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Regents to discuss smoking ban at Ga. colleges

Regents to discuss smoking ban at Ga. colleges

ATHENS, Ga. -- The board that governs Georgia's public colleges and universities is taking a close look at banning tobacco from campuses statewide.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to discuss the proposed tobacco ban at its meeting Wednesday in Atlanta. The ban would prohibit faculty, students, staff and even spectators at sporting events from smoking or using smokeless tobacco in both indoor and outdoor parts of college campuses.

The policy would tighten anti-smoking policies at campuses such as the University of Georgia, which since 2011 has prohibited lighting up within 35 feet of building entrances.

If adopted by the Board of Regents, the tobacco ban would affect all 31 campuses in the University System of Georgia.

The Biggest Loser's DOLVETTE

He calls Atlanta home, Dolvette of NBC's The Biggest Loser, stopped by Conn TV Studios to talk about his new lifestyle book about balance, not diet! You don't want to miss what he says about emotion, details, health and much much more. 

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

ATLANTA -- Sixty years ago, 1 million men and women signed up for the first-ever Cancer Prevention Study. They filled out surveys every few years. And the information from those million Americans led to a dramatic discovery.

Doctor Alpa Patel with the American Cancer Society is the lead researcher on CPS3, the third generation of the cancer prevention studies.

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"The first study was actually set up to specifically address the question of whether not smoking caused lung cancer, and it provided the first evidence that in fact smoking is what was the causal fact, causal factor with the increase rise in lung cancer death rates we were seeing in men at that time," she said.

Al Roker talks White House, new book and his rules!

Conn Jackson chats with Al Roker about his connection to Atlanta, how he has maintained his weight loss, his new memoir and much more! 

Berry receives grant to combat impaired driving

Berry receives grant to combat impaired driving

ROME, Ga. -- The Governor's Office of Highway Safety has given Berry College a $8,700 grant to participate in Georgia's Young Adult Program.

The program is designed for colleges and universities across the state, and focuses on awareness and peer education to encourage young people to think twice before they drink and drive, or text while driving.

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Berry College assistant director of campus safety Maj. Jonathan Baggett credits freshman Alex Sorohan with helping the college secure the grant. Sorohan's brother died in 2009 while texting and driving; the Berry student now regularly speaks at conferences about the dangers of driving while impaired.

AIDS Walk hosted by Berry student group

AIDS Walk hosted by Berry student group

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College's Black Student Association (BSA) will host its first annual AIDS Walk this weekend, ending a week of HIV/AIDS awareness on campus.

The walk will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Berry's Ford Complex. Its theme is "Educate. Advocate. Embrace."

"It is BSA's hope that the Berry College community will be educated on a deeper level about HIV/AIDS," Tasha C. Toy, director of Berry's Multicultural and International Student Programs, said in a statement.

Everyone at Berry College and in the Rome area is invited to attend the walk. Those who are interested should arrive at 12:30 p.m. to sign in. Donations will be warmly accepted; students will also hold bake sales and a dance to raise more money and awareness.