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School districts cut jobs, boost class sizes

School districts cut jobs, boost class sizes

ATLANTA -- School districts are cutting teachers, enacting furloughs and increasing class sizes to fill budget holes.

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The Atlanta school board has approved cutting 375 positions and giving employees four furlough days next school year. The district is trying to make up for an expected $47 million shortfall.

In Gwinnett, the budget includes two furlough days and 600 jobs cut from the payroll. It also means two more students per classroom.

Severe Weather Forecast for Tonight and Monday!

Severe Weather Forecast for Tonight and Monday!

Our pleasant weekend weather pattern is about to change.  A trough in the jetstream to our north will direct a series of disturbances through the area tonight and tomorrow.  The Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, Oklahoma has forecast a slight risk of severe thunderstorms for Monday.  We will likely see two rounds of Thunderstorms which could turn severe.  The first one will hit overnight and into tomorrow morning the second round will move in later in the day.  Expect damaging winds up to 60 mph and large hair if these Thunderstorms turn severe.

50-year anniversary of tragedy that paralyzed Atlanta

ATLANTA -- On June 3, 1962, Frank Virgin, just two days into his 14th year, was awakened by his alarm clock.

"The clock radio went off that I had, and they said there'd been a plane crash in Paris, and that's how I found out," he said.

Frank's mother Lee, his grandmother Clementina and his aunt Frances were on that Air France plane that crashed on takeoff at the Orly Airfield near Paris. The three women were among the 106 Atlantans killed that day, making it the largest aviation disaster at that time.

"I was numb, completely numb," Virgin said. 

The shock of a devastated young boy extended to Atlanta and the nation.

"It was among the leading lights of the community who had gone there to do a tour of European museums," Woodruff Arts Center CEO Joe Bankoff said.

Fulton County Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Fulton County Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Hurricane Season

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Despite early activity, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict a near-normal hurricane season in 2012 Fulton County Health Services’ Office of Emergency Preparedness recommends that concerned residents start to prepare now.  The predictions are about normal for the Atlantic hurricane season, but come after several busier-than-average hurricane seasons.  There were 19 named storms in both 2011 and 2010.  NOAA's forecast is consistent with previous forecasts issued by the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University and the National Hurricane Center.

Weekend roadwork may affect traffic

Weekend roadwork may affect traffic

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has released a list of roadwork and closures through the weekend.

Clayton County

Two lanes of northbound and southbound Interstate 75/85 will be worked on between Mt. Zion Road and Old Dixie Highway. The work will happen from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday.

The leftmost lane of that same stretch of road will be worked on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Cobb County

Major work will happen on the exit ramp from I-75 to Barrett Parkway and I-575 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

DeKalb County

One right lane of I-20 westbound east of Wesley Chapel Road will be worked on from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday.

Beware of appliance repair scam

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- If you need repairs for any of your appliances, you might want to pay attention to a warning from Cobb County Police.

They are looking for a suspect who has scammed consumers out of thousands of dollars.

Since January, six Cobb County residents have filed criminal complaints against 37-year-old Jonathan Davis. Cobb Police Lt. Destiny Davidson said Davis is a suspect in similar scams in DeKalb, Douglas and Fulton counties. She said he purports to be an appliance repair man.

"He does an initial examination of their appliance and usually says we'll have to order this part or that part and requests money up front," Lt. Davidson said.

Even though she's not alone, Jennifer Ciarletta of Marietta said she feels embarrassed that she and her husband were duped by Davis.

City announces new call center

ATLANTA -- The City of Atlanta has announced the launch of a customer service line to enhance resident and visitor experiences.

The project, which was unveiled Thursday, will be implemented over the next 18 months and was funded by a $3.3 million grant awarded to the city last summer by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

"All Atlanta residents and visitors should expect and receive best-in-class customer service every time they interact with the city," Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement. "My administration's new customer service initiatives challenge and encourage City of Atlanta employees to be more efficient, courteous and professional. The city's workforce of more than 7,500 employees are Atlanta's ambassadors. When they take pride in their work, we all benefit."

This change includes a free citywide 311 customer service number and training for all city staff and personnel.