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Atlanta Public Schools closed Tuesday

Atlanta Public Schools closed Tuesday

ATLANTA -- Students in Atlanta get to sleep in Tuesday morning.

Atlanta Public Schools announced Monday morning that, due to inclement weather, the school system will be closed Tuesday. All classes and activities are canceled.

See a complete list of closings and delays.

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

Nominees needed for 11Alive Community Service Awards

(WXIA) -- Every year, 11Alive News honors extraordinary metro Atlanta residents who make a daily difference in the community.

The annual Community Service Awards recognize some of the area's unsung heroes.

11Alive is accepting nominees for the 39th annual Community Service Awards. This year's dinner and awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Apr. 22. Proceeds benefit a local charity; the 2014 recipient is the Ron Clark Academy.

To nominate a deserving person, visit 11Alive.com/CSA and click on the nomination form link at the top of the page. The deadline is Jan. 10.

The holidays are over -- and so is the roadwork hiatus

The holidays are over -- and so is the roadwork hiatus

(WXIA) -- Now that the holidays are winding down, the Georgia Department of Transportation is resuming the road projects it began last year.

Major work will be performed in the HOV lanes on Interstate 85 in both directions between the Clairmont and Lenox/Cheshire Bridge interchanges.

The HOV lanes and their adjacent lanes will be closed continuously from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

The inside shoulders of I-85 in the same area will also be closed continuously through Friday, Feb. 7.

Work will also continue on the bridge of the Buford-Spring Connector in Atlanta. One inside lane will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Drivers traveling into or out of Atlanta are asked to use extreme caution when moving through these areas.

See a complete list of road projects at dot.ga.gov.

Kirkwood murder victim's family comes face-to-face with suspect

DECATUR, Ga. -- Some emotional moments inside a DeKalb County courtroom on Thursday, as the family of a Kirkwood murder victim showed up in court to face one of the men accused of killing their son.

The family of 21-year-old Xavier Arnold sat right behind the accused, 22-year-old Qutravius Palmer

Just one week ago, Nichole Villafane's son Xavier Arnold, was gunned down on a Kirkwood bike trail during a botched robbery. Arnold was an Army Reservist who was pursuing an art degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

"You are attempting to rob the victim that your co-defendant shot Xavier Arnold one time in the head, causing his death," said the judge during the hearing.

The 14-year-old co-defendant, who was accused of pulling the trigger, was not in the courtroom. Palmer is being held without bond, and will appear in court on January 21, along with his juvenile co-defendant, for a preliminary hearing.

Pizza Hut offering 50% off online orders

Pizza Hut offering 50% off online orders

(WXIA) -- Twenty years ago, Pizza Hut delivered its first-ever pizza to be ordered over the Internet.

Now, the pizza chain is celebrating this milestone by offering a half-off online deal for customers.

Medium and large Pizza Hut pizzas will be 50 percent off when ordered online now through Jan. 10.

Pizza Hut has also launched Hut Lovers, a loyalty program that provides members with exclusive deals.

A large pepperoni, mushroom and extra cheese Pizza Hut pizza was the first physical good ever purchased online, according to Pizza Hut chief marketing officer Carrie Walsh.

"We want to celebrate the fact that before consumers could buy books, clothes, music or vacation packages via the Internet, they could place an online order for a Pizza Hut pizza," Walsh said in a statement. "We're doing so by giving back to our customers who have helped us lead the way with digital innovations over the last 20 years."

Man arrested in connection with death of soldier

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police said Qutravius Palmer, 21, turned himself in on Wednesday in connection with the shooting death of a soldier in the Kirkwood area last week.

Police had obtained warrants Wednesday for Palmer's arrest.

He was charged with felony murder and armed robbery and transported to the DeKalb County Jail.

Police said they are continuing their investigation.


* 14 year-old boy may be charged as adult in shooting
* Metro Atlanta crime mapping, reports
* Mugshots: See 'em to believe 'em

Need a ride home on New Year's Eve?

Need a ride home on New Year's Eve?

ATLANTA -- Every year, 11Alive News and Checker Cab partner up to make sure all Atlanta-area residents get home safely after celebrating New Year's Eve.

Anyone in need of a free ride home can call 404-351-1111 to request a cab.

Visit atlantacheckercab.com to download the free app as another way to ask for a free ride.

The program only offers ride home, not to bars. It serves New Year's Eve celebrators in Atlanta and DeKalb County.

From all of us at 11Alive, have a very happy and safe New Year!