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What do you think Georgia's new license plates should look like?

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue has opened public voting for the state's new license plate design.

A contest was run earlier this year to allow artwork to be submitted for the new plate design. More than 500 entries were received by the deadline set by the Revenue Department.

RELATED: View the Proposed Plates & Vote for Your Favorite!

Storms making a comeback in Georgia

ATLANTA -- Showers and storms will be on the increase Tuesday ahead of a cold front moving into the Southeast. With daytime heating, lots of moist humid air and the added instability of the nearby front, showers and storms are expected to light up the skies.

Some of the storms are capable of turning strong to severe.  In fact, the Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, Oklahoma has placed almost the entire state of Georgia, including all of the Atlanta metro area, in a slight risk zone for severe thunderstorms.

Falling trees can injure and kill

Falling trees can injure and kill

ATLANTA -- Another round of storms means another round of fallen trees in Metro Atlanta.

LaShaundra Stansel is recovering after a huge tree crushed her car as she was driving home Sunday night on Henderson Mill Road.

"I saw the tree falling.  I tried to swerve, but I felt it as it came down across my seat and the passenger's seat," said Stansel.

Stansel managed to duck right before the tree struck and walked away from the accident with a split lip and a large bump on her forehead.

Not everyone has been so lucky this season.

Deals of the Day: Friday Night Free Entree at Panda Express

ATLANTA -- A printable coupon will get you a free orange chicken entree at Panda Express after 9 p.m. on Friday.

You can find that coupon plus snag another for a free sandwich at Arby's in the Deals of the Day on Atlanta MomsLikeMe

 

Detour: Escape routes for weekend roadwork

Detour: Escape routes for weekend roadwork

ATLANTA -- Whether your weekend travels take you on the Perimeter, Interstate 75, Interstate 85 or Interstate 20, odds are good you'll run into road construction and traffic. Here's how to avoid getting caught in the mess.

Clayton

I-75 SB from Old Dixie Hwy. (Exit 235) to Mt. Zion Blvd. (Exit 231)
9 p.m. Friday - 5 a.m. Saturday
2 right lanes

Alternate: Exit onto Forest Pkwy (Exit 237) and follow Westbound to Old Dixie Hwy. and turn right. Follow Old Dixie Hwy. across I-75 where it becomes Tara Blvd. Follow Tara Blvd. to Mt Zion Road and turn left. Follow Mt Zion Road to Mt. Zion Blvd. Turn left on Mt. Zion Blvd and follow back to I-75 Southbound.

DeKalb

More storms eye Metro Atlanta

More storms eye Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Another band of showers and storms will likely move into Metro Atlanta Thursday evening.  Showers and storms will become more widely scattered than Wednesday's storms, but a few storms will still be capable of packing a wallop with locally heavy rainfall, gusty winds, hail, and frequent lightning.

The forecast is calling for a general risk for a strong thunderstorm or two across northern and central Georgia.  However the Storm Prediction Center has placed a small portion of eastern Georgia in a slight risk zone for severe storms.

Forecast models indicate the possibility for new rainfall totals ranging from 1/4" to 3/4" rainfall and isolated spots receiving over 2 inches by Friday morning.

Fayette unemployment lower than Georgia rate in May

Fayette unemployment lower than Georgia rate in May

ATLANTA -- The unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta rose to 9.7 percent in May 2011, according to Georgia labor commissioner Mark Butler.

This is up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.6 percent in April.

Butler said the rate rose for two reasons. More than 21,000 new job seekers entered the labor force, but only about 15,000 of them found jobs. Also, Atlanta had a net loss of 900 jobs; an increase of 1,100 jobs in manufacturing and construction was offset by a loss of 2,000 service-related jobs.

The lowest area unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent, was recorded in Metro Athens, while the highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region in the Dublin area, at 12 percent.

Fayette County's unemployment rate was 8.1 percent.

May marked the 46th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent, up from 9 percent in April.