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2 shot at Clayton County apartment complex

2 shot at Clayton County apartment complex

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A man and a woman were hospitalized after being shot at a Clayton County apartment complex overnight.

It happened at around 2:30 a.m. at the Woods at Southlake Apartments in the 800 block of Mt. Zion Road.

Clayton County Police spokesman Ron Coloma said the male victim was shot once in the buttocks. The woman was struck three times in the abdomen. Both are in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

There was no immediate word on a motive for the shooting, or the relationship between the victims and any potential suspects.

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Clayton County's unemployment rate was 9.6 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Last weekend, drivers got a bit of a reprieve when several major road projects were postponed. But all that work will resume this weekend.

Some of the problem areas include Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and I-285 in Cobb County.

As always, all roadwork is weather permitting. Rain could halt or postpone projects.

Weekend drivers should use caution and look for crews in these areas:

Bartow County
* One right southbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles before Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.
* One left northbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles after Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.

4-year-old boy drowns at Clayton County pool, 2 charged


JONESBORO, Ga. -- Two people have been charged after a 4-year-old boy drowned by falling into a pool on Wednesday, the Clayton County Police Department said.

Authorities responded to the call of the boy falling into the pool on Winding Way Lane in Jonesboro at around 5:35 p.m.

After officers removed the child, Donovan Daniels, from the pool, resuscitation efforts began. Daniels was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Thursday morning, police said two people face marijuana-related charges in this case. Harold Carter, 59, and Robert Carter, 64, admitted they were under the influence of marijuana when Daniels drowned.

Police say that the boy and his family were from out of state and visiting the location when the tragedy happened.

Students shut out of new Riverdale charter school

Students shut out of new Riverdale charter school

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A brand new charter school in Clayton County was scheduled to open Monday morning, but when students put on their uniforms and arrived at the building, they were not allowed to go inside.

Utopian Academy for the Arts in Riverdale was denied the right to open by the Clayton County School Board for three years. The Georgia Charter Schools Commission finally approved the start-up charter school last year.

But a county official reportedly told Utopian Academy principal Artesius Miller that he needed a business license to access the school and, because he didn't have one, the building could not receive a certificate of occupancy.