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$29 billion Metro Atlanta wish list goes to GDOT

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Regional Commission Friday submitted a wish list of $29 billion in transportation improvement projects to be funded from about $8 billion to be raised in the metro region by a proposed sales tax.

The Georgia Department of Transportation and a roundtable of local elected officials will pare down the list to highway and transit projects that fit the revenue that would become available if Atlanta-area voters approve a referendum in August of next year levying a 1-cent sales tax dedicated to transportation.

The public will get a chance for input into the process this summer, with the list due to be finalized by mid-October under a timetable established in legislation passed by the General Assembly last year.

The wish list contains a variety of transportation improvements scattered across the region, including:

Gov. Deal intends to sign immigration, APS bills

Gov. Deal intends to sign immigration, APS bills

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal tells 11Alive News that he intends to sign the illegal immigration bill now on his desk. The bill, which has been compared to Arizona-style immigration reform, passed with just hours left in the final day of the General Assembly's legislative session.

Deal supported tough immigration measures in Congress and campaigned on the issue in the governor's race, but refrained from commenting on the legislation while it was still pending.

Deal said he hopes Georgia and other states that are enacting similar legislation will help spur Congress to take action nationally.

He said he and his staff have studied the legislation as it progressed, and they said they feel it will pass legal muster.

Another round of outages, cleanup after storms

Another round of outages, cleanup after storms

ATLANTA -- Monday night's fast-moving storms weren't nearly as bad as what we saw a week ago, but people in parts of North Georgia are again cleaning up damage. 

Deals of the Day: 80% off Restaurant.com, 50% off Cookies

ATLANTA -- You can nab a $25 restaurant gift certificate for as little as $2 with a four-day deal from www.restaurant.com.

Other cheap eats include 60% tickets to the Taste of the Nation Benefit, 60% off vouchers for Mosaic in Buckhead and 50% off homemade cookies and brownies. 

Find more details in the Deals of the Day on Atlanta MomsLikeMe.com.

Power back on for most Metro Atlantans

Power back on for most Metro Atlantans

ATLANTA -- More than 400,000 Georgia customers lost power in the wake of Monday night's storm. After a massive effort involving crews from eight states, all but about 500 Metro Atlantans are back online.

The homes and businesses still in the dark were evenly split between Georgia Power and Georgia Electric Membership Corporation customers as of Thursday morning. Statewide, just over 4,600 were still without power.

Cleanup will take much longer. Wild winds late Monday and Tuesday morning snapped power poles and trees like twigs across the region.

At least nine people were killed by the storms that tore through the Southeast. Bright lightning, loud thunder and wind gusts above 60 miles per hour streaked through, dumping rain and hail across the region.

America's Got Talent taping in Atlanta

America's Got Talent taping in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- NBC's hit television series, America's Got Talent, is taping live in Atlanta at The Fox Theater, and ALL TICKETS ARE FREE! Join host Nick Cannon and judges Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and Howie Mandel in the studio audience as the country's best singers, dancers, comedians, and performers compete live on national television for a chance to win $1 million.

America's Got Talent is traveling the country and will be in Georgia for THREE DAYS ONLY.  You can come out on April 12, 13, and 14 for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. arrivals each day. 

Ways to get around weekend roadwork

ATLANTA -- It's a busy weekend on Metro Atlanta roadways. In addition to all the folks getting away for Spring Break and all the weekend events, lots of construction projects are slowing traffic around the region. Here's how to avoid the mess as much as possible.

RELATED: Live traffic cameras and conditions 

Cobb, Fulton Counties

I-75 NB/SB between 10th/14th St. (Exit 250) & I-285 (Exit 259)
8 p.m. Friday - 5 a.m. Monday
3 left lanes