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Parents upset over racially-charged cartoon in Civil War lesson


FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A Johns Creek school is apologizing over a racially-insensitive political cartoon included in a lesson on the Civil War.

The cartoon was given to eighth-grade students at River Trail Middle School in a packet about the Civil War and Reconstruction, according to Fulton County Schools spokesperson Susan Hale.

The drawing, with the caption "Worse Than Slavery," depicts a Ku Klux Klan member shaking hands with a White League member over a black family. It also shows what appears to be a lynching and has the words "This is a white man's government."

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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.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 6.5 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.

Woman killed in Johns Creek house fire


JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- A woman and two dogs were killed in a large house fire in Johns Creek.

The fire broke out shortly before 6 a.m. Monday at 125 Summer Crest Court, in the Summer Trace subdivision.

The house was fully involved when crews arrived and was destroyed in the blaze. Johns Creek Fire Chief Jeff Hogan said the fire started in the living room of the split-level house. Its cause is under investigation, but firefighters believe the house did not have a working smoke alarm.

Hogan said firefighters were forced to climb ladders and enter the house through a window at the top of the garage to battle the blaze from above.

The victim's body was found 15 feet from the front door. She was identified Tuesday as 59-year-old Debra Ann "Dusty" Segars.

Fulton County 4-H accepting applications for summer camp

Fulton County 4-H accepting applications for summer camp

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its 2015 4-H Summer Camp. 4-H Summer Camp is something to consider for your kids to experience creative fun and memories without heating up your wallet or credit card bills.

“Our 4- H Summer Camp has an exciting program for every age,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “From the Clover Leaf Camp to the Senior Camp, students will enjoy the activities, make friends and create lifetime memories.”

Summer Camps:

Cloverleaf Camp is for grades 5th-6th. It will be held June 29-July 3, 2015 at Rock Eagle in Eaton. The cost is $295*. Participants will experience Pioneer Camping.

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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.

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.

March 13 is a make-up day for Fulton County students

March 13 is a make-up day for Fulton County students

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- It's some news that may not be warmly received by students in Fulton County Schools.

The district announced Tuesday that next Friday, Mar. 13 will be a make-up day. It was originally supposed to be a teacher workday and a day off for students, but four days of weather-related school cancellations in February resulted in the need for an extra day.

"This is a critical time of year for students to be in school. There is a lot to be done in the next three months, and our students and teachers need every instructional day," Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said in a release.

Avossa said the rest of the school year calendar, including spring break and graduation, is not impacted.