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Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed eight-tenths of a point in one month.

May's rate was 7.3 percent, considerably higher than April's 6.5 percent.

In Cobb County, the rate was 6.8 percent in May.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the spike was mostly due to new graduates entering the workforce. The Atlanta area's labor force grew by about 24,400 in May.

Metro Athens had last month's lowest area jobless rate at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region's was the highest at 9.8 percent.

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Man arrested after fatal Marietta shooting


MARIETTA, Ga. – Marietta Police identified a 19-year-old man killed in a shooting at the Columns at Bentley Manor Apartments Tuesday afternoon. A second man was arrested in connection with the shooting.

Police said they responded to the apartment complex at about 2:30 p.m., after receiving a report of a person down. When officers arrived, they discovered the victim, Daryus Johnson of Marietta, unconscious on the floor of the apartment, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators said they discovered that Johnson and 19-year-old Elyjah Marrow were in the apartment. They said Marrow was recklessly handling a handgun, which discharged accidentally, injuring Johnson.

SPLOST meetings to be held throughout Cobb

SPLOST meetings to be held throughout Cobb

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County residents are invited to weigh in on the proposed 2016 Special Local Option Sales Tax.

The county will hold several SPLOST forums next month, including:

Wednesday, July 9
* 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
* East Cobb Senior Center (3332 Sandy Plains Road)

Thursday, July 10
* 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
* South Cobb Community Center (620 Lions Club Drive)

Monday, July 14
* 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
* East Cobb Library (4880 Lower Roswell Road)

Wednesday, July 16
* 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
* West Cobb Senior Center (4915 Dallas Highway)

Thursday, July 17
* 10 a.m. to noon
* BOC Room (100 Cherokee Street, Second Floor)

Learn more about the SPLOST at cobbsplost2016.org.

IHOP offering 56¢ pancakes for anniversary

IHOP offering 56¢ pancakes for anniversary

(WXIA) -- In July of 1958, the very first International House of Pancakes opened in Toluca Lake, Calif. Today, IHOP has 1,627 restaurants in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several countries across the globe.

To celebrate its 56th anniversary, the chain will offer its signature buttermilk pancakes for less than they cost in the 1950s.

On Tuesday, July 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., IHOP customers can purchase a short stack for only 56¢. The pancakes cost 60¢ when the flagship restaurant opened.

IHOP claims it serves more than 700 million pancakes every year. Only one other flavor -- chocolate chip -- has been on its menu since 1958.

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Visit ihop.com to find your nearest IHOP.

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Suspect's charges upgraded after Cobb County shooting victim dies

Suspect's charges upgraded after Cobb County shooting victim dies

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A man charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery in a Cobb County shooting now faces a murder charge after the victim passed away.

The shooting happened May 21 at an apartment complex in the 300 block of Pat Mell Road.

Police said the victim, 35-year-old Trinity Hardnett, got into an argument with several people at the Favor Market at Favor and Pat Mell roads in Marietta.

Hardnett crossed the street to the Edinborough apartment complex, where he continued to fight with 22-year-old Laronte Jamal Nelms. At some point, Nelms pulled out a gun and shot Hardnett.

Hardnett was rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Cobb County Police said investigators were notified this past Saturday that the victim had died of his injuries.

Nelms was arrested May 27 and is being held without bond in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

LIST | Georgia's 20 best high schools

LIST | Georgia's 20 best high schools

(WXIA) -- U.S. News and World Report has unveiled its list of the 20 best high schools in Georgia, and almost all of them are in metro Atlanta.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology leads the pack. The Lawrenceville charter school is the No. 1 high school is Georgia and No. 3 in the country, with 100 percent of its students passing their Advanced Placement exams, and all students proficient in math and English.

The school has a 17:1 student-teacher ratio, which is average for Georgia. About 75 percent of its 696 students are minorities.

These schools round out Georgia's Top 20:

2. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School (Augusta)
Ranked No. 73 nationally

* 100% of students take AP exams; 76% earn passing scores
* 100% of students proficient in math
* 100% of students proficient in English
* 17:1 student-teacher ratio
* 55% minority enrollment

Marlow's Tavern hosting Grilling Recipe Contest

Marlow's Tavern hosting Grilling Recipe Contest

(WXIA) -- Entries are currently being accepted for this year's Marlow's Tavern Grilling Recipe Contest.

Professional and backyard grillers alike are invited to enter their best dishes. Recipes may be submitted through Friday, Aug. 1.

Marlow's Tavern co-founder and executive chef John C. Metz will reveal the winners during a party at the restaurant chain's Dunwoody location on Saturday, Sept. 6. The grand prize winner will receive a Big Green Egg, while the second and third place prizes are Marlow's gift cards for $200 and $100, respectively.

Visit marlowstavern.com for more information about the contest. The Dunwoody restaurant is located in the Dunwoody Village shopping center at 1317 Dunwoody Village Parkway.