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Augusta University is bringing back admission test requirement

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Students again will have to take standardized tests like the ACT or SAT for admission to Augusta University starting in the fall of 2026.

The Georgia Board of Regents on Tuesday voted to again start requiring the tests at AU, Georgia State University, Georgia Southern University and Kennesaw State University.

Test requirements had already been restored for the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Georgia College and State University, the system’s three most selective schools.

An increasing number of colleges nationwide are restoring testing requirements – many of which were dropped during the COVID pandemic – including elite schools such as Harvard, Yale and MIT, as well as public institutions including the University of Tennessee system.

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Tests have never been required at many of Georgia’s nine state colleges, intended to be the least selective of the state’s four tiers of schools. But they had long been required for admission to the state’s 17 public universities until the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

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With testing services unable to guarantee the exams would be available, the system suspended testing requirements, instead admitting students based only on high school grades. Students who submit optional tests may be admitted with lower grades.

Under the new policy, other schools can require a test score starting fall 2026, but are not mandated to require one.

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Chancellor Sonny Perdue has long said he believes tests plus high school grades are a better predictor of college success than grades alone.

“The standardized testing will be a great instrument for us to determine the strengths and weaknesses of every student coming in,” Perdue told regents Tuesday at a meeting in Atlanta.

Regents had previously discussed imposing testing requirements in the fall of 2025, but leaders of some of the affected universities say another year will give them more time to adjust.

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The system had moved to reimpose testing requirements in fall 2022, but found that applications fell, and that many students didn’t finish their applications for lack of a test score. That year, University System of Georgia officials blamed the test requirement, before it was dropped, for causing a shortfall in applications.



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Teen dies after collapsing at Youth Development Center

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – A 17-year-old male has died after collapsing while playing basketball at the Youth Development Center, according to the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Officials say around 11 a.m. Sunday, the teen collapsed in the the gym.

According to the department, he was transported to Wellstar Medical Center in Augusta where he died.

Officials say there is no indication of foul play, but has requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to handle the investigation.

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YDC leaders say, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the youth’s family and the staff at the YDC.”



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Pendleton King Park reopens after 2 death investigations

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – The body of a missing woman found at a park during a separate investigation is raising questions.

On Tuesday, investigators responded to a shooting off Walton Way, which eventually led them to Pendleton King Park, where they found the suspect in that shooting dead, the same park where they found the missing woman.

Pendleton King Park has been around since the 1960s. Many come here to walk their dogs, play tennis, or be with family.

On Tuesday, deputies found two bodies within hours of each other.

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It started at the intersection of Walton Way and Druid Park Avenue. In broad daylight, deputies found Lashonda Wilkerson shot at least one time.

Witnesses tell us they believe she was driving the white car that got towed away.

Deputies found the suspect’s vehicle two miles away at Pendleton King Park.

Deputies found Michael Brooks dead behind the wheel, and the coroner says he apparently shot himself sitting in his vehicle.

About three hours later, the coroner was called back to the park, where he found Quanda Ball dead in her car.

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Deputies say Ball was reported missing five days prior. The coroner says she had been dead for a couple of days.

The park closed for a day.



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Suspect sought in string of robberies at Augusta businesses

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect accused of a string of armed robberies in Augusta, according to authorities.

Authorities say the suspect Dmond Jackson, 30, is wanted for several armed robberies that have occurred along Kissingbower Road, Deans Bridge Road, and Gordon Highway between March 24 and April 10.

Authorities say Jackson is accused of robbing TJ Mart located on the 1900 block of Kissingbower Road on running off on March 24, 25, 28 and April 10. Each time running of on foot toward Haynie Drive.

Jackson is also accused of robbing the BP station located at 2161 Gordon Highway on March 31 and the Dollar General located at 2549 Deans Bridge Road on April 8, according to authorities.

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In each incident, the suspect entered the establishment pulled out a gun, jumped over the counter and demanded money from the victims, according to authorities.

After receiving the money the suspect would take the money, the victim’s phone and the gun and put it in a red pouch, authorities say.

Then after each robbery, the suspect would run off on foot, according to authorities.

Authorities say at least $2,000 has been stolen in these robberies.

Jackson is known to frequent the areas of Murphy Road and Douglas Street, authorities say.

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He is considered armed and dangerous; use caution, authorities say.

Any information concerning this suspect, please contact officials at 706-821-1034, or any on-duty investigator at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office 706-821-1020 or 706-821-1080.



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