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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.

Expect heavy spring break traffic this weekend

Expect heavy spring break traffic this weekend

(WXIA) -- Many colleges and universities will begin their spring breaks this weekend, which may contribute to heavier traffic than usual on metro Atlanta roads.

In addition to more people on the road, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be out and about, working on scheduled projects.

GDOT engineer Shun Pringle said the largest project will be sign installation on Georgia 400 south between Peachtree Road and Sidney Marcus Boulevard. One right lane will be closed daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Work will also continue on the Ga. 400/Interstate 85 Interchange project. Several roads will be affected all weekend, including Cheshire Bridge Road, Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Buford-Spring Connector.

From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly, three lanes in both directions of I-285 will be closed for sign replacements between Riverside Drive and Peachtree Dunwoody Road.

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

(WXIA) -- With a warm weekend on the horizon, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to perform some much-needed roadwork throughout north Georgia.

Closures and delays can be expected on a number of major roads and highways.

"Plan ahead -- I can't say it enough," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "If you plan ahead, you can avoid some potentially heavy delays."

Some notable roadwork includes:

Downtown Connector
Two right lanes of I-75/85 north near University Avenue will be closed for pavement work Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

I-285
Three lanes will be closed in both directions between West Paces Ferry and Roswell roads for sign replacements. All work will take place overnight -- from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Coweta phone Peeping Tom beaten by victim's boyfriend

Coweta phone Peeping Tom beaten by victim's boyfriend

NEWNAN, GA - "Human behavior never ceases to amaze me," Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager told 11Alive News on Monday.

Even after 22 years in office, Yeager said he was still disgusted by the actions of 36-year-old James Robert Findley of Pine Mountain, who now sits in his jail.

Findley was at a Five Below store in Newnan Sunday afternoon when he allegedly put his cell phone underneath the dress of a woman who was shopping with a young girl.

According to the police report, the woman's boyfriend saw what was happening, hit Findley in the head and kicked him twice.

He then held him until a deputy arrived.

"He went to the rescue of his girlfriend...and he did the right thing," Sheriff Yeager said.

The sheriff said Findley confessed, calling himself, "an idiot."

"He admitted to our officer, he said...he was doing something stupid," Yeager added.

91 Georgia counties under state of emergency for winter storm

ATLANTA -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has extended the state of emergency due to a Winter Storm Warning and Ice Storm Warning in effect.

Deal announced Tuesday morning that he added 44 counties to the original 45.

UGA's Obamacare navigator program lays low after protests

UGA's Obamacare navigator program lays low after protests

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia health navigator program has been keeping a low profile since opponents of the Affordable Care Act staged a protest at a Coweta County navigator event in November.

Sheri Worthy, head of UGA's Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, told Georgia Health News the Coweta meeting and those scheduled after that were canceled because Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group that opposes the ACA, posted the navigators' events on its website and encouraged protests at them.

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32 people homeless after Newnan apartment fire

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The Red Cross is assisting 32 people after a fire at their apartment complex Thursday morning in Newnan.

It happened at at the Jefferson Pointe Apartments on Jefferson Parkway.

"Even though the area is still recovering from the recent snowstorm, the American Red Cross is on the job to help people in the face of emergencies," said Jessica McFadden, disaster program manager. "There were nine apartments that were totally destroyed. We are very thankful that everyone made it out safely."

The Red Cross took care of their immediate emergency needs by providing financial assistance for food and clothing as well as a hotel accommodations to nineteen adults and thirteen children. 

No word on what caused the fire at this point.