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Wind Advisory for metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A wind advisory is in effect for metro Atlanta until 8 p.m.

Gusts could reach up to 35 miles per hour.

The northernmost portions of the state had been under a severe thunderstorm watch as well, but that expired at 1 p.m.

For the full forecast and live radar maps, visit 11Alive.com/weather.

Debate rages over MARTA's proposed Clifton Corridor

ATLANTA -- There are strong opinions on both sides for MARTA's proposed Clifton Corridor that would run from Lindbergh Station to Avondale Station, and service light rail passengers traveling to both Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control.

The new line, including nearly nine miles of new track, will cost an estimated $1.2 billion and force some homeowners and business operators to relocate.

Supporters say the line will create new jobs and provide vital access to highly traveled locations. Devin Fehley breaks down the massive cost of this project, while Commuter Dude focuses on the debate.

DeKalb unemployment exceeds metro rate in March

DeKalb unemployment exceeds metro rate in March

ATLANTA -- The preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 8.7 percent in March.

The new jobless rate, which was announced early Thursday morning, is down from a year ago, when it was 9.6 percent.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 9.1 percent in March. Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at 6.7 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.6 percent.

Labor officials say the overall rate decreased because there were fewer layoffs in construction, manufacturing, trade, and administrative and support services.

SW Atlanta home prices nosedive, other areas increase

SW Atlanta home prices nosedive, other areas increase

ATLANTA -- Mixed signals are going out to customers in Metro Atlanta's housing market.

Home prices in the metro area have taken a nosedive, off more than 17 percent since last year, marking one of the biggest price drops in the nation.

However, some communities in surrounding areas have shown some growth in home prices.

In Southwest Atlanta, one of the hardest-hit areas, the situation is tied to foreclosures, sales of distressed properties and the upkeep of vacant homes.

"The driving force is definitely the way the banks are pricing the foreclosed properties that they list for sale," said Jean-Claude Martin, a broker with Palmer House Properties. "Everybody else suffers. Everybody else suffers."

Spice Market Announces “Artful Thursdays” and “Après Art” Packages

Spice Market Announces “Artful Thursdays” and “Après Art” Packages

Spice Market, located inside the W Atlanta-Midtown, is rolling out two new promotions with the High Museum of Art in Midtown beginning the week of April 16 in order to encourage guests to support the arts and to offer a convenient and free parking option for museum-goers.

The restaurant’s Artful Thursdays will take place every Thursday evening beginning at 5 p.m. and includes the following:

·         Complimentary valet at the W Atlanta-Midtown (guests most present their High Museum ticket and their Spice Market receipt upon leaving to receive valet services free of charge)

·         Half-priced tickets to the High Museum of Art, which can be purchased at the Museum. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

Cynthia McKinney for Congress again?

DECATUR, Ga. (WXIA) -- She's back, or at least it looks like she could be.

Former Democratic Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney has filed paperwork to try to raise money for her old 4th District seat.

McKinney is not returning calls about her apparent candidacy yet, but a former supporter warns people not to take her lightly.

"I'm not surprised that she would try to run in this district," said political consultant Jan Selman of Decatur.

Selman, who now supports incumbent Congressman Hank Johnson, credits McKinney with energizing people who felt left out.

"People who had never been involved in politics, the disenfranchised, she was able to reach out to them and that's what made her successful," Selman told 11Alive News on Tuesday.

Known for her fierce outspokenness, McKinney's remarks have often been her undoing.

DeKalb County Senior Olympic Games scheduled May 1-11

DeKalb County Senior Olympic Games scheduled  May 1-11


DECATUR – DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis announces the return of the DeKalb County Senior Olympic Games, May 1 – 11, at venues across DeKalb.  DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs will host the 26th annual Olympic-style sports festival, which provides senior adults ages 50 and older an opportunity to compete in their favorite sports and meet other residents from across the county. Registration is currently underway and will close Friday, April 20.