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Houston schools reverse test policy

Tracy Cummings' daughter is a junior and honors student at Houston County High School, and is one of several students who didn't do so well.

"She only had to take three of the SOL exams," said Cummings. "And of the three, she passed two of them with a 70, and one of them with a 69 which tanked her grade."

The Georgia Board of Education says the exam measures students' and teachers' growth during the school year. The state doesn't require districts to use those tests in setting grades.

But until Monday, Houston County planned to count the SLO as 20 percent of students' grades.

Before, schools across the state were required to give End of Course Tests or EOCTs that were worth a certain percentage of the final grade. Those have now changed to Georgia Milestone Tests.

Bikers raise money for Warner Robins officer battling cancer

Saturday, about 200 bikers are taking a trip across Central Georgia.

This is not just a joyride, though.

These motorcyclists are coming together to support a Warner Robins Police officer battling stage four kidney cancer.

The Roughnecks don't mess around, when it comes to supporting worthwhile causes.

"This ride is to raise money for Pratt Martin," explains Scott Frey, who goes by "Breeze."

Martin, a Warner Robins Police officer, is getting treatment in Florida.

Someone whose job is to help others needs a little help himself.

"They give to us every day," says Chris "Prime" Welch. "They serve the community, and we just want to give back to them."

Class wins Skype with the band OneRepublic

It was a Skype chat Ashley Casson's second grade class had been waiting for for weeks.

When she found out the class won, Casson says, "Oh, words couldn't describe when they told me on my phone."

RELATED: Miller Elementary School class wins radio show contest

In March, the class at Miller Elementary school had won the Kidd Kraddick Radio Show's classroom musical contest for the elementary school division, but they found out a few weeks later they'd won the grand prize, a Skype with the band OneRepublic.

Students Chloe Harris and Craig Swinney said they were beyond excited when they heard the news.

Warner Robins Middle dedicates new barn

Middle school students can go down on the farm right in the middle of Warner Robins.

With a swipe of saw, the Warner Robins Middle School dedicated a new barn Wednesday afternoon.

Parents, students, and community leaders took tours.

Right now, students in the school's Future Farmers of America program are raising goats there. Later this year, they will switch to pigs.

FFA president Maddie Bush says raising animals may be fun, but she wants future farmers to be prepared.

"It is a lot of hard work, and there is some difficulties to it. But in the end, it's all worth the hard work, and it's an amazing experience," says Bush.

Agriculture Teacher Tripp Tolleson says it only took four days to build the barn.

Warner Robins leaders step into police officer's shoes

This is National Police Week, and some Houston County community leaders stepped into the shoes of Warner Robins Police officers.

Some recent cases around the country have raised questions about law enforcement's use of deadly force in certain situations.

You only have a second to make a life-changing decision

The virtual simulator at the Warner Robins Police department trains officers how to respond to all kinds of high stress scenarios where they may have to use force, from hostage situations to armed robberies.

On Wednesday, people in the community had the chance to learn when and how to react.

Mentally Ill Inmates Crowd Houston Co. Jail

Houston County detention officers say about a quarter of the people they take in need a hospital, not a jail cell.

They say the jail has become a holding tank for the mentally ill, and they're not equipped to treat them.

It's costing Houston County taxpayers thousands of dollars each day to keep the mentally ill off the streets.

During a recent class for new detention officers, chief detention officer Capt. Beth Shafer told them, "A lot of us don't have experience. We're not physicians."

STEM facility coming to Warner Robins campus of Middle GA State

Due to a $5 million fund being included in 2016 fiscal budget, Middle Georgia State College is getting a new academic building focusing primarily on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiatives.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed the budget Monday.

The STEM center, according to a news release, will let the college add to labs to technology-based classrooms.

The STEM Center, according to the release, will be approx. 17,000 square feet and is likely to be built near Oak Hall on the south end of campus, the release states. Two web labs, a flexible lab space for various sciences, a nursing lab, cyber-security lab and a high-tech classroom will be enclosed in the building, the release says. Other areas will include, according to the release, space for the Office of Graduate Studies, faculty offices and student study areas.