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Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

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Reminder: Property taxes due Oct. 20

Reminder: Property taxes due Oct. 20

CLARKE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Athens-Clarke County Tax Commissioner has issued a friendly reminder to all county property owners -- property taxes are due next Monday, Oct. 20.

Property tax statements were mailed in August. Anyone who did not receive one should call the tax commissioner's office at 706-613-3120.

Bills can be paid online or in person. Visit athensclarkecounty.com to pay a property tax bill online; click PAY ONLINE at the bottom of the screen.

To pay a bill in person, visit the tax commissioner's office, which is located in Suite 250 of the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UGA could sue dealer for making Gurley break rules


(WXIA) -- Bryan Allen is not only in big trouble with UGA fans; he could also be in trouble with the university… the kind they need seven figures and a decimal point to figure out.

If it's determined that Allen enticed star running back Todd Gurley by paying him to sign autographs and then snitched to the media that he did it, Allen could end up paying with both his checkbook as well as time in jail.

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

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AP exam participation: Clarke County

AP exam participation: Clarke County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Clarke County, 463 students took 780 AP exams in 2014, and 405 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Clarke County public high school:

Cedar Shoals HS
213 students took 343 exams
174 passing scores

Janet Napolitano to lecture at UGA

Janet Napolitano to lecture at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. -- Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will speak at the University of Georgia later this month.

Napolitano's talk, "Anatomy of a Legal Decision," is part of the UGA School of Law's Sibley Lecture Series. It will be held Monday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the Chapel on North Campus, and is free and open to the public.

In addition to working as secretary of homeland security from 2009 to 2013, Napolitano has served the state of Arizona, first as attorney general (1998 to 2003) and then as governor (2003 to 2009). She is currently president of the University of California system, which consists of 10 campuses, five medical centers, three national laboritories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program.

UGA students protest Yom Kippur Homecoming

ATHENS, Ga -- More than 1,700 University of Georgia students signed a petition over scheduling Homecoming on Yom Kippur. It's one of the holiest days for the Jewish community.

"Because Homecoming was scheduled on Yom Kippur, it really eliminated a lot of students who would have had the opportunity to attend the game," UGA student Madeline Hill said. "I know I have family coming into town. My Jewish friends have family coming. It's a big deal."

The students recognized it was too late to change this weekend's game, but wanted to make sure UGA heard their protests and planned better for future games.