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Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Tracy Humphrey has your weekend forecast

Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The owners of 60 metro Atlanta Chick-fil-A restaurants provided 5,900 lunches Wednesday to children in seven counties who typically receive free and reduced lunches at school, reports Marietta Daily Journal.

The food made its way to children through MUST Ministries, whose summer lunch program has been around for 19 years. Program volunteers meet at churches in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, north Fulton, Paulding and Pickens counties five days a week to make, pack and deliver lunches to nearly 6,000 children across eight counties for 10 weeks during the summer.

The case against Ross Harris: What's next?


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- It's been more than three weeks since a Cobb County father was charged in the heat-related death of his toddler.

Ross Harris remains locked up in the Cobb County jail without bond while investigators continue to look for evidence he deliberately left his son Cooper in the backseat of his car for 7 hours.

The tragic death of 22-month-old Cooper Harris and the arrest of his father Ross has captivated, horrified and mystified us.

Police must now complete their investigation and turn all of the evidence over to the district attorney's office. They are looking for evidence that cooper's death was premeditated or planned.

Step number two: the district attorney's office will launch an independent review of the evidence gathered by police. As part of that process, they will evaluate the strength of the case against Ross Harris.

Cobb Co. baby born with rare skin blister disease


MARIETTA, Ga. -- Like all newborns, Reid Davis Underwood is fragile.

But from the moment he was born in late May, his parents realized he was far more fragile than most.

"The doctors knew something was wrong, but they didn't know what," said Reid's father Brian Underwood. "They were pulling out textbooks."

It wasn't until the next day that Reid diagnosed with epidermolysis bullosa, known as EB. It's a rare genetic skin disease that causes the outer layer of skin to break down and blister constantly.

PayPal to refund donors who gave to Ross Harris


ATLANTA -- The online payment site PayPal says it will give refunds to people who donated to a fundraising campaign for a Georgia family whose toddler died in a hot car.

PayPal spokeswoman Adriana Higuera tells The Associated Press the company will soon be issuing refunds to customers who used PayPal to donate to the campaign at YouCaring.com, where a total of more than $22,000 was given.

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Roadwork resumes this weekend

Roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta drivers enjoyed a break last weekend when the Georgia Department of Transportation postponed road projects for the July 4 holiday.

But now that the fun is over, the work begins again.

Crews will be on several interstates throughout the metro, working on much-needed improvements. Delays are expected in all areas where roadwork will be performed.

As always, projects are weather permitting. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms could temporarily halt or delay work.

Here is some of this weekend's scheduled roadwork:

Cobb County
* Two right southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.

Mother of child killed in hot car hires attorney


ATLANTA -- Leanna Harris, the mother of the 22-month boy killed after being left in a hot car for hours, has hired Lawrence Zimmerman to represent her and has left the state.

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