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Georgia State, Georgia Perimeter may merge

Georgia State, Georgia Perimeter may merge

ATLANTA -- Georgia State University is poised to become the state of Georgia's largest university.

At the Jan. 6 meeting of the state Board of Regents, Chancellor Hank Huckaby recommended that the board merge Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter College, a move that would create the largest university in the state and one of the largest in the nation.

Georgia State had a fall enrollment of 32,556 and Georgia Perimeter 21,371, for a combined 53,927. That would make the combined school far larger than The University of Georgia, which had a fall enrollment of 35,197.

"The consolidation would greatly improve opportunities for students and expand Georgia State's reach and impact across the metro-Atlanta area and the state," said Georgia State President Mark Becker in a message broadcast to the campus.

The consolidation would leave the University System with 29 institutions.

Dunwoody PD warns against leaving kids in cars

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- After responding to two calls this week, Dunwoody police are warning parents not to leave their children in cars.

The two calls came within minutes of each other on New Year's Eve.

The first call came around 4 p.m. Police said a 3-year-old was left unattended in a Target parking lot. Authorities said the child's father pulled up to the fire lane and went shopping while the child slept in the car.

The second call came about 10 minutes later and involved a 6-year-old girl.


In both cases, the children were OK.

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

(WXIA) -- The end of the holiday season means the start of another year of construction on metro Atlanta roads and highways.

Next week, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 north in Cobb County if possible. Projects and lane closures in the area are expected to cause delays.

As in 2014, all roadwork is weather permitting.

Here are some of the projects scheduled for the first weekend and full week of the new year.

Dunwoody couple finds broken window, bullet in bedroom


DUNWOODY, Ga. -- After their own New Year's Eve celebration away from their Dunwoody home, Brendan and Lauren Malloney returned early Thursday morning to find a bullet in their bedroom.

"We had no idea what to think," Lauren Malloney said.

"We saw the broken glass and a bullet on the floor," Brendan Malloney added.

The couple lives in a neighborhood off Winters Chapel Road. They called 911 to report damage to property; officers immediately suspected celebratory gunfire.

ATM skimmer found at Dunwoody bank

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Dunwoody police are asking residents to be careful with their credit cards after an ATM skimmer was found at a local bank.

Police received a call on Monday that a resident was trying to use the ATM at the SunTrust bank on Mount Vernon Road and his card kept getting rejected.

Police discovered an ATM skimmer, which can be placed over the slot where customers insert their cards. Those skimmers can pick up people's credit card information without the victims ever knowing.

"It usually resembles the device you normally see on a regular basis, but sometimes it's a little more crude, where the paint may not match perfectly, or something might seem a little bulky and out of place," said Officer Tim Fecht. "So people should be on the lookout for anything that stands out or is unusual."

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 6.5 percent in November.

That's down five-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.0 percent. The rate was also 7.0 percent in November 2013.

DeKalb County's November unemployment rate was 6.8 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the Atlanta area added nearly 18,000 jobs in November. Many of the new jobs are in transportation, administrative services, health care, food service, finance and manufacturing, according to data from the Georgia Department of Labor. Unemployment insurance claims also dropped last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest November unemployment rate, at 5.0 percent. The highest was 9.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.