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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.

Sean O'Pry: From MySpace to male supermodel

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Sean O'Pry went from being a Kennesaw high school student to an international male supermodel in just over two years.

And if that isn't incredible enough, consider this: he didn't set out to be a model. He was neither seeking nor dreaming of international fame and fortune.

Instead, like millions of other teens before the age of Facebook's Internet dominance, he simply posted a picture on MySpace.

That's where it all started -- a single photo of a strutting 17-year-old on the way to his junior prom. The picture was spotted by modeling scouts and forwarded to agent Lana Winters-Tomczak.  She said when she saw the picture, she knew immediately what she was seeing.

"I said, 'If he really looks like that, he'll be a supermodel. I really need to talk to his mom," Winters-Tomczak said Wednesday via telephone from New York.

5 E. coli cases discovered in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Public Health is working with the CDC to investigate a cluster of E. coli infections.

These cases were tested at the Georgia Public Health Laboratory, which was able to confirm the infections.

Georgia currently has five cases -- two in Cobb and one each in Cherokee, Coweta and Forsyth counties. 

Four of the five cases are female; their ages range from 18 to 52.

All got sick between April 15 and April 28 of this year. One person was hospitalized overnight for this illness.

Health officials have detected no food items or environmental exposures associated with the illnesses.

Horse rescued, put down after falling in hole

CANTON, Ga. -- Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services rescued a horse after the animal fell into a hole Monday evening.

The horse fell in the hole near Curtis Road in Canton shortly before 7 p.m.

PHOTOS | Horse rescued from hole

Brittany Holt, who was riding the horse, told responding officials that the horse got stuck while trying to cross a trail. When the animal began thrashing, she started to sink.

Rescue crews from Cherokee County and the Milton Fire Department used a harness supported by a large frame to pull the horse from the hole, according to Cherokee County Fire spokesman Tim Cavender. Crews had to dig mud away from the horse to rescue her.

The horse emerged from the hole at around 9:40 p.m. and was taken to the University of Georgia Veterinary Hospital, where she was later put down.

Severe Weather Forecast for Tonight and Monday!

Severe Weather Forecast for Tonight and Monday!

Our pleasant weekend weather pattern is about to change.  A trough in the jetstream to our north will direct a series of disturbances through the area tonight and tomorrow.  The Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, Oklahoma has forecast a slight risk of severe thunderstorms for Monday.  We will likely see two rounds of Thunderstorms which could turn severe.  The first one will hit overnight and into tomorrow morning the second round will move in later in the day.  Expect damaging winds up to 60 mph and large hair if these Thunderstorms turn severe.

Purple Heart recipient charged with multiple felonies

ATLANTA- (WXIA) On Thursday's 6:00 news, former Marine Monroe Seigle was introduced as a new recipient of the Purple Heart. After the broadcast, Seigle called 11Alive to disclose another part of his story-he's been charged with multiple felonies. Last October a Cobb County warrant says Monroe and three others allegedly entered a Kennesaw apartment to steal 15 kilos of cocaine and $320,000. His attorney Charles Lea said Seigle wanted to disclose the charges himself to avoid the dishonor of having them revealed by others later on. But he was very clear he believed the case was built on shaky ground, and his client is totally innocent.

Help a local lunch program this summer

ATLANTA -- Many children who rely on free and reduced-price lunches during the school year don't get the nutritious meals they need when summer comes.

However, several metro Atlanta charities are working to make sure that no local children go hungry during their summer break.

PHOTOS | Action Ministries, 11Alive feed 400 local children

MUST Ministries began its 17th annual Summer Lunch program this week. The program serves children in six counties: Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Gwinnett, North Fulton and Paulding.

Hundreds of volunteers work with MUST Ministries every summer to made, pack and deliver the daily meals. "No one in our area has more experience feeding children in need," Summer Lunch program manager Paula Rigsby said in a statement.