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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.

Rockdale Water Resources lowers credit card convenience fees for customers

Rockdale Water Resources lowers credit card convenience fees for customers

CONYERS, Ga. Rockdale County Water Resources (RWR) today announced a reduction in credit card convenience fees for commercial and residential water customers.

The reduced electronic transfer fund fees will apply to all commercial and residential water customers who pay water bills with a credit card via the pay-by-phone system, RWR’s online payment system or in person. Residential customers will now pay $.25 less in convenience fees, and commercial customers will save $2.55 each time they pay by credit card. The new credit card convenience fee for residential customers is $2.25 and $9.95 for commercial customers. Convenience fees for residential and commercial water customers who pay with an electronic check will remain the same at $1.95 per transaction.

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!

Authorities fire shots at armed robbery suspect in Rockdale County

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- Rockdale County authorities say they have taken a suspect who led deputies on a chase Friday into custody.

According to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, a 16-year-old male was taken into custody at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Authorities say the teen led deputies on a chase into DeKalb County. After abandoning his vehicle, investigators said he raised his weapon. Authorities fired back. It was believed that he was struck by at least one round from deputies.

As a result Miller Grove High School in DeKalb County was placed on lockdown. There was no threat to students or staff. That lockdown has been lifted and the 1,500 students went home normally, according to Quinn Hudson of DeKalb County Schools.

The Rockdale Sheriff's spokesperson says a search took place 6000 block of Hillandale Drive near the Winward Forest Apartments.

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.

Kohl's Scholarship Program application phase ends Friday

Kohl's Scholarship Program application phase ends Friday

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