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Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

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HGTV chooses Residences at Mandarin Oriental for Urban Oasis contest

ATLANTA – HGTV announced Monday that a 2,000 square foot residence at the Residences at Mandarin Oriental on Peachtree Road in Buckhead will be the location of the network's HGTV Urban Oasis 2014 giveaway.

The 37th floor home is now under construction at the building and will be part of a prize package valued at over $1 million.

The home will be decorated by noted interior designer Lindsay Pumpa, and features two bedrooms and two and one-half bathrooms, which are separated from the remainder of the home so that it does not feel like your ordinary high-rise residence. A 300 square-foot east-facing terrace provides a panoramic view of Stone Mountain. The home also has floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the space.

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta climbed again last month.

June's rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May, but much lower than last June's 8.6 percent.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 8.4 percent in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is due to end-of-summer job loss among non-contract school workers, an influx of graduates and students entering the workforce, and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

So far, metro Atlanta has gained slightly more than 58,000 jobs in 2014 -- a good sign for those who are looking for work.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest June unemployment rate, at 6.3 percent. The highest was 10.4 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

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Fulton County needs input on consolidated planning document, annual action plan

Fulton County needs input on consolidated planning document, annual action plan

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County is in the process of planning and preparing its 5-year Consolidated Planning Document to determine the needs of the community in developing viable urban communities.  The plan provides decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities principally for low and moderate- income persons.

The Consolidated Planning Process uses Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The final Consolidated Plan document will describe the County’s plan to pursue the goals for all community planning and development programs serving Fulton County communities outside of the City of Atlanta, Roswell and Sandy Springs utilizing these federal grant dollars from HUD.

Woman shot at Residence Inn during apparent robbery

ATLANTA -- A woman was shot Monday morning after she says two men tried to rob her and force their way into her hotel room.

According to Atlanta Police spokesperson Kim Jones, it happened just before 6:30 a.m. at the Residence Inn on Piedmont Road.

The woman told police she and her boyfriend were walking their dog when two black men approached them as they were about to go back into their room.

She said one had a gun and they tried to force their way in the room. The woman said the suspect shot her dog, and then started shooting into the room.

The woman was shot in the arm and taken to the hospital.

Police arrested one suspect a short time later and are still looking for the second one.

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Tracy Humphrey has your weekend forecast

Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.