Across Georgia

Jobless benefits cut as rate drops


ATLANTA — Georgia’s dropping unemployment rate means a cut in federal unemployment benefits for thousands of workers in the state.

About 15,000 people will lose a final 20 weeks of extended unemployment benefits April 21, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Workers losing their unemployment insurance payments this month have been without jobs the longest. They are drawing checks from the last of six layers of state unemployment and federal extensions that can stretch to nearly two years.

The state’s improving unemployment numbers triggered the cut in benefits, said Brenda Brown, the unemployment insurance director at the state Department of Labor.

Georgia’s three-month average unemployment rate from January to March was 9.24 percent. To keep the last federal extension, it needed to be higher, according to federal regulations.

Girl is accused of piercing classmate

DALLAS, GA. — Author­ities say a girl is accused of using items purchased online to pierce a classmate’s belly button in a bathroom at their middle school.

Officials say the 12-year-old Moses Middle School student said she learned how to do piercings by watching YouTube.

Investigators say they found a clamp used to pull back skin, a used piercing needle, two unused needles and 13 navel rings. Accor­ding to an incident report, the student said her cousin ordered the items online. The girl was released to her parents after being charged with reckless conduct.

– Associated Press