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Graduation rates: Cobb County

Graduation rates: Cobb County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

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Cobb County's 2014 graduation rate is 78.2 percent. At 96.2 percent, Harrison High School in Kennesaw has the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in Cobb County include:

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Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- How do you expose urban youth to Georgia’s agriculture? You open a Pizza Farm!

Fourth and fifth grade students from the Atlanta metropolitan area will learn about Georgia agriculture by making, and eating, pizza at the second annual Pizza Farm event.

County agents with the Cooperative Extension Metro Collaborative of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties will lead the event set for Oct. 21-23 at the Georgia State Farmers Market in Forest Park, Ga. The students will learn how dairy, vegetables, grains and meats come together to make the pizza.  

MedZed launches at-home pediatric care service

MedZed launches at-home pediatric care service

ATLANTA -- MedZed, an Atlanta-based at-home pediatric care service, is providing more healthcare options and significantly more convenience. MedZed’s team of highly-trained pediatric nurses and pediatricians operate after normal office hours, seven days a week, in the comfort of a patient’s home. With MedZed, parents and children now have the option to forego crowded emergency rooms, minute clinics and doctors’ offices for the ease and comfort of an at-home visit still assured to end with a diagnosis and a lollipop.

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Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Cobb considers $169K studies for projects to ease Cumberland-area traffic

Cobb considers $169K studies for projects to ease Cumberland-area traffic

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb Commissioners are mulling paying $169,000 for engineering design studies for two major transportation projects aimed at easing Cumberland-area congestion. The new Atlanta Braves stadium complex is in the Cumberland area.

The projects are on the list of transportation projects the county hopes to fund with a proposed 1 percent sales tax, the Marietta Daily Journal reports. Cobb voters decide Nov. 4 whether to extend the county’s special purpose local option sales tax for another six years.

One project would add lanes to Interstate 285 between Cobb Parkway and Paces Ferry Road, and the other would add a separate ramp to the southbound Windy Hill Road exit on Interstate 75 for drivers looking to get on Circle 75 Parkway, the paper reports.

Home Depot now facing 21 class-action lawsuits over data breach


ATLANTA -- Lawyers across the country are donning orange aprons to tackle what's shaping up to be one monster of a Home Depot repair project.

At least 21 federal lawsuits have now been filed against the home improvement giant as of Oct. 10 stemming from its recent data breach, a review by Atlanta Business Chronicle found. That's up from about a dozen lawsuits filed as of Sept. 24.

The lawsuits are asking courts to grant them class-action status, meaning that if judges agree they would represent others hurt by the data breach. Because of their number and the fact that they've been filed in courts across the country, the lawsuits are likely to be combined into what's known as "multi-district litigation." At least one motion has already been filed in federal court in Atlanta to combine various lawsuitsover the Home Depot data breach.