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Shots fired near Clayton County school bus stop

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- No students were hurt when shots rang out near a Clayton County school bus stop Wednesday morning.

The incident happened at around 8 a.m. outside the Scarlett Place Apartments on Summercourt Drive.

Clayton County Schools spokeswoman Vicki Gavalas said Charles Drew High School students were on the bus when they heard the gunshots. The exact number of students was not known. The bus driver reportedly told the students to get down.

Gavalas said the bus was a little late getting the students to school.

Clayton County and Clayton County Schools police were called to the scene to investigate. No one has been taken into custody.

Clayton County DA's investigator resigning over social media post

CLAYTON COUNTY, GA (WXIA) -- A longtime investigator for the Clayton County DA's Office is resigning after comments he posted on social media about a weekend shooting in Atlanta.


According to District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson investigator David Daniel is suspended pending his termination or resignation.

"His attorney has told me I will received his resignation letter by 2 o'clock Wednesday," Said Lawson.

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Clayton County's unemployment rate was 9.0 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

Supporters encouraging MARTA transit for Clayton County

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) – The fight is underway to bring public transportation back to Clayton County.

With one week until Election Day, people were out Saturday, encouraging voters to support a measure on the ballot that would bring MARTA back to Clayton County.

Rev. Al Sharpton visited the county Tuesday morning to show his support for MARTA's potential expansion. Clayton County currently has no public transit service.

If passed, the measure would change the MARTA map that most people are familiar with. The current rail lines go in all directions from downtown Atlanta – north, east, west and south, but no farther south than Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. This would change that.

Mookie Blaylock sentenced to 3 years in jail after crash

ATLANTA (AP) - Former NBA player Daron "Mookie" Blaylock is sentenced to three years in jail after pleading guilty in a fatal crash.

Blaylock agreed to a plea deal on Monday including seven years in prison, with four years suspended. He will then be on probation for eight years.

Mattie's Call issued for Riverdale man

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- Riverdale police have issued a Mattie's Call for a missing 34-year-old man.

Mitchell Xantwan Kitchen hasn't been seen since Oct. 12. Investigators said he suffers from bipolar disorder and is not taking his medication.

Kitchen is black, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 195 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last known to be wearing a red shirt, light-colored blue jeans, and red and white Nike sneakers.

Anyone who sees Kitchen is asked to call Riverdale police at 770-909-5432.

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.