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Updated: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:15:26 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal authorities say a greater Atlanta area man has been sentenced to 20 years in a tax fraud scheme. Prosecutors say 38-year-old Mauricio Warner of Smyrna claimed more than $5 million in fraudulent tax refunds by filing thousands of false returns using stolen names and social security numbers.

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is asking the State Board of Education to allow high school students to count computer programming courses toward fulfilling a core requirement for their diplomas. Deal says his request is aimed at helping students succeed in an increasingly competitive and technical workforce.

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old boy is in custody after a 13-year-old boy was shot to death in his bedroom in Carrollton, west Georgia, over the weekend. Police say Nizzear Rodriguez was slain Sunday and now a Carrollton teen is charged with murder and several other charges in the death of the eighth-grader.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Steven Jackson is back on the practice fields for the first time in almost a month, providing hope the Atlanta Falcons' starting running back can be ready for the season opener. Jackson had not practiced since July 28, when he hurt his right hamstring.

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