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Mystery Emory Ebola patient comes forward

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Dr. Ian Crozier, 44, says he is the American doctor who was treated for the Ebola virus at Emory University Hospital in early September. Crozier, who initially asked the hospital not to release his identity to protect his family's privacy, says he is speaking out to thank Emory for the care he received and to drive attention to the Ebola epidemic.

American being evaluated for Ebola at Emory

NEW YORK -- An American health-care worker in West Africa who may have been infected with Ebola has arrived at Emory University Hospital.

The patient arrived at the hospital's Serious Communicable Diseases Unit Thursday at around 5:45 a.m. The patient's name is not being released, per his wishes.

A hospital spokeswoman on Wednesday confirmed the patient was being flown there. Emory houses a specialized isolation unit that handled four of the 10 Ebola patients previously treated in the U.S.

The spokeswoman did not say why the person was being evacuated even before an Ebola diagnosis. A U.S. State Department official declined to comment, citing privacy considerations.

Emory among 35 hospitals designated as Ebola centers

State health officials have designated 35 U.S. hospitals as Ebola treatment centers, a move that will at least triple the number of beds available to treat future patients.

The hospitals are mostly clustered around the five airports where travelers from West Africa are being routed. About 80% of returning travelers from West Africa live within 200 miles of one of the hospitals, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, which announced the news Tuesday.

The U.S. five airports where travelers from West Africa must land and be screened are New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, New Jersey's Newark, Washington's Dulles, Chicago's O'Hare and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson.

The action is precautionary, said Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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.

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.