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Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

Fayette official: We'll try out driverless car

Fayette official: We'll try out driverless car

FAYETTE COUNTY, GA – A new survey shows three out of four Americans wouldn't mind having a driverless or autonomous car.

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown wants a lot of them.

"We've had auto pilot airplanes forever and we knew eventually it was going to come to cars," Brown told 11Alive News on Monday.

With his hands firmly on the wheel of his car, Brown said he believes driverless cars will soon be a reality on America's roads and he wants to steer them to his area.

Unlike more crowded parts of metro Atlanta, Brown believes Fayette County has just the right mix of state highways, neighborhoods and back roads to host the nation's first major test program.

"If you're going to test a vehicle, one thing you need is a lot of movement, a lot of test driving; we would have that," he said.

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta climbed again last month.

June's rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May, but much lower than last June's 8.6 percent.

Fayette County's unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is due to end-of-summer job loss among non-contract school workers, an influx of graduates and students entering the workforce, and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

So far, metro Atlanta has gained slightly more than 58,000 jobs in 2014 -- a good sign for those who are looking for work.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest June unemployment rate, at 6.3 percent. The highest was 10.4 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Primary runoff election results

Primary runoff election results

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Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Tracy Humphrey has your weekend forecast

Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.

Pike Nurseries to hold terrarium classes

Pike Nurseries to hold terrarium classes

(WXIA) -- Pike Nurseries is offering two classes for customers who want to bring the outdoors into their homes.

On Saturday, July 19, Pike shoppers can attend a free terrarium and fairy garden class, where they will learn how to create and maintain glass gardens.

The class is free and will be held at every Pike Nurseries location at 9 a.m.

A similar class geared toward children will be hosted Wednesday, July 23 at 10 a.m., also at every Pike store. Children will make their own fairy gardens to take home. The class costs $14.99 per child.

Visit pikenursery.com for more information and to find your nearest Pike.

Dragon Boat Races move to Lake McIntosh

Dragon Boat Races move to Lake McIntosh

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City's annual Dragon Boat Races will return this fall in a brand new location.

As Lake Peachtree is still empty, this year's races will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 at Lake McIntosh.

The local convention and visitors bureau is looking for performers and vendors interested in participating. For more information, visit ptcdragonboats.org.