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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.

Tuskegee Airman honored in DeKalb County


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- One of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen was honored in DeKalb County on Friday.

Harry Rock, 90, was given a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal -- the nation's highest civilian honor issued by Congress.

Rock joined the Army Corps in 1943, effectively becoming a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen--the nation's first African-American military aviation unit.

One of his grandchildren says the former airman never wanted any credit for himself.

Carter says his grandfather taught he and the other grandchildren games such as chess and golf --- quiet sports that show just how unassuming he is.

Scam uses personal info to unnerve victims


DECATUR, GA -- Police around metro Atlanta say a phone scam has emerged with a familiar pattern. The scammers target immigrants -- and use personal information to bilk them for cash.

One police chief, John King of Doraville, says many immigrants are afraid to report that they've been victimized. It typically starts with a phone call from a stranger.

"I got a phone call," says Oscar, a 32 year old restaurant manager who has lived in the US for nineteen years. He asked us to withhold his last name.

The caller, he says, was threatening to shoot his father -- and unnerved him with what he knew.

"He knew the type of car that my dad drives, the model, the make, the year," he said. "He knew that I was married, that I have kids. He knew where I work."

DeKalb police officer indicted on child molestation child


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A former DeKalb County police officer has been indicted for child molestation.

Manuel Williams is accused of showing his daughter's friend pornography and inappropriately touching her.

Williams worked for the department for 18 years.

At a press conference last October, he tearfully denied the charges.

Police Chief Cedric Alexander said that Williams confessed to the crime.


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:

Game developer lays off 56 from Decatur office


DECATUR, Ga. – CCP Games announced Monday they were ending the long-running development of the World of Darkness massively multiplayer online game (MMO) they were developing locally. The cancellation resulted in the layoff of 56 employees in the company's Decatur location.

The project had been underway in various stages since 2006.

CCP's CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson released a statement Monday, giving thanks to the employees who worked on the aborted project.

The decision to end the World of Darkness MMO project is one of the hardest I've ever had to make. I have always loved and valued the idea of a sandbox experience set in that universe, and over the years I've watched the team passionately strive to make that possible.

2-alarm fire at motel on Lawrenceville Highway


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Authorities are on the scene of a 2-alarm blaze at the Masters Inn on Lawrenceville Highway, just off of Interstate 285.

DeKalb County Fire Captain Eric Jackson says there have been no injuries in the blaze.

No other information was immediately available.