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Store clerk threatened with a bomb


PAULDING COUNTY, Ga -- A suspect who robbed a store and told the clerk he had a bomb may be connected to a second robbery. The robberies happened a day apart in Paulding County. In one of the robberies he said he had a gun and a bomb.

"At this point we don't have anything that would indicate whether he did have a bomb or a gun but as you can imagine the clerk took it serious and gave the suspect the money," said Corporal Ashley Henson of the Paulding County Sheriff Office.

On Friday, October 25, 2014, the suspect walked into the CVS Pharmacy on Cedarcrest Road at about 7:00AM. The suspect forced a clerk into the manager's office where he ordered the manager to open a safe and give him the money, according to Cpl. Henson.

The suspect pointed a black, semi-automatic pistol at the clerk and the manager.

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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.

Paulding County's unemployment rate was 6.7 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.

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.

Threat made against East Paulding High School

Threat made against East Paulding High School

DALLAS, Ga. -- The Paulding County Sheriff's Office is investigating a threat made against East Paulding High School.

Sheriff's Cpl. Ashley Henson said an anonymous message written on a bathroom wall indicated there will be a shooting at the school on Friday.

Henson said the message was not substantiated, but school officials and the sheriff's office take all threats seriously.

Classes will take place as scheduled Friday at the high school, but the school district ordered extra law enforcement officers to be on campus.

Henson said the sheriff's office encourages parents and students to have open lines of communication with faculty, staff and law enforcement any time a threat is made. Parents should also discuss the serious consequences of making shooting threats with their children, Henson said.

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LongHorn raising money for Pennies with Purpose

LongHorn raising money for Pennies with Purpose

(WXIA) -- Five Atlanta-area LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants will hold a Pennies with Purpose fundraiser next week.

On Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., LongHorn diners can add a voucher to their bills. The voucher ensures 10 percent of their checks will go to the charity.

Download the voucher at the Pennies with Purpose Facebook page or request one at any of the participating restaurants:

Acworth
3366 Cobb Parkway NW

Austell
1355 East-West Connector

Douglasville
8471 Hospital Drive

Hiram
4800 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway

West Cobb
2636 Dallas Highway SW

AP exam participation: Paulding County

AP exam participation: Paulding County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Paulding County, 934 students took 1,357 AP exams in 2014, and 617 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Paulding County public high school:

East Paulding HS
112 students took 141 exams
78 passing scores

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: