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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.

Woman charged after car rolled down driveway


HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- The Georgia State Patrol has issued warrants against the owner of a car that rolled into a group of children playing in a Hall County neighborhood.

Oleksandra Myrna faces 4 counts of reckless conduct.

The incident happened Sunday around 5 p.m. on Price Way off of Sardis Road. State troopers say a parked 1988 Acura rolled out of a garage, down the driveway, and into a neighbor's yard across the street.

According to the GSP report, Myrna told investigators the car has a standard transmission. She was on her way to run an errand, took it out of gear then realized she didn't have the keys to the car. Investigators say she went back into her home and despite setting the emergency brake.

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.

Hall County's unemployment rate was 6.5 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.

Send well wishes to injured Hall County firefighters


HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County's top fire officials as well as engineers from the manufacturer inspected an aerial ladder truck Thursday that partially collapsed Tuesday sending three firefighters to the hospital.

"Right now they're looking at the cable itself then they'll be looking at each section of the ladder," Fire Marshal Scott Cagle told 11Alive News.

Deputy Chief Cagle said they're trying to figure out why a 40 foot length of the aerial platform truck's five sections suddenly collapsed during an afternoon training session.

Ladder truck under investigation after firefighters injured


HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Officials say a ladder truck is now being investigated after three Hall County firefighters were injured in a training exercise on Tuesday.

According to Hall County Fire Services spokesperson Scott Cagle, the three men were in a bucket on top of a ladder that was extended. There was a mechanical failure and the ladder dropped about 20 feet and then jammed. That sudden stop is what injured the firemen.

Two of the firefighters were life-lighted to Grady Memorial Hospital; the third was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Gainesville, Ga.

All three were said to be alert, conscious and breathing. They were identified as Will Griffin, T.J. Elliot and Stephen Jackson. They were said to be in stable condition with injuries ranging from bruises to broken bones. One of the firefighters had to undergo surgery, but they are all expected to recover.

Primary runoff election results

Primary runoff election results

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Roadwork this week: Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall

Roadwork this week: Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall

(WXIA) -- Be careful, drivers -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be mowing in several areas of metro Atlanta this week.

Mowing typically only requires shoulder and median closures. However, workers will also patch asphalt on certain streets; patching involves a flagman or pilot vehicle directing cars through the work zone.

All projects will take place Monday, July 21 through Friday, July 25 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

These projects are scheduled to take place in Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall counties:

Forsyth County
* Mowing alongside Keith Bridge and Browns Bridge roads
* Asphalt removal and repair on Buford and Browns Bridge roads

Gwinnett County
* Mowing alongside Buford Highway
* Roadside litter pickup throughout the county