almost 5,000 Americans are injured each year by charcoal/wood-burning and propane grill fires.

“As residents continue to enjoy the summer, we want to remind them to practice safety tips as they are barbequing and camping,” said Chief Larry Few, Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “We want everyone to safely enjoy the holiday.”

Summertime should be a time for fun and making happy memories. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following instructions will help everyone have a safe summer:

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a surprise for drivers who plan to visit Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend.

All construction-related road closures in metro Atlanta will be suspended from Friday at noon to Tuesday at 9 a.m. GDOT said while some long-term closures may remain in place for safety reasons, no new ones will be added unless there is an emergency.

Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the area, thanks to a number of major Labor Day events:

* Dragon Con
* AJC Decatur Book Festival
* Black Gay Pride
* Oral-B USA 500 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)
* Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Georgia Dome)
* Braves v. Marlins/Phillies (Turner Field)
* Celebrate Freedom (Marietta)

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Office of Children and Youth needs volunteers

Office of Children and Youth needs volunteers

HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- The Fulton County Call to Womanhood programs, Priceless University and the Youth Leadership Academy for Girls need volunteer academic tutors in math, science and reading.

Volunteer tutors will support the students in the Call to Womanhood programs during meetings beginning in September at the Call to Womanhood Center located at 3444 Claire Drive, Hapeville, next to the Hapeville Library.

Priceless University is a college-prep and career development program for middle and high school girls between the ages of 12 and 17. The program focuses on self-enrichment and self-development courses that help students reach their full potential.  Priceless University meets every Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Call to Womanhood Center.

Win tickets for Austin Mahone concert

Win tickets for Austin Mahone concert

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Mmmm yeah! Austin is on the road with Fifth Harmony, The Vamps & Shawn Mendes and the high energy show will have you dancing, singing and screaming at the top of your lungs all night.

At just 18 years old, singer/songwriter Austin Mahone is making his mark. Kicking off the year with an MTV VMA win for “Artist to Watch” and MTV EMA awards for, “Best Push Artist,” and “Artist on the Rise,” Mahone’s new album “The Secret” was released in May. Not only does he have a solid fan base, known as “Mahomies,” but the teen sensation is gaining a legion of loyal fans in the media as well.

Taste of Atlanta announces 2014 restaurant lineup

Taste of Atlanta announces 2014 restaurant lineup

ATLANTA –- More than 90 of Atlanta’s most notable and on-the-rise restaurants have signed on to participate in this year’s Taste of Atlanta, which will take place October 24-26 in Midtown at Tech Square.

With eateries featured from both inside and outside the Perimeter, festival-goers will be able to savor truly authentic flavors that represent every corner of the city.

New this year, to help attendees pinpoint their local favorites or discover new dining treasures during Taste of Atlanta, the festival will take food lovers on a culinary tour through the city’s many diverse neighborhoods.