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Monster Sunspot Coming Into Earth's Views

Monster Sunspot Coming Into Earth's Views

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An enormous sunspot group has taken shape on the surface of the sun, hinting that our star may soon start spouting off some powerful storms.

$18 million in roadwork coming to NE Ga.

$18 million in roadwork coming to NE Ga.

ATLANTA -- Four road projects in northeast Georgia have been awarded a total of $18.8 million by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Dawson, Forsyth, Hall and Madison counties will benefit from the funds and the corresponding roadwork, GDOT announced Tuesday.

"Many of the projects awarded are expensive, large-scale improvements to major interstate highways and other major arteries," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said in a statement. "Others are smaller jobs on less travelled city streets and county roads. But each one, regardless of its size or cost, represents an important enhancement to the safety, growth or maintenance of Georgia's transportation network."

Crews plan to extended the northbound lane of Ga. 400 from McFarland Road to Big Creek Greenway in Forsyth County. The work also includes an extension of the northbound Abernathy Road ramp.

Habitat High program prepares students for future

Habitat High program prepares students for future

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- West Hall High School is the latest recipient of $500 from 11Alive and the NBC News Education Nation initiative.

The school received the money for its Habitat High program, which gives students from all six Hall County high schools the opportunity to participate in Habitat for Humanity.

While they build the houses, students also learn valuable skills that will come in handy when they enter the workforce after graduation.

11Alive education reporter Donna Lowry presented Habitat High representatives with the $500 check Tuesday morning.

Radiance Solar Installs Habitat for Humanity’s First Solar Array on Home in Forsyth County

Radiance Solar Installs Habitat for Humanity’s First Solar Array on Home in Forsyth County

CUMMING, Ga. -- Radiance Solar, Siemens and Habitat for Humanity recently dedicated Habitat’s first solar home built in the state of Georgia. The keys to the Energy-Star-rated home in Forsyth County were given to homeowner Melonie Lingo and her teenage children Madie and Luke after 14 weeks of working side-by-side with Radiance staff, Siemens employee volunteers and Habitat construction crew leaders.

Siemens is the primary sponsor, contributing $100,000 along with employee construction volunteers and Siemens Microinverter System solar technology that converts the sun’s power into safe, affordable electric power to save the family hundreds of dollars annually on their electric bills.

4th prescription drug take-back a big success

4th prescription drug take-back a big success

ATLANTA -- Last weekend's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was a big success in Georgia, with residents turning in an estimated 6,913 pounds of unwanted medication.

This number greatly exceeds the amount of drugs collected during the last take-back event in October, where Drug Enforcement Administration officials collected about 3,794 pounds.

Nationally, the event saw Americans turn in approximately 276 tons (552,161 pounds) of drugs.

"The Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign was a huge success," Harry S. Sommers, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division, said in a statement. "This event was critical in stemming the tide of prescription drug abuse in this country."

3 words: Frappuccino Happy Hour

3 words: Frappuccino Happy Hour

ATLANTA -- It's back! Starbucks' wildly popular Frappuccino Happy Hour event will return this Friday, May 4.

The coffeehouse chain will hold Frappuccino Happy Hour every day through Sunday, May 13, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All sizes of the Frappuccino frozen drinks are half-price during Happy Hour.

Starbucks has brought back its two coconut drinks -- the Mocha Coconut Frappuccino and the Coconut Crème Frappuccino -- for summer. It also debuted two brand new flavors on Tuesday.

The Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino is "an indulgent blend of rich mocha sauce, vanilla syrup, Frappuccino chips, our signature Frappuccino Roast coffee and milk blended with ice and topped with delicious chocolatey whipped cream and chocolate cookie crumbles."

Falcons Sign 22 College Free Agents

Flowery Branch, GA - The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have signed 22 college free agents, including TE Lamark Brown (Minnesota-Mankato), LB Rico Council (Tennessee State), QB Dominique Davis (East Carolina), S Chad Faulcon (Montclair), RB Robbie Frey (Kutztown), LB Max Gruder (Pittsburgh), T Byrce Harris (Fresno State), LB Jerrell Harris (Alabama), LS Josh Harris (Auburn), C Tyler Horn (Miami), WR Marcus Jackson (Lamar), DT Ray Kibble (Kansas State), G Phillip Manley (Toledo), CB Marty Markett (South Carolina), TE Adam Nissley (Central Florida), DE Louis Nzegwu (Wisconsin), WR Cody Pearcy (Huntingdon), DT Micanor Regis (Miami), WR James Rodgers (Oregon State), LB Pat Schiller (Northern Illinois), CB Peyton Thompson (San Jose St.) and P Dawson Zimmerman (Clemson).