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Metro unemployment exceeds Cherokee rate in Feb.

Metro unemployment exceeds Cherokee rate in Feb.

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate declined to nine percent in February.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate is down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.1 percent in January.

In Cherokee County, the jobless rate was 7.6 percent in February.

Statewide, Georgia's February seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the seventh consecutive month to 9.1 percent -- the lowest rate since March of 2009, when it was also 9.1 percent.

Metro Dalton had the state's highest area unemployment rate at 12.3 percent. Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at seven percent.

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What would you do with $500M?

What would you do with $500M?

ATLANTA -- We're still reeling over the Georgia Lottery's announcement that Friday's Mega Millions jackpot has reached a record $500 million.

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And it got us thinking -- what would you do with the money if you won? Half a billion dollars is almost unfathomable -- do you know what you'd do with all that money?

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

ATLANTA -- The winners of the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race participant lottery were announced Monday.

If you weren't chosen, you still have plenty of other opportunities to run, jog, walk and enjoy a race day in the next few months.

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CANTON | Missing woman wanted by sheriff

CANTON, Ga. -- Canton police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing woman who is wanted by authorities.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office has two active warrants out for Ariel Hernandez's arrest for credit card fraud.

Canton Police Sgt. Stacy Bailey said the 20-year-old was last heard from on March 8. Her father said he was worried because it's unusual for her to go so long without getting in touch with friends and family.

Bailey said Hernandez had been living in the Riverview Apartments in Canton, but was planning to move to the Great Sky neighborhood around the time she disappeared.

Hernandez may be driving a red or maroon 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt with Florida tag 584TWJ.

Last month, her boyfriend Caleb Aarons Mullins, who is also from Canton, was arrested for violating probation and four counts of theft from his former employer, UPS.

AJC Peachtree Road Race registration ends Thursday

ATLANTA -- Thursday is the last day to register online for a chance to run the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race.

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Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

Visit ajc.com/peachtree to enter the runners' lottery. Entrants will find other whether they were selected on Monday, Mar. 26.

Mega Millions rolls to $290M for Friday's drawing

ATLANTA (WXIA) - The Georgia Lottery says after no one matched all the numbers drawn Tuesday night, Friday night's Mega Millions jackpot has rolled to $290 million.

Six players from Georgia won $10,000 in Tuesday's drawing, from Acworth, Americus, Blairsville, Rome, Tennille and Villa Rica. One player in Valdosta was able to boost his $10,000 prize to $40,000 with the Megaplier option.

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The numbers drawn Tuesday night for Mega Millions were 1, 4, 6, 11, 14 and the Mega Ball 30.

A single winner in Friday night's drawing could pocket about $11 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option. A cash option player could win a single payment of about $205 million. Both of those figures are pre-tax amounts.