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Bigger, better, more: The new Powerball

Bigger, better, more: The new Powerball

ATLANTA -- The new Powerball makes its deut this week with bigger starting jackpots, better overall odds and more millionaires.

The enhanced game's first drawing will be Wednesday.

Powerball starting jackpots will double to $40 million and will grow faster. The game's second prize will increase from $250,000 to $1 million, and to $2 million with the Power Play option. Additionally, overall odds and odds to win a jackpot prize have improved.

The game's ticket price also will change from $1 to $2 per play.

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Players can still multiply with the Power Play option for an additional $1 per play.

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CANTON | Remembering Collins Dixon

CANTON, Ga. -- You're about to meet someone who many in the city of Canton admire.

We first brought you the story of Collins Dixon back in November. This past weekend, he lost his battle with brain cancer, but not before inspiring a whole community with his character.

"I miss his smile more than anything," said mother Robin Dixon.

In November we spoke of how Collins had been a prayer warrior for a family friend dealing with his own bout with brain cancer. Collins was then diagnosed with his own tumor and fought through it to be the vibrant middle schooler who showed up in our story.

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Belk raises $1M for Susan G. Komen

Belk raises $1M for Susan G. Komen

ATLANTA -- Belk, Inc. has raised more than $1 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help win the fight against breast cancer.

The funds were raised through the company-wide "Pink is Our Passion" campaign held at the department stores in October.

"We want to thank our associates and customers for their generosity in supporting our breast cancer campaign, which has raised more than $2 million over the past two years for Susan G. Komen for the Cure," Tim Belk, chairman and CEO of Belk, Inc., said in a statement. "We're proud of our partnership with Komen and look forward to our continued efforts to raise more funds to fight this disease."

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Pink is Our Passion was part of a three-year movement to raise $3 million for Komen and its breast cancer initiatives.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Richie

ADOPT A PET: Meet Richie


MARIETTA, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a "companion" for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

Milton and McEachern top the new Metro Atlanta Super 25

ATLANTA -- There is a change at the top of the USA Today-HighSchoolSports.net Super 25 polls for Metro Atlanta this week.

The Milton replaces Columbia at the top of the Boys poll. McEachern remains at the top of the Girls Poll.

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Dueling gun bills expected in this year's Georgia legislature

ATLANTA -- We can expect more heated debate under Georgia's Gold Dome the next couple of months about where Georgians may carry firearms.

Last month State Rep. Sean Jerguson (R-Cherokee County) said he would file a bill allowing Georgians with a state firearms license to carry a handgun on state college campuses.

Right now state law restricts those weapons to locked cars in those locations.

Jerguson's bill is partly inspired by several attacks against students on or near the campuses of Georgia State and Georgia Tech Universities the past year.

But on Friday the Republican lawmaker told 11Alive News his bill will go much farther.

He said it would also include churches, possibly bars and restaurants and other places in the state where the property owners don't object.

Jerguson, who owns a gun shop in Holly Springs, wouldn't be too specific just yet since he's still crafting the bill.