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DeKalb schools show growth on CCRPI

DeKalb schools show growth on CCRPI

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County's public school students are prepared for life after graduation.

According to the recently released College & Career Ready Performance Index, many of the county's elementary, middle and high schools demonstrated growth over last year.

The county's most improved schools include:

Elementary
* Indian Creek (+22.7 percentage points)
* Briar Vista (+22)
* Pleasantdale (+21.7)
* Chapel Hill (+19)
* Wynbrook (+14)

Middle
* Stephenson (+15.7)
* Columbia (+14.5)
* Salem (+7.8)
* Cedar Grove (+6.7)
* Druid Hills (+6.6)

High
* Towers (+8.1)
* Lakeside (+6.5)
* Lithonia (+6)
* Redan (+3.5)
* Chamblee (+1)

By comparison, Georgia's elementary schools saw a decrease of 5.2 percentage points, the state's middle schools saw a decrease of 1.4, and high school decreased by 3.4 points.

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

Suspect in MARTA bus stop shooting linked to other crimes


TUCKER, Ga. – Authorities say the suspect in the shooting death of a woman at a MARTA bus stop station could be connected to other crimes.

According to the DeKalb County Police Department, Marcaysia Dawkins was fatally shot at the MARTA stop on Farington Road on the morning of Nov. 23.

Detectives arrested 18-year-old Christopher Merritt at a vacant apartment on Friday, according to the DeKalb County PD.

Police say Merritt is a suspect in several sexual assaults and armed robberies. According to arrest warrants, Merritt allegedly forced the women in all three cases to have sex with him by "placing a gun to the victim's head."

Physical evidence discovered at the murder scene linked Merritt to the sexual assaults, according to police.

Santa Photo Experience at Atlanta-area Simon malls

Santa Photo Experience at Atlanta-area Simon malls

ATLANTA -- Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Northlake Mall and Town Center at Cobb.

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 7.3 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Simon malls announce holiday hours

Simon malls announce holiday hours

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-area Simon shopping centers announced enhanced holiday season opening hours to accommodate the needs of busy holiday shoppers.

Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall and Town Center at Cobb will be open from 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving) through 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28 to kick off the holiday shopping season. These malls will re-open at 6 a.m. on “Black Friday,” Nov. 28, and will close at 10 p.m. that evening. Select retailers in each mall will be open between 1 a.m. and 6 p.m. For information on store holiday hours, please visit each retailer’s individual websites.

Phipps Plaza will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27, but will open at 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 28 for “Black Friday” and close at 10 p.m. that evening.

North Georgia Premium Outlets and Calhoun Premium Outlets will be open from 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27 through 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28.