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Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

ATLANTA -- Jury selection began Monday for a dozen defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial.

The teachers and administrators have been indicted on mobster-like charges, including racketeering and theft by taking. Prosecutors say they cheated students and pocketed big bonuses.

Four hundred potential jurors have been called. Jury selection is expected to take two to three weeks. The trial itself could last as long as eight months and may be one of the most expensive in state history, with six prosecutors and 12 defense attorneys, hundreds of witnesses and a million documents.

WATCH | What to expect during the APS trial

Kinship Care Program seeks volunteer tutors

Kinship Care Program seeks volunteer tutors

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Kinship Care Program needs volunteers to provide homework assistance weekly for elementary, middle and high school students enrolled in the program. Currently, the program is seeking qualified volunteer tutors to provide weekly homework assistance. 

The homework assistance initiative serves about 20 participants, all of whom reside in Fulton County, and attend school within the Atlanta Public School District or Fulton County School District. The academic subjects targeted will be math, science, and reading.

Tutors can utilize library resources such as computers and books to provide further assistance. Homework Assistance sessions will be held from 3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in the East Point Library meeting room. The East Point Library is located at 2757 Main Street.

Fulton County Fire Rescue warns teens not to take fire challenge

Fulton County Fire Rescue warns teens not to take fire challenge

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Teenagers around the country are doing serious harm to themselves when they take the “fire challenge”. The Fulton County Fire Rescue Department wants teenagers and parents to be aware of the serious consequences of the fire challenge.

The fire challenge started on-line as a stunt to get people to set themselves on fire. "Fire challenge" videos have been popping up on sites like Facebook and YouTube.

“You would think that we would not have to warn people about setting themselves on fire,” states Chief Larry Few, Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “We want everyone to know that and remember that fire is nothing to play with. What you think will be a small spark, could turn into an uncontrollable blaze.”

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Last weekend, drivers got a bit of a reprieve when several major road projects were postponed. But all that work will resume this weekend.

Some of the problem areas include Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and I-285 in Cobb County.

As always, all roadwork is weather permitting. Rain could halt or postpone projects.

Weekend drivers should use caution and look for crews in these areas:

Bartow County
* One right southbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles before Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.
* One left northbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles after Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.

Fulton County 4-H teaches students through hands-on activities

Fulton County 4-H teaches students through hands-on activities

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- As students head back to school, Fulton County Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Program will begin the fall session with a list of fun, challenging activities to enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.

“4-H has been a staple in many communities providing guidance and structure for students,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Our program focus is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge and developing life skills through hands-on experiences.”

The Fulton County 4-H Program has offered students fun activities such as going to Cloverleaf Summer Camp (Rock Eagle 4-H Center), taking the Animal Safari Tour and the Cochran Mill Nature Center Tour. Students also receive leadership and communication skills training as well as learn about foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship.

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

(WXIA) -- Thousands of Georgia students return to the classroom this week, and many of them meet the requirements for free and reduced-price meals during the school day.

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"It is important to provide our students with healthy, nutritious meals to help improve their chances of success and increase their learning opportunities," Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Director Nancy Rice said in a statement. "Research indicates that eating habits affect learning. We want to ensure all our children are well nourished and ready to learn."

Families that qualify for free and reduced-price lunch will get applications from their children's schools.

Students can receive the meals if:

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

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