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Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

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911 call made from murder-suicide


PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga -- Police released a 911 call that was made from inside the home where two teens were shot and killed Tuesday in what is being called a murder-suicide.

The call was made by Ted Longnecker, the husband of one of the shooting victims, who is in serious condition. Police said Brandon Mclean shot four people in the home before turning the gun on himself.

"I think he may have shot my wife," Longnecker told the 911 Operator. "I think he shot my wife dead, but I can't get up there, he's got a gun." Longnecker was calling from the first floor of an apartment on Bannor Lane in Peachtree Corners.

"He's in the house with a gun, please hurry!" he told 911.

Police: 3 dead, 2 injured in murder-suicide


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – A man shot four members of his family -- killing two -- before fatally turning the gun on himself Tuesday in Peachtree Corners, police said.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said the incident happened at an apartment at 6505 Bannor Lane. Authorities arrived on the scene around 5:24 p.m. and found five people shot in what they said appears to be a murder-suicide.

According to police, 30-year-old Brandon McLean shot his 13-year-old niece Kayla Serrano and his 19-year-old nephew, Andre McLean to death inside the apartment. Investigators said McLean also shot and seriously wounded his mother, 57-year-old Betty McLean and her sister, 52-year-old Charlotte Longnecker. Both are hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

Shooting suspect shot by Norcross police officer


NORCROSS, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is helping the Norcross Police Department investigate a shooting that injured two people.

It happened at around 1 a.m. Monday outside Fusion Event Hall in the 5100 block of Brook Hollow Parkway near Indian Trail Road.

Norcross Police Chief Warren Summers said two officers working at the event hall learned a group of people had gathered at the venue for a fight. The officers called for backup.

Summers said someone then fired shots toward the event space from the Waffle House next door. Police returned fire. The suspected shooter, 20-year-old Dwight Jones, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated assault on a police officer.

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AP exam participation: Gwinnett County

AP exam participation: Gwinnett County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Gwinnett County, 13,913 students took 26,361 AP exams in 2014, and 14,809 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Gwinnett County public high school:

Archer HS
814 students took 1,498 exams
716 passing scores

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:

Gwinnett County redistricting affects 14K students

Gwinnett County redistricting affects 14K students

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The state's biggest school district is reshuffling thousands of student because of redistricting.

Officials say there has been so much growth in Gwinnett County that they've had to build new schools. That means some 14,000 students are being moved.

Most of the changes are happening in the west and central part of the county.

One big catalyst is a brand new high school in Lawrenceville off Old Norcross Road. It will create a new cluster. If you travel 2.7 miles down the road, you can see what kind of shake-up it creates.

In the Waterford community, every child will be going to a different school next year, much to the chagrin of some parents.

But just down the street, the redistricting is actually good news for high school students who get a brand new building.