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Don’t let pool chemicals ruin summer swims

Don’t let pool chemicals ruin summer swims

ATLANTA -- School is out and neighborhoods all across Georgia are opening their swimming pools for the season. To protect consumers, eye care experts are asking swimmers to be aware that an imbalance of chemicals in the water may put their vision and eye health at risk.

The Georgia Optometric Association is urging people to take simple steps that will protect the health of their eyes and help them avoid problems such as chemical conjunctivitis and chemical keratitis.

This weekend is a great time to save a 4-legged friend

This weekend is a great time to save a 4-legged friend

Fulton County Animal Services is FULL.  When most county animal control shelters get full, they just quietly start killing animals.  However, FCAS is now run by LifeLine Animal Project, which wants to save all healthy, friendly animals, so the shelter is pulling out all the stops to get animals adopted into loving homes.

Memorial Day traffic to be busiest since recession

Memorial Day traffic to be busiest since recession

(WXIA) -- Travel experts predict a new post-recession high for Memorial Day Weekend.

Mark Jenkins, spokesman for the AAA pointed to the long winter as one reason: "A long and unusually harsh winter game many Americans the travel bug." He says the rising temperatures and an improving economy mean a projected 36.1 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles Memorial Day Weekend.

The Memorial Day travel period is measured from Thursday, May 22 to Monday, May 26th. More than 8 in 10 will drive to their destinations. But the biggest increases came in other modes. Cruise, trains, and buses will see an increase of 6.5%.

Even though the numbers are up, more than half of people in the Southeast (57%) haven't made plans yet. "Hotel and car rental reservations are filling up fast for Memorial Day," AAA spokesman Jessica Brady said. She said making plans now will ensure you find a good price.

Atlanta-area unemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment date declined again.

April's rate was 6.5 percent, down from 6.8 percent in March and 7.7 percent in April 2013.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created 18,000 new jobs last month. Over the past five years, metro Atlanta has gained an average of 13,000 jobs from March to April.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent, in April 2014. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 8.8 percent.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 7.4 percent last month.

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ASCAP heats up ATL Live On the Park with a Ladies Night edition

ASCAP heats up ATL Live On the Park with a Ladies Night edition

ATLANTA -- The ladies of Atlanta put on their best heels, stepped out, and knocked ATL Live out of Piedmont Park. ASCAP hosted a special “Ladies Night” edition of the popular music series that boasted a few of their best female performers including incredible vocalist Mylah, the rising R&B sensation from Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Demetria McKinney, and Grammy Award-winning songwriter, Crystal Nicole. Kenny Burns returned to host the show alongside DJ Trauma and the house band, Quinn and Jukebox.

Training and job search assistance in Fulton County

Training and job search assistance in Fulton County

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Young people in Fulton County in need of that first summer job or training to help them prepare for the workplace can find assistance through the Fulton County Office of Workforce Development, where teens and young adults between 16 and 21 years old can receive employment assistance and leadership training.

The Office of Workforce Development wants young people to apply for participation in the Youth Enrichment Services (YES) program. YES is a year-round comprehensive youth training and employment program that can lead to gainful employment and enriching work experiences.

The program increases work opportunities for youth, encourages leadership and independent thinking that help young people to stay focused and find alternatives to activities that could cloud or damage their futures.  YES also assists Fulton County youth with evaluating and accomplishing their educational and career goals as well as fulfilling their personal potential.