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Nordstrom closing Mall of Georgia store


BUFORD, Ga. -- Upscale fashion retailer Nordstrom announced Wednesday that it will close its department store at the Mall of Georgia.

Nordstrom, which opened at Mall of Georgia in 2000, has set Feb. 28 as its last day in business. About 175 non-seasonal employees will be affected, according to the company.

"We have a great team at the Mall of Georgia ... but despite our team's best efforts, the bottom line is that we simply don't do enough business here to continue operating the store into the future," Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores for the company, said in a Wednesday announcement. "We had the opportunity to end our lease and in looking at our options, it made the most sense for our business to make the decision to close the store."

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.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 6.6 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.

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:

Surprise becomes reality for boy with cerebral palsy


BUFORD, Ga -- It was a strange moment. Atlanta Alive's Jaye Watson stage-whispered as she stood hidden outside Brandon Sudge's home. "We're here for a surprise!"

Sudge had just turned 16 and was nominated for a Random Act of Kindness by his teacher, Lacrecia Smith.

"Of all the students I've taught, of all the years I've taught, Brandon just left a special impression on me," Smith said. "He will always have a special place in my heart."

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Gwinnett County redistricting affects 14K students

Gwinnett County redistricting affects 14K students

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The state's biggest school district is reshuffling thousands of student because of redistricting.

Officials say there has been so much growth in Gwinnett County that they've had to build new schools. That means some 14,000 students are being moved.

Most of the changes are happening in the west and central part of the county.

One big catalyst is a brand new high school in Lawrenceville off Old Norcross Road. It will create a new cluster. If you travel 2.7 miles down the road, you can see what kind of shake-up it creates.

In the Waterford community, every child will be going to a different school next year, much to the chagrin of some parents.

But just down the street, the redistricting is actually good news for high school students who get a brand new building.

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Gwinnett County's preliminary unemployment rate was 7.2 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.