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Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

Rockdale County's unemployment rate was 7.9 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Handicapped parking questioned at Rockdale Co. courthouse


ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- The 11Alive Investigators are questioning a county government about their handicapped parking.

Several disabled drivers complained about their assigned spots being farther from the Rockdale County courthouse than those of judges and county attorneys.

There's no disputing it that the reserved spaces are closest to the courthouse door. The handicap parking, however, is on the other side of this grassy hill.

The county says it does makes sense, the parking is ADA compliant and they see no need to change it.

Housing discrimination a problem for dogs


ATLANTA (WXIA) – The laws against housing discrimination are very clear for people. For your pets, however, it is a very different situation – especially if you own a pit bull.

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It is ironic that while so many apartments are being built in metro Atlanta, so many folks are finding they have nowhere to go if they have the wrong type of dog.

That's exactly what happened to 23-year-old Brandy Rose from Conyers and her 1-year-old pit bull Luna.

Volunteers collect 10,680 pounds of litter in 2014 Rivers Alive cleanup

Volunteers collect 10,680 pounds of litter in 2014 Rivers Alive cleanup

CONYERS, Ga. -- Numerous volunteers with a vested interest in preserving Rockdale’s rivers and streams fanned out recently around the County to clean up more than 10,000 pounds of litter during Rivers Alive.  

Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful (KCRB) hosted the annual event on Oct. 6 drawing more than 200 volunteers, including 122 youth, from local schools, church groups, civic organizations, and scout troops.

The volunteers gave many hours of their time on the sunny, autumn day cleaning up local waterways, parks, illegal dumpsites, schools, subdivisions, roadways, Albert Shoals, and other locations.

In recent years, the cleanup has removed tons of garbage from areas around the County. This year, the cleanup also removed 14 tires and covered 5.81 miles of waterways.

As a thank you, volunteers received a free t-shirt from Rivers Alive and BBQ hamburger and hot dog lunch that Rockdale Water Resources and ESG Operations donated.

License plate readers catch serial armed robber


CONYERS, Ga -- He has been a thorn in the side of several Metro Atlanta police agencies for nearly two years getting away with armed robberies at title pawn stores. But thanks to an alert Conyers Police Officer and new technology his reign of terror may be over.

Police said Avery Frazier, 47, of Douglasville, is responsible for more than 30 armed robberies, terrorizing employees and customers. One of the last robberies he is accused of committing happened at a Title Bucks store on Highway 138 in Conyers on October 30, 2014.

Police said the
suspect walked into the store and demanded cash. "O
nce he got the cash that he was after he told the victims which were employees and a customer to stay in the back room until he left," said Conyers Police Officer Kim Lucas.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.