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Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

Weekend traffic: Roadwork on I-20, cyclists on Ga. 400

(WXIA) -- It will be another difficult weekend for drivers on Interstates 20 and 285.

Weather may provide a little relief, as road crews do not work during thunderstorms. See the weekend forecast.

But drivers should still use caution when traveling through these areas:

Clayton County
* One northbound right lane of I-675 will be closed between Highway 138 and I-285 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for sweeping.

Cobb County
* Two southbound right lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.
* One westbound right lane of I-285 will be closed at Rottenwood Creek from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday for concrete pouring.

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

Unemployment climbs in metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed eight-tenths of a point in one month.

May's rate was 7.3 percent, considerably higher than April's 6.5 percent.

In Fulton County, the rate was 8.0 percent in May.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the spike was mostly due to new graduates entering the workforce. The Atlanta area's labor force grew by about 24,400 in May.

Metro Athens had last month's lowest area jobless rate at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region's was the highest at 9.8 percent.

Early voting begins Monday in runoff races

Early voting begins Monday in runoff races

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County voters are encouraged to can cast their ballots early for the July 22nd Primary Runoff election. Beginning Monday, June 30th, voters will have three weeks to vote early prior to Election Day, July 22, 2014.

Early Voting Hours & Locations

HOURS

  • Week 1: Monday, June 30 – Thursday, July 3, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (3 locations)
  • Week 2: Monday, July 7 – Friday, July 11, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (3 locations)
  • Week 3: Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (9 locations)

 

Early Voting Locations Monday, June 30 –  Friday, July 18

North Fulton Service Center, Room 232, 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, Room 108, College Park, GA 30349

Fulton County Government Center, 130 Peachtree Street, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA 30303

Inside Look: Center for Civil and Human Rights


An impressive and interactive museum in Downtown Atlanta connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today's human rights movements around the world.

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is open. Its goal: to let people "explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities".

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Interstate work continues through the weekend

Interstate work continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- that seems to be the summertime theme in metro Atlanta.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said the roadwork that has plagued drivers for the past several weekends will continue through Monday morning.

Among the projects:

Cherokee County
* ROLLING CLOSURE: Nightly sweeping on I-575 in both directions

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for slab replacement.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between I-75 and New Northside Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign construction.

OutKast sells out 3rd "OutKast: ATLast" show


It's been over a decade since OutKast performed in their hometown, but that is about to change.

Last Friday, the Atlanta rap-duo, made up of Antwan "Big Boi" Patton and André "3000" Benjamin, announced their comeback tour would be making a stop in Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday, September 27.

The concert is being called "Outkast: ATLast" and will feature an extended headlining set from Outkast with special guests.

Man arrested after Downtown Atlanta police activity


ATLANTA -- A man has been arrested after police shut down several Downtown Atlanta streets to search for a possible bomb.

Chester Thomas Akins, 45, of Banks County was taken into custody in Atlanta at around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Several streets around Underground Atlanta -- including Central Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, and Wall, Decatur and Forsyth streets -- were shut down as police investigated the scene. Bomb-sniffing dogs and a robot also responded to the area, but police did not find any suspicious devices.

Banks County Sheriff's Sgt. McFaddin said that on Sunday, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation bomb squad swept the home Akins shared with his female partner after the woman called police to say Akins told her there was a bomb in the house. The GBI did not find a bomb, but noticed several damaged items, as well as damage to the house itself.