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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.

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.

CANTON | Missing teen found safe

CANTON, Ga. -- A 17-year-old boy who disappeared Wednesday morning has been found safe.

Andrew Gregory McIntyre was found Wednesday afternoon, according to Cherokee Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jay Baker.

McIntyre did not make it to school this morning, which made his family and authorities concerned. Baker said there was the possibility he was trying to travel to Illinois, as he was recently in touch with somebody who lives there.

Pollen count breaks new record

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Bad news for allergy sufferers: it's another record-setting day for pollen levels.

Tuesday's pollen count is 9,368!

The Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic reports extremely high pollen levels for trees, namely beech, Birch, Mulberry and Oak. 

Tuesday's pollen is also high for grass and moderate for weeds like Sheep Sorrel and Dock.

Mega Millions rises to $241M for Tuesday night

ATLANTA (WXIA) - Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot has jumped to an estimated $241 million for Tuesday's drawing after no one matched all the winning numbers drawn last Friday night.

Friday's winning numbers were 28, 29, 43, 51, 53 and the Mega Ball 7. Two Georgia Mega Millions players, one in Norcross and another in Kingsland, won $10,000 Friday, and one player in Fairburn won $30,000.

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The jackpot has rolled over 15 times since the last jackpot was awarded in late January.

A single winning ticket in Tuesday's drawing could net a winner about $9.2 million a year for the next 26 years under the annuity option, or a single payment under the cash option of about $171 million - before taxes.