Ga. providing $13 million in grants to NCRzz

ATLANTA - State documents show that Georgia lured the world's leading provider of ATMs into moving its headquarters from Ohio with $13 million in grants funded by taxpayers.

The cost of Georgia's grants to NCR Corp. is outlined in documents obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request.

The grants are part of an incentive package of about $100 million to NCR. Most of the incentives come in the form of tax credits and breaks.

The state is funneling the money through development authorities in Fayette and Gwinnett counties

The grants come as the state is slashing its budget to meet a shortfall.

NCR announced last week it's moving its headquarters to Duluth, from Dayton, Ohio.

Contractor demolishes wrong house

CARROLLTON - Turns out GPS isn't all it's cracked up to be.

A crew using coordinates from a global positioning system demolished a 60-year-old home in Carrollton earlier this week, but it was the wrong house. The home's owner, Al Byrd of Atlanta, said he heard about the mistake when a neighbor called him to tell him the house he grew up in - along with his family heirlooms - had been destroyed and thrown into Dumpsters.

No one was living in the house at the time.

Byrd said his father built the house by hand in 1950.

Unemployment claims up but are slowing

ATLANTA- First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Georgia increased in May, but at a rate that suggested the pace of job losses may be slowing across the state, Department of Labor officials said Thursday.

As Georgians collecting unemployment do so for longer, the state insurance trust fund balance fell by more than $369.4 million from January through May.

The latest claims point to an employment picture that's improving, but still has a long way to go, Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said.

State: Students not responsible for cheating

ATLANTA - The head of the Governor's Office of Student Achievement said the fifth-grade students were not the culprit when answers were changed on more than 100 standardized tests at four elementary schools last summer.

Kathleen Mathers, who oversaw an audit that found the cheating, said Thursday that an analysis of the test answer sheets show up to 40 erasures on some tests, compared to the average of two per student. Mathers said students would not have been able to complete the tests and change that many answers.