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Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.

Controversial heart transplant recipient killed in police chase

Controversial heart transplant recipient killed in police chase

ROSWELL, Ga. -- A source close to the family confirms the 17-year-old killed in a high speed police chase was the recipient of a heart transplant in 2013.

Anthony Stokes made national headlines when Children's Healthcare of Atlanta originally refused to put him on the transplant list "due to having a history of non-compliance." After a public push from his family, Stokes was added to the list, and went through a successful heart surgery in August 2013.

Police say Stokes died after crashing a vehicle while fleeing from police in Roswell on Tuesday.

Elizabeth Way to become two-way street

Elizabeth Way to become two-way street

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Elizabeth Way in historic Roswell will soon become a two-way street.

Roswell Department of Transportation crews will convert the road on Wednesday, Apr. 1 and Thursday, Apr. 2, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Elizabeth Way will remain open during construction, as will the parking spaces on the storefront side of the street. The nine parking spaces facing Heart of Roswell Park will be blocked.

Drivers will be able to turn right onto Alpharetta Street from Elizabeth Way, but left turns will be prohibited until construction is complete.

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Police Chief Cassandra Jones has announced her retirement effective April 7, 2015. 

“Chief Jones will be greatly missed. Her work was a key part of our crime prevention efforts in this county,” says Chairman John H. Eaves.  “Due to her emphasis on community oriented policing, burglaries in our unincorporated area decreased by more than 22 percent during her tenure.”

Chief Jones has served with the Fulton County Police Department since December 17, 1979. She has served as Police Chief since October 9, 2007.  She is the only female to serve as Fulton County Police Chief.

“We thank Chief Jones for her 35 years of service to the citizens of Fulton County, and extend best wishes to her on her retirement,” said County Manager Dick Anderson.

Assistant Police Chief Gary D. Stiles will serve as Interim Chief until a permanent replacement is named.

Police: Roswell father drove drunk with kids in car


ROSWELL, Ga. – Police say a Roswell father was arrested after driving drunk through a fence with two young children in the vehicle.

According to Officer Lisa Holland of the Roswell Police Department, officers responded to a single-vehicle accident at Houze Way and Windsor Trail just after 6 p.m. on March 20. The vehicle hit a wooden fence and crashed into a fire hydrant. Two children, aged 6 and 7, were in the car, police said.

The officers said the driver, identified as Joel Kurtz, were intoxicated and placed under arrest.

Kurtz is charged with DUI, two counts of endangering a child and failure to maintain lane.


Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.