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Judge hears argument to oust Obama from Georgia ballot

ATLANTA -- Will Georgians be able to vote for President Barack Obama in the March 6th primary?

Right now, that's still up in the air.

Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi did not issue following Thursday's hearing where plaintiffs presented a case that Mr. Obama is not a natural-born citizen and therefore ineligible to hold office as President of the Unite States.

Last week, Judge Malihi ordered the President to appear at Thursday's hearing, but his attorney Michael Jablonski said he would not be there. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp wrote to Jablonski on Wednesday that if Obama and his attorney don't show up, "you do so at your own peril."

Neither President Obama not his attorney attended Thursday's hearing.

Jablonski said Mr. Obama has long made his birth certificate and other documents proving his citizenship available to the public.

Ga. Dems hold public hearing on immigration

Ga. Dems hold public hearing on immigration

ATLANTA (AP) - House Democrats held a public hearing to gather testimony about effects of Georgia's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

A string of people said at the hearing Thursday that the law has harmed them or people they know.

Democrats have filed a bill that would essentially repeal that law. Another Democratic proposal aims to give small businesses more time before they must use a federal database meant to keep illegal immigrants from the workforce.

Republicans have a healthy majority in both chambers of the Legislature and leaders have said they won't support changes that weaken the law.

Rep. Rashad Taylor, an Atlanta Democrat, said it's important to keep fighting the law even if the Republican leadership is unlikely to allow action on their bills.

New faces appear in this week's Super 25 polls

ATLANTA -- Several teams are making their first apperances in the atlanta.highschoolsports.net Super 25 polls for this week.

The boys' teams from Osborne and Alexander join the Super 25 this week, while Carrollton appears in the girls' Super 25.

Milton continues to sit atop the boys' poll this week with Columbia, Douglas County, Shiloh and Westlake completing the top 5. McEachern still tops the girls' chart, with Wesleyan, Norcross, North Gwinnett and Parkview rounding out the top 5.

Metro unemployment exceeds Fayette rate in Dec.

Metro unemployment exceeds Fayette rate in Dec.

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unadjusted unemployment rate rose to 9.4 percent in December 2011.

Fayette County's unemployment rate was 8.6 percent.

Rates increased because of layoffs in construction, manufacturing, retail, administrative and support services, and accommodation and food services.

More Georgia labor market data is available at www.dol.state.ga.us.

Top Ga. judge calls for juvenile system reform

Top Ga. judge calls for juvenile system reform

ATLANTA -- Georgia's top judge says the state should overhaul its juvenile justice system, as lawmakers turn their focus to criminal courts for adult offenders.

Chief Justice Carol Hunstein of the Georgia Supreme Court told the General Assembly on Wednesday that putting nonviolent youth offenders into juvenile prisons does not predict the public and makes those children more likely to commit crimes as adults.

She said nearly two-thirds of the more than 10,000 young people behind bars have substance abuse problems. More than one-third have been diagnosed with mental health problems.

Hunstein said she supported proposals from Gov. Nathan Deal and state lawmakers to create alternative courts focused on treating adult addicts and military veterans. But she said similar changes must also be made to the juvenile justice system.

FAYETTE CO. | Schools honor counselors during national celebration

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Schools around Fayette County will be celebrating National School Counseling Week from February 6-10; the week is being sponsored by the American School Counseling Association. 

During the week, schools will hold different events to highlight the impact school counselors have on the lives of their students. 

"We are pleased and thankful for the efforts that our counselors make everyday. They are a vital support to our educational program here in Fayette," says Barbara Serapion, director of pupil personnel services.

The Fayette County School System employs 61 school counselors at the elementary, middle and high school levels. 

ATLANTA WEATHER | Storms move through, tornado watch cancelled

ATLANTA -- The tornado watch has been cancelled for all of north Georgia Monday afternoon.

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"Rain will continue to push off to the south east and leave behind a cool and cloudy day," 11Alive Meteorologist Mike Francis wrote on the Weather Information Zone blog.