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2 charged in Savannah brawl caught on camera


A metro Atlanta family says it will fight charges filed by the Savannah police over a brawl that happened Mother's Day weekend.

Last month, Rob Gray of Cumming, Ga., told 11Alive that he and his family were attacked on a weekend trip.

On Monday, Savannah police issued a misdemeanor arrest warrant for Gray and Richard Barnes, of Lawrenceville, who was captured on surveillance tape throwing the first punch on a crowded sidewalk.

Gray insists his family was attacked by several people and that his was not an altercation between two men. He's hired an attorney.

I-20 construction resumes this weekend

I-20 construction resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- The three Interstate 20 construction projects that have plagued drivers for several weekends will continue.

As long as the weather cooperates, crews will work on the following stretches of I-20 this weekend:

Atlanta
Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Windsor Street and Boulevard from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 am. Sunday.

Douglas County
Two lanes in both directions will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Newton County
Two eastbound left lanes will be closed between Almon and Alcovy roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has smaller projects scheduled in Cobb County:

I-285
Two northbound lanes will be intermittently closed at South Cobb Drive for overhead sign work; two lanes will always remain open.

Global Workforce Initiative trains students for future work

Global Workforce Initiative trains students for future work

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Georgia is suffering a skills-gap, or a lack of production workers, scientists, engineers and technology specialists.

But the Georgia Department of Education is trying to do something about it. The department created the Global Workforce Initiative, which brings private companies into classrooms to train workers of the future.

Shawn Kemner is only a sophomore in high school, but he's already gotten the opportunity to tour Siemens' Drive Technologies plant. He is one of the first students to go through the company's Manufacturing Pathways program, which brings work skills into schools.

"We want to make it real for the students. And if it's real, they get interested," said Denis Brosnan with the Global Workforce Initiative.

Kemner admitted the program further ignited his interest in school.

Memorial Day traffic to be busiest since recession

Memorial Day traffic to be busiest since recession

(WXIA) -- Travel experts predict a new post-recession high for Memorial Day Weekend.

Mark Jenkins, spokesman for the AAA pointed to the long winter as one reason: "A long and unusually harsh winter game many Americans the travel bug." He says the rising temperatures and an improving economy mean a projected 36.1 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles Memorial Day Weekend.

The Memorial Day travel period is measured from Thursday, May 22 to Monday, May 26th. More than 8 in 10 will drive to their destinations. But the biggest increases came in other modes. Cruise, trains, and buses will see an increase of 6.5%.

Even though the numbers are up, more than half of people in the Southeast (57%) haven't made plans yet. "Hotel and car rental reservations are filling up fast for Memorial Day," AAA spokesman Jessica Brady said. She said making plans now will ensure you find a good price.

Atlanta-area unemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment date declined again.

April's rate was 6.5 percent, down from 6.8 percent in March and 7.7 percent in April 2013.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created 18,000 new jobs last month. Over the past five years, metro Atlanta has gained an average of 13,000 jobs from March to April.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent, in April 2014. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 8.8 percent.

Forsyth County's unemployment rate was 5.1 percent last month.

'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

(WXIA) -- "Avoid I-20 if you can." That warning, from Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle, applies to Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

Several road projects and lane closures will be in place along the east-west highway.

"We don't like to close lanes, but the work has to get done, and we have to take advantage of the good-weather weekends," Pringle said in a release.

Scheduled I-20 projects include:

* Two left eastbound lanes will be closed between Highway 138 (Rockdale) and Alcovy Road (Newton) from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right westbound lanes will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads (Douglas) from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right eastbound lanes will be closed between Liberty and Bill Arp roads (Douglas) from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

Discipline planned after Ga. school banner prank


CUMMING, Ga. -- The principal of a metro Atlanta high school is promising disciplinary action for students involved in an end of the year prank he called derogatory and unacceptable.

South Forsyth High School officials knew that senior pranksters would be up to something, but the kids managed to outfox them. They put a slip n' slide in the hallway, for sale signs on the principal's Jeep and a drop-down sign on the gym building. That large banner read "N---- we made it" – a line from a song by the rapper Drake.

Despite the fact that it was taken down in 3 minutes, the damage was done.

In a statement on the school's website, principal Jeff Cheney says the sign was posted without administrators' knowledge and was taken down as soon as it was brought to their attention.