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Ga. Race to the Top 'Year Three' Report

Ga. Race to the Top 'Year Three' Report

(WXIA) -- The U.S. Department of Education recently released its "Year Three" Report for the 12 states participating in the Race to the Top grant initiative.

Educational practices and successes in Georgia were highlighted throughout the report.

"We have taken on some major initiatives and our success is a direct reflection of the collaborative efforts between our department, other education agencies and the hundreds of participating teachers, principals and district leaders around our state," Dr. Susan Andrews, Deputy Superintendent of Race to the Top Implementation in Georgia, said in a release.

"While educational reform work is never easy, we are pleased with the significant progress that our state has made as reflected in this report," Andrews added.

Some highlights from the report include:

* Nearly 300 Georgia teachers were placed in state public schools from alternative certification programs.

AJC Peachtree Road Race registration is open!

AJC Peachtree Road Race registration is open!

ATLANTA -- It's that time of year again -- time to register for the world's largest 10K.

AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery registration is now open. It will close Saturday, Mar. 22 at 11:59 p.m.

Those who are chosen for the race will be informed by Tuesday, Mar. 25.

Visit ajc.com/peachtree to sign up.

The five finalists in the Peachtree T-shirt design contest have also been revealed. Vote for your favorite!

Expect heavy spring break traffic this weekend

Expect heavy spring break traffic this weekend

(WXIA) -- Many colleges and universities will begin their spring breaks this weekend, which may contribute to heavier traffic than usual on metro Atlanta roads.

In addition to more people on the road, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be out and about, working on scheduled projects.

GDOT engineer Shun Pringle said the largest project will be sign installation on Georgia 400 south between Peachtree Road and Sidney Marcus Boulevard. One right lane will be closed daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Work will also continue on the Ga. 400/Interstate 85 Interchange project. Several roads will be affected all weekend, including Cheshire Bridge Road, Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Buford-Spring Connector.

From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly, three lanes in both directions of I-285 will be closed for sign replacements between Riverside Drive and Peachtree Dunwoody Road.

9 retailers closing the most stores

9 retailers closing the most stores

(USA TODAY) -- Brick-and-mortar retailers have been suffering from slow economic activity for years, as well as from increased competition from online retailers. The rise in store closings is a prominent sign of their struggles. Weakened companies cannot afford the real estate and personnel costs that go along with supporting hundreds of unprofitable locations. The clearest proof of the problem was RadioShack's recent decision to close more than 1,000 stores.

RadioShack is hardly alone. During that last several years Gap has closed 20% of its locations. Even Macy's, which has forecast strong earnings and is considered the most successful of the mid-market retailers, closed stores recently.

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Fulton County residents encouraged to register to vote for 2014 elections

Fulton County residents encouraged to register to vote for 2014 elections

(WXIA) -- The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections reminds residents who intend to vote in the primary election on May 20 that the voter registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 21.

Voter registration forms are available for download at www.fultonelections.com.

Richard Barron, Director of Registration & Elections, encourages new Fulton County residents to register to vote and recommends that all registered voters ensure that their information on file with the department is up-to-date.

Google Fiber not a sure thing for College Park after all

Google Fiber not a sure thing for College Park after all


COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Google Fiber is not a sure thing for College Park after all.

City officials say they prematurely announced on Tuesday that the south Fulton County city was selected for the high-speed Internet service. College Park and eight metro Atlanta cities are still in the running for Google Fiber.

Google Fiber delivers Internet speeds of one gigabit per second -- up to 100 times faster than basic broadband.

Other cities being eyed by Google are Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna. Google is expected to make an announcement by the end of 2014.

South Fulton residents meet with Commissioner Edwards

South Fulton residents meet with Commissioner Edwards

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- South Fulton County residents continue to pack community meetings to discuss issues vital to the growth and development of their community.

Residents met with District 7 Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards for the third time in less than three months on Thursday, March 6. The subject of the third meeting, which was held at New Life Presbyterian Church, involved the revitalization of Old National Highway.

More than 100 citizens gathered to talk about issues such as continuing to help the Fulton County police department to push drug dealers and prostitutes out of their communities, attracting more upscale restaurants and retailers, bringing manufacturers to the area and improving roads and transportation.