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Blue Bell listeria outbreak has been going on for 5 years, CDC says


(NBC NEWS) -- An outbreak of listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products has been going on quietly for as long as five years, federal health officials said Tuesday.

Genetic tests link Listeria bacteria from two separate Blue Bell factories to at least six cases of listeriosis dating back to 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told NBC News.

The outbreak, which has killed three people and put seven others into the hospital, involves two distinct strains of the bacteria that have been making people sick from Kansas to South Carolina, the CDC says.

The three exposed people who died all were in Kansas.

Blue Bell's recalled all of its products because of the outbreak, and says people should throw away any of its products in their refrigerators or freezers.

Patient with Ebola-like symptoms seeking treatment at Emory


ATLANTA -- A passenger on a direct flight from a west African country to Atlanta is being treated at Emory.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, the man experienced health issues on the flight to Atlanta.

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Out of an abundance of caution, he was taken by ambulance to Emory hospital for tests and treatment. The Department of Public Health says the passenger is considered "a very low risk for Ebola".

The CDC confirmed to 11Alive the traveler is currently being evaluated, but would not confirm what illness he's suspected of having.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

Ebola in Atlanta: Inside Emory's labs


ATLANTA -- Emory University is opening its lab doors and talking about how it's treating Ebola.

Last fall, the Ebola virus plaguing West Africa made its way onto U.S. soil, prompting an urgent quest for treatment.

It was at Emory University Hospital where Dr. Aneesh Mehta admitted Dr. Kent Brantly.

In the isolation unit, the team of doctors worked in 12-hour shifts offering what's called advanced supportive care. It includes monitoring electrolytes and fluid levels, as well as managing the hemorrhagic part of the disease – making sure the patient's blood has enough red cells, white cells and platelets.

A beacon of light came when Brantly had a simple request.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.