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Ex-DeKalb Commissioner pleads guilty to criminal charges

Ex-DeKalb Commissioner pleads guilty to criminal charges

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A former DeKalb County Commissioner pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges of mail fraud conspiracy and wire fraud on Wednesday.

Elaine Boyer, who had to pay the county back for thousands of dollars in unauthorized charges on her county-issued credit card, resigned in August.

As 11Alive reported in March, a review of Elaine Boyer's spending found charges for airline tickets, car rentals and other items unrelated to any official county business.

In newly-released court documents, prosecutors allege that Boyer took part in a scheme to defraud DeKalb County and obtain money under false pretenses.(READ THE DOCUMENTS HERE)

CDC Foundation gets $1M grant to fight Ebola

CDC Foundation gets $1M grant to fight Ebola

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received a $1M grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to fight the West African Ebola outbreak, the foundations announced jointly Aug. 25.

The grant will go toward contributing essential materials and assistance to advance the CDC's response, including personal protective equipment, thermal scanners, infection control training and laptop computers for communication and disease tracking.

More isolation beds and Ebola treatment centers are also needed.

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

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Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Both Ebola patients released from Emory

Both Ebola patients released from Emory

ATLANTA -- Both Ebola patients being treated at Emory Hospital have been released. Both Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were cleared of the virus.

Nancy Writebol was released Tuesday. Dr. Kent Brantly was released today.

"God saved my life," said Brantly, looking gaunt, at a press conference Thursday, at which the room applauded his appearance. He thanked his medical team and the millions of people around the world praying for his recovery. "Please do not stop praying for the people of West Africa."

Bruce Ribner, medical director of the hospital's Infectious Disease Unit, said Brantly will go to an undisclosed location with his wife and children after the conference.

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 8.3 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Poll: Georgians OK with Ebola patients' treatment at Emory

Poll: Georgians OK with Ebola patients' treatment at Emory

(WXIA) -- A recent poll found the majority of Georgians agree with the decision to treat two American Ebola patients at Emory University Hospital.

In an exclusive 11Alive News poll conducted by research firm SurveyUSA, 66 percent of those who participated said they are fine with Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol receiving treatment at the Atlanta hospital.

Twenty-one percent of those polled said they do not agree with the decision to bring the patients to Atlanta, while 13 percent were not sure.

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GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.