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HALL | Smart phone makes dumb mistake, locks down 2 schools

OAKWOOD, Ga. -- While Apple prides itself on being intuitive, that doesn't always mean intelligent.

The iPad and iPhone are certainly ingenious, and so are many other smart phones. But the word choices in auto-correct are often not very smart. That's because the feature doesn't seem to understand context.

A similar problem is what led to two schools in Hall County being put on lockdown for a couple of hours Wednesday.

Investigators say a college student was texting a friend that he was going to be at West Hall High. But the auto-correct feature on the phone made a change to the words he wrote.

"Gunna be at West Hall" was changed by the software to say "Gunman to be at West Hall."

We plugged in the same key words on three different iPhones and discovered that they made the exact same mistake.

Super 25 reflects change in week 2 of state playoffs

ATLANTA -- As the Georgia High School State Basketball Tournament heads for it's second weekend the top teams are hanging tough, but there is change elsewhere in the latest Super 25 Polls for Metro Atlanta.

Milton is still the top boys team with Columbia, Miller Grove, Douglas County, and Westlake completing the top 5.  Shiloh is next, with Carrollton, Greater Atlanta Christian, Alcovy, and Whitefield making up the top 10.

Unbeaten McEachern remains the top ranked girls team, with Wesleyan, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and undefeated Parkview in the top 5.  Hillgrove, Stephenson, Washington County, Buford, and Alpharetta round out the top 10.

The Super 25 Polls for Metro Atlanta teams are computer generated by USA Today exclusively for 11Alive.Com and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net.

Atlanta Severe Weather | Risk for NW Georgia Upgraded

Atlanta Severe Weather | Risk for NW Georgia Upgraded


The midwest have been taking it on the chin last night, look at the storm reports map and you will see that 14 tornadoes have touched down in the last 24 hours!!

Short Term

Today will be about the same as yesterday with a lot of clouds around N Georgia, but with the southerly winds and breaks in the clouds we will make it up into the 70's. There is a chance of a scattered shower or two around the area but for the most part we will just stay gray and warm throughout the day.

Severe Threat Upgraded

The SPC has gone ahead and upgraded a lot of N Georgia to a moderate risk. Notice it is in the area we talked about yesterday for having the highest chance of seeing severe weather this evening / night. Lets go over each map I have below so you can have a better understanding of what the SPC is talking about.

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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