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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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Woman, 2 kids hit by truck in Gwinnett


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A woman and two children were hit by a pickup truck in a Gwinnett County intersection Thursday morning.

It happened at around 7:30 a.m. at McKendree Church Road and Riverside Parkway.

The three were hit by a Ford truck, according to Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter. The woman was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with significant but non-life-threatening injuries. Both children also suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.

Ritter said the truck that hit the pedestrians had the right of way; the victims ran into a crosswalk against the traffic signal.

The accident is under investigation.

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.

Suspects rob multiple Gwinnett jewelry stores


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County police are looking for two suspects who have robbed at least three jewelry stores this month.

The men have hit Cash America Pawn in unincorporated Snellville, Dior Jewelers at Gwinnett Place Mall and Zales at Sugarloaf Mills.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said all three robberies had similar methods of operation. One suspect asked to see several pieces of jewelry, then grabbed the items and ran from the store. The second suspect acted as a lookout.

In each case, the suspects got away in a dark blue or black passenger car driven by a third suspect.

The first suspect is a light-skinned black or mixed-race man in his early 20's, with a thin build, green eyes, short dark hair and several tattoos, including a leprechaun on his bicep.

The second suspect is a black man with a thin build and multiple tattoos on his neck and arms.

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Highway 78 reopens after wreck


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Highway 78 in Gwinnett County has reopened.

Crews closed the road at Killian Hill Road early Monday after power lines came down in a crash.

For the latest traffic conditions in metro Atlanta, visit 11Alive.com/Traffic.

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.

'StinkyKids the Musical' combines laughs and lessons

'StinkyKids the Musical' combines laughs and lessons

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The perfect combination of entertainment and education, StinkyKids the Musical brings the humor of childlike innocence to Aurora Theatre, Oct. 8 through 24.

Based on the book series created by Atlanta mom Britt Menzies, the StinkyKids characters come alive from the page to the stage, where the “little stinkers” learn to make the right choices through childhood mistakes, all while attempting to follow the motto, “always be a good leader.” Co-produced with Synchronicity Theatre and co-directed by Jaclyn Hofmann and Justin Anderson, StinkyKids of all ages are invited to join the misadventures of Britt, Max, Skye, Jen, Johnny and Billy for this Theatre for Young Audiences performance.