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Woman hit by car on Downtown Connector


ATLANTA -- A woman was hit and killed by a car while walking along the Downtown Connector Monday morning.

The victim was struck at 5:45 a.m. as she walked in the northbound HOV lane near the Spring Street exit. She has not yet been identified.

The scene has been cleared, but traffic on the Downtown Connector was jammed for much of the morning commute. The Georgia Department of Transportation said backups extended for about six miles.

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Dog who escaped kennel reunited with owner

Dog who escaped kennel reunited with owner

ATLANTA -- The search for a missing German Shepherd is over.

After three days on the run, Coco has been reunited with her worried owner Haley Sorrow.

The white German Shepherd rescue went missing from a midtown kennel on Wednesday. It appeared Coco escaped through a broken fence at Puddle of Pooch.

More than 5,000 people shared 11Alive's Facebook post announcing the search for Coco.

Fulton County seeks future leaders

Fulton County seeks future leaders

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Department of Aging and Youth Services Department, Office of Children and Youth is recruiting high school students with interest and/or future aspirations in the areas of community development, law, public policy, political office, debate and much more.

Selected students will be involved in planning the economic, legislative, and social future of youth. Program participants will work directly with local elected officials and state legislators to identify potential solutions for issues that affect the quality of life in Fulton County. 

Kennel loses dog, owner desperate to find her

Kennel loses dog, owner desperate to find her

ATLANTA -- Three months ago, Haley Sorrow rescued a beautiful while German Shepherd and named her Coco. Now, she's desperately hoping a second rescue is in the dog's future.

Sorrow checked Coco into a Midtown Kennel, Puddle of Pooch, Wednesday afternoon. She was nervous about leaving the dog at a new location, and had changed her mind about facilities at the last minute. She admits Coco is a high-anxiety dog, but was confident she found a good fit. By Thursday night, Coco was missing.

She apparently escaped through a broken fence. Sorrow canvased Mayson Street where the kennel is located and found witnesses who've spotted the dog at a nearby apartment complex. Those sightings continued through Friday afternoon. But as an afternoon storm rolled into the area, witnesses told Sorrow the dog appeared more and more anxious. While Coco is friendly, after her escape, she would not approach the strangers trying to help her.

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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.

Residents encouraged to include fire safety in spring cleaning efforts

Residents encouraged to include fire safety in spring cleaning efforts

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- While you are working hard to clean your home this spring, the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department wants you to remember to check your home’s smoke alarms to make sure they are working and to review fire safety with the entire family.

“Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility,” said Chief Larry Few of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “As you are spring cleaning, why not make sure to review your fire protection plan with your family and, please test your smoke alarm batteries.”

According to the United States Fire Safety Administration (UFSA), in less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. The following tips will help you have a fire safe spring:

• Test your smoke alarms, and replace any alarms that are 10 years old or older.

• Test your carbon monoxide alarms, and replace any alarms that are 7 years old or older.

• Check your dryer vents and clean the hosing.

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.