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Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

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Atlanta's 25 Most Iconic Dishes

Atlanta's 25 Most Iconic Dishes

ATLANTA -- Eater.com has compiled a list of what the food website says are must-try items for residents and out-of-town guests.

"From frozen pops to double-decker burgers, relatively new to old standbys, these are the 25 most iconic dishes in the city," the website says.

The list features, in alphabetical order by restaurant:

Inferno
Ammazza, 591 Edgewood Avenue
A pizza with "spicy sopressata, house mozzarella, calabria peppers and basil"

Ghetto Burger
Ann's Snack Bar, 1615 Memorial Drive
Eater.com describes the dish as "a double cheeseburger with bacon, grilled onions, ketchup, mustand and chili"

Subway robbers pistol-whip clerk

Subway robbers pistol-whip clerk

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County police are searching for two suspects who robbed a sandwich shop and pistol-whipped an employee.

The robbery happened Wednesday at around 10:30 p.m. at the Subway in the 3600 block of Vinings Slope.

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According to police, a Subway employee was cleaning in a back room when two masked suspects burst in and demanded money. The victim struggled to open the business safe, causing the suspects to become even more aggressive.

The victim told police the suspects hit him in the face with a handgun and forced him into the restaurant's freezer. The two suspects then grabbed cash and ran from the store.

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Cobb County's December unemployment rate was 5.9 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.

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Ga. Supreme Court to hear Braves stadium case


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear an appeal next week from three Cobb County residents who oppose funding plans for the new Braves stadium.

T. Tucker Hobgood, Richard Pellegrino and Larry Savage said the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority should have worked to get taxpayer approval before issuing up to $397 million in bonds to pay the public share of the stadium construction.

A Cobb County Superior Court judge validated the bonds after a July 2014 bench trial. Hobgood, Savage and Pellegrino then appealed to the state's high court.

Atlanta Opera's 'Rigoletto' opens Feb. 28

Atlanta Opera's 'Rigoletto' opens Feb. 28

ATLANTA -- Rigoletto, the next production in the Atlanta Opera's 2014-15 season, will begin its run at the end of February.

The opera -- a staple for most companies -- tells the story of hunchback jester Rigoletto, who hopes to protect his daughter Gilda from the Duke of Mantua, a man she grows to love.

Rigoletto was last performed by the Atlanta Opera in 2000. The new production will feature in-demand baritone Todd Thomas in the title role, up-and-coming soprano Nadine Sierra as Gilda and Atlanta native Morris Robinson as assassin Sparafucile.

The Atlanta Opera will perform Rigoletto on Feb. 28 and Mar. 3, 6 and 8. Tickets range in price from $26 to $137 and can be purchased at atlantaopera.org.

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.