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Man stabs pitbull inside Newnan pet store


NEWNAN, GA (WXIA) -- Police are investigating the stabbing of a pit bull inside a Petsmart Sunday afternoon. It happened in front of dozens of families with children during one of the advertised adoption days.

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Teresa Reeves was there with her fiance, Mike Wohler, and her 10 year-old daughter.

"It is the worst thing I've ever seen," said Reeves.

According to the police report, a volunteer with the Newnan-Coweta Humane Society was walking a pit bull named Clara. Clara managed to slip out of her collar and approached a smaller white Westie Terrier and was pulling on its ear.

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a surprise for drivers who plan to visit Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend.

All construction-related road closures in metro Atlanta will be suspended from Friday at noon to Tuesday at 9 a.m. GDOT said while some long-term closures may remain in place for safety reasons, no new ones will be added unless there is an emergency.

Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the area, thanks to a number of major Labor Day events:

* Dragon Con
* AJC Decatur Book Festival
* Black Gay Pride
* Oral-B USA 500 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)
* Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Georgia Dome)
* Braves v. Marlins/Phillies (Turner Field)
* Celebrate Freedom (Marietta)

Hospital helps couple celebrate 55th anniversary

Hospital helps couple celebrate 55th anniversary

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Gloria and Raymond Costa celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary at Piedmont Newnan Hospital because Raymond was having some health issues.

When the hospital found out it was the Newnan couple's anniversary, staff members upped the ante on dinner. The Costas were served grilled salmon, fettuccine Alfredo, fruit salad in a champagne flute and carrot cake drizzled with raspberry sauce.

Gloria and Raymond Costa have been married since 1959, when Raymond returned home from the Korean War. They have two children and six grandchildren.

Happy 55th anniversary to the Costas.

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Newnan hospital execs take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Newnan hospital execs take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Six Piedmont Newnan Hospital leaders accepted the ice bucket challenge to benefit ALS right on the front lawn of the hospital Friday afternoon.

Chief Financial Officer John Miles, Chief Nursing Officer Jason Smith, Chief Operating Officer Nathan Nipper, Chief Medical Officer Jeffrey Folk, Executive Director of Human Resources Clay Boyles and Chief Executive Officer Mike Robertson are shown in this photo right after they all got doused with buckets full of ice water.

You can watch the entire video of the event on facebook.com/piedmontnewnanhospital.

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

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Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Coweta County's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.