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Warm ocean waters could fuel an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, while storm-suppressing El Nino conditions are expected to be scarce, U.S. government forecasters said Thursday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast calls for 11 to 17 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes. Two to four hurricanes are expected to be "major" with sustained winds of at least 111 mph.

More Americans with Alzheimer's are Dying at Home

May 25, 2017
Jim Gathany

One in 4 Alzheimer's deaths in the United States are now occurring at home — a startling increase that marks a shift away from hospitals and nursing homes, according to a report released Thursday.
Alzheimer's deaths in hospitals and nursing homes or other long-term care facilities shrank from more than 80 percent to 60 percent over 15 years. Meanwhile, those dying at home rose from 14 percent to 25 percent, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

Athens April Unemployment Rate Unchanged from March

May 25, 2017

Athens unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in April, which is unchanged from March. The Georgia Department of Labor released the numbers today.

"In Athens we saw the numbers remain steady, going from from March to April," according to Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

 He says while the rate was unchanged, the numbers actually improved for Athens.

Public Input Sought on TSPLOST Projects

May 25, 2017

Clarke County leaders are reminding Athens residents to comment on proposed projects for a  2018 Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax.

A Citizens Advisory Committee is currently considering 36 projects, with a cost of $256 million. That number has to be whittled down to a list of projects totaling no more than $154.5 million.
Commissioner Melissa Link says it's important for members of the community to get involved.

Georgia's university system says campuses won't provide gun storage facilities or signs when a new state law permitting concealed handguns takes effect this summer.
The guidance released Wednesday also makes clear that people will be able to carry concealed weapons during tailgates.
The law takes effect July 1 and allows people with state-issued permits to carry concealed weapons onto public campuses. Georgia previously banned guns on campuses.