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Best Buy to cut hundreds of jobs

(BUSINESS JOURNAL) -- Best Buy Co. Inc. plans to cut hundreds of jobs throughout its U.S. store operations, according to a report in the New York Post.

The article, citing anonymous insiders, says the "layoffs could affect upwards of 2,000 managers," though the exact scope isn't known. The retailer does not plan to close any of its 1,055 U.S. stores at this time.

Best Buy, which reports its fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday, declined to comment. The chain has 19 stores in metro Atlanta.

Late last month, Best Buy announced it was laying off roughly 950 full-time employees at its Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Canada as part of a store-restructuring initiative. The company said it will consolidate sales departments and reduce management layers in an effort to "streamline its store operating model as part of the company's long-term growth strategy in Canada."

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3-year-old found dead, mom's boyfriend arrested

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A 3-year-old boy was found dead inside a Forsyth County house Tuesday morning.

The child's body was found shortly before 11 a.m. in the Bridgetowne subdivision off Browns Bridge Road in Cumming.

Doug Rainwater of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said investigators believe 25-year-old Christopher E. Truett, who was supposed to be watching the little boy, called the child's mother and said that something was wrong with the child. He also called 911, according to 911.

The mother, Dawn Schutts, rushed home, found the child and called 911. 

At that point, Truett fled. More than three dozen officers searched a wooded area and found him. He was then taken into custody and charged with cruelty to children and reckless conduct. Rainwater said more charges are pending the outcome of an autopsy.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA -- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is ready for inspection. The McEachern girls hang on to the top spot as the GHSA state tournament heads for semifinal weekend.

McEachern and Southwest DeKalb are 1 and 2 again this week with Redan, Parkview, and Archer in the top 5.

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

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

Gwinnett parents oppose schools' snow days plan

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County parents are sounding off about the school district's plan to add 30 minutes to each student's school day.

It's part of the effort to make up for the time lost during the snow storm two weeks ago.

Since the governor declared a state of emergency, school districts have the option of using a waiver and keeping the rest of the school schedule the way it is. 

Most school districts took the waiver, but Gwinnett wants to make the days up before the end of the school year.

"We are committed to all 180 days of education," said Gwinnett County Schools Spokesman Jorge Quintana.  

In addition to changing the last day of school, an extra 30 minutes will be added to each school day from March 3 to May 14.

It is up to individual schools on how they choose to use the time, but it must be spent doing some sort of academics.

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4 Forsyth schools named AP Merit Schools

4 Forsyth schools named AP Merit Schools

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Four public high schools in Forsyth County were named 2014 AP Merit Schools by State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge.

An AP Merit School is a school where at least 20 percent of students take Advanced Placement exams. At least 50 percent of the exams taken at an AP Merit School earn passing scores of 3 or higher.

Forsyth County's schools on the list include:

* Forsyth Central HS
* Lambert HS
* South Forsyth HS
* West Forsyth HS

Forsyth Co. lottery ticket printing plant to expand

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Scientific Games has expanded its Forsyth County lottery ticket manufacturing plant -- a move that will create 40 jobs and expand printing capacity by about 20 percent.

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Alpharetta-based Scientific Games has acquired a manufacturing system -- Alpha P-7 -- that can print 9 billion lottery tickets annually. Alpha P-7 is essentially 20 printing presses electronically networked together.

Scratch-off lottery tickets require an elaborate manufacturing process, said Jim Kennedy, chief of Scientific Games' lottery business. Every ticket is unique and requires "more than 20 layers of ink to create this electronically tracked piece of (paper)," Kennedy said.

Forsyth Co. authorities arrest 6 on burglary, drug charges

CUMMING, Ga. (WXIA) - The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested six people in connection with the burglary of three storage units and the distribution of drugs at a home.

In a release Friday, Sheriff Duane K. Piper said three storage units and a cargo trailer were burglarized at Sawnee Storage, just off of Georgia 20 West at some point between January 27 and 29. Investigators were able to identify a suspect - Joshua L. Williams, 20, of Sugar Hill, from surveillance video. A video was also identified from the video.

Williams was taken into custody after a short chase on February 5 along Settingdown Road in Forsyth County. Investigators said Williams tried to flee from authorities by driving in reverse down the roadway. Williams was arrested and charged with three counts of second degree burglary, three counts of felony theft and criminal trespass, as well as a number of traffic offenses.