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GA Tech says $475K stolen by employees at GTRI


ATLANTA, Ga. -- GA Tech says seven employees have either been fired or resigned in the wake of a year long investigation into P-Card abuse. The allegations and investigation were first reported on 11Alive last November.

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Investigators at Georgia Tech say the people named in the report stole nearly a half a million dollars, all of it taxpayer money in the form of federal grants.

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Orchestra, weekend limited view tickets released for 'Phantom'

Orchestra, weekend limited view tickets released for 'Phantom'

ATLANTA -- Due to popular demand, limited view tickets in the orchestra for all performances, including weekends, have been released for the premiere Atlanta engagement of Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.

The production is currently playing its premiere Atlanta engagement at the Fox Theatre  through November 2 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2014/2015 series.  With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of Phantom, the most successful musical of all time is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.

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.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 8.2 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.

MARTA union joins ASO musicians in rally


ATLANTA -- Union members from MARTA joined Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a protest at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta on Thursday.

ASO musicians have been on a lockout since Sept. 6 after a contract dispute with management. All performances and concerts have been cancelled until at least Nov. 8.

Hundreds of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra supporters and other union members showed up Thursday for the rally in Midtown.

The protestors say they are fighting for workers to get treated fairly even when the economy changes.

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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.

Fulton County offers 2 early voting weekends

Fulton County offers 2 early voting weekends

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County registered voters will have the opportunity to vote on Saturday and Sunday for the next two weekends.

During the weekend of Oct. 18 -19, seven Fulton County locations will be open for early voting.

During the weekend of Oct. 25 – 26, 19 Fulton County locations will be open for early voting.

Fulton County is offering more weekend voting opportunities than any other Georgia County. Residents are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the early voting period, including weekend voting.

“We hope that our expanded dates and locations for early voting will encourage more Fulton County registered voters to cast their ballots,” said Richard L. Barron, Director of the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections. "Voting early reduces lines on Election Day and is more convenient for voters."

Fulton County Early Voting Locations

Monday, October 13 - Friday, October 31

Beware of fake Uber drivers


ATLANTA (WXIA) – A warning – if you use one of those social media cab services, like Uber or Lyft, Atlanta Police say a man posing as a Uber driver picked up a woman on Sunday and tried to molest her.

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"I absolutely let my guard down," the woman said.

For a local woman, part of last Sunday was a blur. Like thousands of people in town for Pride, she had been out partying in Midtown.

"I left friends and didn't tell them," she said. "I wanted to get home and I just left."