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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.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 7.7 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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Blimpie celebrates 50th birthday with 50¢ sandwiches

Blimpie celebrates 50th birthday with 50¢ sandwiches

(WXIA) -- Friday, Apr. 4 is Blimpie's 50th anniversary, and the Arizona-based sandwich chain is celebrating with a great lunch deal.

The first 200 customers at participating restaurants next Friday will receive regular-sized Blimpie Best subs for only 50¢.

Blimpie will also hold a contest in May and June to send one lucky winner and a guest to the 50th state -- Hawaii -- and will give away fantastic prizes all year, including tablets, sandwiches and $50 gift cards.

For more information about all of Blimpie's promotions and to find a location, visit blimpie.com.

Georgia Tech ranks #3 for smartest students


ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech is ranked No. 3 on a new list of "The 20 Public Colleges with the Smartest Students" compiled by Business Insider.

Says BI, "With the rapidly rising price of college tuition, many top students are realizing you don't need to pay an arm and a leg for a quality education, and that state schools are just as great."

BI says it compiled the ranking based on Niche's lists of smartest girls and smartest guys.

According to Niche's website, it provides in-depth reviews and analysis on colleges and K-12 schools in the United States. Founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students as College Prowler, the company has since grown into one of the largest content startups in the country, Niche says.

The Top 10 schools on the list are:

1) College of William and Mary

2) University of California, Berkeley

Fulton County Workforce Investment Act Board to meet Thursday

Fulton County Workforce Investment Act Board to meet Thursday

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System – Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) will meet Thursday, March 27, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will be held in Room 242 at the Adamsville Regional Health Center, 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta.

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and to creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.

WIA helps Georgia move toward a comprehensive, customer-focused workforce investment system where Job Seeker and Employer customers alike can access a wide range of workforce-related tools and information needed to manage their work activities. Services are provided through a network of One-Stop Centers statewide.

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Disney’s The Lion King to play at the Fox Theatre

Disney’s The Lion King to play at the Fox Theatre

ATLANTA -- The rhythm of the Pridelands will pulsate throughout the Fabulous Fox Theatre as The Lion King takes center stage April 10 through 27. This three-week Atlanta run is part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2013-2014 series.

Preview performances are Thursday, April 10; Friday, April 11; and the matinee performance on Saturday, April 12 with the official opening night performance on Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m.

See the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation that Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment."

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.

APS moves to prosecute parents who falsified documents


ATLANTA – Atlanta Public School Superintendent Erroll Davis said Friday that the school system was moving to prosecute parents who falsified documents involving the recruitment of athletes at Grady High School.