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DEKALB CO. | Local universities ban tobacco use

DECATUR, Ga. -- Emory, Oglethorpe and Mercer Universities have teamed up to create tobacco-free campuses, and they're partnering with the DeKalb County Board of Health. 

According to the Board of Health, these three campuses are the first to completely eliminate on-campus tobacco use in DeKalb County. 

"We are excited to be among the first universities in DeKalb County to take this important step," said Linda Johns, R.N., Assistant Manager of Student Health and Tobacco Task Force Member at Mercer University. 

Johns thinks this initiative "creates a healthier environment for all who visit our campuses" and "it also further aligns Mercer with its commitment to health and well-being."

All DeKalb County campuses aim to be tobacco-free by Fall 2012. 

CNN, Emory team up for panel on poverty

CNN, Emory team up for panel on poverty

ATLANTA -- CNN and Emory University are teaming up for a panel discussion on poverty in America.

The event will feature a number of speaking, including:

* Renee Glover, CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority

* Michael Rich, director of Emory's Office of University-Community Partnerships

* Henry Cisneros, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton

It will also feature Donna Beagle, founder of communities consulting firm Communication Across Barriers, and Robert Woodson, president and founder of faith-based community organization Center for Neighborhood Enterprise.

The CNN Dialogues event is Wednesday, April 18 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Georgia State University's Rialto Center for the Arts. It will be moderated by CNNMoney anchor Poppy Harlow.

WEEKEND EVENTS | BaconFest, Open House and the Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Fest

WEEKEND EVENTS | BaconFest, Open House and the Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Fest

ATLANTA - It's spring break and most of the city has run from the beach or the mountains. The weekend forecast calls for bright skies and everyone left in the city will be soaking up the sun. Check out some of the events being held around the city.

Come out to Dad's Garage for live music, games and BACON! The 12th Annual BaconFest will be held on Saturday, March 31 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Inman Park theatre. BaconFest! is a celebration chock-ful-of bacon, PBR and Ale Yeah! beer; the event, also, features a silent auction, a wheelchair obstacle course and performances by Darling Norman. Tickets to BaconFest start out at $25 and are on sale to all Atlantans who are 21 and older. BaconFest will be held outside in the parking lots of Dad's Garage Theatre in Inman Park at 280 Elizabeth Street, Suite C- 101. Attendees are encouraged to take MARTA. 

Atlanta breaks another pollen count record

ATLANTA -- Friday marks the 15th consecutive day Atlanta's pollen count has topped 1000, a new record. Friday's figure is 1275, high for mulberry, oak, pine and sycamore trees.

DeKalb unemployment exceeds metro rate in Feb.

DeKalb unemployment exceeds metro rate in Feb.

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate declined to nine percent in February.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate is down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.1 percent in January.

In DeKalb County, the jobless rate was 9.4 percent in February.

Statewide, Georgia's February seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the seventh consecutive month to 9.1 percent -- the lowest rate since March of 2009, when it was also 9.1 percent.

Metro Dalton had the state's highest area unemployment rate at 12.3 percent. Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at seven percent.

Emory, High Museum get grant for PhDs

Emory, High Museum get grant for PhDs

ATLANTA -- Atlanta's High Museum of Art and Emory University's department of art history have received a grant to help support art history doctoral candidates.

The grant from the Mellon Foundation focuses on object-centered curatorial training and is set to provide funding to support two candidates for a three-year program.

A committee of art history faculty and representatives from the museum will select two students each year. One will serve during the spring semester and summer term, and the other during the summer term and fall semester. Selected students will receive a fellowship plus a full stipend for summer research and travel in the U.S. and abroad.

Ashley Laverock, who studies French Medieval art, and Cecily Boles, who studies Italian Baroque art and art theory, are to be the first two fellows.

AJC Peachtree Road Race registration ends Thursday

ATLANTA -- Thursday is the last day to register online for a chance to run the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race.

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Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

Visit ajc.com/peachtree to enter the runners' lottery. Entrants will find other whether they were selected on Monday, Mar. 26.