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Frosty for a cause

Frosty for a cause

Wendy’s is giving us a good reason to buy a Frosty this weekend!  It’s the fifth annual Father's Day Frosty Weekend – when participating Wendy’s restaurants will donate 50 cents for every Frosty product sold June 18th – 19th to support Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The efforts are aiming to raise 1.7 million dollars!

And we're giving away a Wendy's Gift Card!

Read more on the Giveaway & How to Participate in the Father's Day Frosty Weekend ...

Ga. unemployment remains flat at 9.8 percent

Ga. unemployment remains flat at 9.8 percent

ATLANTA -- State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stayed at 9.8 percent last month, and there was a slight increase in payroll jobs.

Butler said Thursday the April rate was first reported at 9.9 percent, but was revised to 9.8 percent. The state's jobless rate was 10 percent in May a year ago.

Butler says businesses are beginning to expand their workforce, showing a gradual increase of confidence in the economy.

The number of payroll jobs increased 3,400 to 3,834,500 in May, up one-tenth of a percentage point from April. Most of the new jobs were in leisure and hospitality, with smaller increases in retail trade, health care, manufacturing, and construction.

For the third consecutive month, the number of long-term unemployed workers declined.

 

Nina in the Traffic Jam says Tuesday's 6/14 Morning Commute looks pretty normal

Atlanta --  Tuesday 6/14 morning commute looks pretty good. No major delays. Look out for the Braves game this early evening. 1st pitch is at 7:30

Make sure to follow Nina Brown and the Traffic Jam @11AliveTraffic for all the latest updates!

GDOT: Scam artists preying on drivers, job seekers

GDOT: Scam artists preying on drivers, job seekers

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation says scam artists posing as GDOT workers are targeting Metro Atlantans.  

In one case, GDOT said a driver with a flat tire pulled over on Interstate 75 near Moores Mill Road, where he was approached by a man wearing a gray safety vest in a white Dodge pickup truck. The man identified himself as a GDOT employee.

"They actually got the wheel from the tire, said if the motorist would give them 100 dollars they'd take the wheel, get a tire, put on it and bring it back," said GDOT spokesman Mark McKinnon.

"And of course, they were not one of our HERO units and they actually never returned."

GDOT said a second case involved a man who claimed to be a "federal job recruiter" approaching job seekers at various career fairs throughout Metro Atlanta.

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9-year-old's drowning could bring tougher Chattahoochee rules

9-year-old's drowning could bring tougher Chattahoochee rules

ATLANTA - The funeral for 9-year-old Anna Van Horn of Peachtree City was held Thursday afternoon.

She drowned while tubing on the Chattahoochee River with two adults and three other children last Friday.

Her death may now help bring about some tougher safety rules along the river.

"This is the third one so far within about six weeks within the National Recreation Area," said Park Service Superintendent Patty Wissinger.

"We had a couple last year and we have near misses nearly every single weekend," she added.

The National Park Service controls much, but not all, of 48 miles of river from Buford Dam down to Atlanta's Peachtree Creek.

More than 1 million people go down that stretch every year, many of them not really prepared.

"We see people in just about anything that floats; they'll come on swimming pool noodles; I've even seen people going down the river floating on their coolers," Wissinger said.

LOCAL PROFILE: Walter Banks, an unconventional historian

ATLANTA -- Walter Banks is the Atlanta Braves longest running usher and historian. Both, current and former players, make it a point to greet Walter before games and during practices.

However, in addition to Walter witnessing almost every game since 1965, he is pretty knowledgeable about everything dealing with sports, period. If you tell Walter a number he's usually able to rattle off all of the information related to sports and that number.

Walter is a gem of the organization and even has a suite named after himself. Meet Walter Banks, an unconventional historian.