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   ATLANTA (AP) — Hundreds of drivers have been reunited with abandoned cars and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal ordered state employees back to work as the Atlanta area rebounds from a winter storm that coated the area with snow and ice.
   Many school districts throughout the metro area announced that they'd remain closed Friday, and Deal extended a state of emergency to Sunday night.
   He said in a statement that the declaration was extended to allow the state to continue using certain resources to help local governments clear roads and deal with other storm-related issues. Deal and emergency response officials have taken responsibility for poor planning leading up to the storm.
   Temperatures in the region are expected to reach the low 50s Friday, which should help responders clear ice accumulations from roads.
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ATLANTA (AP) — Homeless veterans and other chronically homeless people are being helped by the hundreds in Atlanta, a city that for years has struggled to keep people off the streets.

The city is well on its way to meeting its goal of finding homes for 800 people this year, with already more than 700 in homes.

Jake Maguire, communications director for the 100,000 Homes Campaign, says Atlanta is a true turnaround story that has made a great deal of progress in a short time frame. The campaign is a national group working to find permanent homes for 100,000 of the nation's most vulnerable homeless.

Veterans are getting help from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, too. Nationally, the VA is increasingly viewing homelessness as a permanent problem — not a temporary one.

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