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Prevent the dreaded Memorial Day hangover

Prevent the dreaded Memorial Day hangover

ATLANTA - When a Memorial Day weekend's forecast includes sunny skies and highs in the upper 80s - 9s on the WIZometer - there's a good bet people will be spending a lot of time outside. 

And when people spend a lot of time out by the pool or on the lake, there's probably alcohol around.

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can have devastating consequences. So, it's always a good policy to drink responsibly, assign a designated driver and keep things safe when you're drinking. 

But, as anybody who's had a little too much to drink will tell you, the dreaded hangover is the most common consequence of over-drinking.

Fayette unemployment lower than Georgia rate in April 2011

Fayette unemployment lower than Georgia rate in April 2011

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate decreased to 9.7 percent in April 2011.

That's down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.8 percent in March.

The rate decreased because there were 16,400 new jobs added in Metro Atlanta in April, mostly in leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services.

The lowest Georgia rate, at 7.1 percent, was recorded in Metro Athens, while the highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region around Dublin, with 11.5 percent unemployment.

Fayette County had an 8.3 percent unemployment rate in April.

April 2011 marks the 43rd consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.0 percent.

FAYETTE CO.: DNR working to catch alligator spotted in family's pond

SENOIA, Ga. -- An alligator has unexpectedly found a new and comfortable home in a family's pond on the Fayette County - Coweta County line near Senoia. Now the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is spending hours on end trying to get it out.

The alligator spends most of its time submerged in the water, occasionally exposing its eyes and part of its snout. Kevin Kramer with the Department on Natural Resources says their goal is to bring the animal out alive.

It was Monday afternoon when Pat Dennis spotted the gator swimming in the pond in front of the home of his neighbor, Judy Voyles, off of Georgia Highway 85 east of Senoia, and south of Peachtree City and Fayetteville.

Then Judy Voyles' daughter, Kristy Thompson, posted photos of the gator on her Facebook page.

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

ATLANTA -- State lawmakers are planning to meet next week to hammer out solutions for more than a dozen charter schools that face closing after a Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state commission that created them is unconstitutional.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Fran Millar said the meeting is set for June 3 at 10 a.m. at the Capitol. The Atlanta Republican says the goal is to make sure the 16,000 students enrolled in the schools have an "education setting that meets their needs" when school starts this fall.

Millar has invited several state officials, including state schools Superintendent John Barge and Mark Peevy, executive director of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.


Contest opens for new Georgia license plate

Contest opens for new Georgia license plate

ATLANTA -- The state wants a new look for license plates and is open to the public's ideas.

The Georgia Department of Revenue reported Monday a contest for the state's next new license plate in 2012. It began May 23 and ends June 17.

The contest is open to all Georgia residents or companies authorized to do business in the state.

The public will select three semifinalists in an online vote from June 24 to July 8. The three semifinalists will then be presented to Gov. Nathan Deal, who will announce the winning design on July 15.

Complete rules, guidelines, design template and an entry-waiver are available here.

Contest submissions may be sent by e-mail to: Georgia.License.Plate.Design.Contest@DOR.GA.GOV

Metro Atlanta celebrates warm weather, water safety

Metro Atlanta celebrates warm weather, water safety

ATLANTA -- The weather is finally getting warmer, which means it's the perfect time to visit one of the many pools in Metro Atlanta.

The 11Alive Web Team has compiled a list of public pools located throughout North Georgia:

* Northeast Metro
Clarke, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall Counties

* South Metro
Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry and South Fulton Counties

* Intown and North Fulton
Also includes DeKalb County


Free WIZ Iphone Weather Radio App today only!

Free WIZ Iphone Weather Radio App today only!

You can now have a weather radio on your iphone or ipad to alert you of severe weather in your area.  It will even follow your phone and alert you to severe weather when you are traveling. 11Alive Weather Information Zone is now available in your pocket at all times with this FREE iMap Weather Radio! 

They are offering it FREE today only.  After today, it will be $9.99.  You can search "iMap Weather Radio" at the app store, or go to  http://weatherradioday.com/ . After downloading, click 11Alive as your media provider. 

By clicking 11Alive as your media provider, every time you receive a warning, the 11Alive WIZ logo will appear with the weather information.