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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.

Georgia schools rank high on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 'Best Grad Schools' list

Georgia schools rank high on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 'Best Grad Schools' list


(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Several Georgia schools scored well on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 list of Best Graduate Schools.

U.S. News says it analyzed more than 1,300 graduate programs to determine this year's rankings.

The University of Georgia's public affairs program is ranked No. 4 among the nation's top public affairs schools -- higher than Princeton University (No. 5). Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is ranked No. 23, while Georgia Tech's program is ranked No. 53.

Georgia Tech's graduate engineering program is ranked No. 6 among engineering programs, tied with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The top five engineering grad schools are, in order, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, California Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University.

HERO CENTRAL: Girl dials 911 with deactivated phone

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- A 10-year-old from Oconee County was home alone last week when her house was burglarized. She found a way to call 911 that many adults may not know.

"I don't want to be home alone again," said elementary school student Nora, "because that was when it happened."

Nora was home sick from school when the robbery occurred, at 3 p.m.

She went to watch TV, said mother Marianne Shockley, "turned around and there was no TV. The back door was wide open."

Nora said she felt scared, but, "I had to tell myself to keep your head on straight, find a phone, and call for help."

One problem: Nora could not find her phone.

But she remembered a trick she had learned a few weeks earlier.

Said the ten-year-old, "Something in my mind just clicked and said you could use an old phone to dial 911."

An old phone, even with no activated plan, can still dial 911 as long as it has power.

10 best foodie restaurants in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- USA TODAY's Katie Kelly Bell has compiled a list of metro Atlanta's 10 best restaurants for foodies.

10. Greenwood's on Green Street -- Opened in 1986, this Roswell restaurant is a
temple of traditional Southern food, taking pride in using local produce and serving an entirely homemade menu. Mains include meatloaf, chicken pot pie, pork chop and fried chicken, but no visit to the South would be complete without ordering a veggie plate and Greenwood's is the place to do it. You'll have to choose between seasonal selections and collard greens, black-eyed peas, sweet potatoes and cheese grits. Save room for one of Greenwood's legendary from-scratch pies -- we suggest the apple.

Chipotle may get rid of guacamole

DENVER -- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is cautioning that factors beyond the company's control -- the weather in particular -- may prompt the removal of guacamole from its menu.

Denver-based Chipotle uses 97,000 pounds of avocados daily to make its guacamole to serve at its locations, including 22 in metro Atlanta.

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The company noted higher prices of some ingredients could force the company to increase what it charges for its menu, or it could just do away with some portions of the menu.

"In the event of cost increases with respect to one or more of our raw ingredients, we may choose to temporarily suspend serving menu items, such as guacamole or one or more of our salsas, rather than paying the increased cost for the ingredients," the company says in its annual report.

High school basketball semi-finals for March 3

WXIA -- The state high school basketball semi finals took place Monday.

For the boys, Athens Academy and St. Francis played.  St. Francis advances to the finals winning 79-64.

For the girls it was St. Francis against Southwest Atlanta Christian.

This was a close game with Southwest Atlanta Christian winning by five, 66-61.

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

(WXIA) -- With a warm weekend on the horizon, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to perform some much-needed roadwork throughout north Georgia.

Closures and delays can be expected on a number of major roads and highways.

"Plan ahead -- I can't say it enough," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "If you plan ahead, you can avoid some potentially heavy delays."

Some notable roadwork includes:

Downtown Connector
Two right lanes of I-75/85 north near University Avenue will be closed for pavement work Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

I-285
Three lanes will be closed in both directions between West Paces Ferry and Roswell roads for sign replacements. All work will take place overnight -- from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.