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DeKalb jobless rate exceeds metro rate in January

DeKalb jobless rate exceeds metro rate in January

ATLANTA -- State labor officials say the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta rose to 9.2 percent in January, up three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 8.9 percent in December.

In DeKalb County, the unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in January.

Statistics released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor also show that metro Athens had the lowest rate among local areas in the state at 7.1 percent.

Metro Dalton had the highest local rate at 12.7 percent.

The Movie Business Plants Permanent Roots In ATL

Watch as we talk to Atlanta film producer Jason Sirotin about how he finally made it big in the movie business. What are Jason's favorite projects and why was Atlanta the ideal place for Sirotin to call home? Watch and find out!

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Nearly 40 metro schools among worst performing

Nearly 40 metro schools among worst performing

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has released a list of the 78 worst performing schools in the state as part of its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Nearly half of those schools are in the Metro Atlanta area. Of the schools listed, 14 are Atlanta Public Schools, nine are in DeKalb County and three are in Gwinnett County. Fulton and Cobb County each have one school on the list.

The list identifies the state's "priority" schools -- those that consistently perform poorly on tests, have low graduation rates or are already receiving federal improvement funds.

To be considered a "Priority School," one would have a graduation rate of 60 percent or less for two consecutive years, have low achievement on standardized tests or receive School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds to implement a school intervention model.

Milton and McEachern are tops in the final Super 25

ATLANTA-- With class AAAAA state titles in hand, the Milton boys and McEachern girls top the charts in the final Super25 high school basketball polls for metro Atlanta.

The Milton Eagles claimed their second state AAAAA championship in the past 3 seasons, with a win over Savannah.Columbia,Miller Grove, Whitefield Academy, and Westlake make up the top 5 in the final boys poll.

The McEachern girls beat two-time defending champion Norcross to finish the season a perfect 33-0 and claim the class AAAAA crown. Wesleyan won the girls class A championship fpr the 5 straight year and finished second in the final poll with Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Hillgrove completing the top 5.

The Super 25 polls for metro Atlanta teams are computer generated and produced by USA Today exclusively for Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net and 11 Alive.com.



Atlanta Weather | 6:45 Radar Update

Atlanta Weather | 6:45 Radar Update

The storms that fired up just north of the metro area earlier that dropped some small hail in Buckhead and Decatur is moving SE at around 25mph... There are still some pockets of small hail in this storm as it heads towards Rockdale county. Nothing is severe.


Atlanta Weather | Here Come the 80's!!

Atlanta Weather | Here Come the 80's!!

Well, we thought it was warm this winter just wait for this week as we are going to be heading into the 80's big time!! Seriously, we are going to be a good 15 degrees above the normal all week long!

Short Term

The gorgeous weather we have had in place all day will remain tonight as well. There will be a stray shower or two mainly south of the metro area through the evening hours, then skies will go to mostly cloudy. Temps this evening will remain in the lower 70's through around 8pm then slowly fall off into the upper 50's overnight. Tomorrow morning will start mostly cloudy with temps in the upper 50's with a light breeze from the SW. 

Mid Range

UPDATE: DeKalb Co. school board delays construction cuts

UPDATE: The DeKalb County School Board voted unanimously Monday night to postpone eliminating $36 million worth of badly needed renovations and construction projects at the schools.

The Board approved an alternative plan, proposed by Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson, to try to pay for the projects out of the latest Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax approved by the voters in November, 2011.

Atkinson said she would confer with school system attorneys and report back to the board within 48 hours.  She said attorneys would have to decide whether it is legal to pay for the projects out of the new sales tax, since the projects were supposed to have been funded by the current sales tax which expires this summer.

School Board Chair Eugene Walker said it is possible that some of the projects might be funded by the new sales tax, but not others.