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Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

APD adopts transgender interaction policies

APD adopts transgender interaction policies

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department has established new policies for officer interaction with people who are transgender or intersex.

Police Chief George Turner said the policies will go into effect at the end of November, which gives officers time to be trained on them.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called the new policies "another step forward in our efforts to celebrate diversity."

"I commend the Atlanta Police Department for their commitment to equal and respectful treatment of Atlanta's transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming individuals, citizens and visitors," Reed said.

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Some highlights of the new guidelines include:

* Treating transgender/intersex people in a manner appropriate to the gender with which they identify

1st Atlanta Streetcar test goes smoothly


ATLANTA -- Overnight Wednesday intro early Thursday morning, the Atlanta Streetcar underwent testing to see if the project was ready to move forward.

It was the
first test of the streetcar using its own power. An earlier test in August towed the cars onto the tracks to test alignment. Sharon Gavin, who is overseeing the project, said there were engineers and planned to test through 7:00 am, but finished early around 3:00 am. Gavin said it was because the test went off without a single problem.

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

DeKalb County's preliminary unemployment rate was 8.4 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

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Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

DeKalb names early voting locations

DeKalb names early voting locations

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County residents have plenty of opportunities to vote ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

The county's Board of Registration & Elections has approved several early voting locations, three of which are open on Sunday, Oct. 26.

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They include:

Berean Community Center
2440 Young Road, Stone Mountain
Open Monday through Friday, Oct. 27-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Brookhaven City Hall
4362 Peachtree Road NE
Open Monday through Friday, Oct. 27-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Chamblee Civic Center
3540 Broad Street
Open Sunday, Oct. 26, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Open Monday through Friday, Oct. 27-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.