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Ga. Race to the Top 'Year Three' Report

Ga. Race to the Top 'Year Three' Report

(WXIA) -- The U.S. Department of Education recently released its "Year Three" Report for the 12 states participating in the Race to the Top grant initiative.

Educational practices and successes in Georgia were highlighted throughout the report.

"We have taken on some major initiatives and our success is a direct reflection of the collaborative efforts between our department, other education agencies and the hundreds of participating teachers, principals and district leaders around our state," Dr. Susan Andrews, Deputy Superintendent of Race to the Top Implementation in Georgia, said in a release.

"While educational reform work is never easy, we are pleased with the significant progress that our state has made as reflected in this report," Andrews added.

Some highlights from the report include:

* Nearly 300 Georgia teachers were placed in state public schools from alternative certification programs.

Parkview High School student hit by car

Parkview High School student hit by car

LILBURN, Ga. -- The 16-year-old high school student hit by a car while walking to school last week has died.

Gwinnett County Police confirmed Monday morning that Jonathan Porter passed away over the weekend.

Porter, a student at Parkview High School, was struck Mar. 18 on Five Forks Trickum Road at Arlene Court in Gwinnett County.

Gwinnett County Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach said Parkview High is less than a mile from the accident scene. Porter was reportedly crossing Five Forks Trickum Road when he was hit by a 1998 Buick Century. The teen was not in a crosswalk.

So far, no one has been charged in the accident. Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said the driver who hit Porter stopped and waited for police at the scene. Investigators do not believe speed and alcohol were factors in the accident.

Expect heavy spring break traffic this weekend

Expect heavy spring break traffic this weekend

(WXIA) -- Many colleges and universities will begin their spring breaks this weekend, which may contribute to heavier traffic than usual on metro Atlanta roads.

In addition to more people on the road, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be out and about, working on scheduled projects.

GDOT engineer Shun Pringle said the largest project will be sign installation on Georgia 400 south between Peachtree Road and Sidney Marcus Boulevard. One right lane will be closed daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Work will also continue on the Ga. 400/Interstate 85 Interchange project. Several roads will be affected all weekend, including Cheshire Bridge Road, Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Buford-Spring Connector.

From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly, three lanes in both directions of I-285 will be closed for sign replacements between Riverside Drive and Peachtree Dunwoody Road.

Badly injured dog wanders into pharmacy

LILBURN, Ga -- Police are trying to find out who owns a seriously injured dog who roamed into a CVS pharmacy on March 6, 2014. The dog is recovering at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

Veterinarians at the Shelter said the Pit Bull mix is about 7 years old. He wandered into the CVS on Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn and roamed his way back to the pharmacy counter. Employees called police. Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement officer saw that the dog's ears were missing and the skin on the top of his head was scraped from ear to ear. His left eye was also damaged.

Shooting at extended stay hotel in Lilburn

Lilburn, GA-  Gwinnett County police are investigating a shooting that happened just after noon at the Intown Suites on Hwy 78.

Witnesses staying at the hotel say they heard a series of loud noises that they later learned were gunshots and found a man lying on the second floor balcony.

Police identified the victim as 50 year old Vincent Newsome.

Jason Burnett and his wife Leila tried to help the Newsome.

"I just told him to stay still and help was on the way. Seeing him there was really upsetting, I've never seen anyone shot," said Lelia Burnett.

Police say Newsome was out in the parking lot of the Intown Suites washing and detailing a friend's car. 

"Newsome took a break and went to his room on the second floor.  When he was headed back down someone attacked him there in the breezeway," said Sgt. Brian Doan.

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

(WXIA) -- With a warm weekend on the horizon, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to perform some much-needed roadwork throughout north Georgia.

Closures and delays can be expected on a number of major roads and highways.

"Plan ahead -- I can't say it enough," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "If you plan ahead, you can avoid some potentially heavy delays."

Some notable roadwork includes:

Downtown Connector
Two right lanes of I-75/85 north near University Avenue will be closed for pavement work Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Three lanes will be closed in both directions between West Paces Ferry and Roswell roads for sign replacements. All work will take place overnight -- from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Yellow River Ranch "not perfect," but clears gov't inspections

LILBURN, Ga.-- Last week, we told you about 17 bears relocated from a popular tourist attraction in Helen to Colorado.

PETA and the Atlanta Humane society teamed up after accusations that the bears were being mistreated.  That story sparked a conversation on our Facebook page.

Megan wrote: "If anyone has been to the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn.... they also have bears in a containment just like this one. its very sad and something needs to be done."

Stacey added: "The Yellow River Game Ranch is horrible now!  Not how I remember it from when I was younger.  I left in tears when I went over the summer."

And then Page said : "I hope someone checks out the animals at Yellow River Game Ranch.... the last time we were there....the animals were kept in tiny pens. They hardly moved at all ....and it was just SAD." 

11Alive's Doug Richards went to the Yellow River Game Ranch to check things out.