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Updated: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 04:16:01 EST

GEORGIA POWER-RATES PSC holding hearing on Georgia Power rate proposal ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Public Service Commission is holding a hearing next week on a proposed Georgia Power Rate Increase. Commission spokesman Bill Edge said Tuesday that the Oct. 1 hearing will feature a public comment session on the utility's plan to increase rates beginning in January 2014. Edge says Georgia Power filed a request in June to increase rates by $280 million — which translates to a monthly fee of about $4.55 for residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month. In an alternate three-year proposal, the company requested the commission to approve a plan to allow the utility to increase its retail rates by $482 million — which would be an increase of about $7.84 per month for customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours. Edge says public testimony may continue Oct. 2. ELDERLY MAN-ASSAULTED 3 sought in assault on 80-year-old Georgia man (Information in the following story is from: WXIA-TV, http://www.11alive.com/ ) EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) — Police in suburban Atlanta say they're searching for three people accused of assaulting an 80-year-old man in an attempted carjacking. East Point police say the man was in his car when he was assaulted in his driveway on Sept. 14 by at least two men and a woman. Officials say the woman driving the car blocked the man in his driveway and one of the suspects threw a brick through one of the man's windows. Police say the men pistol whipped the victim, who suffered broken bones in his face and cuts to both of his arms. The victim told WXIA-TV the suspects stole his wallet and ran off. Authorities say a reward of up to $2,000 is available for information leading to an arrest. AIRPORT BARBERSHOP City of Atlanta looks to open airport barbershop ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta airport officials say the city is looking to launch the airport's first in-house barbershop. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials said in a statement Tuesday that the City of Atlanta Department of Aviation is seeking proposals from firms that are interested in building, operating and maintaining a more than 1,300 square-foot barber shop inside the world's busiest airport. Officials say proposals are due before 2 p.m. on Nov. 7. The city's Department of Aviation is holding a networking meeting Thursday at the Hartsfield-Jackson Technical Support Campus in College Park. The department will also hold a pre-proposal conference there on Oct. 3. GSU RESEARCH GRANT GSU professor awarded sociogenomics grant ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State University officials say a professor has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to advance the field of sociogenomics. Sociogenomics is a branch of biology aimed at pinpointing genes that influence social behavior, and learning about how those genes impact the brain's neural circuits. GSU officials announced Tuesday that the NSF awarded the grant of more than $499,000 to Dr. Walter Wilczynski, who is a professor of neuroscience and is director of Georgia State's Neuroscience Institute. Wilczynski says the study of sociogenomics can help provide insight on how genetics impact behaviors like social bonding, aggression and cooperation. He says understanding how social behavior is controlled at the molecular level could help researchers better understand neurological disorders, like autism and schizophrenia. FATAL DUI-SENTENCING Man sentenced in fatal Ga. interstate crash ATLANTA (AP) — Prosecutors say a man has been sentenced to seven years in prison in a fatal DUI crash on an Atlanta interstate. Fulton County District Attorney spokeswoman Yvette Jones says 24-year-old Joshua Taylor was found guilty Monday of vehicular homicide and DUI in the death of 31-year-old Ronnie Bascom. Authorities have said Bascom was being helped by other drivers after he crashed his car into the median July 17, 2012. Jones says Taylor sped down the ramp and hit Bascom's disabled car. Bascom was standing near the disabled vehicle and died of blunt force trauma when he was hit by his own disabled car. Officials say Taylor kept driving until he crashed and his car caught fire. Jones says Taylor is ordered to serve three years of probation after his sentence.

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