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Brothers charged with running roofing scam

Brothers charged with running roofing scam

ATLANTA -- It's hard to imagine how anyone could sleep at night after taking advantage of the elderly. But two men arrested by Atlanta police are charged with fraud for stealing more than $115,000 from three victims.

Jeff Ogles and his brother Keith are charged with Financial Exploitation of the Elderly after one of the victim's bank contacted authorities.

Police said the two brothers went door to door carefully selecting victims by their age and vulnerability and convinced them to pay for repairs to their roof.

Margaret Norris, 89, who lives in Morningside told 11 Alive News she knew she had problems with her slate roof and the two men who came to her door were so nice, she couldn't help but trust them.

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 7.3 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Adult cigarette smoking hits all-time low

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The cigarette smoking rate among adults in the U.S. dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 17.8 percent in 2013, according to new data published by Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

That is the lowest prevalence of adult smoking since the CDC's Nation Health Interview Survey (NHIS) began keeping such records in 1965. The report also shows the number of cigarette smokers dropped from 45.1 million in 2005 to 42.1 million in 2013, despite the increasing population in the U.S., the CDC said in a press release.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

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.

Gastrointestinal illness hits 81 Emory students

ATLANTA, Ga. -- More than six dozens students at Emory University have experienced gastrointestinal illnesses in the last week.

The illnesses came in a wave, according to the school. Seventy-four students initially reported sickness; an additional seven came forward later. Vomiting is the most common symptom among them.

In an all campus email from Michael Huey, the Executive Director of Emory's Student Health and Counseling Services, the university said it is focusing its investigation around food services.

The person in charge of safety and sanitation on campus will be stationed at the Dobb's Market full time.

All leftover food served earlier this week was isolated and kept for analysis. Health inspectors were on campus Wednesday; they didn't find any issues of concern or infractions.

27 percent of Georgia hospitals get top safety rating; Grady, Piedmont get a 'D'

27 percent of Georgia hospitals get top safety rating; Grady, Piedmont get a 'D'

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Twenty-seven percent of Georgia hospitals earned an "A'' grade in recently released ratings on patient safety. Several Atlanta-area hospitals are among those awarded high marks, but several scored a "C" rating, and Piedmont Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital scored a "D."

The ratings measure the ability of hospitals to prevent errors, injuries and infections, and are intended to help consumers choose a facility for health services, according to Georgia Health News.

Georgia's top-rated performers include large hospitals and small ones.