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Peachtree runners face yellow warning flag conditions

ATLANTA -- Runners at this year's AJC Peachtree Road Race will start the race under what is called a "yellow warning flag," due to the expected heat and humidity facing runners.

The warning flag is part of a new advisory system being introduced for this year's race.

At the official pre-race news conference Monday morning, officials said conditions would be of concern, and only get worse as the race progressed.

The record temperature for the start of the race is 80 degrees, and while the temperature at the start of the race is expected to be in the upper 70s, that is when the elite runners begin their journey down Peachtree. As other runners begin their race in later waves, the level of heat and humidity is expected to increase.

Runners are advised to keep hydrated and to be aware of conditions.

Voter registration deadline looms for Ga. voters

Voter registration deadline looms for Ga. voters

ATLANTA -- Georgia voters face a looming deadline to register for the upcoming primary elections.

Voters must register by Monday if they want to cast a ballot in the July 31 primary election.

At stake in the election are seats in the General Assembly, the state Public Service Commission, the U.S. House of Representatives, several judgeships and prosecutor's offices.

Wheelchair athletes test road conditions, heat

ATLANTA -- Before the sun came up on Sunday, several wheelchair athletes met to test the course for the AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4th.

Their high-performance tires can't take too much wear and tear.

"The whole left side of the road is very abrasive with a lot of drop-offs," said Jeremy Maddox of Braselton. "You definitely don't want to hit any potholes and run the risk of getting a flat in the middle of the race, especially at the start."

The group included a Peachtree novice and a seven-time winner, Santiago Sanz of Spain.

Sanz is worried about the race day heat, but said it will be tougher for runners, who start at least 30 minutes after the wheelchair division.

"We'll start by 7 a.m.," Sanz said. "I think by the time it will begin to be very warm, we'll already be finishing."

Atlanta opens pools, waives some fees for heat wave

ATLANTA -- Atlanta city leaders decided to open all 12 city pools and waive fees for seven of them to help residents cope with soaring temperatures this weekend.

The pools will stay open from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

"Everyone needs to get in the water to stay cool," said Atlanta resident Emily Pylant, who took her daughter to Grant Park Pool. "It feels so intense, so dense, so hot ouside."

The following pools will be free through Sunday: Adams, Anderson, Dunbar (Rosa Burney Park), Grant Park, Pittman, Powell (Mozley Park) and Thomasville. The pools usually charge $4 for adults and $2 for children.

Three of the city's 12 pools are usually closed on Saturdays, and seven typically close on Sundays.

"This is going to be a challenging weekend for families," said Duriya Farooqui, Atlanta's Chief Operating Officer. "We're urging residents to take precautions and stay out of the heat whenever possible."  

Agape Community Center Launches Backpack Drive

Agape Community Center Launches Backpack Drive

Agape Community Center puts out the call to collect over 1,000 backpacks for students in need in Atlanta.

Agape Community Center has launched a campaign to collect and distribute 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to children of all ages in economically challenged neighborhoods. Agape is calling on the community, through neighborhoods, corporations, book clubs, churches, sports teams and social groups, to donate 1,000 backpacks for the kids by July 25.

First Montessori School of Atlanta, located at 5750 Long Island Drive, will serve as one of the drop-off locations.

Fulton County Senior Facilities to Serve as Cooling Centers on Weekdays during Extreme Heat

Fulton County Senior Facilities to Serve as Cooling Centers on Weekdays during Extreme Heat

ATLANTA -- Fulton County’s Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Aging is opening Cooling Centers on Friday, June 29, 2012 to seniors in need of a cooler environment to ensure their health and safety during days when temperatures are expected to rise as high as 100 degrees or more.

Broken fire hydrant spewing water in Buckhead

ATLANTA -- A broken fire hydrant is spraying water across 28th Street, a block away from Piedmont Hospital.

It's near Wycliff Road, off Peachtree Road in Buckhead.

Police are blocking off 28th street, but so far, it doesn't appear to be causing any traffic.

It's not yet clear when the fire hydrant will be repaired.