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Janel Davis

Janel Davis covers Cobb County. She started at the AJC in 2010 and previously served as a reporter in Maryland, Tennessee and Texas. She is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.

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Niche names Georgia Tech best public university in Georgia
Georgia Tech was named the best public university in Georgia by school ranking and review site Niche.com. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

4:13 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Georgia Tech has earned another top ranking, this time for the best public university in the state, according to the school ranking and review site Niche.com. In addition to the top ranking in Georgia, Tech ranked seventh nationally in the site’s 2016 Best Colleges rankings. The Niche rankings are based ...
Bill would fully fund tuition for tech college HOPE recipients
Mark Smith (left) & Chris Hearn replace a tire in the Motorsports Vehicle Technology Program at Lanier Technical College in Oakwood, Ga. A bill by Rep. Stacey Evans would full fund tuition for HOPE recipients at Georgia’s technical colleges. (Photo by Phil Skinner)

1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

A bill making its way through the state House would tie the HOPE grant award to the cost of tuition at Georgia’s technical colleges. House Bill 22, by Rep. Stacey Evans, would restore funding for tech college students that had been cut from the state’s scholarship program in 2011. Evans, ...
Packed panel votes against LGBT protections in Georgia
Allen Fox (right),  director of Georgia Republicans  for the Future,  and Ron Cato (at podium),  chairman of the Georgia  State University Republicans,  spoke against religious liberty  legislation.  Conservatives  offered dueling narratives on Feb. 2, 2016,  when  several prominent Baptist preachers called for passage of "religious  liberty" legislation while a group of younger Republicans separately  announced support for LGBT anti-discrimination efforts.   A coalition of  interfaith leaders also  joined in against the legislation.

6:28 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

State House leaders on Monday packed a subcommittee with nonmembers to help vote down a bid to extend civil rights protections to gay, lesbian and transgender Georgians. A House Judiciary subcommittee voted 6-4 to defeat an amendment from state Rep. Taylor Bennett, D-Brookhaven, to bar discrimination in Georgia based on ...
Senate backs harsher penalties for pandering, pimping
A bill by Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, targets repeat offenders of pandering and pimping. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

11:51 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Offenders in Georgia convicted of pimping or pandering would face stiffer consequences under a bill approved Monday by the state Senate.Under Senate Bill 278 by Sen. Renee Unterman, second and subsequent convictions for the crime would be a felony and carry a punishment of between one and ten years in ...
Tech drops $47M building request after rebukes on students’ due process
Georgia Institute of Technology

2:25 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

A week after state lawmakers reprimanded Georgia Tech for its due-process practices in punishing students accused of sexual assault and other violations, the university withdrew its request for a $47.4 million library complex renovation. The Tech money, which was slated for the first phase of renovation of the Crosland Tower ...
Georgia State offering $2K reward for information in library robberies
The Georgia State University campus library has been the site of several student robberies over the past few months. On Thursday, campus officials answered questions about new safety measures. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

Updated: 11:57 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Georgia State University is offering a $2,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest in a string of robberies in the campus library over the past two months.The reward, offered in conjunction with Crime Stoppers, was announced Thursday morning during a campus safety meeting hosted by Georgia State ...
Tech drops $47M building request after rebukes on students’ due process
December 9, 2014 Atlanta: A Georgia Tech student walks towards the front of Brittain Dining Hall on the Georgia Tech campus Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.

6:34 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

A week after state lawmakers reprimanded Georgia Tech for its due-process practices in punishing students accused of sexual assault and other violations, the university has withdrawn its request for a $47.4 million library complex renovation. Withdrawing the request gives Tech more time to prepare for construction, including asbestos abatement, Georgia ...
Immigrants without legal status seeking in-state tuition in Georgia
February 1, 2016 Atlanta - Attorney Charles Kuck and three of his plaintiffs, Rigoberto Rivera, 26, Ivan Morales, 21, and Josafat Santillan, 27, hold a press conference in reaction to the Georgia Supreme Court’s rejection of their appeal aimed at allowing immigrants without legal status to pay substantially lower in-state college tuition rates. The legal battle is not over. Kuck plans on filing individual lawsuits against every member of the Georgia Board of Regents. TAYLOR CARPENTER / TAYLOR.CARPENTER@AJC.COM

8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

Ivan Morales is vowing to continue fighting in court to allow himself and other immigrants without legal status to pay substantially lower in-state college tuition in Georgia.Morales, 21, of Buckhead, joined several fellow plaintiffs Monday in announcing a new front in the legal battle: Lawsuits targeting each member of the ...
Bill would set HOPE award minimum for students at some Ga. colleges
A bill sponsored by state Sen. Charlie Bethel would set a $2,000/semester minimum HOPE award amount for students at some schools. Setting a minimum would likely mean the award would cover full tuition at these schools. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

6:52 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

A bill filed Monday aims to provide HOPE awards for students at some Georgia colleges, including technical colleges, that would cover the full tuition amount.Under Senate Bill 312, sponsored by State Sen. Charlie Bethel, R-Dalton, HOPE recipients would receive a minimum $2,000 HOPE scholarship award each semester (or $134 per ...
Georgia Supreme Court rejects in-state tuition appeal
February 1, 2016 Atlanta - Attorney Charles Kuck and some of the plaintiffs, Rigoberto Rivera, 26, and Josafat Santillan, 27, give a press conference in reaction to the Georgia Supreme Court’s rejection to their appeal aimed at allowing immigrants without legal status to pay substantially lower in-state college tuition rates. However, the legal battle is not over. Kuck plans on filing individual lawsuits against every member of the Georgia Board of Regents this week. TAYLOR CARPENTER / TAYLOR.CARPENTER@AJC.COM

5:36 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Georgia’s highest court on Monday unanimously rejected an appeal aimed at allowing immigrants without legal status to pay substantially lower in-state tuition rates at the state’s public colleges and universities.But the long-running legal battle is not over. Shortly after the Georgia Supreme Court’s ruling became public, the attorney for the ...

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