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Ringgold residents return to 'utter devastation'

Ringgold residents return to 'utter devastation'

RINGGOLD, Ga. -- As homeowners hit by this week's tornadoes take stock of what's left and what's lost, they are looking to the state and federal government for help getting their lives back together.


RELATED: 11Alive to host tornado relief special Friday


"We need some federal money to help with the front-end cost and for the long term for individuals," Gov. Nathan Deal told 11Alive News.


He spoke to the president by phone and sent him a letter requesting federal assistance. "He obviously expressed sympathy to the families that had lost individuals, but also promised that he would have the federal agencies to continue to work with our state agencies."

Getting around this weekend's construction

ATLANTA - Plenty of road construction this weekend across Metro Atlanta, and we've got your alternates so you can get around the backups.

Cobb / Fulton

I-75 NB/SB between 10th/14th Street (Exit 250) and Cumberland Blvd. (Exit 258)
8 p.m. Friday - 5 a.m. Monday
3 left lanes

Alternate for I-75 Southbound: With this many lanes blocked, an alternate may be necessary. You can take exit 259 and follow to US 41 - Cobb Pkwy. Turn left on Cobb Pkwy. and follow across the river where it becomes Northside Pkwy. Follow Northside Pkwy. across Moores Mill Road where it becomes Northside Drive. Follow Northside Drive all the way to 14th or 10th Street.  If traffic gets really bad, take I-285 Southbound to I-20 Eastbound back into Downtown Atlanta.

DEA ATLANTA hosts 2nd pill takeback event on April 30th

DEA ATLANTA hosts 2nd pill takeback event on April 30th

Atlanta, GA --  On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and numerous state and local law enforcement agencies will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  You can bring your medications for disposal to numerous sites across the state and the metro Atlanta area.

Pets in panic, helping them through storms

Pets in panic, helping them through storms

ATLANTA -- Your cat, dog, maybe even your bird is going nuts! You don't know what is going wrong until suddenly you notice the blue sky has suddenly grown dark.  A storm is coming from nowhere.  Somehow your pet had a clue before you did.

Many pet owners will tell you, their dogs and cats can do some pretty strange things when they're stressed by severe weather.  "A lot of them can hurt themselves," Dr. Shannon South, a veterinarian at the Briarcliff Animal Clinic said Monday. "I've seen dogs jump through windows.  I've seen them going missing for a couple of weeks at a time."

Dr. South said dog's habits can be changed, if they're young.  "Try to redirect their activity.  Get them to play. Make the storm a good experience," she advised pet owners.

Fayette unemployment lower than national rate in March

Fayette unemployment lower than national rate in March

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta decreased to 9.8 percent in March.

This is down four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.2 percent in February.

Metro Atlanta's jobless rate was 10.1 percent in March 2010.

"The unemployment rate decreased in Atlanta, as well as in all of the state's other 24 local areas," said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

Top 5 ways to ward off computer hackers

ATLANTA - It could happen to anyone.

That's the warning from an ex-hacker turned computer security specialist. Gregory Evans spent years hacking computers, tapping into everything from high school grades to corporate business files. Now, he's using his powers for good: trying to keep cyber-crimes from happening to anyone else.

Evans is the CEO of LIGATT Security International in Norcross, a company investigating high-tech crime and working to keep computers secure. He says everyone is susceptible to hackers, but there are some things you can do to help ward them off:

FDA To Delta: You've Got Rats On A Plane.

    Snakes on a plane was the premise of a movie.

   Rats on a plane was the real thing.

   Federal officials say it happened at the end of January, when the FDA inspected a Delta Airlines jet at Hartsfield Jackson International.

   An inspector found evidence of rodent infestation on the craft, specifically waste pellets in the galley area, where the food is kept and prepared.  The inspection also found them on the right aisle of the plane "over seats C3 to C7."  Even more pellets "too numerous to count" were discovered above the galley in the ceiling area.