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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.

Fayette County's unemployment rate was 6.8 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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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.

Fayette students to raise money for children's shelter

Fayette students to raise money for children's shelter

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Bloom, Fayette County's charity for abused children, will host a fundraiser at 14 local elementary schools next month.

The 24th annual Power Parade will be held Nov. 3-7. Students at participating schools will take part in a walk-a-thon during their PE classes. They are encouraged to solicit pledges from family, friends and neighbors.

"Bloom's annual walk-a-thon allows students the opportunity to help other children their own age who are living in desperate circumstances," said Deborah Friday, a PE teacher at Peeples Elementary School in Fayetteville. "It's so important to get students involved in supporting our community's charities, especially at a young age."

Participants will also be treated to surprise visits from Powerman, the initiative's mascot. Powerman, a red-masked superhero, will teach children about the importance of helping those in need.

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:

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AP exam participation: Fayette County

AP exam participation: Fayette 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 Fayette County, 1,576 students took 2,727 AP exams in 2014, and 2,008 of those exams earned passing scores.

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

Fayette County HS
247 students took 358 exams
193 passing scores

Fayetteville woman becomes 'upskirting' victim

Fayetteville woman becomes 'upskirting' victim

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (WXIA) -- A Fayette County woman says she is outraged after becoming the latest victim of a troubling trend called "upskirting" -- in which someone uses a camera or cell phone to snap lewd photos under a woman's dress.

Audra Puckett says she was shopping in a JCPenney store when the suspect crept up behind her.

"I turned my head and I saw that there was a man behind me with his hand up my skirt," she said.

According to the police report obtained by 11Alive News, the man placed "an object under her skirt." Puckett then said she "observed a flash," as if "a picture had been taken."

Puckett says she confronted and chased after the man who tried to walk out of the store.

"I grabbed him," she said. "And I had my hands digging into him as he was trying to get away."

2014 SAT scores: Fayette County

2014 SAT scores: Fayette County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 SAT scores were released Tuesday morning.

About 77 percent of the state's high school seniors took the test in 2014. Mean scores include:

State of Georgia
Critical Reading: 488
Math: 485
Writing: 472

In Fayette County, 1,360 students took the SAT in 2014. Mean scores include:

Fayette County
Critical Reading: 528
Math: 528
Writing: 505

Here are the SAT breakdowns for each Fayette County public high school:

Fayette County HS
170 test-takers
Critical Reading: 491
Math: 489
Writing: 465

McIntosh HS
354 test-takers
Critical Reading: 547
Math: 548
Writing: 523

Sandy Creek HS
189 test-takers
Critical Reading: 506
Math: 503
Writing: 476