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Arrest made in shooting death at MARTA station


TUCKER, Ga. – Authorities have made an arrest in the death of a woman who was shot as she waited for a MARTA bus.

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 identified a suspect and took him into custody on Friday, according to the DeKalb County PD.

The suspect's name has not been released due to an ongoing investigated. More details are expected at a news conference on Monday.

A vigil was held for Dawkins at the bus stop on Friday.


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.

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Graduation rates: DeKalb County

Graduation rates: DeKalb County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

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DeKalb County's 2014 graduation rate is 62.3 percent. At 100 percent, DeKalb Early College Academy in Stone Mountain and DeKalb School of the Arts in Avondale Estates tied for the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in DeKalb County include: