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Running for Autism Awareness

Running for Autism Awareness

ATLANTA -- Autism health care coverage was one of the most hotly debated topics during Georgia's General Assembly last session.

Monday, people in Cumming started making another push, months before the new session begins.

More than 8,000 of you signed 11Alive's petition to encourage lawmakers to vote on the bill last year.

Ava's Law would have required insurance companies to cover the cost of autism treatment. It was named for Anna Bullard's 9-year-old daughter, who benefited tremendously from the type of treatment the bill would cover.

However, lawmakers failed twice to pass the bill, and the House left left year without even voting on it. One reason it failed was because small business owners weren't behind it.

Now supporters are targeting their awareness efforts on those business owners. It starts Monday with a 5k/10k and fun run in Cumming.

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Man dies in scooter accident on Buford Highway


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County man was killed after being hit by a pickup truck while riding his scooter.

The accident happened shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday on Buford Highway at Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Forsyth County.

Traffic investigators identified the scooter driver as 42-year-old Eric Scott Wolff of Lawrenceville. They said Wolff turned into the path of a Ford F-150, resulting in a collision.

Wolff was pronounced dead at nearby Northside Forsyth Hospital.

The accident is under investigation. Forsyth County Sheriff's officials have not said whether they will file charges against the truck driver.


Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Forsyth County's unemployment rate was 6.2 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

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.

Woman sentenced for stealing $600K in government grants

Woman sentenced for stealing $600K in government grants

CUMMING, Ga. -- A Forsyth County woman will spend time in federal prison after being convicted of submitting fake government grant applications worth $600,000.

In addition to paying back all the money in restitution, 62-year-old Jessica Regas will serve one year and nine months in federal prison, and spend three years on supervised release.

Regas and her husband operated the Georgia Martial Arts Foundation in Cumming. In 2004, Regas applied for a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant that would allow her to create a coalition to help reduce substance abuse among young people in Forsyth County.