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Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

Puppies help students prepare for final exams


SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Local students are getting a little "puppy love" before they begin their winter break.

Final exams come right before the end of the semester, and with exams comes major stress.

But what's the best way to help deal with stress? How about a puppy?

Canine Assistants brought a puppy to Holy Innocents' Episcopal School in Sandy Springs to help students manage the stress they feel during final exams. The puppy visited as part of the school's Paws and Breathe program.

North Fulton voters can vote absentee by mail for special election

North Fulton voters can vote absentee by mail for special election

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Some North Fulton County voters may prefer to vote absentee by mail for State House District 50.

To request an absentee ballot, registered voters may fax or mail a written request for an absentee ballot. Voters can vote absentee by mail for any reason. Citizens can request an absentee ballot through Friday, Jan. 2.

Election Day is Tuesday, Jan. 6. Requests for absentee ballots may be submitted now.

Absentee VOTE BY MAIL

Eligible voters (meaning registered voters) desiring to vote by mail may do so without providing a reason or identification if they mail in their application for a ballot. However, this does not apply to voters who registered for the first time in Georgia by mail and did not provide ID with their registration application.

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

Conjoined twins born at Northside Hospital


ATLANTA -- Michael and Robin Hamby welcomed a special set of twins into the world Thursday morning.

The Hamby twins are conjoined twins, attached at the torso, arms and legs. The two cannot be separated since they share a heart and circulatory system.

According to the Hambys' Facebook page, the twins were born just before 8 a.m. at Northside Hospital. They were later transferred to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

"We have had a good turnout of people showing their love and support to us," Michael Hamby said in a Facebook video posted Thursday morning.

The likelihood of conjoined twins is a rare event, happening just once every 200,000 live births, according to the University of Maryland.

The Hambys arrived in Atlanta Wednesday night.

Police: 2 arrested after 4-year-old shoots himself


SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. – Police arrested two people after a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the arm on Friday.

Emergency workers were told that the child was alone and apparently playing with the .45 caliber gun outside of an apartment building on 1003 Brentwood Way when it discharged.

The boy was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with a non-life-threatening wound to the arm.

After obtaining a search warrant, police found the gun apparently hidden inside the home.

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 7.9 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.