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Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Henry County's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

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Driver arrested for hitting people outside bowling alley

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A man has been arrested for intentionally driving into a group of people outside a Clayton County bowling alley early Tuesday.

Clayton County police spokeswoman JaQuitta Williams said the incident started with a fight inside the Pin Strikes bowling alley on Mt. Zion Road in Stockbridge. A police officer saw the car hit the pedestrians, ordered the car to stop and when it didn't, fired one shot.

Investigators on the scene said the officer was also hit by the car. No one was seriously injured.

The suspect, 37-year-old Mark Anthony Pate, turned himself in to Clayton County police later Tuesday morning. He faces a number of charges, including aggravated assault, obstruction, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Video of car theft made easy

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga -- If you have ever left your car running while you run into a business or home for just a short minute or two, you could learn a lesson from this story before it happens to you.


David French told 11 Alive News he left his 1994 Honda Accord running outside the gas station while he ran inside to buy a soda. "I mean as soon as I hit the door he ran to the car," French said as he watched the video.

2 killed, 2 hospitalized in wrong-way I-75 crash

MORROW, Ga -- Police say two people were killed and two more injured after an alleged wrong-way driver crashed into another car on Interstate 75 early Friday.


According to Henry County police, 51-year-old Sherry Williams was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu north on I-75 in the left southbound lane when she collided head-on with a 2002 Mitsubishi Mirage at mile marker 219 in McDonough.

The 23-year-old driver of the Mirage, Christina Rearley, of Palmetto, Fla., was pronounced dead at the scene. Williams died after taken to Atlanta Medical Center.

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Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Is there a lion on the prowl in Henry Co.?

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) – Experts say the only kind of lion you're going to find in Henry County are lion statues, but suddenly, neighbors are not so sure.


"Oh, if it had still been here when I went to grab my gun? You would have seen it," said one neighbor.

It all began with separate sightings over two weeks – about a mile apart. A big cat was seen pounding the woods near Henry County High School.

Most folks thought it was a joke, until a photo of something big in John Ros' back yard showed up.

AP exam participation: Henry County

AP exam participation: Henry County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Henry County, 1,933 students took 3,018 AP exams in 2014, and 1,309 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Henry County public high school:

Dutchtown HS
211 students took 323 exams
103 passing scores