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Seamless Summer program feeds hungry kids

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education is participating in a program that will help feed children who rely on free and reduced-price lunches during the school year.

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The program, Seamless Summer, provides free food for children ages 1-18 who live in low-income areas.

CDC offering free AIDS tests at drugstores

CDC offering free AIDS tests at drugstores

ATLANTA -- Would you go to a drugstore to get tested for AIDS?

Health officials want to know, and they're setting up a pilot program to find out.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced plans Tuesday to offer rapid HIV tests at drugstores in 24 cities and rural communities. The government is spending $1.2 million on the project.

The test involves a swab of the inside of the mouth, and the results are ready in about 20 minutes. The CDC is already offering the free tests in seven drugstores and plans to expand to more locations this summer.

Yes or no? Breaking down the Transportation Sales Tax.

On July 31st, Georgia voters will be asked to vote on a 1% across the board sales tax to improve transportation and transit throughout the State. Those in favor say the tax is essential in creating new jobs, attracting outside businesses to Georgia and easing congestion in Metro Atlanta.

Detractors, however, claim the regional, 157 project list, will do little to accomplish that aim. And so the debate begins. Which is why 11Alive is dedicating two reporters this morning to help you better understand the issue. Commuter Dude will talk to supporters of the tax, while Julie Wolfe hears from its opponents.

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Ross homers twice as Red Sox beat Braves

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Cody Ross hit a three-run and two-run home run as the Boston Red Sox took a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves in the rubber match of a three-game series on Sunday.

Ross' day overshadowed what might be the final appearance of third baseman Kevin Youkilis in a Boston uniform.

The subject of numerous trade rumors, Youkilis had been benched the past three games as the 33-year-old has struggled much of the season. However, he went 2- for-4 with an RBI on Sunday and received two standing ovations. The first one was in the second inning prior to his at-bat in which he singled. The second ovation was awarded to him following his RBI triple in the seventh that saw him pulled from the game.

On the season, his ninth in the majors and all of them with Boston, Youkilis is batting just .233 with four home runs and 14 RBI, and trade rumors have several teams interested in his services.

Ga. police launch crackdown on drunk drivers

Ga. police launch crackdown on drunk drivers

ATLANTA -- Police officers, sheriff's deputies and state troopers across Georgia are launching a statewide crackdown on drunken driving through the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

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The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says its summer campaign, Operation Zero Tolerance, begins Friday and will run for about two weeks.

During that period, law enforcement officers in the state are expected to keep a close lookout for drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol.

State officials say 298 people died in alcohol-related crashes in 2010 -- roughly a fourth of traffic deaths in the state.

The summer anti-DUI campaign in Georgia coincides with the national crackdown called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

DeKalb unemployment exceeds metro rate in May

DeKalb unemployment exceeds metro rate in May

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's preliminary unemployment rate rose to 8.6 percent in May, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.5 percent in April.

The rate was 9.5 percent in May 2011.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate in May 2012 was 9 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new figures early Thursday.

They say the rate increased because the labor force grew by 16,578 job seekers, and while most found jobs within the month, 6,008 did not.

Officials also say there were 269 new layoffs in profession and technical services, educational services, health care and social assistance, and accommodations and food services.

Braves outslug Yankees in home run derby

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Jason Heyward hit a pair of homers and knocked in three runs as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Yankees, 10-5, in a game that featured nine home runs.

Freddie Freeman, Martin Prado and David Ross also homered for the Braves, who won the final two contests of this three-game set.

Tommy Hanson (8-4) got the win despite giving up four runs on five hits over five-plus innings. He allowed four home runs.

Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Eric Chavez and Derek Jeter hit solo homers for the Yankees, who have lost two in a row after winning their previous 10. Curtis Granderson added an RBI.

Phil Hughes (7-6) allowed six runs on six hits over 4 1/3 frames. He gave up a career-high four homers and now leads the American League in home runs allowed with 19.

Coming into Wednesday's game, Yankees starters had tossed at least six innings in each of their last 19 games.