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Unemployment rate decreases in March

Unemployment rate decreases in March

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in March, down slightly from February's 6.9 percent. The rate was 8.0 percent in March 2013.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 7.1 percent this March.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers. The number of new positions increased by 51,500 last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in March 2014 at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.4 percent.

DeKalb schools among best in Georgia

DeKalb schools among best in Georgia

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A number of DeKalb County public schools fared very well on this year's College & Career Ready Performance Index.

The rankings, made public Monday, revealed that DeKalb Early College Academy is the highest performing high school in Georgia, and the DeKalb School of the Arts is among the state's top five high schools. DeKalb County School District is Georgia's only district to have two high schools in the top five.

Three DeKalb elementary schools -- Austin, Kittredge and Wadsworth -- are among Georgia's top 25 elementary schools, according to the index.

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

Yeshiva Atlanta supports a school administrator who was diagnosed with breast cancer last fall.

Yeshiva Atlanta supports a school administrator who was diagnosed with breast cancer last fall.


ATLANTA -- Thursday's Random Act of Kindness is for Dana Burchfield, the Director of Student Services at Yeshiva Atlanta High School.

Last fall, Dana was diagnosed with breast cancer. After surgery in January, she prepared for upcoming chemotherapy by proactively shaving her head. When she told Rabbi Travis what she had done, he had an idea.

A few weeks ago, everyone gathered in the school's lunchroom to show their support for Ms. Burchfield. For more than an hour, two barbers sheared the hair of more than 30 male teachers and students.

Dana is currently out on medical leave and is expected to make a full recovery.

Do you know someone who is deserving of a Random Act of Kindness? Submit their story today!

9 DeKalb high schools among America's Most Challenging

9 DeKalb high schools among America's Most Challenging

(WXIA) -- The Washington Post has unveiled its 2014 list of America's Most Challenging High Schools.

The newspaper determines the annual rankings through a ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests a school gives each year, divided by the number of graduating seniors.

Nine DeKalb County schools made the list, which features more than 2,000 high schools across the country. The listed numbers are each school's national ranking.

178. DeKalb School of the Arts
325. Chamblee Charter HS
606. Tucker HS
808. Dunwoody HS
935. Lakeside HS
1241. Druid Hills HS
1666. Southwest DeKalb HS
1687. Arabia Mountain HS
1962. Cross Keys HS

Additionally, Decatur High School, which is part of a charter system, is No. 205 on the list.

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

(WXIA) -- Rain is in this weekend's forecast, but that won't stop Georgia Department of Transportation from working on scheduled road projects throughout the area.

GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said the department expects more people than usual on the road, as school districts begin and end their spring breaks.

"Call 511 or look at a mapping website before you leave home," Pringle said in a statement. "Motorists, including spring breakers ... need to plan ahead to avoid delays."

The new flyover ramps on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange project are open, but crews still need to perform a little last-minute work on them. Lanes will be closed in places.

Lingerie shop owner pleads guilty to bribing Doraville city employees

Lingerie shop owner pleads guilty to bribing Doraville city employees


DORAVILLE, Ga. -- A Doraville lingerie shop owner has admitted to offering bribes to city employees to obtain a zoning change.

Jae Jun Bae, 35, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of honest services wire fraud.

According to information presented in federal court, Bae owns Moon Lingerie, located in the 5200 block of Buford Highway. He bought the business's building in April 2012. The building was zoned for retail use and could not be used as a wholesale location.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in August 2012, Bae met with a Doraville city employee and offered that person an envelope full of cash in exchange for re-zoning the property. The employee refused to take the envelope and reported Bae to local police.