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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.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 8.4 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.

Gunman sought after fatal Sandy Springs shooting


SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Authorities are searching for a suspect in a fatal shooting at a student housing complex behind the Sheraton Hotel on Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs.

It happened Thursday afternoon at the complex, called The Hub, which houses students from the The Art Institute of Atlanta.

Police said 23-year-old Takeenen Williams, of Sandy Springs, was shot two times and ran to the hotel where he collapsed in a back parking lot. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta where he died Thursday night.

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Authorities remind drivers to 'Move Over' after recent accidents


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two emergency workers hit in two days has authorities reminding the public about the state's "Move Over" law.

Tamkia Woodson, 39, of Lithonia is charged with DUI and reckless driving after police say she hit a Sandy Springs police officer who was on the side of the road on Wednesday. It is estimated the impact pushed the officer's car in excess of 100 feet from a standstill position.

Sandy Springs police officer injured in crash


SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) - A Sandy Springs police officer hurt in a traffic accident while on duty is expected to recover from his injuries.

Sandy Springs police say the two-car wreck happened in the southbound lanes of Georgia 400 near Northridge Road in Sandy Springs shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities said the officer was in the right emergency lane while completing an accident call when his vehicle was struck from the back by another vehicle, which had crossed over to the emergency lane.

Police say both drivers were taken to North Fulton Hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

No charges were immediately filed, and police have not identified the officer or the motorist.


Woman shot during carjacking


SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Sandy Springs Police Department detectives are investigating a shooting which took place just after midnight Wednesday morning.

Monique N. Lassiter, 27, of Sandy Springs, was taken to North Fulton Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the abdomen during a carjacking on 6957 Roswell Road. She is in stable condition.

Authorities are looking for two black males. The shooter was described as early 20's, around 5-foot-7 and between 140 to 150 pounds. He wore a red shirt and a red bandanna over his mouth and nose. The second suspect was described only as a black male.

The description of the stolen vehicle is a yellow 2012 Chevrolet Camaro with black stripes and black wheels. The license plate on the stolen vehicle is Georgia PCX4436.

Fulton County needs input on consolidated planning document, annual action plan

Fulton County needs input on consolidated planning document, annual action plan

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County is in the process of planning and preparing its 5-year Consolidated Planning Document to determine the needs of the community in developing viable urban communities.  The plan provides decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities principally for low and moderate- income persons.

The Consolidated Planning Process uses Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The final Consolidated Plan document will describe the County’s plan to pursue the goals for all community planning and development programs serving Fulton County communities outside of the City of Atlanta, Roswell and Sandy Springs utilizing these federal grant dollars from HUD.

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Tracy Humphrey has your weekend forecast

Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.