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Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

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27 percent of Georgia hospitals get top safety rating; Grady, Piedmont get a 'D'

27 percent of Georgia hospitals get top safety rating; Grady, Piedmont get a 'D'

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Twenty-seven percent of Georgia hospitals earned an "A'' grade in recently released ratings on patient safety. Several Atlanta-area hospitals are among those awarded high marks, but several scored a "C" rating, and Piedmont Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital scored a "D."

The ratings measure the ability of hospitals to prevent errors, injuries and infections, and are intended to help consumers choose a facility for health services, according to Georgia Health News.

Georgia's top-rated performers include large hospitals and small ones.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Police tie suspect to three armed robberies


STOCKBRIDGE, Ga -- A gunman is terrorizing clerks at Dollar General stores in two metro Atlanta counties. Police in Cobb and Henry County released dramatic video of the robberies in hopes that someone could help them identify the suspect.

He is armed with a handgun and not afraid to use it. He fired shots inside two of the stores.

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Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Henry County's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

Driver arrested for hitting people outside bowling alley


CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A man has been arrested for intentionally driving into a group of people outside a Clayton County bowling alley early Tuesday.

Clayton County police spokeswoman JaQuitta Williams said the incident started with a fight inside the Pin Strikes bowling alley on Mt. Zion Road in Stockbridge. A police officer saw the car hit the pedestrians, ordered the car to stop and when it didn't, fired one shot.

Investigators on the scene said the officer was also hit by the car. No one was seriously injured.

The suspect, 37-year-old Mark Anthony Pate, turned himself in to Clayton County police later Tuesday morning. He faces a number of charges, including aggravated assault, obstruction, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Video of car theft made easy


STOCKBRIDGE, Ga -- If you have ever left your car running while you run into a business or home for just a short minute or two, you could learn a lesson from this story before it happens to you.

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David French told 11 Alive News he left his 1994 Honda Accord running outside the gas station while he ran inside to buy a soda. "I mean as soon as I hit the door he ran to the car," French said as he watched the video.