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Fayette unemployment lower than national rate in March

Fayette unemployment lower than national rate in March

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta decreased to 9.8 percent in March.

This is down four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.2 percent in February.

Metro Atlanta's jobless rate was 10.1 percent in March 2010.

"The unemployment rate decreased in Atlanta, as well as in all of the state's other 24 local areas," said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

Top 5 ways to ward off computer hackers

ATLANTA - It could happen to anyone.

That's the warning from an ex-hacker turned computer security specialist. Gregory Evans spent years hacking computers, tapping into everything from high school grades to corporate business files. Now, he's using his powers for good: trying to keep cyber-crimes from happening to anyone else.

Evans is the CEO of LIGATT Security International in Norcross, a company investigating high-tech crime and working to keep computers secure. He says everyone is susceptible to hackers, but there are some things you can do to help ward them off:

A New Severe T-Storm Watch South of Atlanta

A New Severe T-Storm Watch South of Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A severe thunderstorm watch has been posted for parts of west central and southwest Georgia until 10 p.m. Wednesday. 

The watch area mainly covers the region south of a line from La Grange to Macon. 

The 11Alive Weather Information Zone has reports of minor damage in North Georgia from storms that moved through earlier.  Two trees fell in Walker County near Cedar Grove.  We also have a report of a tree down in Ellijay.

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.

Deadly storms spare Metro Atlanta

Deadly storms spare Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Thousands of Metro Atlantans spent part of the weekend without power after severe thunderstorms pounded portions of North Georgia Friday. This same system has claimed at least 44 lives moving across the Southeast.

The storms weakened as they crossed into the Peach State and did less damage than the storms that slammed Metro Atlanta two weeks ago, but they still knocked down trees and power lines across the region.

About 1,800 Georgia Power customers were still without power Sunday morning in the Rome and Cedartown areas, which were hardest hit by the storms. Georgia Power said restorations were expected by 1 p.m. Georgia EMC reported no outages.

Gov. Deal intends to sign immigration, APS bills

Gov. Deal intends to sign immigration, APS bills

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal tells 11Alive News that he intends to sign the illegal immigration bill now on his desk. The bill, which has been compared to Arizona-style immigration reform, passed with just hours left in the final day of the General Assembly's legislative session.

Deal supported tough immigration measures in Congress and campaigned on the issue in the governor's race, but refrained from commenting on the legislation while it was still pending.

Deal said he hopes Georgia and other states that are enacting similar legislation will help spur Congress to take action nationally.

He said he and his staff have studied the legislation as it progressed, and they said they feel it will pass legal muster.

VIDEO: Arrested Development Metromix Soundcheck

ATLANTA -- It's hard to believe it's been more than two decades since Arrested Development emerged on the music scene. The group started right here in Atlanta and members still live in the metro area, from Fayetteville to Snellville.

This year they're celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first hit, "Tennessee" and debuting a new album called 'Strong.'

"We're very proud of it," said lead vocalist Speech. "We're also working on a mix tape called '20'."

Arrested Development visited 11Alive on Friday morning for a live Metromix Soundcheck performance.