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What parents need to know about Minecraft

What parents need to know about Minecraft

ATLANTA -- Minecraft is one of the most popular video games for kids, who use digital blocks to explore their creative side.

But it can be confusing for parents and grandparents, especially since some younger children end up with nightmares after playing the game.

"You can kill creepers and zombies and they can kill you back," said sixth-grader Dakota Lawrence.

"The next minute, there could be something there and it freaks you out, whether it's a spider or a creeper or a skeleton," added classmate Piper Jones

"With creepers, if you actually get too close, they hiss and then explode." said sixth-grader Jessica Wilson

Lawrence, Jones and Wilson are students at Otwell Middle School in Forsyth County.

I-20 construction continues through the weekend

I-20 construction continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- The Interstate 20 delays that plagued metro Atlanta commuters last weekend will return.

Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle said backups are expected in Douglas, Newton and Rockdale counties as crews work to complete some major road projects.

"Please do what you can to avoid these project areas. Plan ahead, look for alternate routes or call 511," Pringle said in a release. "We want everyone to enjoy the weekend, and I'm sure that doesn't include sitting in traffic backups."

Several events may also cause delays on Atlanta's roads. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, State Route 9 near Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza will be closed for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Pringle said traffic in the area will be detoured.

State to investigate spike in Forsyth road deaths

State to investigate spike in Forsyth road deaths

CUMMING, Ga. -- Forsyth County saw a 144 percent increase in its number of roadway fatalities from 2009 to 2012.

Now, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety will share safety tips with the county's drivers in an attempt to bring that number back down.

Making a Safer Forsyth, a four-day highway safety tour, will kick off this Wednesday, May 7 at Lanier Technical College in Cumming. It will stop at schools, businesses, parks and senior centers across the county.

The tour is designed to educate children about the importance of wearing seat belts as a way to be safe in the car. It will also teach teens and adults about staying sober behind the wheel.

Making a Safer Forsyth is presented by the GOHS, Georgia State Patrol, Forsyth County Schools, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Department of Public Health, among other agencies.

Weekend construction: Avoid I-20 if you can

Weekend construction: Avoid I-20 if you can

(WXIA) -- Drivers who plan to use Interstate 20 this weekend are encouraged to find alternate routes.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on several major projects this weekend on the interstate that cuts across Atlanta.

"We have three projects with significant lane closures on I-20 this weekend," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "We are expecting long delays, particularly in Douglas and Rockdale counties, during the daytime hours on Saturday and Sunday."

This weekend's road projects, many of which come with heavy delays, include:

Armed man at Forsyth County park concerns parents


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Parents are concerned about a man spotted at a Forsyth County park with a gun tucked in his waistband. Police say they've received dozens of 911 calls, but there's nothing they can do about the man.

The man was seen walking through Fowler Park a couple of nights this week with his pistol clearly visible in his waist band.

"He's got a gun tucked in his back, back of his jeans," a caller to 911 said. "He's around a bunch of kids and he's freaking all the parents out."

Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper noted that Georgia law allows someone with a weapons permit to carry a gun in a public park as long as he doesn't threaten anyone.

"The gentleman did nothing illegal," Piper said.

"We'll protect people's rights – we'll always protect people's rights, but we will not tolerate bad behavior."

Beautiful weekends and road projects go hand in hand

Beautiful weekends and road projects go hand in hand

(WXIA) -- It's going to be a perfect weekend, weather-wise -- 11s on the WIZometer on Saturday and Sunday.

However, pretty weekend weather in metro Atlanta comes with a slight drawback: nighttime traffic projects.

"We are doing our best to limit daytime lane closures if possible in order to minimize the inconvenience to motorists," Georgia Department of Transportation engineer Shun Pringle said. "However, some work just has to be done during the day."

One brief closure will be the loop ramp from Northside Drive north to Interstate 75 south in northwest Atlanta. It will be shut down Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. so crews can repair a guardrail. Drivers are asked to use Howell Mill Road to access I-75 south during that hour.

Unemployment rate decreases in March

Unemployment rate decreases in March

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in March, down slightly from February's 6.9 percent. The rate was 8.0 percent in March 2013.

Forsyth County's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent this March.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers. The number of new positions increased by 51,500 last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in March 2014 at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.4 percent.