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Prevent the dreaded Memorial Day hangover

Prevent the dreaded Memorial Day hangover

ATLANTA - When a Memorial Day weekend's forecast includes sunny skies and highs in the upper 80s - 9s on the WIZometer - there's a good bet people will be spending a lot of time outside. 

And when people spend a lot of time out by the pool or on the lake, there's probably alcohol around.

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can have devastating consequences. So, it's always a good policy to drink responsibly, assign a designated driver and keep things safe when you're drinking. 

But, as anybody who's had a little too much to drink will tell you, the dreaded hangover is the most common consequence of over-drinking.

Prevent the dreaded Memorial Day hangover

Prevent the dreaded Memorial Day hangover

ATLANTA - When a Memorial Day weekend's forecast includes sunny skies and highs in the upper 80s - 9s on the WIZometer - there's a good bet people will be spending a lot of time outside. 

And when people spend a lot of time out by the pool or on the lake, there's probably alcohol around.

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can have devastating consequences. So, it's always a good policy to drink responsibly, assign a designated driver and keep things safe when you're drinking. 

But, as anybody who's had a little too much to drink will tell you, the dreaded hangover is the most common consequence of over-drinking.

Coweta unemployment lower than Georgia rate in April 2011

Coweta unemployment lower than Georgia rate in April 2011

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate decreased to 9.7 percent in April 2011.

That's down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.8 percent in March.

The rate decreased because there were 16,400 new jobs added in Metro Atlanta in April, mostly in leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services.

The lowest Georgia rate, at 7.1 percent, was recorded in Metro Athens, while the highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region around Dublin, with 11.5 percent unemployment.

Coweta County had an 8.9 percent unemployment rate in April.

April 2011 marks the 43rd consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.0 percent.

FAYETTE CO.: DNR working to catch alligator spotted in family's pond

SENOIA, Ga. -- An alligator has unexpectedly found a new and comfortable home in a family's pond on the Fayette County - Coweta County line near Senoia. Now the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is spending hours on end trying to get it out.

The alligator spends most of its time submerged in the water, occasionally exposing its eyes and part of its snout. Kevin Kramer with the Department on Natural Resources says their goal is to bring the animal out alive.

It was Monday afternoon when Pat Dennis spotted the gator swimming in the pond in front of the home of his neighbor, Judy Voyles, off of Georgia Highway 85 east of Senoia, and south of Peachtree City and Fayetteville.

Then Judy Voyles' daughter, Kristy Thompson, posted photos of the gator on her Facebook page.

NEWNAN: Bridging the Gap needing help themselves

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Bridging the Gap in Newnan is a group that helps feed 800 families in need each week, but this week they had to focus on themselves for a little while.

They nearly lost food that was intended for tornado victims in Meriwether County, when someone stole the copper out of their air conditioning units.

"If you would steal copper pipe for $20, you must be pretty desperate," said board member Tim Coleman.

The volunteers, who minister to people who cannot get their own food, were desperate themselves a few days ago. Pained by the scramble to save it from spoiling, and the idea that at some time, the they had probably helped the copper thieves.

Clock ticking for disaster-related job aid

ATLANTA -- State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says application deadlines are approaching to file initial claims for disaster unemployment assistance benefits relating to tornadoes that struck the state late last month.

Butler says workers in Bartow, Catoosa, Coweta, Dade, Floyd, Greene, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Spalding, Troup and Walker counties have until next Wednesday to file initial claims.

The deadline is the following day in Gordon, Harris, Heard and Lumpkin counties, while workers in Cherokee, Habersham, Newton, Upson and White counties have an additional day, until June 3.

The federal program's maximum weekly benefit is $330.

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

ATLANTA -- State lawmakers are planning to meet next week to hammer out solutions for more than a dozen charter schools that face closing after a Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state commission that created them is unconstitutional.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Fran Millar said the meeting is set for June 3 at 10 a.m. at the Capitol. The Atlanta Republican says the goal is to make sure the 16,000 students enrolled in the schools have an "education setting that meets their needs" when school starts this fall.

Millar has invited several state officials, including state schools Superintendent John Barge and Mark Peevy, executive director of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.