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Gun range opening near daycare

SUWANEE, GA -- Two Suwanee parents say they will pull their elementary-aged children out of a local daycare and preschool when a new gun range opens up across the street from it.

"My kids will not come to the daycare after this as soon as the doors open," said Jodi Groth.

But whether they like it or not, construction is underway on the Johns Creek Indoor Gun range on McGinnis Ferry Road in Suwanee. It's going in on a corner next to a Korean Church and a daycare center. The daycare center declined comment, and asked not to be named in this story.

County ordinances allow the business to go in on the commercially zoned land. But they also say outside the range, guns will stay unloaded and never leave their cases. The walls will also be heavily fortified to prevent any rounds from leaving the range.

After the shooting in Connecticut, that's not enough for these parents.

Youth Commissioners, community to host anti-bullying rally on MLK's birthday

ATLANTA -- On the 84th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's
birthday, the Fulton County Youth Commissioners and community partners
will throw an Anti-Bullying and Violence Prevention Rally.

On
January 15, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., the rally will be held at the Martin
Luther King Auditorium on Auburn Avenue. Along with the Metro Atlanta
Violence Prevention Program, HOT 107.9 radio, and the Music Education
Group, the Fulton County Youth Commissioners hope the rally will raise
awareness of how damaging bullying is to all people of local schools and
areas within the community.

According to a spokesperson for
the Fulton County Government, 23 percent of schools reported that
bullying occurred among students either daily or weekly in 2009-2012.
The highest rate was reported for middle school students.

At the rally, the member of the Youth Commissioners will help spread the word of bullying and violence prevention to peers.

Russia Retaliates for U.S. law, Bans Adoptions

ATLANTA, GA----The Russians are striking back at the United States tonight, by banning the adoption of Russian children by American families.

It's a move in retaliation for a new U.S. law that puts travel and financial clamps on Russians who abuse human rights.

For hundreds of families the new law could be devastating.

Six years ago, Ann and Kurt Suhs traveled 3 times to Russia and went through the arduous process involved in adopting their son Ben, who is now thriving in the family's Johns Creek home.

In February the Suhs' started the adoption process again, but now they fear everything could be at a standstill.

"At this point our paperwork is in Russia and it has been registered over there. We now we are in what is called 'the wait.' Waiting to be invited over to travel to meet with the child. But with this new development it could come to a screeching halt," Ann Suhs said.

So what's next?

Fulton Youth Commissioners to host anti-bullying rally on the anniversary of Dr. King's birth

Fulton Youth Commissioners to host anti-bullying rally on the anniversary of Dr. King's birth

Youth Commissioners collaborate with community partners to host the rally on January 15, 2013

Fulton County Youth Commission members are beginning 2013 with an Anti-Bullying and Violence Prevention Rally on the 84th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The Rally will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Center Auditorium at 449 Auburn Avenue in Atlanta.  The Rally is being held in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Violence Prevention Project (MAVPP), HOT 107.9 and the Music Education Group to continue to raise awareness of the damaging effects of bullying on schools and communities.

According to the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, a nationwide survey reported the following facts:

False alarm fines begin in Sandy Springs

False alarm fines begin in Sandy Springs

Atlanta-- Sandy Springs is now joining a crowd of Georgia cities who are fining alarm system owners for excessive false alarms that result in police or fire dispatches. Johns Creek and Dunwoody are set to follow. Lilburn, Watkinsville and Marietta already passed ordinances trying to combat the calls.

Most of them require system owners to register with the city, then pay a $50 fine after the third false alarm call triggers a response by police or fire department. The fines can rise to hundreds of dollars for repeated offenses, with $100 being the first fine for an unregistered user with a false alarm dispatch. The first fine levied can be waived if the user completes an alarm system education course.

"It has been a tremendous relief, we have seen a dramatic reduction in the amount of false alarm calls we receive," said Marietta police Officer David Baldwin.

Police: No celebratory gunfire on NYE

ATLANTA -- As New Year's Eve approaches, the Atlanta Police Department is reminding citizens that there should be no celebratory gunfire when 2013 hits.

According to Carlos Campos of the APD, celebratory gunfire is when shots are fired in the air as means of entertainment. However, those celebratory shots can have the same impact as when a gun is aimed at someone and fired.

Campos said a bullet can travel up to a mile high and then fall, with the potential to strike someone below and cause serious injury or death.

Celebratory gunfire is against the law in Atlanta, and those caught will likely face a misdemeanor and a fine of up to $1,000.

Unemployment rate drops to 8 percent

Unemployment rate drops to 8 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's jobless rate has dropped to 8 percent.

The November number continues a downward trend in metro Atlanta's unemployment figures. The rate is down from 8.2 percent in October and 8.9 percent a year ago.

Fulton County's rate was 8.9 percent in November.

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The Georgia Department of Labor released the new numbers early Thursday.

State labor officials say the rate declined because of job growth and fewer new layoffs, as indicated by first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits.