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Husband of 11Alive meteorologist survives tornado

ATLANTA -- "He was one of the speakers. I was attending."

11Alive Meteorologist Allison Chinchar grins, clutching her husband's hand on their couch inside their Atlanta condo. She laughs at their improbable and cliched meeting at, of all things, a weather conference.

"I liked the weather nerdiness about him," she says and laughs. 

The Weather Channel's Mike Bettes looks at his newlywed wife and says, "For me it was love at first sight, honestly. I couldn't be without her."

Nine months ago, the two were married. Both love weather. Both chase weather.

Allison says, "He knows when I got out and go chasing weather, he gets nervous. And vice versa."

"When she was in Hurricane Isaac last summer, I was nervous," Bettes admits.

But Friday night in El Reno, Okla., Bettes, an experienced chaser, could not escape the tornado.

Unemployment rate declines to 7.6 percent

Unemployment rate declines to 7.6 percent

ATLANTA -- Unemployment rates fell in almost all large U.S. cities, including Atlanta, in April.

The metro area's jobless rate dropped to 7.6 percent, down from 7.9 percent in March.

In Cobb County, the unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in April.

The drop was due in part to an increase in the number of jobs in metro Atlanta. Most of the new positions were in professional and business services; trade and transportation; leisure and hospitality; education and health services; and construction.

Metro Athens had the state's lowest jobless rate at 5.6 percent. The highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region, at 10.3 percent.

Another metro church may quit the Boy Scouts

Johns Creek, Ga. -- Another Metro Atlanta church may join Marietta's Roswell Street Baptist Church in cutting ties with the Boy Scouts of America. Last month the scouts voted to allow gay youths to join the organization. That prompted a backlash in more conservative congregations.

Luke Vancleave, scoutmaster of Troop 317, said they will meet this week to determine whether or not to leave the Boy Scouts behind. They are currently sponsored by Perimeter Church in Johns Creek, an affiliate of the Presbyterian Church in America.

"While scouting is not beholden to a certain religion, it certainly has claimed for over a hundred years to adhere to a moral standard," Vancleave said. "And now if that moral standard shifts, we can no longer be a part of that."

Vancleave said they will look at alternatives to scouting. He wished they had left the issue alone.

Two Cobb deputies hit by car in front of jail

Marietta, Ga. -- Two Cobb County Sheriff's deputies were injured after a woman ran them down in her car Friday. 

It happened right in front of the Cobb County jail. 

Investigators are not sure why Candida Summerlin allegedly hit the two deputies, but she was asked twice to turn her loud music down. Lt. Becky Westenberger asked Summerlin to lower the volume the second time, then turned to walk away. 

That's when Col. Milton Beck of the Cobb County Sheriff's Office said Summerlin hit Westenberger and broke her leg.

When Sgt. Shane Kite tried to stop Summerlin from continuing, Beck said he was knocked on the ground too. Kite got away with cuts and bruises. Summerline apparently tried to keep driving and ran up on the curb, but broke her car's axle in the process. She was taken into custody and charged with assault and other crimes.

Both deputies are expected to make full recoveries. 

Marietta church cuts ties with Boy Scouts

USA TODAY -- For the Rev. Ernest Easley, the decision to cut ties with the Boy Scouts was simple.

The Bible says homosexuality is a sin. The Boy Scouts do not.

"We are not willing to compromise God's word," said Easley, pastor of the 2,300-member Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga., which has sponsored Boy Scout Troop 204 since 1945.

Easley, chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention's executive committee, said his church will shut down its troop at end of the year, over a recently adopted policy to allow openly gay scouts. He's urging other Baptists to do the same.

Roswell Street is one of the first churches to cut ties with the Scouts over the new policy. Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, a 23,000-member megachurch, has also announced plans to shut down its troop. Other critics of the new policy, which doesn't take effect until January 2014, are taking a wait-and-see approach.

Marietta considers change in law on breweries

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - City leaders in Marietta are considering a change in the community's ordinances that would allow for breweries and distilleries downtown and in other commercial areas.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports the Marietta City Council took up the matter on Wednesday.

Councilman Johnny Sinclair said a new whiskey manufacturer, Lazy Guy Distillery, chose to locate in Kennesaw instead of Marietta because of the way Marietta handles these businesses.

Planning and Zoning Director Rusty Roth said there's no city code on breweries or distilleries, so the city classifies them in the category of food manufacturing. That limits them to industrially-zoned areas.

Council members are expected to consider a proposed new ordinance Monday that would allow such businesses to locate in commercial areas.

American Family Insurance Top 5 Performances

ATLANTA -- It's the American Family Insurance Top 5 Performances for fourth week of May.  This week's performances come from the state high school baseball playoffs.

Number 5 is from Starr's Mill vs Pope and Nathaniel Lowe singles home a run for the Greyhounds who best the Panthers on their way to capturing the state AAAAA crown.

Number 4 comes from Troup at Redan.  It's Miles Fore with the grounder that gets through the shortstop and Bakari Gayle comes around to score as the Raiders start a rally.

Number 3 comes from Roswell at Walton.  Alex Dickerson into the gap in right center and two runs score as the Hornets advance to the class AAAAAA final.

Number 2 is from Lovett at Benedictine.  It's Grant Wells drive down the line in left allowing two runs to score.  The Lions win the game and advance to the class AA final.