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Weekend Roadwork Picks Back Up

ATLANTA -- If it's a weekend, you can count on roadwork in Metro Atlanta, weather permitting. Here's how to avoid construction if it's in your neighborhood.

DeKalb Co.: I-20 Eastbound 

9 p.m. Friday - 5 a.m. Monday

Exit and entrance ramps at Panola Road (Exit 71), exit ramp to Evans Mill Road (Exit 74), and one right lane between Wesley Chapel Road and Evans Mill Road will be closed for construction.

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Register to Vote by October 4th

Atlanta, GA--  For Cobb County residents that are not currently registered to vote, you have until October 4th.

If you moved and did not notify the Cobb Board of Elections and Registration, please do so no later than Oct. 4 so you may vote at your proper precinct. Applications and information are available at cobbelections.org, by emailing info@cobbelections.org or by calling 770-528-2581.

Early voting for the general election runs through Oct.

Vote Now for Atlanta's Cutest Dog

Atlanta, GA--  Because we find it almost impossible to resist a cute dog, we—with help from our friends at Pets in the Sity—asked our users to submit their favorite photos of their pets. We got a great response. In fact, 100 dogs are part of Metromix Atlanta's Cutest Dog Contest 2010. ----READ MORE, Click Link.

http://atlanta.metromix.com/events/photo_poll_gallery/metromix-atlantas-cutest-dog/2203885/content

 

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

I-20 Reopened After Fix of Six Flags Pkwy. Bridge

AUSTELL, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Transportation is monitoring Interstate Highway 20 in Cobb County after failing joints created a hole in a bridge, causing a severe traffic backup. Traffic is reported flowing again.

DOT spokesman David Spear says the hole developed early Tuesday in the eastbound left lane on the bridge over Six Flags Parkway. Spear says the hole has been patched temporarily, and that the lane will be closed Tuesday night to install a better patch.

Cobb County police say about six vehicles hit the concrete debris at the site early Tuesday, and one driver says he blew two new tires.

Kenny McKinley Remembered in Austell

AUSTELL, Ga. - Friends and family of Kenny McKinley remember him as a young man with endless athletic talent and an infectious smile.

Several hundred people gathered Monday at The Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral in Austell for McKinley's funeral. The 23-year-old attended worship services one day before taking his own life.

"He's the last person I would ever expect to do this," sais friend Josh Travis, who played Pee Wee football with McKinley when the two were children. "I never saw it from him."

McKinley died last week at his home near Broncos headquarters in  Denver. Authorities believe he shot himself in the head because he was depressed following his second straight season-ending knee surgery.

McKinley was a football standout at South Cobb High School in
Austell, where he played quarterback. He changed positions, starring as a wide receiver at the University of South Carolina.