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MARTA, Gwinnett Scale Back Bus Service

ATLANTA  -- MARTA is operating on a limited schedule today with only 12 routes running because of icy conditions on roads throughout the Atlanta area.

Service will run until 1:30 a.m., but riders should expect delays on all routes.

Rail service will remain on a Saturday-Sunday schedule ending at 12:30 a.m.

As for what the future holds, MARTA's deputy GM tells 11Alive's Matt Pearl they expect to be running on a full weekday schedule by Tuesday, Jan. 18. They expect to run at a normal weekend schedule -- at least for the rail service -- from now until that date. At this point, much of the bus service depends on the roads.

Bus Routes:

The Roads are Open; We Have Your Traffic Information at 11Alive.com

All the roads in Metro Atlanta are open today. You need to pack a huge load of patience while you get going though. There are many delays out there. For details on particular routes, check http://11alive.com/traffic.

ALL INTERSTATES & MAIN ROUTES are open.

The left lanes have ice in them. Stay out of those left lanes. Assume that all overpasses have ice on them; many have glaze ice that you will not be able to see until you are on them.

ALL of the on and off ramps have ice in them. Approach them slowly and carefully. If you speed onto an offramp or try to turn suddenly, you will slide and crash.

ARTERIAL/MAIN STREETS --

All have some ice on them. Most with three lanes ordinarily are down to two; most with two lanes regularly, are down to one lane.

Why No Radar or Laser Guns to Catch Gwinnett Speeders?

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA -- If you're driving through most of Gwinnett County these days, you can ignore those highway signs that warn about speed detection devices...at least the hi-tech ones.

That's because right now Gwinnett County and most local city police departments can't use radar or laser guns to target speeders.

The reason those devices are banned is because most of Gwinnett's police agencies lost their certification to use them as of January 1st.

Not because police did anything wrong, but because local and county politicians are tied up in a legal battle over whose tax dollars pay for services like public safety.

Until that spat is settled, the state won't certify police agencies to use radar or laser speed guns.

That may be good news to some drivers, but not all.

"It won't help the safety factor with people driving around and there are speeders out there," motorist Gwelda Adkins told 11 Alive News on Wednesday.

Why No Radar or Laser Guns to Catch Gwinnett Speeders?

Why No Radar or Laser Guns to Catch Gwinnett Speeders?

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA - If you're driving through most of Gwinnett County these days, you can ignore those highway signs that warn about speed detection devices...at least the hi-tech ones.

That's because right now Gwinnett County and most local city police departments can't use radar or laser guns to target speeders.

The reason those devices are banned is because most of Gwinnett's police agencies lost their certification to use them as of January 1st.

Not because police did anything wrong, but because local and county politicians are tied up in a legal battle over whose tax dollars pay for services like public safety.

Until that spat is settled, the state won't certify police agencies to use radar or laser speed guns.

That may be good news to some drivers, but not all.

"It won't help the safety factor with people driving around and there are speeders out there," motorist Gwelda Adkins told 11 Alive News on Wednesday.

Georgians win big in $355M drawing

Georgians win big in $355M drawing

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by GA Lottery)

Lottery players in the Peach State came out peachy keen in Tuesday’s $355 million Mega Millions drawing. In Georgia, five players matched the first five numbers and won $250,000 each. An additional 19 players won $10,000 each by matching the first four numbers and the Mega Ball.

 

Winning numbers were: 4-8-15-25-47 and the Mega Ball was 42.

Two Charged After Celebratory Gunfire Kills Norcross Man

Two Charged After Celebratory Gunfire Kills Norcross Man

NORCROSS, GA -- A family's New Year began with a tragic event as they gathered with relatives to ring in the New Year. Celebratory gunshots rang out at the stroke of midnight and one of them went into their home.

Sergio Martinez, age 34 was killed when the bullet came through a window in the front of the family's home in Norcross. It hit him in the head. When Gwinnett County Police Officers arrived at the home they found Martinez lying dead on the kitchen floor.

The victim's niece said the family liked to stay home on New Year's Eve because it was safer than being out on the streets. Sixteen family members and relatives were in the home when the bullet crashed through the window. Marlen Martinez said her uncle was looking out a kitchen window at fireworks when he was shot. It was one minute before the stroke of the New Year. "My husband was right here, and my daughter and my nephews and nieces were all around him," she said.

More Bombast, Maybe? Woodall Replaces Linder in Congress

More Bombast, Maybe?  Woodall Replaces Linder in Congress

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA -- Two new members of Congress from Georgia will be sworn in Tuesday in Washington. Austin Scott of Tifton and Rob Woodall of Gwinnett County were part of a tide that swept Democrats out of power in the House of Representatives and swept Republicans in.

Woodall says his 7th district constituents want him to pursue repeal of the health care reform law -- even though some of the benefits have already started to kick in.

"What I hear from constituents 99 times out of a hundred is, 'I benefit from this, but it's the wrong thing to do and I want you to repeal it anyway,'" Woodall said at the Gwinnett County office he took over Monday.

The office is not in a state of upheaval, the first clue that this transition between old and new is probably among the smoothest in America.