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Metro Atlanta's transportation future is in your hands

ATLANTA (WXIA) - The Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax, or TSPLOST, is a measure that Georgians will get to vote on in a special election in July.

The measure, put forth in each of the state's 12 regional commission districts, will put forth a one-percent sales tax on top of existing sales taxes, which will go to funding an extensive laundry list of transportation taxes in each area around the state.

If approved by voters, up to $19 billion will be collected statewide over the next decade and help fund transportation improvements across the state.

Braves, Publix to award 6 scholarships to Ga. seniors

Braves, Publix to award 6 scholarships to Ga. seniors

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves and Publix have teamed up for the 13th year in a row to offer scholarship money to high school seniors throughout Georgia.

Six $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students who have maintained good grades and strong community involvement throughout their four years of high school.

In order to qualify, a student must be a graduating senior with a minimum 3.2 GPA, and must have plans to attend an accredited college or university in the fall of 2012.

For more information or to apply, visit braves.com/scholarships. The deadline to apply is April 21. All applicants will receive a free Braves promotional item while supplies last.

Georgia Senate OK's plan to pay off unemployment debt

Georgia Senate OK's plan to pay off unemployment debt

ATLANTA (AP) -- After nearly two hours of debate, the Georgia Senate has voted to approve a proposal that would reduce the number of weeks people could collect unemployment.

The measure was passed by a 34-13 vote split along partisan lines. The plan also reduces the amount employers would have to pay to tackle a $736 million debt the state owes on federal funds used to pay unemployment benefits in recent years.

The proposal would repay that debt by 2014 and replenish the state's unemployment trust fund by 2016 to $1.1 billion. Supporters argued the plan was painful but necessary, and shared the burden among businesses, the unemployed and the state.

While Democrats agreed action was necessary to repay the debt, several blasted the plan as potentially unconstitutional and harmful to the unemployed.

My Damage Survey of the Rome Tornado

My Damage Survey of the Rome Tornado

At approximately 10:04 a tornado touched down in Rome, GA.... It traveled around 3 miles with around 95mph winds and at one point it was around 75yards wide. Not a very wide or long tracked tornado, but if you were hit by it it was life changing. I headed up to Rome yesterday to survey the damage myself to see what I thought since the NWS had just issued a statement that it was an ef1. This will be an analysis of what I saw and my conclusion.

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Milton and McEachern are tops as State Playoffs start

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The latest edition of the HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 polls are here just in time for the State Tournament. The Milton boys and McEachern girls continue lead the way and have to be considered pre-tournament favorites.

   Columbia, North Cobb Christian, Miller Grove and Shiloh complete the boys top 5. Wesleyan is up to number 2 this week, followed by North Gwinnett, Norcross, and unbeaten Parkview rounding out the girls top 5..

  The Super 25 poll for Metro Atlanta teams is computer generated and produced each week by USA Today for Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net.

Storms Moving SE/Temps Dropping

Storms Moving SE/Temps Dropping

After wall to wall coverage with tornado warnings this morning, we aren't really getting too much in the form of damage reports.  Only a few trees and tree limbs down mainly south and east of Atlanta. 

The storms continue moving to the south and east and will push away during the afternoon.  The tornado watch remains in effect until 4pm, however, I expect many counties in the metro area to be removed from the watch at any time.

FLOWERY BRANCH | Community to celebrate 'Arts Fest 2012'

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Flowery Branch's largest community, Sterling on the Lake, will host their first fine arts festival on April 28.

The festival will be a day-long celebration of art, music, food and other art at it's Village Center Park.  

"Arts Fest 2012" will feature a "juried artist competition, art exhibits and demonstrations, a model home gallery, tours, live jazz, a blues performance and wine tasting."

The art festival will be held at 6946 Golden Bud Lane in Flowery Branch. Admission to the festival is $5 per car.