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Gwinnett College resolves violation of Americans with Disabilities Act

Gwinnett College resolves violation of Americans with Disabilities Act

LILBURN, Ga. -- Gwinnett College has reached an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office to resolve an investigated violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Lilburn college was accused of refusing to allow an HIV-positive student to finish the medical assisting program. U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said this is a direct violation of Title III of the ADA, which prohibits places of public accommodations from excluding people with disabilities, including HIV.

According to the complaint, the student was accepted into the program and completed one quarter of the coursework before being told she could not continue "because she was a safety risk to others." The student said she told the college she was HIV-positive during the enrollment process.

Several lanes to close for weekend roadwork

Several lanes to close for weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Portions of Interstates 20 and 285 will become proverbial parking lots this weekend as crews perform much-needed roadwork.

Some projects may be postponed by predicted thunderstorms, but drivers are still asked to plan ahead and find alternate routes where possible.

The I-20 roadwork that has plagued metro Atlanta for weeks will continue in these areas:

Atlanta
* Two lanes will close in both directions between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday for emergency bridge repairs on Westview Drive
* Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Boulevard and Gresham Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, and 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday for restriping

Douglas County
Two eastbound lanes will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for work

Mother and pregnant daughter rescued from fire


LILBURN, Ga -- There were some frightening moments for a Lilburn mother and daughter when their house caught fire. Flames broke out in the basement of the three story home Wednesday morning but by the time the two women realized it, they were trapped in an upstairs bedroom.


Gwinnett County Fire Fighters
from Station 2 were first on the scene. They said rescues are rare because more often than not, when there is an entrapment, it's too late.

"To rescue somebody out of a building, that would be my first that I've ever done," said Lt. Nick Stipetich, who is a 16 year veteran. "It was a good feeling and I'm glad everybody made it out."

Gwinnett County Fire adding body armor

Gwinnett County Fire adding body armor

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- In response to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a local fire and emergency department is adding some major safety equipment.

The Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services is adding body armor and quick response field medical kits to their equipment.

Firefighters want to be first responders and the first ones in the building during dangerous situations, but without the right equipment, it's just not safe.

Gwinnett County of Fire and Emergency Services is investing more than $300,000 to make sure they're employees are prepared and protected to run in to active shooter scenarios.

The money comes from the department's operating budget, and was just approved Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters are already using new and improved field medical kits, which weigh just a pound and a half. Their day-to-day bags weigh more than 40 pounds.

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.

Lilburn teen gets surprise graduation gift


LILBURN, Ga.-- Annie Cusack, 18, had been looking forward to her high school graduation from the George Walton Academy all year.

"I really wanted my parents, especially my dad, to see my walk across that stage," said Annie Cusack.

Unfortunately, Annie came down with kidney stones Saturday morning and never attended the ceremony. It was a devastating blow, considering what her family has endured this year.

Just as she was beginning her senior year, Annie's father was diagnosed with colon cancer. Her mother, Kathy, said that took its toll on her daughter.

"It was really hard for Annie to see her daddy sick. The staff at George Walton Academy really took her under their wing and would ask her often how she was doing," said Kathy Cusack.

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.