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Reports of threats to cut off Emory Hospital if Ebola waste goes into sewage system


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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) -- Articles in both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal this week that an Emory University Hospital doctor said DeKalb County had threatened to cut the hospital off from the sewage system if Ebola was being disposed of into it.

The articles also said couriers and pizza delivery workers had refused to deliver to the hospital.

On Tuesday afternoon, DeKalb County spokesperson Burke Brennan adamantly denied that any such threat was made.

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

AP exam participation: DeKalb County

AP exam participation: DeKalb County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In DeKalb County, 4,857 students took 7,481 AP exams in 2014, and 2,955 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each DeKalb County public high school:

Arabia Mountain HS
289 students took 395 exams
114 passing scores

Random act of kindness for gardening teacher


ATLANTA-- If you look back on your life, most of us can name one person who believed in us, who made a difference, who changed our path in life. Many of those people are teachers.

It's why the Atlanta Alive crew loves to surprise teachers with Random Acts of Kindness. Rhonda Turner came to our attention because she's not afraid to get her hands dirty.

Swastikas painted on Jewish frat house at Emory


ATLANTA -- Police have stepped up patrols after a historically Jewish fraternity house at Emory University was targeted over the weekend.

Someone painted swastikas on the Alpha Epsilon Pi house early Sunday morning. This came at the end of Yom Kippur, one of the Jewish highest holidays.

The Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity issued this statement:

We are outraged at the insensitive display of prejudice that occurred at the Alpha Epsilon Pi house at Emory University. We are working alongside Emory to ensure that intolerable acts of hate, such as this, will never occur again. We are thankful for the community around us that has shown tremendous support throughout this time.

Emory University issued this statement:

DeKalb to hold neighborhood summit next month

DeKalb to hold neighborhood summit next month

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County will hold its annual neighborhood summit on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Tucker High School.

The event gives DeKalb residents an opportunity to mingle with local government officials and discuss ways to improve the quality of life in the county.

This year's summit will feature Curbside Consulting, a rotating series of sessions where residents will be encouraged to sit down and ask questions about issues that matter to them.

Curbside Consulting will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will cover several topics:

* Community organizing/building
* Marketing/social media
* Fundraising/grant writing
* Meeting facilitation
* Volunteer/board management
* Program planning and development
* Neighborhood Nexus/community needs assessment

Security lapse during President Obama's Atlanta trip confirmed


ATLANTA -- The Secret Service's handling of security breaches at the White House put her job in jeopardy, but was the revelation of another embarrassing lapse in security right in Atlanta that likely forced director Julia Pierson to resign.

Pierson resigned as head of the Secret Service on Wednesday, one day after she grilled by lawmakers about the recent security lapses at the White House.