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Unemployment rate decreases in March

Unemployment rate decreases in March

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in March, down slightly from February's 6.9 percent. The rate was 8.0 percent in March 2013.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 7.1 percent this March.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers. The number of new positions increased by 51,500 last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in March 2014 at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.4 percent.

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DeKalb schools among best in Georgia

DeKalb schools among best in Georgia

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A number of DeKalb County public schools fared very well on this year's College & Career Ready Performance Index.

The rankings, made public Monday, revealed that DeKalb Early College Academy is the highest performing high school in Georgia, and the DeKalb School of the Arts is among the state's top five high schools. DeKalb County School District is Georgia's only district to have two high schools in the top five.

Three DeKalb elementary schools -- Austin, Kittredge and Wadsworth -- are among Georgia's top 25 elementary schools, according to the index.

Movie character based on 10-year-old Atlanta boy

ATLANTA -- When Will Penn invited his friend to speak his school it wasn't because Cory Weissman is a basketball star, or because a movie is based on his life.

Those things are true, but Will invited Cory to share his story with the student body at Our Lady of the Assumption in Atlanta as his friend. He's a friend that went through the same challenge as Will.

"I had a life changing stroke about five years ago," Weissman said.

He calls it life changing, but not life changingly bad.

"At the time it was the worst thing that ever happened to me but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise," he said.

Weissman's freshmen year at Gettysburg College, not too long after he'd made his 1000th basket, he felt a piercing headache in the weight room.

Doctors diagnosed it as a rare stroke that left him struggling to walk.

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

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A portion of the Terraces at Brookhaven apartment complex caught fire just after 11 a.m.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Fire crews battled an aggressive fire at The Terraces at Brookhaven apartment complex Friday morning.

Crews responded to alarms from the eight-unit apartment complex, which are located on 3500 block of Buford Highway just after 11 a.m. Four to five people suffered minor injuries after jumping from the second floor of the complex to avoid the flames.

Maintenance workers at the apartment put up a ladder so residents could escape.

Fire officials said that every unit in the building was affected.

No details for how the fire started have been released.

The American Red Cross is assisting those affected by the fire.

Road work continues this weekend over parts of Metro Atlanta

Road work continues this weekend over parts of Metro Atlanta

(WXIA) – Motorists will face a number of lane closures this weekend around Metro Atlanta.

I-285 Northbound from Hollowell Parkway (US 78/278) in Atlanta to Paces Ferry Road in Vinings will have one left lane closed for sign replacement.

I-20 West and Eastbound will have two left lanes closed between Ga. 5 in Douglasville to Liberty Road in Carroll County for ongoing concrete construction.

Nightly lane closures will continue on the Downtown Connector, along with portions of I-75 and I-85 inside the Perimeter for overhead sign replacement.

Retaining wall construction continues on Techwood Drive between 16th Street and 18th Street in Midtown Atlanta.

Construction continues on I-75 Northbound between I-675 and Mount Zion Boulevard in Clayton County. Two right lanes are closed in that area.

Landscaping operations are continuing along I-285 Westbound near Bouldercrest Road in DeKalb County.


Pedestrian hurt in one-car accident on Buford Highway

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- A pedestrian was injured in a one-car accident along Buford Highway in Brookhaven on Wednesday evening.

A car, being driven by a female driver, struck a pedestrian in the 3600 block of Buford Highway and lost control, striking a power pole. The crash resulted in a power outage along Buford Highway between Briarwood Road and Clairmont Road.

The pedestrian, a 51-year-old man, was transported to a local hospital. There was no immediate word as to his condition. Officials said the driver was taken to jail.