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Atlanta breaks another pollen count record

ATLANTA -- Friday marks the 15th consecutive day Atlanta's pollen count has topped 1000, a new record. Friday's figure is 1275, high for mulberry, oak, pine and sycamore trees.

Metro unemployment exceeds Fayette rate in Feb.

Metro unemployment exceeds Fayette rate in Feb.

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate declined to nine percent in February.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate is down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.1 percent in January.

In Fayette County, the jobless rate was 8.2 percent in February.

Statewide, Georgia's February seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the seventh consecutive month to 9.1 percent -- the lowest rate since March of 2009, when it was also 9.1 percent.

Metro Dalton had the state's highest area unemployment rate at 12.3 percent. Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at seven percent.

Gov. Deal outlaws synthetic marijuana

ATLANTA -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Tuesday that outlaws all forms of synthetic marijuana in the state.

Synthetic marijuana is made by mixing marijuana-like compounds with different dried plants. The substance is legal and is sold in gas stations throughout Georgia.

The new legislation, SB 370, was named Chase's Law in honor of Chase Corbitt Burnett, a 16-year-old honor student and soccer player at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City. Chase passed away in his parents' home after smoking synthetic marijuana.

Chase's parents attended the bill signing, as did Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, House Speaker David Ralston and Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan.

FAYETTE CO. | Students score at Hawks Poetry Slam

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Five students from McIntosh High School have landed themselves in the the Atlanta Hawks Poetry Slam Contest finals. 

The students wrote original poems to the theme of "Born this Way" and explained things that make their generation unique. 

Haris Aslam, Ellen Husted, Patrick Pietrzak, Morgan Ritson, and Andrea Vargas are among the 15 high school students selected to compete for one of three placements in the final round of competition.

Students will perform their selections on March 29 in front of a judging panel. 

AJC Peachtree Road Race registration ends Thursday

ATLANTA -- Thursday is the last day to register online for a chance to run the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race.

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Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

Visit ajc.com/peachtree to enter the runners' lottery. Entrants will find other whether they were selected on Monday, Mar. 26.

Mega Millions rolls to $290M for Friday's drawing

ATLANTA (WXIA) - The Georgia Lottery says after no one matched all the numbers drawn Tuesday night, Friday night's Mega Millions jackpot has rolled to $290 million.

Six players from Georgia won $10,000 in Tuesday's drawing, from Acworth, Americus, Blairsville, Rome, Tennille and Villa Rica. One player in Valdosta was able to boost his $10,000 prize to $40,000 with the Megaplier option.

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The numbers drawn Tuesday night for Mega Millions were 1, 4, 6, 11, 14 and the Mega Ball 30.

A single winner in Friday night's drawing could pocket about $11 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option. A cash option player could win a single payment of about $205 million. Both of those figures are pre-tax amounts.

Pollen count breaks new record

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Bad news for allergy sufferers: it's another record-setting day for pollen levels.

Tuesday's pollen count is 9,368!

The Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic reports extremely high pollen levels for trees, namely beech, Birch, Mulberry and Oak. 

Tuesday's pollen is also high for grass and moderate for weeds like Sheep Sorrel and Dock.