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Power back on for most Metro Atlantans

Power back on for most Metro Atlantans

ATLANTA -- More than 400,000 Georgia customers lost power in the wake of Monday night's storm. After a massive effort involving crews from eight states, all but about 500 Metro Atlantans are back online.

The homes and businesses still in the dark were evenly split between Georgia Power and Georgia Electric Membership Corporation customers as of Thursday morning. Statewide, just over 4,600 were still without power.

Cleanup will take much longer. Wild winds late Monday and Tuesday morning snapped power poles and trees like twigs across the region.

At least nine people were killed by the storms that tore through the Southeast. Bright lightning, loud thunder and wind gusts above 60 miles per hour streaked through, dumping rain and hail across the region.

America's Got Talent taping in Atlanta

America's Got Talent taping in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- NBC's hit television series, America's Got Talent, is taping live in Atlanta at The Fox Theater, and ALL TICKETS ARE FREE! Join host Nick Cannon and judges Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and Howie Mandel in the studio audience as the country's best singers, dancers, comedians, and performers compete live on national television for a chance to win $1 million.

America's Got Talent is traveling the country and will be in Georgia for THREE DAYS ONLY.  You can come out on April 12, 13, and 14 for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. arrivals each day. 

Metro Atlanta's best hospitals ranked

ATLANTA -- The unofficial authority for college and university rankings is switching gears. For the first time ever, U.S. News and World Report has ranked the best hospitals in America's largest cities.

Out of the 57 hospitals in Metro Atlanta, Emory University Hospital tops the list.

It's followed by the Shepherd Center, Piedmont Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown (formerly Emory Crawford Long Hospital) and Kennestone Hospital.

The "metro Atlanta" rankings provided by U.S. News and World report only identified hospitals in the City of Atlanta, Sandy Springs and Marietta.  Children's hospitals also were not included in the rankings.

Carroll County unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in February

Carroll County unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in February

ATLANTA -- The preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta decreased to 10.2 percent in February.

This is down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.4 percent in January.

The February rate decreased because there were 16,400 new jobs, mostly in service-related industries, construction and manufacturing.

Unemployment rates decreased in 20 of the state's 25 local areas, with the other five remaining unchanged. At 7.7 percent, Metro Athens recorded the state's lowest rate, while Metro Dalton had the highest at 12.2 percent.

Carroll County's rate was 11.3 percent.

February marked the 41st consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 8.9 percent.

The jobless rate in Metro Atlanta in February 2010 was 10.7 percent.

Heavy rains, fog slow morning commute

ATLANTA -- Rush hour was expected to be more frustrating for commuters than usual Wednesday morning as heavy rain showers swept across Metro Atlanta.

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The line of storms reached the Atlanta area early Wednesday morning.  It brought heavy rain, lightning and thunder to the pre-dawn hours.  Pea-sized hail was possible along with gusty winds, 11Alive Meteorologist Chesley McNeil said.

Heavy fog also complicated the morning commute, bringing visibility levels down to less than one mile, McNeil said.

Atlanta Man Crowned Beer King

Atlanta--Most adults at some point in their lives develop a hobby.

However, most of us don't get very good at our hobby.

One Atlanta man is the exception.

Because of his unique ability, in his hobby, he is five thousand dollars richer and his picture is on posters and on beer bottles everywhere in America .

Richard Roper is a genial guy who lives near Howell Mill Road with his wife.

He is the kind of guy you want to drink a beer with.

And he is the kind of guy you want to brew your beer.

Richard Roper was one of the two grand champion winners of the 2010 Samuel Adams American Homebrew contest.

11Alive's Jeff Hullinger stood in Roper's kitchen amidst beer making equipment and asked, "How thrilling is it to see your face on bottles of Samuel Adams?

Educational attainment on the rise in Metro Atlanta

Educational attainment on the rise in Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- New data from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) shows that Metro Atlanta is one of the most highly-educated metro areas in the country.

This month's Regional Snapshot newsletter shows that the percentage of Metro Atlantans with at least a bachelor's degree is rising, while the percentage of those without a high school diploma is falling.

The report also illustrates how the Atlanta region compares to other major metro areas when it comes to educational attainment.

Along with comparing county-by-county educational data, the Regional Snapshot looks at the most popular degrees and the impacts of higher education on household income in the Atlanta region.

Regional Snapshot is a monthly publication of ARC.