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Nearly 90 metro Atlanta schools near bottom of barrel

Nearly 90 metro Atlanta schools near bottom of barrel

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has released a list of 156 schools labeled as "focus" schools under the state's new accountability system.

The schools, many of which are in metro Atlanta, are one step above the state's worst performing schools, called "priority" schools, which were released last week. The "focus" schools are ones with a graduation rate of less than 60 percent over two years or have large gaps between the highest and lowest achieving subgroup of students on campus.

Subgroups can be determined by race, special needs and family income.

The state was one of 10 to win waivers last month from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Pollen count breaks new record

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Bad news for allergy sufferers: it's another record-setting day for pollen levels.

Tuesday's pollen count is 9,368!

The Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic reports extremely high pollen levels for trees, namely beech, Birch, Mulberry and Oak. 

Tuesday's pollen is also high for grass and moderate for weeds like Sheep Sorrel and Dock.

Mega Millions rises to $241M for Tuesday night

ATLANTA (WXIA) - Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot has jumped to an estimated $241 million for Tuesday's drawing after no one matched all the winning numbers drawn last Friday night.

Friday's winning numbers were 28, 29, 43, 51, 53 and the Mega Ball 7. Two Georgia Mega Millions players, one in Norcross and another in Kingsland, won $10,000 Friday, and one player in Fairburn won $30,000.

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The jackpot has rolled over 15 times since the last jackpot was awarded in late January.

A single winning ticket in Tuesday's drawing could net a winner about $9.2 million a year for the next 26 years under the annuity option, or a single payment under the cash option of about $171 million - before taxes.

Starbucks opens first juice store

Starbucks opens first juice store

SEATTLE -- Starbucks Corp. is pushing beyond coffee with the opening of its first Evolution Fresh Inc. juice store, the company said Monday.

Starbucks, which is looking for new businesses in which to grow, purchased the California-based juice maker in November for $30 million. The new Evolution Fresh store is in Bellevue, Wash.

Aside from juices, Evolution Fresh shops will have wraps, soups, salads, and vegetarian and vegan options.

Starbucks said Evolution Fresh drinks, already available in grocery stores, will make their way into Starbucks' company-owned stores later this year.

Cocktail-infused cupcakes will guarantee a sweet weekend

Cocktail-infused cupcakes will guarantee a sweet weekend

NORCROSS, Ga. -- Spring is almost here! Why not celebrate with cocktails and cupcakes? Or, better yet, why not combine the two and feast on some cocktail-infused cupcakes?

Cupcake on the Rocks is offering a sweet deal for DealChicken members -- two dozen cupcakes for $24 instead of the usual $84. Some of the delicious boozy flavors include Margarita, Strawberry Daiquiri, Lemon Drop and White Russian, and all are infused with real alcohol.

Drinking a cupcake doesn't appeal to you? Cupcake on the Rocks also offers several "normal" flavors, including Red Velvet, Chocolate, Banana Pudding, Vanilla Bean and even PB & J.

WEEKEND EVENTS | More than St. Patricks Day --

ATLANTA -- The Empire City of the South is heating up and dwellers are crawling out from their winter hibernation. The weekend forecast calls for bright skies and Atlantans all over the metro will be out soaking up the sun. Check out some of the events being held around the city. 

Fernbank Museum is hosting their weekly 'Martinis and IMAX' event for the young and modern crowd. This weekly kickback claims to offer an alternative to the "so last year" bar scene, every Friday from 6:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. Purchase tickets online or by phone at 404-929-6400.