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Vet clinic employee accused of stealing pet painkillers


DULUTH, Ga. -- After only one day on the job, a Decatur woman was fired from an animal clinic and arrested for stealing pain killers that were meant to be given to people's pets. Police said her actions could have seriously harmed cats and dogs.

Tifani Collins, 25, is charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, Theft by Taking and Possession of a Dangerous Drug. She was hired to work in the surgery room at Planned Pethood in Duluth. On her first day on the job an alert employee suspected her of tampering with pain killer medication given to animals after they are spayed or neutered.

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Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.

Gwinnett County Schools to hire 800 teachers

Gwinnett County Schools to hire 800 teachers

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Public Schools plans to hire 800 new teachers for the 2015-2016 school year.

The state's largest school system will hold a Certified Teacher Career Fair on Saturday, March 28 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

To attend, register at gcpsjobs.org. A limited number of interview times are available. Those selected for an interview will receive email confirmation, the school district said.

At this year's Career Fair, GCPS is searching for "highly qualified educators" who hold certificates or will be certified by the fall of 2015 in:

Small fire breaks out in Gwinnett hotel

Small fire breaks out in Gwinnett hotel

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A basket of rags caught fire in the kitchen of a Gwinnett County hotel Monday morning.

The fire broke out at around 2:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in the 2000 block of Sugarloaf Circle.

Gwinnett County Fire Lt. Jerrod Barrett said the fire started in a basket of cooking oil rags. The hotel's sprinkler system extinguished the flames.

About 60 guests and hotel staff members were briefly evacuated from the building while firefighters investigated the source of the fire. Barrett said the guests were soon able to return to their rooms.

Investigators believe the fire was caused by spontaneous combustion of the rags in their plastic cart.

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Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Interstate 20 will bear the brunt of this weekend's roadwork, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Drivers are asked to avoid nonessential travel on I-20, as road projects will require lane closures that will likely result in delays.

A number of surface streets will also be impacted by construction crews.

As always, all work is weather permitting. Get this weekend's forecast.

Cobb/Fulton counties: I-285
2 northbound lanes will be closed between Bolton and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.

Coweta County: I-85
1 southbound lane will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

Sikh boy's video shows classmates calling him 'terrorist'


DULUTH, Ga. (WXIA) -- A bullying video posted online by a Gwinnett County boy who wears a turban is approaching 1 million views -- people around the world seeing and hearing some of his fellow classmates taunting him, calling him a terrorist.

Gwinnett County Schools released a statement Wednesday saying that the students were calling each other names; it does not say the boy was bullied.

The Duluth Middle School students were on their school bus. The 12-year-old boy who recorded the cellphone video is a member of the Sikh religion. The turban he is wearing is called a patka, common among Sikh boys.

He sits facing forward in his bus seat throughout the video, which lasts less than 45 seconds. He simply holds the cellphone up to show his classmates sitting in the rows behind him; he does not himself turn around to face them.

Wear pajamas, get free ice cream

Wear pajamas, get free ice cream

(WXIA) -- With warmer weather right around the corner, Bruster's is offering free ice cream to anyone brave enough to leave the house in pajamas.

The ice cream shop chain will hold its PJ Day promotion all day on Saturday, Mar. 7. Customers who wear their pajamas to any Bruster's in metro Atlanta will receive a free small waffle cone.

Visit brusters.com for more information.