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Georgia Connections Academy open enrollment

Georgia Connections Academy, a statewide provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual K-12 schooling, has opened enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year and will be conducting in person information sessions with parents and students across the state.

“We are enrolling 1000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year,” said Lead Principal Heather J. Robinson. “We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now.”

Road work continues this weekend over parts of Metro Atlanta

Road work continues this weekend over parts of Metro Atlanta

(WXIA) – Motorists will face a number of lane closures this weekend around Metro Atlanta.

I-285 Northbound from Hollowell Parkway (US 78/278) in Atlanta to Paces Ferry Road in Vinings will have one left lane closed for sign replacement.

I-20 West and Eastbound will have two left lanes closed between Ga. 5 in Douglasville to Liberty Road in Carroll County for ongoing concrete construction.

Nightly lane closures will continue on the Downtown Connector, along with portions of I-75 and I-85 inside the Perimeter for overhead sign replacement.

Retaining wall construction continues on Techwood Drive between 16th Street and 18th Street in Midtown Atlanta.

Construction continues on I-75 Northbound between I-675 and Mount Zion Boulevard in Clayton County. Two right lanes are closed in that area.

Landscaping operations are continuing along I-285 Westbound near Bouldercrest Road in DeKalb County.


Edgewood-Candler Park station could lure mixed-use developers

ATLANTA, Ga-- Another Atlanta MARTA train station is being showcased as a potential transit-oriented development.

This time it's land around the Edgewood-Candler Park station on DeKalb Avenue that could be the magnet for a new mixed-use project, most likely involving a mix of residential and retail. Invest Atlanta — the city's economic development arm —issued a request for proposals to developers interested in the roughly 5-acre site. It set an April 28th deadline for responses.

Battle brewing in Atlanta over freedom of expression.

ATLANTA -- There's a brewing turf war in the city of Atlanta over freedom of expression. Specifically, an artist's right to create versus the city's right to regulate when it comes to public art on private property.

The proposed new law, according to the city, would make it easier to green light an art project.

But many artists don't see it that way. They see the potential for censorship.

On Edgewood Avenue, not far from the King Center, a giant yellow mural marks the side of Stoney's barbershop. Across the street, an abundance of illegible tags and scribbled graffiti deface several buildings.

That is precisely why the city wants to regulate public art even if it's on private property: to prevent bad "art" from hurting neighborhoods.

Ga. Tech fraternity disbanded for 'rape bait' email

ATLANTA – A Georgia Tech fraternity that became infamous for a vulgar and controversial e-mail has been suspended for three years.

11Alive first reported on the so-called "rape bait" e-mail last October. That sparked a Georgia Tech investigation that found 14 pages of e-mails and minutes that are even more vulgar. Some of the e-mails were sent after the chapter was put on probation.

An e-mail from Georgia Tech's Office of Student Integrity informed Phi Kappa Tau that it is disbanded. They found the chapter responsible for numerous violations, including a "pattern of sexual violence" that suggests a "deep-rooted culture within the fraternity that is obscene, indecent, and endangers women".

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

(WXIA) -- Rain is in this weekend's forecast, but that won't stop Georgia Department of Transportation from working on scheduled road projects throughout the area.

GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said the department expects more people than usual on the road, as school districts begin and end their spring breaks.

"Call 511 or look at a mapping website before you leave home," Pringle said in a statement. "Motorists, including spring breakers ... need to plan ahead to avoid delays."

The new flyover ramps on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange project are open, but crews still need to perform a little last-minute work on them. Lanes will be closed in places.

Atlanta Track Club launches scholarship program

Atlanta Track Club launches scholarship program

(WXIA) -- Youth running groups, rejoice -- the Atlanta Track Club has created a scholarship program just for you.

The Peachtree Jr. Participant Challenge will award scholarships to the three organizations that have the most children registered for the 2014 Peachtree Jr. or Lil' Peach Dash.

The first place team will be given a $1,500 scholarship, a $1,250 cash donation from the Atlanta Track Club and $250 in Sports Authority store credit. Two runners-up will each get $750 scholarships, $500 donations and $250 in Sports Authority credit.

"Through the Peachtree Jr. Participant Challenge, we are able to give back to organizations that share our goal of inspiring children to be healthier and more active," Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah said in a release. "Atlanta Track Club is proud to partner with Sports Authority to offer these scholarships to provide extra motivation to keep kids moving."