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Fulton County Schedules Information Session on How to Prevent Foreclosure

Fulton County Schedules Information Session on How to Prevent Foreclosure

Fulton County residents can take advantage of a free information session on how to save their homes from foreclosure.  An information workshop will be held Monday, April 9, 2012, at the Atlanta- Fulton County Southwest Branch Library from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  The Southwest Branch is located at 3665 Cascade Road SW in Atlanta.

Residents at risk for foreclosure will receive information on foreclosure prevention options along with contact information for United States Department of Housing and Urban Development certified housing counselors.  Housing counselors can provide free guidance on how to work with mortgage holders to prevent foreclosure through options such as loan modifications, forbearance or other alternatives.  Additionally, housing counselors will be present to set up an appointment for a one-on-one consultation on foreclosure prevention options.

REPORT | Schools with test erasure marks plummets

REPORT | Schools with test erasure marks plummets

ATLANTA (AP) - A new state report shows that the number of schools with unusual erasure patterns on standardized tests plummeted last year after a massive cheating scandal that led to tighter exam security across the state.

The Governor's Office of Student Achievement told the state school board Thursday that just three schools were flagged as "severe concern," meaning they had 25 percent or more of classrooms with a high number of erasures. That's compared to 74 schools in the severe category in 2009.

In all, 189 schools were flagged, though most had low patterns of erasures. The schools must conduct investigations and report back to the state by May.

MARTA weekend rail schedule changed for track work

ATLANTA -- MARTA will modify its rail service beginning at 9 p.m. Friday in order to accommodate scheduled track work.

All lines will operate a 24-minute schedule through Saturday. On Sunday, the Red and Gold lines will operate a 24-minute schedule, while the Blue and Green lines will return to their normal schedules.

Learn more about the 24-minute schedule at MARTA's website.

For more information, call MARTA Customer Information at 404-848-5000.

Severe storms possible Thursday

Severe storms possible Thursday

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Thunderstorms expected across north and central Georgia Thursday could turn severe.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City says the main threats from the storms on Thursday and Thursday night will be large hail, potentially damaging wind and lightning.

A hazardous weather outlook from the weather service indicates the storms are part of an upper-level pressure system moving southeast toward Georgia.

Family wants son's shooter arrested

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- An Atlanta family is demanding Atlanta Police arrest the man who killed their son in a shooting last year. The Arnold family said the case parallels that of Trayvon Martin, the Florida youth who was killed by a neighborhood watchman in February.

Seventeen-year-old Canard Arnold, who is black, died after being shot in the back on December 30 in Atlanta. His family and their lawyers say he was running away from a dispute when he was shot. They said a security guard, who is white, had no connection to the complex before he heard an altercation and then chased Arnold down before shooting him in the back. They want police to arrest that man, Chris Hambrick, and they plan to sue him.

"It's just not fair that the man is still walking the streets," said Andrea Arnold, Canard's mother.

BELTLINE | Tickets on sale for Hawks Beltline Night

ATLANTA -- Come out to The Highlight Factory and enjoy some hoops with your Beltline neighbors. The Atlanta Hawks, in conjuction with the Beltline Partnership, are hosting their first Beltline Hawks Night on April 18. 

Neighbors can support the Atlanta Beltline Partnership, while watching the Atlanta Hawks take on the Detriot Pistons. 

Attendees are invited to a pregame reception, in-game activities and the first 100 people to purchase tickets will be offered an opportunity to attend pregame warm ups and shoot free throws with the players before the match up. 

A percentage of ticket sales will go toward the Atlanta Beltline Partnership Annual Fund. For tickets and more information visit the Atlanta Hawks online and enter the offer code: HAWKS. 

APS Superintendent releases final school closure list

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis reduced his recommendation for school closures from 13 to 10 schools in his final list released late Saturday.

RELATED | APS redistricting plan: a tale of two schools

Two schools were added to his initial redistricting and school closing recommendation issued in early March: Towns Elementary School and D.H. Stanton Elementary School.

Public meetings at both schools will be held on Thursday, April 5th and Monday, April 9th at 6:30 p.m.