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Phipps Plaza begins construction on luxury façade

Phipps Plaza begins construction on luxury façade

ATLANTA -- Construction is well underway at Phipps Plaza as the mall begins to transform its main entrance on Peachtree Road as part of the overall enhancements that are taking place during its renovation project.

Construction workers are currently working diligently alongside a 550-ton max capacity crane to begin the process of improving the mall’s main entry. The crane arrived at Phipps Plaza dissembled in 11 tractor trailer loads of parts, and it took eight men and eight hours to install.

Scheduled to be complete in fall 2015, shoppers will instantly notice these exterior enhancements, designed to be consistent with the interior renovations to the mall which have been undertaken this year. The entrance will be unique consisting of intricately designed perforated metal panels and glass curtain wall that will be backlit, creating a dynamic gateway to the property both day and night.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.

QuikTrip introduces breakfast pizza

QuikTrip introduces breakfast pizza

(WXIA) -- It has the makings of an April Fools' Day joke, but QuikTrip really did begin offering a breakfast pizza on Apr. 1.

The new culinary creation features a crispy crust topped with sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs and melted cheddar jack cheese. It is available from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily at the QT Kitchens full service counters. The pizza costs $2.99 for one slice or $5 for two.

So far, the breakfast pizza is a hit, according to QuikTrip Corporate Chef Nick Powell.

"Our savory breakfast pizza is a new and exciting breakfast option. Customers rave about it," Powell said in a statement.

Visit quiktrip.com to find your nearest QuikTrip.

K9 tracks down lost jewelry


BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (WXIA) -- Grizz makes his K9 career tracking down suspects and searching for illegal drugs. Occasionally, the Brookhaven police dog gets to put his skills to the test to reunite people and lost objects.

Blackburn Park in Brookhaven was packed during last weekend's Cherry Blossom Festival. A woman came to Grizz and his handler, Officer Ritch, for help.

She lost a silver bracelet that had been in her family for generations. Officer Ritch commanded Grizz to track down objects with a human scent before they walked to the area where the bracelet may have been lost. A K9's sense of smell is at least 10,000 times more acute than a human's scent.

After just a few minutes, Grizz alerted that he had located the silver bracelet. She was overjoyed with tears and profusely thanked Grizz and the officer for their help.

Man imprisoned for $100M surety bond fraud

Man imprisoned for $100M surety bond fraud

ATLANTA -- An Orange Park, Fla., man was sentenced to time in federal prison for operating a multimillion dollar surety bond fraud scheme.

DeKalb County and the city of McDonough received some of Eric Campbell's false bonds for construction projects.

"Mr. Campbell orchestrated a scheme whereby he defrauded numerous individuals, businesses, and state and local government of money based on false representations and promises," Veronica Hyman-Pillot, Special Agent in Charge with IRS Criminal Investigation, said in a release.

From August 2012 to July 2013, Campbell used a number of corporations to sell the bonds. He convinced contractors and government agencies to work with him by saying he had the authority to execute or issue surety bonds on behalf of affiliates of insurance company Chubb. Prosecutors said Campbell embossed the fake bonds with counterfeit seals and forged Chubb officials' signatures on them.

Primrose Schools opens new Brookhaven location

Primrose Schools opens new Brookhaven location

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. – Primrose Schools celebrated its 300th school opening Saturday with a grand opening of a new preschool in Brookhaven.

Primrose School of Brookhaven is part of a new mixed-use development, Brookleigh Marketplace. The early education and care provider opened its doors last month.

On Saturday, families and children toured the new school and took part in events including face painting, a scavenger hunt, safety lessons from Brookhaven Police Department, science experiments from Big Thinker Science Booth and art projects provided by Abrakadoodle

Primrose Schools Franchise Owners Jarrad and Olivia Vaughn, President and CEO Jo Kirchner of Primrose Schools, Primrose Schools Friend Percy, President and CEO Casey Dudek of the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce and Councilman Bates Mattison of the Brookhaven City Council took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.