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Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

2 dogs killed in pet store fire

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (WXIA) -- Two dogs were killed in a fire at a DeKalb County pet store early Friday.

According to DeKalb Fire Captain Eric Jackson, the fire broke out in the 1000 block of Main Street in Stone Mountain, in a building housing a pet store called Paws and Paradise. The blaze began at the end of the strip of shops and spread across the roofline to the pet store.

Jackson said 17 dogs were rescued from the store. The two dogs who died -- a Shih Tzu and a Cocker Spaniel -- were killed by smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Police: Burglar shot and killed during break-in

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- DeKalb County police said a burglary suspect is dead and a homeowner hospitalized after a shootout during a break-in Wednesday night.

The homeowner confronted the burglar after returning to his home in the 4800 block of Hairston Crossing Place at around 10:30 p.m. Police say the homeowner shot and killed the suspect, but was also shot a couple of times.

The victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. His condition is not known at this time.

Police believe there may have been a second suspect in the home during the robbery attempt. They are still on the scene investigating.

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

Burned body found in Gwinnett County park

Burned body found in Gwinnett County park

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a park Wednesday morning.

A couple walking a dog discovered the remains on a pathway next to the pavilion at DeShong Park in unincorporated Stone Mountain.

Thursday morning, Gwinnett County Police identified the body as that of 26-year-old Lauren Taylor of Dalton.

Taylor's remains will undergo an autopsy to determine her cause of death. Few other details were immediately available, but investigators are following multiple leads in this case.

Woman shot to death, husband in custody

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A DeKalb County woman was shot to death overnight.

The victim, whose name was not released, was shot shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday at a house in the 5400 block of Biffle Downs Road, just off Panola Road.

Police said the victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Investigators took the victim's husband into custody.

A motive for the shooting has not been determined.

Police said the couple has a 13-year-old child. The child was not home when the woman was shot.