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Elderly woman found hog-tied, dead in Douglasville apartment


DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (WXIA) – A 75-year-old woman was found hog-tied and dead in a Douglasville apartment on Monday.

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The woman, identified by family members as Florene Duke, was found inside her Countryside Manor apartment on Selman Drive.

Douglasville Police were looking for clues in their investigation Monday evening. Investigators were not saying yet, just how Duke was killed, just that her body was hog-tied and that some items were stolen from her apartment.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Missing Douglasville girl found safe


DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Douglasville police confirm they have found a missing 9-year-old girl.

Ariana Guerrero was last seen at around 9 p.m. Wednesday. Police say Ariana left her house wearing a black jacket, pink shirt and blue jeans.

Just before 5 a.m. Thursday, police said Guerrero returned home on her own. She apparently ran away from home after her mother disciplined her. Police said she most likely spent all night outside.

No details about her recovery were immediately available.

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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.

Douglas County's unemployment rate was 7.5 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.

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

10-year-old aims to feed families on Thanksgiving

10-year-old aims to feed families on Thanksgiving

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- It's really about a simple idea: you see someone in need, and you help them.

Here is a 10-year-old from Douglasville who's following through.

Beau Wilkins learned at a young age that not everyone has what he has.

"Every time we would drive under the bridges [in Atlanta], we would see the homeless people who live under there," said his mother, Allison. "He would always ask me, 'Why are they there?'"

"They have nowhere to live," said Beau. "They're just sitting there and … I just want to help them."

Last Thanksgiving, Beau says, "I asked my mom, 'Does everybody have turkey on Thanksgiving?' And she said, 'No'."

At that moment, says Beau's mother, Allison, "He literally wanted to take his meal, his plate, to someone, to feed it to them."

The Wilkins family decided to wait for this Thanksgiving ... and to feed far more than one family.