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Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Rockdale County's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

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Elks Aidmore in need of donations

CONYERS, Ga. -- This is a problem you can help fix: the closets are bare at Elks Aidmore.

Since 1977, this Conyers-based organization has helped children in crisis, providing foster care, counseling, food and shelter. But right now, there is not enough decent clothing for kids in need.

Abe Wilkinson, Elks Aidmore's executive director, shared his wish list for the children.

"We're hoping individuals who see this would be able to go through their closets and pick out ... our kids range from 4 years old up to 21 years old, both girls and boys."

You can donate clothing your children have outgrown. Churches can organize a clothing drive, or you can team up with neighbors to clean out your closets.

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

AP exam participation: Rockdale County

AP exam participation: Rockdale County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Rockdale County, 717 students took 1,181 AP exams in 2014, and 520 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Rockdale County public high school:

Heritage HS
160 students took 264 exams
105 passing scores

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Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

Wrong-way driver causes fatal crash in Rockdale

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- One person was killed and at least one more was seriously injured in a crash in Rockdale County Thursday night.

It happened at around 11:30 p.m. at Sigman Road and Old Covington Highway in Conyers.

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office said the incident began with a wrong-way driver. A deputy spotted a Hyundai Santa Fe heading north in the southbound lane of Sigman Road and followed the SUV.

The Santa Fe collided with a black Kia with two people inside. The Georgia State Patrol said the Kia's female driver was pronounced dead at the scene. A male passenger was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in serious condition.

After being hit by the Santa Fe, the Kia hit a pickup truck, then all three vehicles slammed into the pursuing deputy's car. The deputy was taken to a nearby hospital; his condition was not immediately known.

Police say couple "flimflams" cashiers

CONYERS, Ga -- Police are trying to identify a man and woman who are duping cashiers into giving them more money than they are owed. Police are calling what the couple is doing a "flimflam".

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the verb "flimflam": to trick someone in order to steal money. That's exactly what the unidentified couple has done across five states and now in Conyers.

When Conyers Police put a bulletin out about the incident that happened at a Cracker Barrel Restaurant, they received a call from the Hobby Lobby Company who told them the same couple is duping their cashiers.