Metro news for Friday

The University of Georgia will have "limited layoffs" as the state's largest college works to absorb about $32 million in state budget cuts, President Michael Adams said Thursday.

Adams said there are no plans to eliminate any departments.

A detailed plan to handle cuts is expected mid-May, Adams said during a media briefing. He will speak with students, faculty, staff and community members this afternoon.

In-state students will pay $4,736 a semester in tuition and fees this fall -- a $368 increase.

Adams said he is not insensitive to students financial concerns, adding about one-third of his time is spent raising money for needs-based and merit-based aid. LAURA DIAMOND


Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, through his family foundation, has given $3 million to a advocacy center for child abuse and neglect at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

The center will now be named The Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children, after Blank's wife who has long supported the center and sits on the Children's Foundation Board of Trustees. Blank said when she first toured the center more than a decade ago, "I was committed instantly to supporting the program." BILL RANKIN


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