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Citizens’ University to kick off for 11th year

Citizens’ University to kick off for 11th year

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Citizens’ University begins April 2 for the 11th consecutive year.

The 12-week intensive training program provides citizens with a close-up view of how their local government works. Participants can gain a better understanding of County government, the available services and the role of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

Commissioner Joan Garner, District 4, has taken the lead in continuing Citizens’ University, which is an initiative originally led by former Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards.

Citizens’ University students learn how laws are proposed, passed and amended and they personally interact with key management personnel. Participants are urged to take what they learn back to their communities to strengthen ties between communities and their government and encourage more collaboration to enhance the quality of life in Fulton County.

Atlanta launches civil rights tour

Atlanta launches civil rights tour

ATLANTA -- When he sees the decaying buildings in Atlanta's sweet auburn district, Tom Houck sees a civil rights history story that mostly goes untold.

"Down on Auburn Avenue there were several pool halls. Dr. King would be a frequent visitor to many of them," Houck told 11Alive's Doug Richards.

It's a story of decaying buildings that thrived in the 1960's. It includes the one-time headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the American Legion pool hall across the street, and the boarded-up YMCA a few blocks west.

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting. See this weekend's forecast.

Scheduled projects include:

Coweta County
1 southbound lane of I-85 will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Defense rests case in APS cheating trial

Defense rests case in APS cheating trial

The defense rested its case in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal trial on Tuesday.

Judge Jerry Baxter announced closing arguments will begin on March 19.

Jurors have listened to testimony for six months now. The trial began back in August 2014.

Twelve former APS educators are accused of cheating on standardized tests in 2009.

GA Senators pass private funding bill for Atlanta BeltLine

ATLANTA -- A bill to allow further public-private partnerships to fund work along the Atlanta BeltLine will soon be considered by the Georgia House of Representatives.

Senators overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 4 on Friday with a 43 to 3 vote.

The move comes as critics say lawsuits, red tape and rising construction costs have stalled progress along the planned 22-mile continuous loop around the city.

In the last 10 years, only 11 miles have been completed. Huge stretches still sit untouched, overgrown and impassable.

Mark Surdyka routinely walks his dog along the stretch that's finished in front of the apartment he rents.

"I'd love for it to be finished. I'd be interested in walking a lot of it, but right now this stretch is all we have," said Surdyka.

Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery is introducing an exciting new game that will be available only in Georgia. Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match combines a classic lotto draw game with an instant-win component.

The game concept is the first of its kind in Georgia.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match offers jackpots starting at $1 million. The jackpot will continue to grow until there is a jackpot winner.

Additionally, players can select Ca$h Match for a chance to win up to $500 instantly.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match went on sale at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide Sunday.

Drawings will be held at 11 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. The first drawing will be conducted Feb. 23.

Tickets are $1 per play. The Ca$h Match option costs an additional $1 per play.

Players must pick six numbers from one to 47. Win the jackpot prize by matching the six numbers drawn. The game offers three additional lotto prizes from $5 to $500.

Fulton County urges outh to “Turn Up With a Purpose” during black history program

Fulton County urges outh to “Turn Up With a Purpose” during black history program

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Office of Children and Youth in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) and numerous youth services providers will present the “Turn Up with a Purpose” Teen Summit and Talent Showcase on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the King Center from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

V103’s Greg Street will host the Summit and Talent Showcase. Dr. Bernice King will also serve as one of the keynote speakers during the program. The event will be held in the King Center’s Freedom Hall Auditorium located at 449 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta.