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Ga. to have statewide tornado drill

Ga. to have statewide tornado drill

ATLANTA -- Counties and cities across Georgia will participate in a statewide tornado drill.

The drill is scheduled for Wednesday about 9 a.m. by the National Weather Service. A special test message will be issued on NOAA weather radio and some counties and cities will sound their tornado sirens as part of the drill.

The event is part of "Severe Weather Awareness Week" in Georgia where state officials are encouraging families to develop emergency plans and buy a NOAA weather radio to receive alerts.

In the event of bad weather Wednesday, the drill will be moved to Friday.

Superintendent names 2012 AP STEM Achievement Schools

Superintendent names 2012 AP STEM Achievement Schools

ATLANTA -- Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge named 367 Advanced Placement Honor Schools in 2012.

Advanced Placement classes and exams are administed by the College Board and are designed to offer rigorous college-level learning options to high school students. Those who receive scores of 3, 4 or 5 on national AP exams may earn college credit.

"Georgia has much to be proud of when it comes to the success of Advanced Placement," Barge said Tuesday. "Much of this success can be attributed to the dedication to rigor and excellence at each of our AP Honor Schools."

AP STEM Achievement Schools are schools that test in at least two math and two science courses, and at least 40 percent of those math and science exams earn scores of 3 or higher.

Metro Atlanta's 2012 AP STEM Achievement Schools are:

Athens-Clarke County
* Clarke Central High

Atlanta Public Schools
* Grady High

ADOPT A PET: Meet Tess

ADOPT A PET: Meet Tess

 

NEWNAN, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a "companion" for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

ATLANTA – Powerball has soared to staggering heights. Wednesday’s jackpot has jumped to $250 million after no one matched all the winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing.

One Georgia Lottery player won $10,000 in Saturday’s drawing. The lucky ticket was purchased in Pooler.

The Powerball jackpot has been growing since Dec. 28 and has rolled 12 times.

 Powerball offers two payment options: the $250 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $156 million.

 Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

 As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The U.S. unemployment rate fell in January for a fifth straight month, to 8.3 percent, as the economy added nearly a quarter-million jobs.

The jobless rate -- down from December's 8.5 percent -- is the lowest in almost three years. The rate is now eight-tenths of a percentage point under what it was last August, the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

BLS' separate survey of employers showed that nonfarm payroll jobs rose by 243,000 last month, with businesse adding 257,000 positions and a slight drop in private-sector employment.

Many economists had expected less payroll growth, according to surveys.

It said that private-sector job growth was widespread in January, with large increases in professional and business services as well as leisure, hospitality and manufacturing.

It was the fourth straight month of job gains nationwide.

Milton and McEachern top the Super 25 boys, girls polls

ATLANTA -- The Milton boys and McEachern girls continue to lead the top the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 polls for this week. The computer generated polls for metro Atlanta teams are produced each week by USA Today.

   Columbia, Douglas County, Westlake, and Shiloh complete the top 5 for boys. Wesleyan, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Parkview make up the girls top 5..