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USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA -- This week's installment of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Basketball Poll is here. There is movement in the updated list, but the top two spots remain unchanged.

McEachern and Southwest DeKalb ate 1 and 2 with Redan up to 3 this week. Parkview and Archer complete the top 5.Wesleyan , Hillgrove, Tucker, North Forsyth, and Buford round out the top 10. 

Columbia slides from 12 to 16 while Salem rises from 19 to 24.

Central Gwinnett check in this week at 24 while Duluth falls out of the Super 25.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.com by USA Today High School Sports


GDOT launches Twitter feeds for specific highways

GDOT launches Twitter feeds for specific highways

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has created 16 new Twitter accounts for traffic alerts throughout the state.

Each feed is tailored to a specific highway or region, according to GDOT spokeswoman Chata Spikes.

Spikes said only serious accidents will be tweeted, as opposed to every single stall and fender bender on the highways.

The feed for traffic on I-75 north of Atlanta is @GDOT_I75_N_GA.

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation is reminding north Georgia residents to be mindful of temperature drops and to turn off their sprinkler systems.

GDOT released this statement Wednesday morning:

Every winter, we have icing issues due to automatically-timed sprinkler systems left on overnight in freezing temperatures. They can create a very hazardous condition for motorists the next morning.

Automatic sprinkler systems are often timed to operate at night, and when spray from the sprinkler is blown onto the road or water drains onto the road, black ice is formed, creating a hazard for motorists.

The Department urges residents and businesses to take a moment and ensure that automatic sprinkler systems are turned off. With sub-freezing termperatures on the way, motorists are cautioned to be on the lookout for icy patches or black ice, especially early in the morning.

Canton Police asking for help identifying burglary suspect

CANTON, Ga. -- Police in Canton are asking for the public's help in identifying a burglary suspect.

The suspect is pictured from surveillance video taken at the Johnson Mini Mart at 520 Marietta Road on Monday, Jan. 14, 2014, sometime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.

Anyone who has information about the crime or who can identify the suspect pictured is asked to contact the Canton Police Department at 770-720-4883.


Weekend roadwork extends to I-20

Weekend roadwork extends to I-20

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews aren't letting the prospect of cold weekend weather deter them from working on road projects.

As usual, most of the work will take place overnight. However, a few projects will be completed during the day.

Work will continue along the Georgia 400/Interstate 85 interchange, which includes Cheshire Bridge Road, Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Buford-Spring Connector. Lane closures can be expected during the day as well as at night.

One right southbound lane of the Buford-Spring Connector will be closed for bridge work daily from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Sign work will take place on I-85 in both directions between Clairmont and Lenox roads. Two left lanes will be closed in both directions from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

A new project will take place on I-20 in both directions between Highway 5 and Liberty Road in Douglas County. Minimal delays are expected daily between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Ga. Lottery posts educational transfers totaling $15B

Ga. Lottery posts educational transfers totaling $15B

ATLANTA – As the Georgia Lottery Corp. celebrates its 20th anniversary, lottery officials today announced record proceeds to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014. The Georgia Lottery’s first-half transfers to the Lottery for Education Account will bring the total raised for educational programs in the state to $15 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1993.

Georgia Lottery returns to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014 totaled $462.1 million, more than $11.6 million ahead of the same period last year.

“More dollars will go to fund educational programs in Georgia than ever before as a result of our strong start to the fiscal year,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. “We are proud of our accomplishments and remain committed to maximizing revenues to benefit Georgia’s students.”

The first half of the fiscal year spanned from July 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013.

Suspect shot while stealing police car in Cherokee Co.

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- A police chase ended in an officer-involved shooting on Highway 92 in Cherokee County Tuesday evening.

Cherokee Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jay Baker says the incident began at Baxter's Groceries in Woodstock, where an officer spotted a wanted suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Josiah Farino.

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The officer tried to stop Farino, a foot chase ensued around the back of the grocery store and the suspect got around the building and back to where the police car was sitting.

Farino jumped into the car and tried to run over the officer, who fired at the car and hit the suspect multiple times.