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GBI: Prescription drug overdoses rise

GBI: Prescription drug overdoses rise

DECATUR, Ga. -- An analysis of autopsies by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has found a 10 percent increase in the number of prescription overdose deaths in 2010 compared to 2009.

The analysis shows that the number of drug overdose deaths involving only prescription drugs jumped from 508 in 2009 to 560 in 2010. It also showed that 68 other deaths were attributed to a combination of prescription and illicit drugs.

In all, there were 729 drug overdose deaths in 2010. Most of those deaths were found to be accidental, but about nine percent were determined to be suicides.

The analysis of the GBI Medical Examiner's drug overdose autopsies involves 152 counties. The study does not include several Metro Atlanta counties, including Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett and DeKalb.

Jobless rate rises in June

Jobless rate rises in June

ATLANTA -- Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in June.

That's up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.8 percent in May, according to state labor commissioner Mark Butler.

"The unemployment rate inched up slightly because of normal seasonal factors, primarily involving the end of the school year," Butler said. "Non-contract school workers such as bus drivers, lunchroom and janitorial workers are usually laid off during the summer school break."

The loss of 12,400 seasonal jobs in state and local public school systems accounted for the bulk of the 14,600 payroll jobs lost throughout the state.

"Also, new graduates began searching for jobs and are counted as unemployed while doing so," Butler said.

LAWRENCEVILLE: Attorney: Matthew Leili 'has done nothing wrong'

LAWRENCEVILLE: Attorney: Matthew Leili 'has done nothing wrong'

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - The attorney for Matt Leili, a suspect in the death of his wife, issued a statement late Wednesday claiming his client had done nothing wrong.

Gwinnett Police say 44-year-old Nique Leili was last seen alive on July 9th. She was missing for over a week when volunteers found her body less than a mile from her Lawrenceville home.

Police say Matt Leili failed to show for a Monday interview, and hasn't talked to detectives since the discovery of his wife's body.

Matt Leili has hired Lawrenceville attorney Lyle Porter, who issued a written statement on his client's behalf.

LAWRENCEVILLE: Starbucks chicken meals recalled

LAWRENCEVILLE: Starbucks chicken meals recalled

ATLANTA -- Authorities say a Lawrenceville company is recalling some ready-to-eat chicken products over concerns about possible Listeria contamination.

U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say Flying Food Group LLC is recalling about 204 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken wraps and plates that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Products subject to recall are 8.4-ounce packages of "Starbucks Chipotle Chicken Wraps Bistro Box"; and 6.3-ounce packages of "Starbucks Chicken & Hummus Bistro Box."

The products have an "Enjoy by 071511" date on the bottom left corner of the package and bear the establishment number "P-34373" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on July 13th, 2011, and distributed to coffee shops in Georgia and Alabama.

Authorities say they have haven't received any reports of illnesses associated with consumption of the products.

Texting-while-driving ban: What now?

Texting-while-driving ban: What now?

ATLANTA -- Can -- and should -- the texting-while-driving ban for Georgians be strengthened?

On Monday we released the numbers of an 11Alive News investigation that learned that the state had received 245 convictions for texting while driving since the passing of the ban last year. The numbers average out to fewer than one conviction per day.

On Tuesday, we looked further into whether anything could be done to improve the numbers.

We started with the Georgia State Patrol; their 800 troopers are giving out barely 10 citations a month for texting while driving. We asked GSP Lieutenant Paul Cosper what might help.

"Would an unmarked vehicle work?" Cosper said. "Sure. Traffic cameras in the intersection? Perhaps."

As to whether it would be easier to enforce as an entire cell phone ban while driving, Cosper said, "Theoretically, I guess it would make it easier.

Police lay out timeline of suspicion in woman's death

Police lay out timeline of suspicion in woman's death

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- On the same day police confirmed a body found over the weekend was that of a missing Lawrenceville woman, they named her husband as a suspect.

Gwinnett County Police say a series of events over a little more than a week led them to believe Nique Leili was the victim of a homicide.

July 11, 2011 -- Matt Leili, the woman's husband, reported her missing to police. Leili told police his wife was missing since July 9, 2011, but didn't report her missing until two days later.

July 12, 2011 -- Gwinnett County Police assign the missing persons case to a homicide detective.

July 13, 2011 -- Matt Leili filed divorce papers in Gwinnett County Superior Court even though his wife was still missing.

LAWRENCEVILLE: Husband suspected in death of Gwinnett mom

LAWRENCEVILLE: Husband suspected in death of Gwinnett mom

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County police are looking into the possibility that Domonique Leili, whose body was found Saturday morning near her home, was killed by her husband.

Investigators said Matthew Leili was not the only suspect in Nique's death, and that they were looking at others.

Nique, a mother of three, had been missing for more than a week when family and friends began looking Saturday morning. She was last seen at her home Friday, July 8. According to members of her family, her purse, car and ID were all still at home after she disappeared.