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Police seek man who found money and kept it


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LOCUST GROVE, Ga -- Police in Henry County are trying to identify a man who picked up $400 in cash just after it was dropped on the floor at a fast food restaurant. Police say he broke the law by keeping the money.

A video of the incident was released by police in hopes of identifying the suspect. He picked the money up seconds after a store manager accidentally dropped it on the floor.

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Eagle's Landing HS educator named Ga. History Teacher of the Year

Eagle's Landing HS educator named Ga. History Teacher of the Year

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Nina Kendall has been named Georgia's History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Kendall teaches U.S. history at Eagle's Landing High School in Henry County. As a state-level Teacher of the Year, she received a $1,000 prize and several books for the school's media center. If she is chosen as the National History Teacher of the Year, she will win $10,000.

"I am thrilled to be recognized for my work in the classroom," Kendall said. "It renews my spirit to be honored by those who share my love for history and history education."

Kendall is also the 2011 recipient of the Gwen Hutcheson Outstanding Social Studies Educator honor from the Georgia Council for the Social Studies.

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta climbed again last month.

June's rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May, but much lower than last June's 8.6 percent.

Henry County's unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is due to end-of-summer job loss among non-contract school workers, an influx of graduates and students entering the workforce, and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

So far, metro Atlanta has gained slightly more than 58,000 jobs in 2014 -- a good sign for those who are looking for work.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest June unemployment rate, at 6.3 percent. The highest was 10.4 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

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Woman killed in officer-involved shooting in Henry Co.


HAMPTON, Ga. -- A Hampton woman was killed in by a Henry County Police officer in an officer-involved shooting Thursday afternoon.

At about 4:30 p.m., officers were sent to a home on Cobb Court after three separate 911 hang-up calls from a distraught-sounding and crying female. When officers arrived, they could hear a screaming female voice from inside the home. Due to the screaming voice and the 911 hang-up calls, the officers forced their way into the home.

According to Henry County Police Lieutenant Joey Smith, upon entering, officers found a distraught and crying woman armed with a handgun. The officers made several attempts to get the woman to drop the handgun. When the woman made what police called an offensive move, one of the police officers fired his weapon at the woman, striking her once.

She was transported to Piedmont Henry Hospital, where she died a short time later.

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Roadwork this week: Coweta, Henry

Roadwork this week: Coweta, Henry

(WXIA) -- Be careful, drivers -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be striping roads in several areas of metro Atlanta this week.

Striping requires rolling lane closures. Commuters should use caution when traveling through the areas where crews work.

These projects are scheduled to take place in Coweta and Henry counties:

Monday, July 21
I-75 north in Henry County
9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (Tuesday)
Between mile markers 207 and 228

Tuesday, July 22 & Wednesday, July 23
East Highway 34 in Coweta County
6 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly
Between mile markers 19 and 23

Visit dot.ga.gov for a complete list of road projects in the state.