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RadioShack to close 500 stores

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- RadioShack scored big points with its comedic 1980s-themed Super Bowl ad that poked fun at the retailer's outdated image, but the mood was more somber on Tuesday when news broke that around 500 stores will close in the coming months.

WATCH | RadioShack Super Bowl ad

The Wall Street Journal says it isn't clear which of the Fort Worth, Texas-based company's 4,300 stores will be closed or when.

The closings are part of a restructuring. Says the WSJ, "The retailer has struggled to reverse a string of losses deepened by a sales strategy focused around smartphones, which failed to improve revenue over the past two years."

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

(WXIA) -- It's back! The wildly popular Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives children the opportunity to create a Google Doodle, is now accepting entries.

Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition by drawing the Google logo with the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."

"So many of the world's greatest inventions started out as simple doodles -- just think of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of flying machines long before airplanes were made. We hope students will think big and surprise us with their creative ideas, just like they've done in years past!" Google said in a release.

Google will choose one finalist from each state. Last year's Georgia winner was Christine Jeong, a 5th grader at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Meet Christine and see her winning doodle.

Tri-Cities High School hosts 'The Faces of Hunger' art show

EAST POINT, Ga. -- Tri-Cities High School will host an opening reception for The Faces of Hunger: Student Art Show 2014 on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The exhibit will feature the artwork of students from the visual arts magnet program showcasing their best examples of 2D, 3D, jewelry and ceramic pieces through the theme of hunger.

The exhibit was spearheaded by student Denesia Obie, who attended the Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty at the Atlanta Community Food Bank in the summer of 2013. The Youth Summit teaches a diverse group of high school students about the issue of hunger. Each participant commits to a Hunger Fighting Action Step and Denesia chose the art show as hers to bring more awareness about the issue of hunger to her fellow students and the community.

There will be musical performances by the Tri-Cities High School Orchestra and guests will enjoy light refreshments by Sufi’s Atlanta.

Will you have to pay if your abandoned car was towed?

METRO ATLANTA -- With so many abandoned cars during #snowjam2014 this week, communities are towing cars to get traffic flowing.

Here's the list of who will have to pay and who will get a pass if cars were towed off the road.

Atlanta:
The Atlanta Police Department said they will not begin towing vehicles until Sunday Feb. 2 at noon. APD will waive vehicle impound fees associated with the winter weather. If your car was towed call the Atlanta Property Unit at 404-546-4330.

DeKalb:
Towing fees will be reimbursed for stranded cars. Drivers have until Midnight Friday to claim towed cars. Contact the DeKalb Police Department's Permit office at 404-297-3934 to file for reimbursement. 

Unincorporated Fulton:
They are only towing cars to the side of the road where it was abandoned; they are not sending them to impound lots. If you cannot find your car call the police department at 404-613-5711.

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Fulton County reminds ctizens about dangers of exposure to extreme cold

Fulton County reminds ctizens about dangers of exposure to extreme cold

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- With the current conditions of ice and show in metro Atlanta, the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness and the Atlanta Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) are warning citizens about the dangers of exposure to extreme cold.

Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but the lives of animals can also be at risk.
 
"In severe weather conditions where the temperature drops very low causing extreme cold, we strongly advise citizens to try to stay indoors," said Dr. Patrice Harris, Director of Health and Wellness. “These conditions can lead to hypothermia and frostbite if citizens are not careful to limit trips outside and remember to take the necessary steps to be prepared for winter emergencies thereby reducing the risks of weather-related health problems.”

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

(WXIA) -- IHOP will once again participate in the National Pancake Day promotion on Tuesday, Mar. 4.

Customers who visit any IHOP location on National Pancake Day will be treated to a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, the restaurant chain encourages diners to leave a donation for a number of charities, namely the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 1, IHOP will collect donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Customers can buy paper balloons that cost either $1 or $5. The balloons will hang in IHOP restaurants through National Pancake Day.

Anyone who purchases a $5 balloon will receive a $5 IHOP coupon to use on a future visit.

Learn more about the promotion at ihoppancakeday.com.

Unemployment plunges to 6.8 percent

Unemployment plunges to 6.8 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in December, down from 7.0 percent in November.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new figures Thursday morning.

December's unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in Fulton County.

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate decreased because nearly 11,200 more Atlanta residents were employed in December, and the number of jobs in the area grew to 2,450,000 -- the most since May 2008.

December's unemployment rate was also down considerably from the December 2012 rate of 8.4 percent.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest jobless rate in December at 5.2 percent. The highest was 10.2 percent in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.