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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.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 6.3 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.

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Cobb ethics board to hear Braves stadium complaint

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Board of Ethics dismissed a complaint against four county commissioners who approved a deal that would bring the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County in 2017.

Cobb County resident Larry Savage filed the ethics complaint against 4 out of 5 commissioners after they approved a move for the new Braves Stadium. Savage claimed that the commission was not transparent.

In a brief meeting on Wednesday, the board voted 6 to 1 to dismiss the complaint. The board told Savage he should take his claim to court.

"We just saw the first punt in Major League Baseball," Savage said. "There's no point to having an ethics board if they won't make decisions about ethics."

Savage said he doesn't know what his next stop will be.

Memorial service to be held for deceased UGA faculty, students

Memorial service to be held for deceased UGA faculty, students

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia has planned a candlelight memorial service for the 24 students, faculty and staff who have passed away since last April.

"Georgia Remembers ... a Candlelight Memorial" will be held Tuesday, Apr. 29 at 7 p.m. on the steps of UGA's chapel.

The names of each of the 13 students and 11 faculty and staff members will be read aloud. The chapel bell will toll and a candle will be lit after each name is said. UGA's Air Force ROTC will present the colors and ring the bell. Music will be provided by the Southern Wind Quintet from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

Everyone is invited to attend the ceremony.

UGA students who have died in the past year include:

Woman killed in Marietta crash

Woman killed in Marietta crash

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A 59-year-old woman died in a two-car accident in Marietta Tuesday afternoon.

The wreck happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Shallowford and Jamerson roads.

According to Cobb County Police, a Saab 93 driven by Marilyn McQueary of Woodstock turned left in front of an oncoming Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Jeep slammed into the driver's side door of the Saab, pinning McQueary inside. She was rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police do not expect to file charges against the 21-year-old driver of the Jeep, who was not injured.

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Audit questions running of Cobb Medical Examiner's Office


MARIETTA, GA – Five months after a citizen complaint about how an autopsy was handled, an audit of the Cobb County Medical Examiner's Office criticized several operating procedures, but none of the work.

Cobb County Commissioners, who requested the audit in November, heard the results at a work session Tuesday afternoon.

The audit noted that independently contracted Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Brian Frist does not report directly to anyone in county government.

It also said the office lacks clear documentation about training, organization and operating procedures.

You're Invited: Kegs and Eggs at TAP with Red Hare Brewing!

You're Invited: Kegs and Eggs at TAP with Red Hare Brewing!

The Brunch Gods have answered your prayers once again! Join us as we celebrate one of our favorite local breweries, Red Hare Brewing, with a Family Style Beer Brunch featuring 3 paired courses.

Red Hare Brewer’s Brunch 4/26/14

Medication Disposal Day in Cobb County

Medication Disposal Day in Cobb County

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Cobb County residents who want to safely dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs can do so this weekend.

The county will host a Medication Disposal Day on Saturday, Apr. 26.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., anyone who wants to get rid of outdated or unused medications is asked to bring the drugs to Cobb County Super Station 8, which is located at 2380 Cobb Parkway in Kennesaw.

Only medications will be accepted -- no durable medical equipment, such as nebulizers and CPAP machines, will be taken. All drugs will be sealed in boxes and safely destroyed.

Call Keep Cobb Beautiful at 770-528-1135 for more information.