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Ga. Race to the Top 'Year Three' Report

Ga. Race to the Top 'Year Three' Report

(WXIA) -- The U.S. Department of Education recently released its "Year Three" Report for the 12 states participating in the Race to the Top grant initiative.

Educational practices and successes in Georgia were highlighted throughout the report.

"We have taken on some major initiatives and our success is a direct reflection of the collaborative efforts between our department, other education agencies and the hundreds of participating teachers, principals and district leaders around our state," Dr. Susan Andrews, Deputy Superintendent of Race to the Top Implementation in Georgia, said in a release.

"While educational reform work is never easy, we are pleased with the significant progress that our state has made as reflected in this report," Andrews added.

Some highlights from the report include:

* Nearly 300 Georgia teachers were placed in state public schools from alternative certification programs.

According to officials, the man had been shot several times.

ATLANTA -- The body of a deceased man was discovered early Saturday morning in the middle of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

The man appeared to be in his mid-twenties and had been shot multiple times, according to officials. Atlanta Police Homicide Investigators responded to the scene and are conducted their investigation.

There is no motive for the shooting at this time.

Anyone with information on this homicide is asked to contact Crime Stoppers. The information can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477), online www.crimestoppersatlanta.org or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637). Persons do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000 for the arrest and indictment of the suspects.

New stadium parking decks to cost taxpayers $35 million


ATLANTA -- With construction already underway in the footprint of the new stadium project and a projected 2017 opening, the need for more parking became urgent, according to the director of the Georgia World Congress Center.

In a letter written to Gov. Nathan Deal and other state officials nine days ago, executive director Frank Poe says, "the need for additional on-campus parking is crucial...for NSP [new stadium project] and GWCCA [World Congress Center] events," among other reasons.

What is the future of Underground Atlanta?

ATLANTA -- The city of Atlanta has been losing millions of dollars by leasing Underground Atlanta. Now officials are preparing to take it back.

The city has been paying $8 million a year to keep Underground Atlanta running. It has only received $100,000 a year in return -- all for a property that is widely considered a failure.

Underground Atlanta was once Atlanta's heart. But it has become a haunt, damaging downtown's reputation and draining the city's budget.

Hand grenade found on Greyhound bus

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police have reopened several streets downtown after determining a hand grenade found on a Greyhound bus was fake.

The grenade reportedly fell out of a box on a bus at the Forsyth Street Greyhound station. It was discovered shortly before 5 a.m. Monday.

Dispatchers asked police to block Forsyth Street, as well as Peachtree and Brotherton streets near the scene. All roads have since reopened.

A bomb squad removed the device from the bus. According to reports, it was a fake grenade.

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Ron Hart named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Ron Hart named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley announced today that Ron Hart, Managing Director, Financial Advisor, in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that Ron Hart is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”

AJC Peachtree Road Race registration is open!

AJC Peachtree Road Race registration is open!

ATLANTA -- It's that time of year again -- time to register for the world's largest 10K.

AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery registration is now open. It will close Saturday, Mar. 22 at 11:59 p.m.

Those who are chosen for the race will be informed by Tuesday, Mar. 25.

Visit ajc.com/peachtree to sign up.

The five finalists in the Peachtree T-shirt design contest have also been revealed. Vote for your favorite!