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Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers food safety tips

Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers food safety tips

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- In the event that power goes out for an extended period of time in your neighborhood, Fulton County Cooperative Extension, the food preservation specialists and food safety specialists at the University of Georgia want you to know that the food in your refrigerator and freezer may be saved if you take special care during the outage.

“There are several steps a family can take to protect the food they have stored in their refrigerator and freezer,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Being careful to follow the recommendations from UGA should help in keeping your family safe.”

First, unplug the freezer and refrigerator, as well as other appliances, to protect them from electricity surges when power returns. Also make sure everyone in your household knows not to open the refrigerator or freezer doors; keeping the doors closed will keep the food cold for a longer period of time.

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Former Atlanta cop indicted for murder

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A former Atlanta police officer was indicted Friday for murder.

Tahreem Zeus Rana, 23, faces 12 counts in the shooting death of Vernecia Woodard, whose burned body was found in a Hapeville dumping ground in August. The victim had moved to Georgia from New York less than a week before her death.

Rana has been charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, concealing a death, tampering with evidence, violation of oath, pandering and another weapons offense.

Investigators said Rana and Woodard first made contact on Craigslist, then agreed to meet in person. According to the investigation, Rana picked up Woodard, drove her to a dead-end street and shot her twice in the head, possibly with his work-issued gun.

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Delta orders 50 new Airbus jets

ATLANTA (WXIA) – Delta Air Lines announced Thursday that they have selected two Airbus models – the A350-900 and the A33-900neo to replace older Boeing 747 and 767 aircraft beginning in 2017 and 2019.

The order for 25 of the A350-900 and 25 of the A330-900neo aircraft ties into Delta's focus on "prudent, cost-effective investments" in the air carrier's air fleet.

"Delta always approaches fleet decisions with a balance of economic efficiency, customer experience enhancements, network integration and total cost of ownership," said Nat Pieper, Delta's Vice President – Fleet Strategy and Transactions in a release Thursday. "The A350 and A330neo support our long-haul, transoceanic strategy and join a mix of Boeing and Airbus aircraft that provide exceptional flexibility for Delta's global network as well as strong cash-on-cash returns for our shareholders."

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Join the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge

Join the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Weight control is possible during the holiday season. The Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge Blog will show you how. From the Monday before Thanksgiving until the first full week of January, you will receive 14 different tips about how you can eat more wisely and be more active.

“This program is designed to help people recognize and control their eating during the holidays,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “We received feedback from 2013 Challenge participants that the blog messages kept them aware and focused of their goal of not gaining weight over the holidays.”

Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge blog topics will include:

Group claims Chick-fil-A abuses chickens

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A claims it is no longer partnered with a slaughterhouse accused of animal abuse.

The nonprofit Mercy for Animals conducted an undercover investigation into chicken facilities in two states. Video taken inside the Mississippi farm and Tennessee slaughterhouse shows chickens being slammed into transport crates, having their chests and throats sliced open and entering scalding hot water while they're still alive.

Both facilities are owned by Chicago-based Koch Foods, which once supplied chickens to Chick-fil-A, according to Mercy for Animals.

Chick-fil-A Vice President of Public Relations Carrie Kurlander said the chain no longer receives its chickens from Koch Foods.

Fulton County opens comment period for Annual Draft Action Plan

Fulton County opens comment period for Annual Draft Action Plan

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County wants citizen review and comment on its Annual Action Plans and Consolidated Plan.  The Consolidated Plan requires local governments receiving federal funds directly from HUD, to determine strategies, community needs, long and short-term objectives, resources and proposed projects for submission as a combined planning and application document.