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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.

Armed robbery at reported at location of bartender murder

ATLANTA -- An armed robbery was reported at the same location where a bartender was murdered in 2009.

Well-known bartender John Henderson was shot during a botched robbery when 327 Memorial Dr. was The Standard. That bar has since closed, and reopened as Augustine's Bar. It was again the location of an armed robbery Wednesday night.

Five customers were inside the bar when the robbery occurred just before midnight.

According to a police report obtained by 11Alive News, a witness was sitting at the bar when one of the suspects walked in, grabbed the bartender, and demanded money. When he tried to leave, a second man told him to sit down and hand over his cell phone. The second suspect then started taking items from other customers.

Blimpie offering 51¢ subs on Apr. 2

Blimpie offering 51¢ subs on Apr. 2

(WXIA) -- To celebrate its 51st birthday, Blimpie is offering 51¢ sandwiches this week.

The first 100 customers to visit any Blimpie location nationwide on Thursday, Apr. 2 will be able to order a regular-sized Blimpie Best sub for only 51¢. The promotion is limited to one sandwich per person.

Blimpie also plans to bring back its Hoboken Hero, an Italian sub created especially for last year's 50th anniversary celebration, in May.

Visit blimpie.com to find your nearest location.

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Police Chief Cassandra Jones has announced her retirement effective April 7, 2015. 

“Chief Jones will be greatly missed. Her work was a key part of our crime prevention efforts in this county,” says Chairman John H. Eaves.  “Due to her emphasis on community oriented policing, burglaries in our unincorporated area decreased by more than 22 percent during her tenure.”

Chief Jones has served with the Fulton County Police Department since December 17, 1979. She has served as Police Chief since October 9, 2007.  She is the only female to serve as Fulton County Police Chief.

“We thank Chief Jones for her 35 years of service to the citizens of Fulton County, and extend best wishes to her on her retirement,” said County Manager Dick Anderson.

Assistant Police Chief Gary D. Stiles will serve as Interim Chief until a permanent replacement is named.

Second arrest made in murder at Atlanta Kroger

ATLANTA -- Authorities have made a second arrest in the March 10 murder in the parking lot of a northeast Atlanta Kroger.

Shontavious Chestnut, 25, was taken into custody Thursday in Pensacola, Fla., by members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force. Atlanta Police said Chestnut was driving the getaway car spotted near the scene where Joshua Richey was gunned down. He has been charged with felony murder.

Richey, 38, was killed after he confronted two men attempting to steal his work vehicle at the Kroger at 725 Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.

James Franco helps kick off Atlanta Film Festival

James Franco helps kick off Atlanta Film Festival

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday.

Actor James Franco made an appearance at the first night of the festival. He appears in the movie I Am Michael, which premieres at the festival. The movie is about a gay activist who denounces homosexuality and becomes a pastor

The festival runs through March 29. Screenings take place at various locations. Click here for more information.

Click here for a screening schedule.