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A former Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority executive has pleaded guilty to his role in misappropriating funds as part of a false invoice scheme.

U.S. District Attorney John Horn, in a news release Wednesday, said 52-year-old Joseph J. Erves, of Lithonia, entered the plea in federal court. No sentencing date has been set.

2015 had the highest reported youth suicides in the past five years.
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Georgia labor officials say metro Atlanta has set a record for total jobs, reaching 2.76 million for the first time.

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Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler on Thursday announced the record-setting number for August.

Butler said the August unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, down from 4.8 percent in July.

Officials said the strongest job growth was seen in government, particularly in public schools; professional and business services; and education and health services.

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A more than 3-year-old voter registration fraud inquiry by the office of candidate for governor, and Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp shifted course Wednesday. Investigators revealed publicly for the first time that their original target, an organization focused on registering voters of color and young people, was effectively cleared in the case.

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When former President Barack Obama signed an executive order creating DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — in 2012, I was a sophomore at Cross Keys High School, a DeKalb County high school located in a majority immigrant community.

Conversation about immigration and the threat of deportation was constantly present. I always heard stories of people who had been deported from neighbors and members of the community.

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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott":