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Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed eight-tenths of a point in one month.

May's rate was 7.3 percent, considerably higher than April's 6.5 percent.

In Fulton County, the rate was 8.0 percent in May.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the spike was mostly due to new graduates entering the workforce. The Atlanta area's labor force grew by about 24,400 in May.

Metro Athens had last month's lowest area jobless rate at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region's was the highest at 9.8 percent.

Early voting begins Monday in runoff races

Early voting begins Monday in runoff races

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County voters are encouraged to can cast their ballots early for the July 22nd Primary Runoff election. Beginning Monday, June 30th, voters will have three weeks to vote early prior to Election Day, July 22, 2014.

Early Voting Hours & Locations

HOURS

  • Week 1: Monday, June 30 – Thursday, July 3, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (3 locations)
  • Week 2: Monday, July 7 – Friday, July 11, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (3 locations)
  • Week 3: Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (9 locations)

 

Early Voting Locations Monday, June 30 –  Friday, July 18

North Fulton Service Center, Room 232, 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, Room 108, College Park, GA 30349

Fulton County Government Center, 130 Peachtree Street, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA 30303

IHOP offering 56¢ pancakes for anniversary

IHOP offering 56¢ pancakes for anniversary

(WXIA) -- In July of 1958, the very first International House of Pancakes opened in Toluca Lake, Calif. Today, IHOP has 1,627 restaurants in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several countries across the globe.

To celebrate its 56th anniversary, the chain will offer its signature buttermilk pancakes for less than they cost in the 1950s.

On Tuesday, July 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., IHOP customers can purchase a short stack for only 56¢. The pancakes cost 60¢ when the flagship restaurant opened.

IHOP claims it serves more than 700 million pancakes every year. Only one other flavor -- chocolate chip -- has been on its menu since 1958.

RELATED | IHOP rolls out summer menu

Visit ihop.com to find your nearest IHOP.

Attorney: Man Tased to death by East Point police

Attorney: Man Tased to death by East Point police

EAST POINT, Ga. – A lawsuit is pending against East Point police following the death of a man stunned by a police Taser, the man's family says.

East Point police say they responded to a 911 call for domestic violence on April 11. When an officer arrived, he confronted 24-year-old Gregory Towns, who authorities say ran. The department says they then used a Taser to try and subdue Towns.

The family's attorney, Chris Stewart, has already given the city notice that they plan to file a lawsuit.

"The biggest thing the family wants to know why their son was electrocuted to death," Stewart told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander. "Every witness is saying the same thing -- they're all saying he was cuffed behind his back, on the ground getting Tased over and over again - and that led to his death."

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Interstate work continues through the weekend

Interstate work continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- that seems to be the summertime theme in metro Atlanta.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said the roadwork that has plagued drivers for the past several weekends will continue through Monday morning.

Among the projects:

Cherokee County
* ROLLING CLOSURE: Nightly sweeping on I-575 in both directions

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for slab replacement.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between I-75 and New Northside Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign construction.

Staples holding Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest

Staples holding Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-area Staples customers have the chance to appear in a nationwide commercial for the office supply chain.

Staples is holding a Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest. Kids, teens, parents and grandparents can enter by submitting their best videos of them doing the "shopping cart dance."

The contest winners will star in a national back-to-school campaign, and will also receive a $250 Staples gift card.

To enter, visit staples.com/shoppingcartdance. Entrants must film themselves dancing to the commercial song, which is available on the website.

Submissions will be accepted until Monday, June 23 at 5 p.m.

9 recruits graduate to join Fulton County Fire Rescue Department

9 recruits graduate to join Fulton County Fire Rescue Department

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Fire Rescue Department held its graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 12 for nine of its newest members to celebrate their successful completion of fire recruit training and their transition as firefighters to the field.

“We are thrilled to have the nine recruits graduate to join the service of firefighters,” said Fire Chief Larry Few. “They went through 12 weeks of rigorous training to join us in our service to educate, serve and protect the residents of south Fulton. It is an honor and a calling to serve as a firefighter. I welcome these firefighters to the Fulton Fire Rescue Department and look forward to their continued service to Fulton County.”

In addition to the graduation ceremony, a promotional ceremony was held to promote Battalion Chief Wesley Stubbs to the position of Deputy Fire Chief, and Captain M. Eddie Long and Captain Eric C. Willis, Sr. to serve as Battalion Chiefs.