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Medical cannabis store opens in Little 5 Points

Medical cannabis store opens in Little 5 Points

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Next week, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign the medical marijuana bill passed by the legislature.

One retailer in Atlanta's Little 5 Points neighborhood is trying to get a jump on the law – at a newly opened medical cannabis store.

The key word in the store's window is "cannabis." The modifier is "medical." But what's actually getting sold there is a little more nuanced.

"The Pot Shop is all things cannabis," said owner Paul Cornwell.

The Pot Shop is a store that is, indeed a store that is almost all things cannabis.

"Hemp clothing, hemp hats – no ganga, no pipes," Cornwell said. "Reefer camo – this is our line."

Cornwell argues that his store also sells medical cannabis. He stocks therapeutic oil that contains hemp, but does not contain the psychoactive THC, newly decriminalized the Georgia state legislature.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

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.

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Police Chief Cassandra Jones has announced her retirement effective April 7, 2015. 

“Chief Jones will be greatly missed. Her work was a key part of our crime prevention efforts in this county,” says Chairman John H. Eaves.  “Due to her emphasis on community oriented policing, burglaries in our unincorporated area decreased by more than 22 percent during her tenure.”

Chief Jones has served with the Fulton County Police Department since December 17, 1979. She has served as Police Chief since October 9, 2007.  She is the only female to serve as Fulton County Police Chief.

“We thank Chief Jones for her 35 years of service to the citizens of Fulton County, and extend best wishes to her on her retirement,” said County Manager Dick Anderson.

Assistant Police Chief Gary D. Stiles will serve as Interim Chief until a permanent replacement is named.

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.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 6.5 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.

Police investigate connection between robberies and murders

Police investigate connection between robberies and murders

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police are hoping that if they can identify four suspects wanted for two armed robberies, they may be able to solve a double murder.

Police released surveillance video from a BP gas station on Metropolitan Parkway of four men using property stolen in the robberies to buy goods and withdraw money from an ATM.

The four are suspects in two robberies that happened early in the morning on Mar. 14 on North Highland Avenue. The first robbery happened at the intersection with Los Angeles Avenue when a man and woman were held up at gunpoint.

About 11 minutes later, a victim was robbed getting out of his car in the back parking lot to his apartment at 513 North Highland Avenue.

Police say the four suspects have been connected to the two robberies.

Vigil held for victims in fatal Little Five Points shooting

Vigil held for victims in fatal Little Five Points shooting

ATLANTA – Community members gathered Saturday night to remember the lives of two men gunned down last week in Atlanta's Little Five Points.

Joseph Hruska, 33, of Atlanta, and Chaitanyalila D. Kelsey, 32, of Atlanta. were shot and killed in the early hours of March 14.

Surveillance video from a local bar shows the two men holding the door open for other patrons and smiling. Moments later, they were shot and killed in a parking lot behind the Vortex Bar and Grill. People nearby heard shots and discovered both men on the ground.