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TRUTH TEST | Will the TSPLOST spur the economy?

ATLANTA -- A new ad supporting a penny sales tax that would fund billions in transportation improvements across metro Atlanta began airing on TV stations last week.

The ad makes some bold claims and some even bigger promises, which we decided to put to the test.

The ad claims Atlanta's traffic problems are actually costing the state billions in wasted gas and lost time and productivity.

The ad, which was created and paid for by Citizens for Transportation Mobility, bases its claim on the Texas Traffic Institution annual report. The reports estimates Atlanta's gridlock costs the state and its citizens nearly $2.5 billion annually.

The ad also claims the penny sales tax will spur job creation and strengthen the local economy. The tax would fund more than 150 transportation projects in 10 metro counties. The price tag is an estimated $8 billion.

McLane ends spring as GSU's #1 quarterback

ATLANTA-As Georgia State concluded spring practice with a final scrimmage Friday morning, redshirt freshman Ben McLane emerged as the Panthers number one quarterback.

McLane, from Snellville, Ga., has been running with the first offense the last two weeks, moving in front of junior returnees Kelton Hill and Bo Schlechter. A former state championship winner at Brookwood High School, McLane overtook the two veterans, who combined to start nine of GSU's 11 games in 2011, with consistency and accuracy.

"Ben was the most consistent quarterback and the most accurate quarterback this spring," said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach John Bond. "Day-in and day-out, he did a good job completing passes and managing the offense.

"In the offseason, he needs to continue to work hard on his game and he needs to continue to study the offense - all the things he's been doing that have allowed him to play beyond his years."

DeMarco Morgan to host Corporate Code benefit

ATLANTA (WXIA) - 11Alive's DeMarco Morgan is hosting an exclusive event at Facconable's Lenox Square location benefitting Corporate Code, a non-profit program designed to help displaced men obtain interview appropriate attire and career counseling. 

The event shows Facconable's 2012 collection on Wednesday, April 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Shoppers will receive a 15 percent discount on purchases that night when they bring in an item to donate to Corporate Code.

RSVP for the event at events@CorporatecodeATL.org.

Apple releases Java patch to thwart virus

(USA TODAY) -- Apple launched a key security update earlier this week patching a hole in Java that left Mac owners exposed to malicious programs.

Ars Technica has the complete details, citing research from Russian anti-virus company Dr. Web.

According to their report, an unpatched portion of Java left Mac users prone to the Flashback Trojan, which can turn the device into a computer bot.

Dr. Web claims more than half a million Macs have been infected, several of which include devices based in Cupertino, Calif., the home of Apple.

Apple has since patched the Java flaw (hat tip to The Verge), but for those users concerned they may have an infected Mac, security firm F-Secure has details on how to diagnose and fix the problem.

The attacks on Mac computers don't come as a surprise to anti-virus firm McAfee, which warns users to stay vigilant by staying up to date on security software and Apple patches.

Fulton County Schedules Information Session on How to Prevent Foreclosure

Fulton County Schedules Information Session on How to Prevent Foreclosure

Fulton County residents can take advantage of a free information session on how to save their homes from foreclosure.  An information workshop will be held Monday, April 9, 2012, at the Atlanta- Fulton County Southwest Branch Library from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  The Southwest Branch is located at 3665 Cascade Road SW in Atlanta.

Residents at risk for foreclosure will receive information on foreclosure prevention options along with contact information for United States Department of Housing and Urban Development certified housing counselors.  Housing counselors can provide free guidance on how to work with mortgage holders to prevent foreclosure through options such as loan modifications, forbearance or other alternatives.  Additionally, housing counselors will be present to set up an appointment for a one-on-one consultation on foreclosure prevention options.

MARTA weekend rail schedule changed for track work

ATLANTA -- MARTA will modify its rail service beginning at 9 p.m. Friday in order to accommodate scheduled track work.

All lines will operate a 24-minute schedule through Saturday. On Sunday, the Red and Gold lines will operate a 24-minute schedule, while the Blue and Green lines will return to their normal schedules.

Learn more about the 24-minute schedule at MARTA's website.

For more information, call MARTA Customer Information at 404-848-5000.

Severe storms possible Thursday

Severe storms possible Thursday

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Thunderstorms expected across north and central Georgia Thursday could turn severe.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City says the main threats from the storms on Thursday and Thursday night will be large hail, potentially damaging wind and lightning.

A hazardous weather outlook from the weather service indicates the storms are part of an upper-level pressure system moving southeast toward Georgia.