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Major layoffs expected at Turner Broadcasting


ATLANTA -- Another round of major layoffs is expected at Turner Broadcasting, and half will likely come out of Atlanta.

The metro Chamber of Commerce says the company employs about 6,700 people, making it one of the city's top 20 employers.

Sources inside CNN say buyouts could begin later this week, with more than a thousand local layoffs to come in September and October.

Any time a company plans to layoff more than 500 people, it has to file a notice with the state. So far, Turner Broadcasting has not submitted that report.

Last week an internal memo surfaced from CEO John Martin promising to enter 2015 a more streamlined, nimble and efficient company.

Career services to be provided in 3 locations

Career services to be provided in 3 locations

ATLANTA -- Beginning Wednesday, August 27, Fulton County will be offering all comprehensive workforce services for dislocated adults and youth at three career centers.

Tuesday will be the last day that residents can use the centers that are scheduled for closing (see closing information below).

Fulton County’s Workforce Development services will be offered in three locations convenient for citizens in north, central and south Fulton. Those centers include:

Atlanta police investigating stabbing death


ATLANTA -- Atlanta police are investigating the death of a man who was found on the Spring Street southbound exit to I-75/85.

Police arrived at the scene just after 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

There they discovered an unresponsive man who had been stabbed multiple times.

The man was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead soon after his arrival.

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Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market ends season Aug. 27

Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market ends season Aug. 27

FULTON COUNTY, ga. -- On Wednesday, August 27 at 10 a.m., Fulton County Cooperative Extension will celebrate the successful fourth season of the Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market. This year, the program provided approximately 31.5 tons of fresh produce to more than 6,900 residents in 24 Fulton County communities.

The celebration will take place at Berean seventh Day Adventist Church located at 291 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, Atlanta and is open to all Fulton County residents.

The closing ceremony will include comments from Chairman John Eaves, Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Valeria Pickard, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Fulton Fresh was founded in 2011 as part of Fulton County’s continuous effort to address health disparities. Communities served by the seasonal program benefit from the delivery of fresh produce, nutrition education and were taught how to prepare tasty, healthy meals with the produce they received. 

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 8.7 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Whale of a fight over Belugas at Georgia Aquarium

Whale of a fight over Belugas at Georgia Aquarium

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Georgia Aquarium wants to bring 18 Beluga Whales to the United States.

The Aquarium was denied their request to bring the whales here more than two years ago. On Wednesday, aquarium officials appeal that decision before a federal judge.

When they first asked to bring the mammals here, it started a firestorm of controversy from animal rights advocates.

The whales were collected at a research facility in Russia in 2006, 2010, and 2011.

There has been strong opposition to bringing the Belugas to the US from environmentalists who think the whales should stay put. But the aquarium argues it would do more good to have them here, where they say they can teach people to care about wildlife and serve as ambassadors.

This is a very long running fight between the two groups.