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Pets in panic, helping them through storms

Pets in panic, helping them through storms

ATLANTA -- Your cat, dog, maybe even your bird is going nuts! You don't know what is going wrong until suddenly you notice the blue sky has suddenly grown dark.  A storm is coming from nowhere.  Somehow your pet had a clue before you did.

Many pet owners will tell you, their dogs and cats can do some pretty strange things when they're stressed by severe weather.  "A lot of them can hurt themselves," Dr. Shannon South, a veterinarian at the Briarcliff Animal Clinic said Monday. "I've seen dogs jump through windows.  I've seen them going missing for a couple of weeks at a time."

Dr. South said dog's habits can be changed, if they're young.  "Try to redirect their activity.  Get them to play. Make the storm a good experience," she advised pet owners.

Hall unemployment lower than national rate in March

Hall unemployment lower than national rate in March

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- The preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta decreased to 9.8 percent in March.

This is down four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.2 percent in February.

Metro Atlanta's jobless rate was 10.1 percent in March 2010.

"The unemployment rate decreased in Atlanta, as well as in all of the state's other 24 local areas," said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

Top 5 ways to ward off computer hackers

ATLANTA - It could happen to anyone.

That's the warning from an ex-hacker turned computer security specialist. Gregory Evans spent years hacking computers, tapping into everything from high school grades to corporate business files. Now, he's using his powers for good: trying to keep cyber-crimes from happening to anyone else.

Evans is the CEO of LIGATT Security International in Norcross, a company investigating high-tech crime and working to keep computers secure. He says everyone is susceptible to hackers, but there are some things you can do to help ward them off:

A New Severe T-Storm Watch South of Atlanta

A New Severe T-Storm Watch South of Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A severe thunderstorm watch has been posted for parts of west central and southwest Georgia until 10 p.m. Wednesday. 

The watch area mainly covers the region south of a line from La Grange to Macon. 

The 11Alive Weather Information Zone has reports of minor damage in North Georgia from storms that moved through earlier.  Two trees fell in Walker County near Cedar Grove.  We also have a report of a tree down in Ellijay.

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.

G-Braves Rout Durham, 18-7

DURHAM, NC -- The Gwinnett Braves came up with a season high 21 hits and whipped the Durham Bulls 18-7 Sunday night, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.  The Braves smashed four homeruns including a grand slam by Mauro Gomez and two homers from Shawn Bowman in the win.  Gwinnett (6-4) pulls to within a half game of Durham (7-4) in the International League South.  

  Trailing 6-5 after five innings, the Braves scored 10 runs in the top of the 6th inning to put the game away.  They sent 14 batters to the plate in that inning and collected 9 hits. 

Deadly storms spare Metro Atlanta

Deadly storms spare Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Thousands of Metro Atlantans spent part of the weekend without power after severe thunderstorms pounded portions of North Georgia Friday. This same system has claimed at least 44 lives moving across the Southeast.

The storms weakened as they crossed into the Peach State and did less damage than the storms that slammed Metro Atlanta two weeks ago, but they still knocked down trees and power lines across the region.

About 1,800 Georgia Power customers were still without power Sunday morning in the Rome and Cedartown areas, which were hardest hit by the storms. Georgia Power said restorations were expected by 1 p.m. Georgia EMC reported no outages.