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Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

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Teen hit by car while bicycling to school


NORCROSS, Ga. -- A 15-year-old boy was hit by a car while riding his bicycle to school Thursday morning.

The teen was struck at around 6:40 a.m. at the intersection of Medlock Bridge Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

Police said the victim, a student at Norcross High School, was hit as the car tried to turn onto Peachtree Industrial from Medlock Bridge. The teen suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing; police have not yet said whether charges will be filed.

Norcross business hires deaf students


NORCROSS, Ga. -- Mugs and mouse pads are bland necessities. But they become treasured keepsakes when imprinted with the artwork of your child.

Siblings Jane and Travis Reid own Square 1 Art in Norcross. The kid art business is booming, so they've hired some new employees.

"They come in and work part time. It's four hours. It's a work study program. The kids came in very anxious to work and they performed very well," Travis Reid said.

There's one difference in the new employees, and it's a difference that has kept them from being hired by anyone, until now.

"I've never had a job before I got this one," 19-year-old Brian Turner signed. When asked how that feels, he signed, "It feels good. It's awesome."

Debt collection scam nabs 7 in Norcross


NORCROSS, GA (WXIA) -- It was a scam one federal official described as "the ultimate shakedown."

"Just know that Los Angeles County will have you issued with a warrant for your arrest," one suspect's voice is heard on a phone call recording obtained by 11Alive News, part of the evidence in the case against Williams, Scott and Associates. The suspect is speaking with a person whose uncollected debt was sold to the Norcross company.

Investigators say the debt collection company, operating out of a Norcross storefront, illegally squeezed payments out of people by threatening them with jail time.

As part of the same audio recording, a customer is astonished when the debt collector tells her she can go to jail for failing to pay up.

"Aren't you supposed to give me some kind of customer service too and try to talk to me?" the unnamed customer asks.

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Gwinnett man charged with murder, rape, incest


PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. -- The death of a 15-month-old girl led police to arrest a Gwinnett County man on a number of charges, including felony murder, aggravated sodomy and incest.

The child, Alcenti Mcintosh, passed away Tuesday. She was brought to Northside Hospital in Fulton County by her father, 44-year-old Calvin Mcintosh, and was pronounced dead there. Medical personnel determined Alcenti Mcintosh was neglected and abused. An autopsy ruled starvation as the cause of death. She weighed 7 pounds, police said.

Gwinnett County Police investigated Calvin Mcintosh's home at the Extended Stay America hotel in the 7000 block of Jimmy Carter Boulevard, where they found his 23-year-old daughter Najlaa and three children, ages 5, 3 and 3. Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said all three children were severely malnourished.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Graduation rates: Gwinnett County

Graduation rates: Gwinnett County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

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Gwinnett County's 2014 graduation rate is 75 percent. At 99.4 percent, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Lawrenceville has the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in Gwinnett County include: