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Girl Scouts to sell cookies at area malls

Girl Scouts to sell cookies at area malls

(WXIA) -- Four Atlanta-area Simon Malls are allowing local Girl Scouts to sell cookies in the coming days.

Cookies will be offered through Monday, Mar. 2 at Lenox Square, and through Tuesday, Mar. 10 at Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall and Town Center at Cobb.

They will be sold Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Girl Scouts will set up their cookie booths at:

Lenox Square
Upper level near Pottery Barn Kids

Mall of Georgia
Lower level near jcpenney

Northlake Mall
Lower level near food court

Town Center at Cobb
Lower level near Center Court

Girl Scout Cookies are $4 a box. Learn more at girlscoutcookies.org.

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Guard injured in FedEx facility shooting in medically-induced coma

Guard injured in FedEx facility shooting in medically-induced coma

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The security guard injured in a shooting at a Kennesaw FedEx facility last April is in a medically-induced coma after emergency surgery, according to an online post from his wife.

On April 29, 2014, Christopher Sparkman was shot at point-blank range in the abdomen by a man identified by police as 19-year-old Geddy Kramer. Kramer went on to the shoot five other people before turning the gun on himself.

Sparkman was released from the hospital last August, but has continued to undergo medical procedures.

Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery is introducing an exciting new game that will be available only in Georgia. Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match combines a classic lotto draw game with an instant-win component.

The game concept is the first of its kind in Georgia.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match offers jackpots starting at $1 million. The jackpot will continue to grow until there is a jackpot winner.

Additionally, players can select Ca$h Match for a chance to win up to $500 instantly.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match went on sale at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide Sunday.

Drawings will be held at 11 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. The first drawing will be conducted Feb. 23.

Tickets are $1 per play. The Ca$h Match option costs an additional $1 per play.

Players must pick six numbers from one to 47. Win the jackpot prize by matching the six numbers drawn. The game offers three additional lotto prizes from $5 to $500.

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

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Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will continue to perform sign structure work on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Most of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in lengthy delays. Drivers are asked to avoid the Perimeter in impacted areas if possible.

All work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
1 lane of I-75 in each direction will be closed between Delk Road and South Marietta Parkway from 7:30 a.m. Saturday to 5:30 p.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Coweta County
1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed from 2 miles north of Bullsboro Drive from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for striping.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

71 Ga. UPS drivers added to Circle of Honor

71 Ga. UPS drivers added to Circle of Honor

(WXIA) -- More than 1,400 UPS drivers worldwide were recently inducted into the Circle of Honor, an organization for employees who have achieved at least 25 years of accident-free driving.

Seventy-one of the inductees live in Georgia.

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," Dwayne Meeks, president of UPS South Atlantic District, said in a statement.

Georgia's senior safe driver is Guy Haynes of Tifton, who can boast 43 accident-free years. The most seasoned Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., who has been driving for UPS for 52 years without an accident.

The latest Circle of Honor members from Georgia, by UPS work location, include:

Acworth (Center)
Robert Crumbley, Marietta

Albany (Center)
Tyrone Campbell, Albany
Robert Hammond Jr., Leesburg

Hit and run driver gets 30 years in fatal Kennesaw crash

Hit and run driver gets 30 years in fatal Kennesaw crash

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- An Atlanta man will spend time in prison after pleading guilty to causing a traffic accident that killed two teenage girls.

A Cobb County Superior Court judge sentenced 28-year-old Tansu Kanlica to 30 years, with 20 to serve in prison. He was convicted Wednesday on charges of vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, and hit and run.

The accident happened May 25, 2014, when Kanlica, a locksmith, was called to a Kennesaw Walmart to help a customer. The customer, Garrett Kyle Anderson, drove away without paying; Kanlica followed him, beginning a chase.

Prosecutors said Kanlica quickly lost control of his car and plowed into three girls who were walking down the sidewalk beside Barrett Lakes Boulevard on their way to see a movie.