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Unemployment rate drops to 6.9 percent

Unemployment rate drops to 6.9 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent in February.

That's down from 7.1 percent in January and 8.4 percent in February 2013.

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the decrease was due to fewer layoffs. However, the area still lost nearly 2,000 seasonal jobs last month.

Forsyth County's unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in February.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.7 percent.

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Ga. Race to the Top 'Year Three' Report

Ga. Race to the Top 'Year Three' Report

(WXIA) -- The U.S. Department of Education recently released its "Year Three" Report for the 12 states participating in the Race to the Top grant initiative.

Educational practices and successes in Georgia were highlighted throughout the report.

"We have taken on some major initiatives and our success is a direct reflection of the collaborative efforts between our department, other education agencies and the hundreds of participating teachers, principals and district leaders around our state," Dr. Susan Andrews, Deputy Superintendent of Race to the Top Implementation in Georgia, said in a release.

"While educational reform work is never easy, we are pleased with the significant progress that our state has made as reflected in this report," Andrews added.

Some highlights from the report include:

* Nearly 300 Georgia teachers were placed in state public schools from alternative certification programs.

13-year-old girl killed in wreck in Forsyth County

13-year-old girl killed in wreck in Forsyth County


CUMMING, Ga. -- Forsyth County Sheriff's officials are investigating a two-car accident that killed a teenage girl over the weekend.

The wreck happened at around 1:20 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Martin and Shadburn roads near Ga. 400.

Forsyth County Sheriff's spokesperson Karleen Chalker said a Ford F-250 pickup truck collided with an Acura TL driven by 19-year-old Kori Pirkle of Cumming.

The Ford slammed into the passenger side of Pirkle's car, where her 13-year-old sister Kayla Pirkle was sitting. Kayla was airlifted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where she was pronounced dead, according to Chalker.

Kori Pirkle suffered minor injuries in the crash; she was treated at and later released from North Fulton Hospital. The Ford driver and his two passengers were not hurt.

Forsyth Co. Sheriff's deputy fatally shoots man

Forsyth Co. Sheriff's deputy fatally shoots man


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man Monday morning.

The shooting happened shortly after midnight at a house in the 7900 block of Nicholson Road in Cumming.

Forsyth County Deputy Sheriff Doug Rainwater said police responded to a 911 call at the house. The 52-year-old suspect, whose name was not released, threatened officers with a gun, prompting a deputy to shoot him.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. No deputies were injured.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will look into the shooting. Rainwater said the deputy who shot the suspect will be placed on routine paid administrative leave.

There was no immediate word on why police were called to the house.


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Brian Frank named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Brian Frank named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley announced today that Brian Frank, Managing Director, Financial Advisor, in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that Brian Frank is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”

AJC Peachtree Road Race registration is open!

AJC Peachtree Road Race registration is open!

ATLANTA -- It's that time of year again -- time to register for the world's largest 10K.

AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery registration is now open. It will close Saturday, Mar. 22 at 11:59 p.m.

Those who are chosen for the race will be informed by Tuesday, Mar. 25.

Visit ajc.com/peachtree to sign up.

The five finalists in the Peachtree T-shirt design contest have also been revealed. Vote for your favorite!

Graham Roberts named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Graham Roberts named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley announced that Graham Roberts, Executive Director, Financial Advisor, in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that Graham Roberts is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”