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CDC works to keep Ebola virus from spreading


ATLANTA -- The Centers for Disease Control will be working with the State Department to evacuate two American citizens infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

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CDC Director Tom Frieden, in speaking with CNN's Sanjay Gupta, described the government agency's role.

EXPANDED COVERAGE: Read and watch coverage of Ebola patients coming to and be treated in metro Atlanta

First Ebola patient to arrive at Emory Saturday


ATLANTA – Emory University Hospital is preparing to receive two Ebola patients from West Africa. The Pentagon says the patients will be flown into Dobbins Air Force Reserve Base in Marietta. One will arrive Saturday, the other will arrive later, on a date not announced.

He noted, Emory's isolation unit has been used before to treat SARS, but has been used far more in training than in practice. "The bottom line is, we have an inordinate amount of safety involved... no one is in ANY way at risk." "You need to appreciate Ebola is NOT spread by some magic mechanism," Dr. Ribner said.

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

11Alive Ways to Save reporter Valerie Hoff has some of the best tax-free weekend deals. Find out how to get the most bang for your buck.

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta climbed again last month.

June's rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May, but much lower than last June's 8.6 percent.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is due to end-of-summer job loss among non-contract school workers, an influx of graduates and students entering the workforce, and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

So far, metro Atlanta has gained slightly more than 58,000 jobs in 2014 -- a good sign for those who are looking for work.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest June unemployment rate, at 6.3 percent. The highest was 10.4 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Tracy Humphrey has your weekend forecast

Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.

U.S. News: Emory No. 1 hospital in Georgia

U.S. News: Emory No. 1 hospital in Georgia

ATLANTA -- Emory University Hospital was again ranked the best hospital in Atlanta and in Georgia by U.S. News & World Report.

According to the news magazine's 2014-2015 list of best hospitals, Emory has 10 nationally ranked specialties and three high-performing specialties.

The 579-bed hospital ranked nationally in cancer; cardiology/heart surgery; endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology/GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology; and urology.

Shepherd Center ranked No. 2 in metro Atlanta and ranked nationally for rehabilitation.

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Thousands vote early in DeKalb County

Thousands vote early in DeKalb County

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- More than 4,100 DeKalb County residents have already cast their ballots for the upcoming runoff election.

Early voting continues through this week. In-person voting will be held on Election Day, Tuesday, July 22 at DeKalb County's Voter Registration and Elections Office.

Visit dekalbvotes.com for more information about the election.