Metro news for Thursday

Moody's Investors Service wrote in its weekly credit report that consolidation is "credit positive" because "it fosters operating efficiencies and reduces overhead costs amid declining state support."

The State Board of Regents approved the mergers last week. They consolidated Waycross College with South Georgia College; Augusta State University with Georgia Health Sciences University; Middle Georgia College with Macon State College; and Gainesville State College with North Georgia College & State University. LAURA DIAMOND

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A consortium of seminaries is suing the Morehouse School of Religion, claiming Morehouse is in breach of contract and owes the 53-year-old Interdenominational Theological Center more than $568,000.

According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Fulton Superior Court Morehouse's membership in the center was ended Oct. 20 because of the debt, $568,226.56 for various fees.

This is the second lawsuit filed this month in a dispute over money between Morehouse School of Religion and ITC.

Morehouse filed a lawsuit two weeks ago to stop ITC from taking  over its School of Religion. RHONDA COOK

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Ben Carson, an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and humanitarian, will serve as the commencement speaker at Emory University, officials announced Tuesday. Graduation is scheduled for May 14 on campus.

Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008. He is a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is known for his work in separating conjoined twins.

Carson will receive an honorary degree during the ceremony. LAURA DIAMOND

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Three of a Kind

Fun and learning at the Boys and Girls Clubs in metro Atlanta. B5

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How does your favorite restaurant rate with the county health inspector? B4

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