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Family wants stadium memorial honoring fallen iron worker


ATLANTA----For a Stone Mountain family it was a devastating blow. They lost their son and brother when he fell to his death as he was helping to build the new Olympic Stadium, now Turner Field.

Jack Falls was welding lights atop the stadium on March 2, 1995, when the cables gave way and he plunged more than 100 feet to the ground. Fellow iron workers wasted no time in dedicating a memorial plaque for Falls, which now is posted on a stadium wall.

Now, the Atlanta Braves moving to a new Cobb County Stadium and the fate of Turner Field in doubt, fall sister Lynne Falls-Shriber, raised her voice looking to retrieve a lasting memento still posted at the Stadium. So far, she has gotten nowhere to gain possession of the Plaque for a family memorial at Falls' grave site.

Atlanta-area unemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment date declined again.

April's rate was 6.5 percent, down from 6.8 percent in March and 7.7 percent in April 2013.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created 18,000 new jobs last month. Over the past five years, metro Atlanta has gained an average of 13,000 jobs from March to April.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent, in April 2014. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 8.8 percent.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 7.4 percent last month.

Training and job search assistance in Fulton County

Training and job search assistance in Fulton County

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Young people in Fulton County in need of that first summer job or training to help them prepare for the workplace can find assistance through the Fulton County Office of Workforce Development, where teens and young adults between 16 and 21 years old can receive employment assistance and leadership training.

The Office of Workforce Development wants young people to apply for participation in the Youth Enrichment Services (YES) program. YES is a year-round comprehensive youth training and employment program that can lead to gainful employment and enriching work experiences.

The program increases work opportunities for youth, encourages leadership and independent thinking that help young people to stay focused and find alternatives to activities that could cloud or damage their futures.  YES also assists Fulton County youth with evaluating and accomplishing their educational and career goals as well as fulfilling their personal potential.

Fulton County residents reminded to vote on Election Day

Fulton County residents reminded to vote on Election Day

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Tuesday, May 20, registered voters in Fulton County are reminded to cast their ballots at their designated precinct.

Due to county redistricting, residents were mailed new voter registration cards indicating precinct number and poll location. The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections encourages all registered voters to call 404-612-7020 if they have questions regarding the new cards.

“Registered voters need to remember that their voting precinct and poll might have changed based on the new redistricting map,” states Richard Barron, Director of Fulton county Registration and Elections. “They should check their cards to make sure they know where to vote on May 20. We want everyone to show up at the right location.”

Students encouraged to read this summer

Students encouraged to read this summer

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has created a 2014 Summer Reading Challenge for students in all grades.

The program was announced Thursday at Timber Ridge Elementary School in Cobb County. Its goal is to close the achievement gap that widens during the summer months, when children often don't read.

"No student should have to start the school year having fallen behind," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "That's what we know, and that's what we're committed to preventing, because that loss is preventable."

The challenge encourages students to read for at least 15 to 30 minutes every day. The GDOE outlined suggested summer goals for children based on their school years:

* K-2: 10 books
* 3-5: 8 chapter books
* 6-12: 5 fiction books and 5 nonfiction books

'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

(WXIA) -- "Avoid I-20 if you can." That warning, from Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle, applies to Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

Several road projects and lane closures will be in place along the east-west highway.

"We don't like to close lanes, but the work has to get done, and we have to take advantage of the good-weather weekends," Pringle said in a release.

Scheduled I-20 projects include:

* Two left eastbound lanes will be closed between Highway 138 (Rockdale) and Alcovy Road (Newton) from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right westbound lanes will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads (Douglas) from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right eastbound lanes will be closed between Liberty and Bill Arp roads (Douglas) from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

Atlanta Public Schools high school graduations

Atlanta Public Schools high school graduations

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools has released the list of graduation dates and times for its high schools.

All ceremonies are held at the Atlanta Civic Center, which is located at 395 Piedmont Avenue NE.

Friday, May 23
* 4 p.m. -- Crim Open Campus HS
* 6 p.m. -- Coretta Scott King HS/B.E.S.T. Academy
* 8 p.m. -- Douglass HS

Saturday, May 24
* 9 a.m. -- Grady HS
* 12 p.m. -- Washington HS
* 3 p.m. -- Carver HS
* 6 p.m. -- Mays HS

Sunday, May 25
* 9 a.m. -- North Atlanta HS
* 12 p.m. -- Maynard Jackson HS
* 3 p.m. -- Therrell HS
* 5:30 p.m. -- South Atlanta HS