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Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department Homicide Unit will be featured on the new season of A&E documentary series "The First 48."

The television program follows detectives as they search for clues and interview witnesses in the first two days of a murder investigation. It has profiled police departments across the country, including DeKalb County.

"The First 48" crews filmed Atlanta's Homicide Unit members as they investigated and solved homicides throughout the city.

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Atlanta students to attend special 'Selma' screening

Atlanta students to attend special 'Selma' screening

ATLANTA -- A select group of Atlanta Public Schools students will attend a special screening of the film Selma Wednesday.

The 350 young people will also participate in a question and answer session with two Selma actors, executive producer Paul Garnes and Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Meria Carstarphen, a Selma, Ala., native, among others.

Students from Booker T. Washington High School, Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School will watch the movie at Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema in Atlanta.

Atlanta Public Schools said the film's educational outreach includes a curriculum guide with 11 lesson plans that meet Common Core State Standards. The lessons are appropriate for children in grades 6-12.

The weekend roadwork is spreading

The weekend roadwork is spreading

(WXIA) -- As 2015 rolls on, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will roll too -- to sites across metro Atlanta, where they will work on weekend road projects. (At least it will be sunny!)

This weekend, drivers are encouraged to avoid travel on the west side of Interstate 20 and the east side of I-285, if possible. Delays and lane closures are expected in both areas. All work is weather permitting.

Some of the scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
* 2 eastbound lanes of I-285 will be closed at I-75 Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for bridge joint repairs.

DeKalb/Fulton counties
* 3 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Man shot outside Kroger in DeKalb County

ATLANTA -- Police are at the scene of a shooting outside of a grocery store in DeKalb County.

The incident happened outside the Kroger on Moreland Avenue. 11Alive's Kevin Rowson reports that two suspects pulled up in a car and demanded keys from a man getting out of his car in the store's parking lot. After the man tossed the suspects his keys and turned towards the store, the suspects fired several shots.

The suspects drove away in the man's Camaro.

The victim was hit in his lower body. The injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Stay with 11Alive.com for updates on this story.

Man sentenced to 15 years in shooting of police officer

Man sentenced to 15 years in shooting of police officer

ATLANTA – A man accused of trying to kill an Atlanta police officer was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday.

Jermarcus Jordan accepted a plea deal in the 2013 shooting of Christopher Smith.

Smith was off-duty and working a second job as security at an apartment complex when he was shot as he sat in his car on Nov. 9.

Authorities said Jordan ambushed Smith so he could sell drugs.

Smith was in the courtroom as the judge handed down Jordan's sentence.

Jordan, who never apologized for the shooting, told his family, "I love you."

Smith said he still has six pellets in his head from the bird and buckshot used to attack him.

City to conduct homeless count

City to conduct homeless count

ATLANTA -- The city of Atlanta will perform a Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) Count later this month.

Mayor Kasim Reed said the count is critical for tracking the success of efforts to end homelessness in metro Atlanta. Data collected during the count will be used to better understand the needs of homeless Atlantans so they can receive the proper resources.

The PIT Count will take place Jan. 22-24. Volunteers are needed to count and survey the homeless living in shelters and transitional housing, as well as those who sleep outside.

Reed said volunteers can work in one of three shifts:

Thursday, Jan. 22
7 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 23
10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 24
3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information and to sign up for a shift, visit atlantacoc.com.