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Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a surprise for drivers who plan to visit Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend.

All construction-related road closures in metro Atlanta will be suspended from Friday at noon to Tuesday at 9 a.m. GDOT said while some long-term closures may remain in place for safety reasons, no new ones will be added unless there is an emergency.

Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the area, thanks to a number of major Labor Day events:

* Dragon Con
* AJC Decatur Book Festival
* Black Gay Pride
* Oral-B USA 500 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)
* Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Georgia Dome)
* Braves v. Marlins/Phillies (Turner Field)
* Celebrate Freedom (Marietta)

Burglar helps police get good view of himself


NORCROSS, Ga. – Authorities are searching for a burglar who helped police get a good look at him.

Police say the suspect broke into XM Industries in the Norcross area, and the first thing he did was turn on the lights!

A surveillance camera captured him stuffing items in his pants and stealing a set of keys.

At one point, he looked right into the camera before destroying it – but it was long enough to give officers a good look at the man.

Anyone with information on his identity is asked to call (770) 513-5367.

Missing Michigan teen found in Georgia


MARSHALL, Mich. (WXIA) -- The Marshall Police Department says a 14-year-old girl has been found, apparently safe, in metro Atlanta.

At a press conference Tuesday evening, authorities announced Hannah Amaro was found with a 28-year-old male suspect, Victor Alfonso Martinez, who was taken into custody.

Marshall Police Chief Jim Schwartz says Hannah was found at about 5:40 p.m., and remains in custody. Schwartz said in the news conference that Hannah appears to be okay, but would be checked out medically.

The pair were found after Martinez's cell phone pinged at a hotel in Norcross, according to Gwinnett County Police.

Martinez was charged with aggravated child molestation and interstate interference with custody. He is being held in the Gwinnett County Jail.

Hannah's parents will travel to Georgia from Michigan to pick her up.

All About Developmental Disabilities offers workshops on dating, employment

All About Developmental Disabilities offers workshops on dating, employment

DECATUR, Ga. -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) will host workshops for families living with developmental disabilities at two locations this fall. Through their Family Support Center, designed to serve individuals and families living with developmental disabilities in metro Atlanta and across Georgia, AADD offers assistance during various life transitions.

Each workshop will help participants learn more about a specific issue, including dating, employment and planning for future needs. Tuesday workshops will be held at AADD’s Family Support Center in Decatur at 125 Clairemont Ave, Suite 300, Decatur, 30030. Thursday workshops will be held at the Marcus Jewish Community Center, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Atlanta, 30338.

For registration and information about all workshops, please email Family Support Center Coordinator Madeline Griffin at madeline@aadd.org or call AADD at (404) 881-9777.

Gwinnett's Labor Day trash schedule

Gwinnett's Labor Day trash schedule

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Government offices in Gwinnett County will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 for the Labor Day holiday.

As Labor Day is not a trash and recycling holiday, collections of those items are scheduled as normal for unincorporated Gwinnett.

Residents of Gwinnett's cities should call their trash and recycling providers to see if next week's pickup schedules will change.

County operations will resume as normal on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Taste of Atlanta announces 2014 restaurant lineup

Taste of Atlanta announces 2014 restaurant lineup

ATLANTA –- More than 90 of Atlanta’s most notable and on-the-rise restaurants have signed on to participate in this year’s Taste of Atlanta, which will take place October 24-26 in Midtown at Tech Square.

With eateries featured from both inside and outside the Perimeter, festival-goers will be able to savor truly authentic flavors that represent every corner of the city.

New this year, to help attendees pinpoint their local favorites or discover new dining treasures during Taste of Atlanta, the festival will take food lovers on a culinary tour through the city’s many diverse neighborhoods.