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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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Cobb considers $169K studies for projects to ease Cumberland-area traffic

Cobb considers $169K studies for projects to ease Cumberland-area traffic

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb Commissioners are mulling paying $169,000 for engineering design studies for two major transportation projects aimed at easing Cumberland-area congestion. The new Atlanta Braves stadium complex is in the Cumberland area.

The projects are on the list of transportation projects the county hopes to fund with a proposed 1 percent sales tax, the Marietta Daily Journal reports. Cobb voters decide Nov. 4 whether to extend the county’s special purpose local option sales tax for another six years.

One project would add lanes to Interstate 285 between Cobb Parkway and Paces Ferry Road, and the other would add a separate ramp to the southbound Windy Hill Road exit on Interstate 75 for drivers looking to get on Circle 75 Parkway, the paper reports.

Home Depot now facing 21 class-action lawsuits over data breach


ATLANTA -- Lawyers across the country are donning orange aprons to tackle what's shaping up to be one monster of a Home Depot repair project.

At least 21 federal lawsuits have now been filed against the home improvement giant as of Oct. 10 stemming from its recent data breach, a review by Atlanta Business Chronicle found. That's up from about a dozen lawsuits filed as of Sept. 24.

The lawsuits are asking courts to grant them class-action status, meaning that if judges agree they would represent others hurt by the data breach. Because of their number and the fact that they've been filed in courts across the country, the lawsuits are likely to be combined into what's known as "multi-district litigation." At least one motion has already been filed in federal court in Atlanta to combine various lawsuitsover the Home Depot data breach.

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:

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AP exam participation: Cobb County

AP exam participation: Cobb 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 Cobb County, 8,023 students took 15,577 AP exams in 2014, and 10,529 of those exams earned passing scores.

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

Allatoona HS
243 students took 341 exams
237 passing scores

2014 SAT scores: Cobb County

2014 SAT scores: Cobb County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 SAT scores were released Tuesday morning.

About 77 percent of the state's high school seniors took the test in 2014. Mean scores include:

State of Georgia
Critical Reading: 488
Math: 485
Writing: 472

In Cobb County, 5,817 students took the SAT in 2014. Mean scores include:

Cobb County
Critical Reading: 512
Math: 509
Writing: 494

Here are the SAT breakdowns for each Cobb County public high school:

Allatoona HS
304 test-takers
Critical Reading: 500
Math: 500
Writing: 473

Campbell HS
344 test-takers
Critical Reading: 483
Math: 470
Writing: 472

Harrison HS
437 test-takers
Critical Reading: 535
Math: 534
Writing: 519

Classmates mourn student shot and killed after football game

Classmates mourn student shot and killed after football game

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Police are investigating the shooting death of a 17-year-old McClarin High School student.

According to Fulton County Schools PIO Samantha Evans, Kristofer Hunter was shot at around 10 p.m. Friday after attending Langston Hughes High School's homecoming football game against Campbell High School.

Hunter was immediately taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died. No other students were injured.

Fulton County School Police are handling the investigation, but are not releasing information on possible suspects. Evans says there is no information on what led to the shooting.

Grief counselors were on hand at Langston Hughes, McClarin and Campbell high schools Monday. All three schools also had heightened security.

Students at McClarin wore blue and white in memory of Hunter. Classmates said they were shocked to learn of Hunter's death.