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Gas war has prices stuck at January lows


KENNESAW, Ga (WXIA) -- A competitive battle between three gas stations has been nothing but a win for consumers who are paying gas prices we saw six weeks ago.

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The gas stations are on Bells Ferry Road just off the I-575 exit. A RaceTrac, QT and Shell station were all selling regular unleaded gas for $1.93 a gallon. They have been selling at that price since all three reached that low in January.

FedEx exploring ways to help injured security guard


KENNESAW, Ga. -- FedEx is looking into how the company can support the family of a security guard who was critically shot while working on their property.

Christopher Sparkman was shot point-blank in the abdomen last April while on guard at a FedEx facility in Kennesaw. Since then, he's been in and out of the hospital for more than two dozen surgeries.

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.

Guard injured in FedEx facility shooting faces 'important decision'

Guard injured in FedEx facility shooting faces 'important decision'

KENNESAW, Ga. – The security guard injured in a shooting at a Kennesaw FedEx facility last April is facing a long road to recovery, his wife says.

On April 29, 2014, Christopher Sparkman was shot at point-blank range in the abdomen when a 19-year-old man opened fire at the FedEx facility. The gunman went on to kill himself.

Bank robbbed in Kennesaw

Bank robbbed in Kennesaw

KENNESAW, Ga. – Police are investigating the robbery of a bank inside of a Kroger in Kennesaw Monday.

According to Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce, a man entered the Fifth Third Bank, which is located inside of a Kroger on Cherokee Street, around 1 p.m. and gave a note to a teller demanding money.

After getting an undisclosed amount of cash, the man fled towards the rear of the property.

The suspect is described as being between 40 and 50 years old. He was wearing glasses, a dark colored ball cap and a blue stripe shirt. He acted as if he had a gun.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call police at 770-499-3945.

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Interstate 20 will bear the brunt of this weekend's roadwork, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Drivers are asked to avoid nonessential travel on I-20, as road projects will require lane closures that will likely result in delays.

A number of surface streets will also be impacted by construction crews.

As always, all work is weather permitting. Get this weekend's forecast.

Cobb/Fulton counties: I-285
2 northbound lanes will be closed between Bolton and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.

Coweta County: I-85
1 southbound lane will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

Pi Kappa Phi members chant in sewer at Kennesaw State

Pi Kappa Phi members chant in sewer at Kennesaw State

Voices of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members were heard chanting from a sewer grate late Sunday night at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.

Matthew Boggs, a student at KSU and a photo editor for the student newspaper The Sentinel, was walking across a seemingly-vacant campus parking lot when he heard the voices coming from beneath him.

"I was walking across campus on a night photo-walk when I thought I heard voices coming from behind me. I turned around and there was no one there," Boggs told The Sentinel. "I realized it was coming from the drain and I first thought it was echoing from somewhere else, but then I saw a cellphone underneath the drain grate and I knew people were down there. It sounded like chanting and it was very unnerving."