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Georgia Senate OK's plan to pay off unemployment debt

Georgia Senate OK's plan to pay off unemployment debt

ATLANTA (AP) -- After nearly two hours of debate, the Georgia Senate has voted to approve a proposal that would reduce the number of weeks people could collect unemployment.

The measure was passed by a 34-13 vote split along partisan lines. The plan also reduces the amount employers would have to pay to tackle a $736 million debt the state owes on federal funds used to pay unemployment benefits in recent years.

The proposal would repay that debt by 2014 and replenish the state's unemployment trust fund by 2016 to $1.1 billion. Supporters argued the plan was painful but necessary, and shared the burden among businesses, the unemployed and the state.

While Democrats agreed action was necessary to repay the debt, several blasted the plan as potentially unconstitutional and harmful to the unemployed.

My Damage Survey of the Rome Tornado

My Damage Survey of the Rome Tornado

At approximately 10:04 a tornado touched down in Rome, GA.... It traveled around 3 miles with around 95mph winds and at one point it was around 75yards wide. Not a very wide or long tracked tornado, but if you were hit by it it was life changing. I headed up to Rome yesterday to survey the damage myself to see what I thought since the NWS had just issued a statement that it was an ef1. This will be an analysis of what I saw and my conclusion.

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Milton and McEachern are tops as State Playoffs start

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The latest edition of the HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 polls are here just in time for the State Tournament. The Milton boys and McEachern girls continue lead the way and have to be considered pre-tournament favorites.

   Columbia, North Cobb Christian, Miller Grove and Shiloh complete the boys top 5. Wesleyan is up to number 2 this week, followed by North Gwinnett, Norcross, and unbeaten Parkview rounding out the girls top 5..

  The Super 25 poll for Metro Atlanta teams is computer generated and produced each week by USA Today for Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net.

Storms Moving SE/Temps Dropping

Storms Moving SE/Temps Dropping

After wall to wall coverage with tornado warnings this morning, we aren't really getting too much in the form of damage reports.  Only a few trees and tree limbs down mainly south and east of Atlanta. 

The storms continue moving to the south and east and will push away during the afternoon.  The tornado watch remains in effect until 4pm, however, I expect many counties in the metro area to be removed from the watch at any time.

Protecting our kids from stranger danger

ATLANTA -- We've had several stories in the headlines lately about adults preying on children.

In Dunwoody this week, police issued a warning after a suspicious man in a van was driving around and spotted talking to a little girl in a neighborhood off of Roberts Road.

RELATED | Mysterious van may be 'stalking' Dunwoody kids
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Then Wednesday, two young children were abducted in DeKalb County by a stranger who stopped on the highway, seemingly to help the kids' mom with her broken down car.

THE DISH | Feb. 22, 2012

ATLANTA -- 11Alive's panel of experts discusses the day's hot issues in a segment known as "The Dish."

Today, the topics of conversation include abstinence-only education leading to higher teen birth rates, Cobb County's proposed ban on smoking in parks and schools paying children to attend their classes.

Where can I give blood in Acworth?

Where can I give blood in Acworth?

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta residents have plenty of opportunities to give blood to the American Red Cross between now and the summer.

An up-to-date list of donation times and locations can always be obtained by entering a zip code at redcrossblood.org. Several blood drives have already been scheduled in Acworth:

Tuesday, Feb. 21
LifeQuest Fitness
2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 7
Heritage Presbyterian Church
1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 20
LifeQuest Fitness
2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 29
Allatoona High School
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Apr. 17
LifeQuest Fitness
2 p.m. to 7 p.m.