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I-20 construction continues through the weekend

I-20 construction continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- The Interstate 20 delays that plagued metro Atlanta commuters last weekend will return.

Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle said backups are expected in Douglas, Newton and Rockdale counties as crews work to complete some major road projects.

"Please do what you can to avoid these project areas. Plan ahead, look for alternate routes or call 511," Pringle said in a release. "We want everyone to enjoy the weekend, and I'm sure that doesn't include sitting in traffic backups."

Several events may also cause delays on Atlanta's roads. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, State Route 9 near Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza will be closed for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Pringle said traffic in the area will be detoured.

Amber Alert cancelled after missing boy, stolen vehicle found

TUCKER, Ga. -- Police have cancelled an Amber Alert after locating a 6-year-old who was reportedly inside a vehicle when it was stolen on Monday night.

According to authorities, Elias Selph was inside a gray 2008 Honda Accord when it was stolen from 316 Glen Hollow Drive in Decatur around 8 p.m.

The boy was later found safe and the vehicle was recovered. Police said they have no suspects at this time. No other details were immediately available.

Weekend construction: Avoid I-20 if you can

Weekend construction: Avoid I-20 if you can

(WXIA) -- Drivers who plan to use Interstate 20 this weekend are encouraged to find alternate routes.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on several major projects this weekend on the interstate that cuts across Atlanta.

"We have three projects with significant lane closures on I-20 this weekend," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "We are expecting long delays, particularly in Douglas and Rockdale counties, during the daytime hours on Saturday and Sunday."

This weekend's road projects, many of which come with heavy delays, include:

Man shot in DeKalb County

Man shot in DeKalb County

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- One person was reportedly shot in DeKalb County overnight.

The man was shot shortly after midnight at Idlewood Road and East Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Dispatchers said the victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

Police are investigating the shooting.

Beautiful weekends and road projects go hand in hand

Beautiful weekends and road projects go hand in hand

(WXIA) -- It's going to be a perfect weekend, weather-wise -- 11s on the WIZometer on Saturday and Sunday.

However, pretty weekend weather in metro Atlanta comes with a slight drawback: nighttime traffic projects.

"We are doing our best to limit daytime lane closures if possible in order to minimize the inconvenience to motorists," Georgia Department of Transportation engineer Shun Pringle said. "However, some work just has to be done during the day."

One brief closure will be the loop ramp from Northside Drive north to Interstate 75 south in northwest Atlanta. It will be shut down Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. so crews can repair a guardrail. Drivers are asked to use Howell Mill Road to access I-75 south during that hour.

Unemployment rate decreases in March

Unemployment rate decreases in March

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in March, down slightly from February's 6.9 percent. The rate was 8.0 percent in March 2013.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 7.1 percent this March.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers. The number of new positions increased by 51,500 last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in March 2014 at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.4 percent.

Simon Property unloading Northlake Mall

Simon Property unloading Northlake Mall

ATLANTA -- As mall giant Simon Property Group invests millions into its premiere Atlanta properties including Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square, it's dumping one of its suburban malls.

Simon is unloading Northlake Mall in Tucker into a newly-formed real estate investment trust called Washington Prime Group, according to an April 22 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company instead is focusing its growth on its larger malls and outlet centers.

The strategy comes as mall operators deal with new pressures to keep their projects relevant.

Retail is evolving due to rising e-commerce sales, and more retailers are leaving malls for street-level locations at mixed-use developments.

Nationally, regional mall construction has essentially shut down.