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Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

Community support floods Loving Arms after robbery

Community support floods Loving Arms after robbery

MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) -- For Loving Arms Cancer Outreach Center, the robbery was a devastating blow, but the community has been quick to respond.

It started a few days ago when Home Depot replaced the Loving Arms safe with one that was double the size and doubly secure. Now it's gone a lot further -- with a $5,000 check and $500 more from private donors.

Then, a necklace from another donor to replace the one that was stolen. It will auctioned off to raise money for the Center.

The Cumberland Diamond Exchange has stepped up with diamond and ruby earrings, while the Cobb County Realtors have planned a golf tournament.

And today, all dressed in lavender to pay tribute to cancer patients, Loving Arms hosted its quarterly bake sale. They raised more than $2,000, but this time the event took on a special meaning.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.

Cobb County hiring hundreds of teachers

Cobb County hiring hundreds of teachers

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County School District hopes to find hundreds of new teachers through a large job fair next month.

Certified teaching positions at all levels of instruction will be available at the event. It is the district's first major hiring event in eight years. Kevin Kiger, the district's executive director of employment, said representatives from every Cobb County school will attend the career fair.

With more than 13,500 employees, the district is Cobb County's largest employer.

The job fair will be Wednesday, Apr. 15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at McEachern High School, which is located at 2400 New MacLand Road in Powder Springs. It was originally supposed to be at the Smyrna Community Center, but an overwhelming response forced the district to find a larger location.

Diamond necklace stolen from cancer charity

Diamond necklace stolen from cancer charity

MARIETTA, Ga. (WXIA) -- On Monday morning, when a Marietta cancer charity opened its doors after a weekend fundraiser, the staff discovered the diamond necklace used to raise money had been stolen.

Stealing from Loving Arms Cancer Outreach doesn't only shortchange the staff here. It takes from those fighting for survival.

"We raise money to help the cancer patients," said director Shay Trayler.

Trayler was checking in on things between fundraisers at the office when she noticed something strange.

"When I came in on Saturday, this door was closed and locked," she said.

Once she looked inside, Trayler saw their safe had been cracked open and its contents taken.

"We opened the door and oh my God, stuff was everywhere," she said.

Financial records were missing.

GA Supreme Court rules online criticisms were 'free speech,' not cyberstalking


MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) -- Anyone who has been the victim of a stalker can describe what it's like to live in constant fear.

A Marietta woman, whose name is known to millions, says she was the victim of a cyberstalker. But the state's supreme court disagreed, ruling on Friday that the man she accused of stalking her had every right to post what he did about her on the internet.

The Georgia Supreme Court ruling underscores that in America, anyone can say and write and post just about anything they want about anyone else. And, according to the court, what the man posted on the web about Marietta resident Linda Ellis was simply free speech, not cyberstalking.

Officials: Deadly Cobb fire intentionally set


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Investigators say a deadly Cobb County house fire was set intentionally.

Officials say a landscaper noticed heavy smoke coming from the house on Heritage Green Drive on Monday and called 911.

After firefighters put out the flames, a body was discovered in one of the bedrooms.

Cobb County Police identified the victim as 55-year-old Phillip L. Perry.

The fire remains under investigation.