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DeKalb unemployment exceeds metro rate in Dec.

DeKalb unemployment exceeds metro rate in Dec.

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unadjusted unemployment rate rose to 9.4 percent in December 2011.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 9.7 percent.

Rates increased because of layoffs in construction, manufacturing, retail, administrative and support services, and accommodation and food services.

More Georgia labor market data is available at www.dol.state.ga.us.

DECATUR | Slaying suspect to face death penalty

DECATUR | Slaying suspect to face death penalty

MACON, Ga. -- Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a man charged with murder in the death of a Mercer University law school graduate.

Prosecutors formally notified Stephen McDaniel at a hearing in Macon on Wednesday. He is set to be arraigned Feb. 7.

McDaniel is accused of killing Lauren Giddings, a recent graduate of Mercer University's law school, who was last seen after a night out with friends June 25. Five days later, police discovered her torso wrapped in plastic in a garbage bin beside her apartment building.

DECATUR | Suspected killer of Agnes Scott grad in court

MACON, Ga. -- Bibb County District Attorney Greg Winters said Stephen McDaniel, the Mercer law grad accused of killing classmate Lauren Giddings, will appear in court Wednesday.

This first proceeding hearing will be held formally to put information on the record. Such hearings are always used in death penalty cases.

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Top Ga. judge calls for juvenile system reform

Top Ga. judge calls for juvenile system reform

ATLANTA -- Georgia's top judge says the state should overhaul its juvenile justice system, as lawmakers turn their focus to criminal courts for adult offenders.

Chief Justice Carol Hunstein of the Georgia Supreme Court told the General Assembly on Wednesday that putting nonviolent youth offenders into juvenile prisons does not predict the public and makes those children more likely to commit crimes as adults.

She said nearly two-thirds of the more than 10,000 young people behind bars have substance abuse problems. More than one-third have been diagnosed with mental health problems.

Hunstein said she supported proposals from Gov. Nathan Deal and state lawmakers to create alternative courts focused on treating adult addicts and military veterans. But she said similar changes must also be made to the juvenile justice system.

Buy Girl Scout Cookies in DeKalb county

Buy Girl Scout Cookies in DeKalb county

ATLANTA -- It's almost that time of year -- when Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and their cookie counterparts will begin to appear in pantries across the country.

Girl Scout Cookie season is right around the corner, and we've compiled a list of some of the places in metro Atlanta where you can get your cookie fix.

Learn more at www.girlscoutcookies.org.        

Friday, February 17

*DeKalb Academy of Tech and Enviro. (1492 Kelton Drive in Stone Mountain) 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, February 18 

*Kroger (2875 North Decatur Road in Decatur) 10:100 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, February 19

*Kroger (2875 North Decatur Road in Decatur) 10:100 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, February 25

CEO Burrell Ellis Re-Election Campaign Kick-Off 12 pm, Historic Downtown Decatur

CEO Burrell Ellis Re-Election Campaign Kick-Off 12 pm, Historic Downtown Decatur

(submitted by Will Sellers) DeKalb County Government CEO Burrell Ellis will hold his re-election campaign kick-off  Wednesday, Jan. 25th, at 12 pm at the Historic DeKalb County Courthouse in Downtown Decatur located at 101 East Court Square.

For the latest campaign developments, please visit the website at www.burrellellis.com.

DOWNTOWN | MARTA to hold hearings on proposed changes

DOWNTOWN | MARTA to hold hearings on proposed changes

ATLANTA -- Atlanta's transit authority plans to hold public hearings on proposed service modifications to five bus routes.

MARTA plans to hold the meetings at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday to gather input from customers and stakeholders for proposed changes to the 1, 12, 32, 86 and 115 buses.

The changes would be implemented on Apr. 24 and aim to improve service and respond to customer and community feedback.

The hour-long meetings will be held at City Hall in Downtown Atlanta on Tuesday, and at DeKalb Maloof Auditorium in Decatur on Thursday.