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Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

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Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Coweta County's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Delta Community Credit Union sponsors financial literacy program

Delta Community Credit Union sponsors financial literacy program

(WXIA) -- For the second year in a row, Delta Community Credit Union will sponsor the brass | Media Student Program, which brings financial literacy skills to classrooms across metro Atlanta.

Teachers can register for the program at studentprogram.com. Atlanta-based Delta Community's partnership with the Student Program has helped it reach more than 200,000 students in 159 schools.

One local educator -- Michael Young, a Career & Technical Education teacher at Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County -- was the 3,000th teacher nationwide to sign up for the program. He said it has strengthened his students' understanding of money and possible career paths, and has helped them prepare for college.

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

UWG Newnan campus receives renovation funding

UWG Newnan campus receives renovation funding

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia has received more funding to continue renovations of Newnan Hospital, where its Coweta County campus is housed.

The city of Newnan contributed $1.6 million to the project. The monies will go toward more parking lots, sidewalks and landscaping. A year-end fundraiser allowed the school to acquire an additional $1 million to equip its nursing and science labs.

RELATED | UWG acquires historic Newnan Hospital

Classes will be held at the Shenandoah Industrial Park while the campus undergoes renovations. The work is expected to be completed in August 2015.

"Together, we look forward to a new era of opportunity when this first-rate facility opens for classes next summer," UWG President Kyle Marrero said in a release.

Investigators: Not clear what caused plane crash

Investigators: Not clear what caused plane crash

SENOIA, Ga. -- Federal investigators say it could be a year before they learn what caused a plane to crash shortly after taking off from Falcon Field in Peachtree City.

The Cessna 150, carrying two men, was trying to make an emergency landing in a wooded area off Hwy 85 near the Fayette-Coweta County line shortly after taking off.

The two men -- pilot Albert Edward Ensell and passenger Charles Kephart, both 57 -- died as a result of the crash.

Federal crash investigators returned to the scene in Coweta County shortly before noon on Sunday.

2 killed after plane crashes in Coweta County

2 killed after plane crashes in Coweta County

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. -- Two people were killed after a small plane crashed in Coweta County Saturday night.

The plane, a Cessna 150, crashed in Senoia near the intersection of Highway 85 and Highway 74. It took off from Falcon Field in Peachtree City early Saturday and was headed toward Eagle Neck Airport in Shellman Bluff, Georgia. Two men died in the crash, 11Alive's Jeremy Campbell reports.

When the plane did not arrive, the family alerted authorities. Coweta County notified the FAA at around 8 p.m. Saturday that the crash was discovered and cordoned off.

The appeared to have attempted an emergency landing.

The FAA and NTSB will begin the investigation into the cause of the crash Sunday morning.