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DeKalb unemployment exceeds metro rate in Feb.

DeKalb unemployment exceeds metro rate in Feb.

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate declined to nine percent in February.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate is down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.1 percent in January.

In DeKalb County, the jobless rate was 9.4 percent in February.

Statewide, Georgia's February seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the seventh consecutive month to 9.1 percent -- the lowest rate since March of 2009, when it was also 9.1 percent.

Metro Dalton had the state's highest area unemployment rate at 12.3 percent. Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at seven percent.

What would you do with $500M?

What would you do with $500M?

ATLANTA -- We're still reeling over the Georgia Lottery's announcement that Friday's Mega Millions jackpot has reached a record $500 million.

RELATED | Check your tickets on 11Alive's lottery page

And it got us thinking -- what would you do with the money if you won? Half a billion dollars is almost unfathomable -- do you know what you'd do with all that money?

DEKALB | Security guards shot, killed unarmed teen

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Police have charged two security guards in connection with the shooting death of 18-year-old Ervin Jefferson, but it is not for murder.

RELATED | Father of Ervin Jefferson speaks out

In a press conference Monday afternoon, DeKalb County Public Safety Director William Miller detailed a series of initially unrelated events that detectives have now pieced together.

Miller said two private security guards from Shepperson Security -- Curtis Scott and Gary Jackson -- were working for The Village at Wesley Chapel Apartments off Pleasantwood Drive.

They were checking out a parked car near Jefferson's home not far from the complex and they questioned four females inside.

Massive bike rally in Downtown Atlanta

Every year, thousands of cyclists hit the road to stage an awareness rally to promote bike safety in Metro Atlanta. The converge on the State Capitol in a show of strength to get their message heard. The event is called Georgia Rides to the Capitol and later this morning, riders from Roswell and Decatur will receive a police escort in to Downtown Atlanta. To preview the rally, 11Alive's Commuter Dude hopped on his bicycle to spread the word.

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Mega Millions jackpot rises to $363M for Tuesday's drawing

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Thanks to increased sales, the jackpot for Tuesday night's Mega Millions game has been increased to an estimated $363 million, after no one matched all the winning numbers from Friday night's drawing.

Georgia Lottery officials said Friday night, eight players won $10,000 in Kingsland, McDonough, Martinez, Albany, Glenville and Smyrna -- plus two winning tickets purchased in Decatur. Officials said one player in Martinez increase their $10,000 to $40,000 with the Megaplier option, and a player in Norcross landed a $250,000 second prize after matching the first five numbers drawn Friday night.

RELATED | Check your tickets on 11Alive's Lottery Numbers Page

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

ATLANTA -- The winners of the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race participant lottery were announced Monday.

If you weren't chosen, you still have plenty of other opportunities to run, jog, walk and enjoy a race day in the next few months.

Man sentenced for locking dog in closet to die

DECATUR, Ga.- A DeKalb County man is in jail after a jury found him guilty of locking his pit bull in a closet and leaving her there to die. Evidence suggests he knew the animal would be there for a long time and tried to cover up the smell.

Aaron Laws was sentenced to one year in jail for two counts of animal cruelty. DeKalb County Solicitor General Sherry Boston said the dog's body was discovered during an eviction at a rental property in Clarkston where Laws had been living.