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Graduation rates: Gwinnett County

Graduation rates: Gwinnett County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

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Gwinnett County's 2014 graduation rate is 75 percent. At 99.4 percent, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Lawrenceville has the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in Gwinnett County include:

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Norcross job fair Saturday for new Macon Tire plant


NORCROSS, GA (WMAZ) -- Kumho Tire will hold a job fair in Norcross this Saturday, to recruit employees for its new plant under construction in Macon.

The tire company is seeking workers to fill a variety of positions, including electrical and mechanical engineers, purchasing managers, strategic planning managers, accounting and finance managers.

The Georgia Department of Labor is helping organize the job fair.

When asked why the job fair was taking place in Norcross, Department of Labor's Sam Hall said for the first recruitment, the company wanted to cast a larger net to attract workers.

"Obviously, this is not a reflection on the skills of people in the Macon area," Hall said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "It's just that there are a lot of skilled people in the Atlanta area."

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

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911 call made from murder-suicide


PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga -- Police released a 911 call that was made from inside the home where two teens were shot and killed Tuesday in what is being called a murder-suicide.

The call was made by Ted Longnecker, the husband of one of the shooting victims, who is in serious condition. Police said Brandon Mclean shot four people in the home before turning the gun on himself.

"I think he may have shot my wife," Longnecker told the 911 Operator. "I think he shot my wife dead, but I can't get up there, he's got a gun." Longnecker was calling from the first floor of an apartment on Bannor Lane in Peachtree Corners.

"He's in the house with a gun, please hurry!" he told 911.

Police: 3 dead, 2 injured in murder-suicide


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – A man shot four members of his family -- killing two -- before fatally turning the gun on himself Tuesday in Peachtree Corners, police said.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said the incident happened at an apartment at 6505 Bannor Lane. Authorities arrived on the scene around 5:24 p.m. and found five people shot in what they said appears to be a murder-suicide.

According to police, 30-year-old Brandon McLean shot his 13-year-old niece Kayla Serrano and his 19-year-old nephew, Andre McLean to death inside the apartment. Investigators said McLean also shot and seriously wounded his mother, 57-year-old Betty McLean and her sister, 52-year-old Charlotte Longnecker. Both are hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

Shooting suspect shot by Norcross police officer


NORCROSS, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is helping the Norcross Police Department investigate a shooting that injured two people.

It happened at around 1 a.m. Monday outside Fusion Event Hall in the 5100 block of Brook Hollow Parkway near Indian Trail Road.

Norcross Police Chief Warren Summers said two officers working at the event hall learned a group of people had gathered at the venue for a fight. The officers called for backup.

Summers said someone then fired shots toward the event space from the Waffle House next door. Police returned fire. The suspected shooter, 20-year-old Dwight Jones, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated assault on a police officer.