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91 Georgia counties under state of emergency for winter storm

ATLANTA -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has extended the state of emergency due to a Winter Storm Warning and Ice Storm Warning in effect.

Deal announced Tuesday morning that he added 44 counties to the original 45.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA-- The latest installment of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is ready for inspection. There are changes and new faces, but the name at the top in unchanged.

 McEachern leads the way with Southwest DeKalb second again this week. Redan, Archer, and Parkview make up the top 5.

Wesleyan, Tucker, Hillgrove, Norcross, and North Forsyth complete the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11Alive News and 11 Alive.com by USA Today High School Sports.

 

 

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

ATLANTA--The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Poll is here. With region tournament time just around the corner, the name at the top stays the same.

 The Spartans of Greater Atlanta Christian top the charts, with Allatoona, Wheeler, North Gwinnett and Norcross making up the top 5.

Miller Grove is next, with Hillgrove, Tucker, Berkmar, and Grayson climbing into the top 10 this week.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 Poll is computer generated, and is produced exclusively for 11Alive News and 11Alive.com by USA Today High School Sports.

Will you have to pay if your abandoned car was towed?

METRO ATLANTA -- With so many abandoned cars during #snowjam2014 this week, communities are towing cars to get traffic flowing.

Here's the list of who will have to pay and who will get a pass if cars were towed off the road.

Atlanta:
The Atlanta Police Department said they will not begin towing vehicles until Sunday Feb. 2 at noon. APD will waive vehicle impound fees associated with the winter weather. If your car was towed call the Atlanta Property Unit at 404-546-4330.

DeKalb:
Towing fees will be reimbursed for stranded cars. Drivers have until Midnight Friday to claim towed cars. Contact the DeKalb Police Department's Permit office at 404-297-3934 to file for reimbursement. 

Unincorporated Fulton:
They are only towing cars to the side of the road where it was abandoned; they are not sending them to impound lots. If you cannot find your car call the police department at 404-613-5711.

Unemployment plunges to 6.8 percent

Unemployment plunges to 6.8 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in December, down from 7.0 percent in November.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new figures Thursday morning.

December's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in Gwinnett County.

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate decreased because nearly 11,200 more Atlanta residents were employed in December, and the number of jobs in the area grew to 2,450,000 -- the most since May 2008.

December's unemployment rate was also down considerably from the December 2012 rate of 8.4 percent.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest jobless rate in December at 5.2 percent. The highest was 10.2 percent in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Is third attempted abduction attempt related to two others?

(WXIA) - Word of a third attempted abduction with descriptions of a similar vehicle to two other cases has law enforcement in two counties working to see if the cases are, in fact, related to each other.

The newest case comes from Walton County.

Sheriff's officials there said they have received a report of a man in a black truck following two girls. The girls were able to run away.

Two other attempted abductions have Gwinnett County on alert. The two incidents involve two boys at two separate locations, just five miles apart.

Now, officials are trying to determine if the two incidents are connected.

For families in the Fairmont subdivision, there is an undercurrent of concern and anxiety.

In the most recent incident, investigators said an 11 year-old boy described a man driving a black pick-up who he said tried to grab him as he walked home from a bus stop on Tuesday.

Weekend roadwork to affect many major highways

Weekend roadwork to affect many major highways

(WXIA) -- Sign work, bridge maintenance and lane closures are all on the Georgia Department of Transportation's weekend agenda.

Work will continue on the Buford-Spring Connector in Atlanta from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. One right southbound lane will be closed between Lindbergh and Monroe drives.

Pacing will occur on Interstate 20 in both directions between Highway 5 and Liberty Road, just west of Atlanta. Drivers can expect brief delays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

One new project this weekend involves I-285 east at I-75 in Cobb County. Two left lanes and the ramp to I-75 north will be closed overnight, and ramp traffic will be detoured to I-75 south, Cumberland Boulevard and then back to I-75 north. GDOT said the ramp will be open during the day.

As usual, drivers can expect single lane closures around the Ga. 400/I-85 Interchange, especially on Cheshire Bridge Road, Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Buford-Spring Connector.