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'Top Chef' winner Kristen Kish among headliners at Taste of Atlanta

'Top Chef' winner Kristen Kish among headliners at Taste of Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Taste of Atlanta makes its gourmet return to Midtown at Tech Square on Oct. 24-26, and it’s serving up more than just phenomenal food.

Local and nationally-acclaimed chefs -- including Kristen Kish, season 10 winner of Bravo’s "Top Chef"; restaurateur Ron Eyester of The Family Dog, Rosebud and Diner; Jay Swift of 4th & Swift; Shaun Whitmer of The Albert; and Terry Koval of Wrecking Bar Brewpub -- will roll up their sleeves and spill the beans behind their culinary master minds.

On Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26, The Chef’s Table and The Kitchen Workshop cooking stages will offer attendees the chance to take epicurean arts into their own hands with direction from none other than the pros! With more than a dozen interactive demos and seminars spread throughout the weekend, attendees of all ages will be whipping up five star recipes like master chefs in no time!

AP exam participation: Atlanta Public Schools

AP exam participation: Atlanta Public Schools

(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 Atlanta, 1,407 students took 2,017 AP exams in 2014, and 637 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each APS high school:

B.E.S.T. Academy
14 students took 16 exams
1 passing score

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:

APD adopts transgender interaction policies

APD adopts transgender interaction policies

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department has established new policies for officer interaction with people who are transgender or intersex.

Police Chief George Turner said the policies will go into effect at the end of November, which gives officers time to be trained on them.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called the new policies "another step forward in our efforts to celebrate diversity."

"I commend the Atlanta Police Department for their commitment to equal and respectful treatment of Atlanta's transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming individuals, citizens and visitors," Reed said.

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Some highlights of the new guidelines include:

* Treating transgender/intersex people in a manner appropriate to the gender with which they identify

Atlanta Public Schools names new chief academic officer

Atlanta Public Schools names new chief academic officer

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools announced Monday it has hired Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins as its new chief academic officer.

APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen nominated Jenkins for the job. The city's board of education approved her recommendation.

"I look forward to being a part of Atlanta, APS and a strong team that is dedicated to supporting students and leading our teachers and staff to academic success for all our students," Jenkins said in a statement.

Dr. Jenkins brings more than 25 years of education experience to APS. He is credited with transforming Michigan's Saginaw Public Schools District, increasing its graduation rate by more than 14 percentage points and reducing the dropout rate by 4.9 percentage points over four years.

Fulton County observes Fire Prevention Week

Fulton County observes Fire Prevention Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Fire Rescue Department will be holding several events throughout the community in observance of Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11. This year’s theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

Join Fulton County Fire Rescue at one of the following events to learn more about smoke alarms and fire safety:

Fulton voters can request absentee ballots through Oct. 31

Fulton voters can request absentee ballots through Oct. 31

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Some Fulton County voters may prefer to vote absentee by mail. To request an absentee ballot, registered voters may fax or mail a written request or go online to request an absentee ballot application. Voters can vote absentee by mail for any reason. Citizens can request an absentee ballot through Friday, Oct. 31. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

A request letter should include the name and date of the election, the voter’s name, address as registered, date of birth and the voter’s signature. The letter can be faxed to 404-730-8839 or mailed to Fulton County Voter Registration, Attn: Absentee Ballot, 130 Peachtree Street SW, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA 30303. Absentee ballots may also be requested in person at one of the three Fulton County Government centers: