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3 APS schools saved, 7 to close

3 APS schools saved, 7 to close

ATLANTA -- In a meeting that lasted more than 12 hours and had more than 500 attendees, some chanting and carrying signs, the Atlanta school board approved a controversial redistricting plan late Tuesday night.

The board unanimously approved the plan advanced by Superintendent Erroll Davis with three amendments: to keep Towns, D.H. Stanton and F.L. Stanton elementary schools open.

Outbursts from the audience stopped the meeting twice. At one point, while the superintendent was absent, someone from the crowd yelled that Davis needed to return before they continued. The crowd began chanting "We want Davis." In a separate incident, a man who reportedly caused a commotion was escorted out by Atlanta police officers.

Threat of wildfires soars in Ga.

Threat of wildfires soars in Ga.

ATLANTA -- Forecasters warn the threat of wildfires is high across much of Georgia, and any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for high fire danger from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The warning covers north and central Georgia, where winds are expected to gust up to 25 mph. Forecasters say humidity will be low, helping to create potentially dangerous fire conditions.

In metro Atlanta, brush fires poured smoke on interstates on Tuesday, causing poor visibility. Firefighters in DeKalb County battled blazes along I-20 and I-285.

Farmers donate eggs to help feed needy families

ATLANTA -- Rose Acres Farms, a United Egg Producer member farm, will be donating 43,200 eggs to the Atlanta Community Food Bank on Thursday afternoon. 

According to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, one in eight people will receive help in 2-12 from Feeding America or one of it's member food banks and eggs are always a "prized item" for food banks due to their dense nutritional and high protein content. 

2012, this the fifth year the United Egg Producers and Feeding America are teaming up to fight against hunger. 

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is located at 732 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard in Northwest Atlanta. 

GA 400 lanes closing for bridge construction

ATLANTA -- People driving GA 400 south of the toll plaza may experience delays Tuesday through Thursday nights as a lane of traffic in each direction shuts down from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m.

The closures are due to preliminary construction of a MARTA pedestrian bridge that will span the toll road from Stratford Road (behind Maggiano's in Buckhead) to the Towers Office Complex.

The $18 million project is a partnership between MARTA, GDOT, the City of Atlanta, the State Road and Toll Authority and the Buckhead Community Improvement District.

The bridge is slated for completion in November, 2013.

TRUTH TEST | Will the TSPLOST spur the economy?

ATLANTA -- A new ad supporting a penny sales tax that would fund billions in transportation improvements across metro Atlanta began airing on TV stations last week.

The ad makes some bold claims and some even bigger promises, which we decided to put to the test.

The ad claims Atlanta's traffic problems are actually costing the state billions in wasted gas and lost time and productivity.

The ad, which was created and paid for by Citizens for Transportation Mobility, bases its claim on the Texas Traffic Institution annual report. The reports estimates Atlanta's gridlock costs the state and its citizens nearly $2.5 billion annually.

The ad also claims the penny sales tax will spur job creation and strengthen the local economy. The tax would fund more than 150 transportation projects in 10 metro counties. The price tag is an estimated $8 billion.

McLane ends spring as GSU's #1 quarterback

ATLANTA-As Georgia State concluded spring practice with a final scrimmage Friday morning, redshirt freshman Ben McLane emerged as the Panthers number one quarterback.

McLane, from Snellville, Ga., has been running with the first offense the last two weeks, moving in front of junior returnees Kelton Hill and Bo Schlechter. A former state championship winner at Brookwood High School, McLane overtook the two veterans, who combined to start nine of GSU's 11 games in 2011, with consistency and accuracy.

"Ben was the most consistent quarterback and the most accurate quarterback this spring," said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach John Bond. "Day-in and day-out, he did a good job completing passes and managing the offense.

"In the offseason, he needs to continue to work hard on his game and he needs to continue to study the offense - all the things he's been doing that have allowed him to play beyond his years."

DeMarco Morgan to host Corporate Code benefit

ATLANTA (WXIA) - 11Alive's DeMarco Morgan is hosting an exclusive event at Facconable's Lenox Square location benefitting Corporate Code, a non-profit program designed to help displaced men obtain interview appropriate attire and career counseling. 

The event shows Facconable's 2012 collection on Wednesday, April 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Shoppers will receive a 15 percent discount on purchases that night when they bring in an item to donate to Corporate Code.

RSVP for the event at events@CorporatecodeATL.org.