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Pedestrian hit and killed on Mableton Parkway

MABLETON, Ga. -- A 31-year-old woman was hit by a car and killed while walking along a Cobb County road Sunday morning.

Vanessa Ordonez De Los Santos was struck shortly before 5:30 a.m. on Mableton Parkway near South Gordon Road.

Cobb County police spokesman Mike Bowman said De Los Santos was in the road when she was hit by a Nissan Xterra. She was rushed to WellStar Cobb Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly before 9 a.m.

The driver who hit her, 60-year-old Milton Ariaz, was arrested and charged with driving without a valid Georgia driver's license. Bowman said police do not expect to file any other charges against him.

Ariaz was not injured in the crash.

Family looking for help after raw sewage backup

AUSTELL, Ga. -- A Cobb County family says their home suffered significant damage when it was flooded with raw sewage.

When they said Cobb County was taking too long to fix the problem, they contacted 11Alive.

The family says there was as much as a foot of raw sewage in the house. The hardwood floors had to be pulled up, and they even had to clean underneath the house. They became concerned when they began to fear that the county might go back on their promise to make repairs to the home.

"There was raw sewage in the tub," said Leslie Riney.

Doug and Leslie Riney's dream home has turned into a nightmare in the past week and a half.

"This bathtub and the one in the master bathroom were both more than a third full of raw sewage," Leslie said.

A clogged sewer line caused raw sewage to back up into the Rainey's Austell home, blanketing the entire first floor in a foul smelling sludge.

'Loud music killing' trial may have echoes of Zimmerman

'Loud music killing' trial may have echoes of Zimmerman

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A white software developer is about to go on trial in Florida in the death of a black teenager -- in a case that raises comparisons to the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of 47-year-old Michael Dunn.

Police say Dunn fatally shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis in 2012 outside a Jacksonville convenience store after arguing over loud music that Davis and his friends were playing from their SUV.

Dunn says he fired multiple shots into the SUV after the teens threatened him and one raised a shotgun. Dunn was arrested the next day.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

ATLANTA--The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Poll is here. With region tournament time just around the corner, the name at the top stays the same.

 The Spartans of Greater Atlanta Christian top the charts, with Allatoona, Wheeler, North Gwinnett and Norcross making up the top 5.

Miller Grove is next, with Hillgrove, Tucker, Berkmar, and Grayson climbing into the top 10 this week.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 Poll is computer generated, and is produced exclusively for 11Alive News and 11Alive.com by USA Today High School Sports.

Will you have to pay if your abandoned car was towed?

METRO ATLANTA -- With so many abandoned cars during #snowjam2014 this week, communities are towing cars to get traffic flowing.

Here's the list of who will have to pay and who will get a pass if cars were towed off the road.

Atlanta:
The Atlanta Police Department said they will not begin towing vehicles until Sunday Feb. 2 at noon. APD will waive vehicle impound fees associated with the winter weather. If your car was towed call the Atlanta Property Unit at 404-546-4330.

DeKalb:
Towing fees will be reimbursed for stranded cars. Drivers have until Midnight Friday to claim towed cars. Contact the DeKalb Police Department's Permit office at 404-297-3934 to file for reimbursement. 

Unincorporated Fulton:
They are only towing cars to the side of the road where it was abandoned; they are not sending them to impound lots. If you cannot find your car call the police department at 404-613-5711.

Unemployment plunges to 6.8 percent

Unemployment plunges to 6.8 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in December, down from 7.0 percent in November.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new figures Thursday morning.

December's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in Cobb County.

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate decreased because nearly 11,200 more Atlanta residents were employed in December, and the number of jobs in the area grew to 2,450,000 -- the most since May 2008.

December's unemployment rate was also down considerably from the December 2012 rate of 8.4 percent.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest jobless rate in December at 5.2 percent. The highest was 10.2 percent in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Tim Lee is Cobb Citizen of the Year after clinching Braves

Tim Lee is Cobb Citizen of the Year after clinching Braves

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee, who quietly negotiated the Atlanta Braves' move to Cobb, is the Cobb Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year.

Lee was surprised with the award on Saturday at the Chamber's 72nd Annual Dinner.

The Braves said Nov. 11 the team would move to Cobb. County commissioners voted Nov. 26 to give the team $300 million in public funding for a new $672 million stadium.

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