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Expect delays on these metro Atlanta roads this weekend

ATLANTA -- It will be another busy weekend of road construction around the metro.

As the tolls end on State Route 400 on Friday, the Georgia DOT will be focusing on moving motorists around the plaza until the actual structure is removed in early 2014. Beginning after evening rush hour Friday, crews will begin channeling traffic in both directions into the left lanes and around the plaza. The traffic shift should be completed by noon on Saturday, weather permitting.

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USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Football Poll

ATLANTA -- As the state football playoffs head for round 2, the latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 High School Football Poll arrives.There are changes throughout this week's ranking, but the name at the top stays the same.

The Buford Wolves lead the pack again this week, with North Gwinnett jumping from 4 to 2 this week. Collins Hill blasted Walton last week and climbed from 8 to 3. Sandy Creek and Norcross complete this week's top 5 teams.

Carrollton is 6, with Lovett, Tucker, Creekside and Gainesville moving up from 14 to 10.

Archer rises from 18 to 14 headed into this week's showdown with North Gwinnett.

Monroe Area moves up form 25 to 21 this week.

Stephenson and Woodward Academy return to the Super 25 this week. The Jaguars at 22,  and the War Eagles at 23.

Undefeated Kell and (9-2) Alpharetta are on the outside looking in this week.

Racist serial killer left trail in Atlanta

ST. LOUIS -- Missouri has executed Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist killer who targeted blacks and Jews, the Associated Press reported Wednesday morning.

The execution came after the Supreme Court denied a stay of execution for Franklin. He received a stay Tuesday night, hours before he was scheduled to die.

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The self-proclaimed racist was convicted of nine murders that stretched from Tennessee to Utah. He has been connected to at least a dozen other racially motivated shootings. Some of those happened in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

It was a three year killing spree from 1977-1980 that Franklin said he did because he wanted to start a race war.

Federal judge grants stay of execution in Missouri

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal judge in Missouri has given a stay of execution to white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin just hours before his scheduled death.

U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey ruled late Tuesday afternoon that a lawsuit filed by Franklin and 20 other death-row inmates challenging Missouri's execution protocol must first be resolved.

The 63-year-old inmate was scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing 42-year-old Gerald Gordon in a sniper attack outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977.

It was one of as many as 20 killings committed by Franklin, who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980.

I-85 reopens after entrapment accident

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Four lanes of southbound Interstate 85 were closed as a result of a single-vehicle accident Monday night. 

The accident happened just after the Indian Trail exit.

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According to Gwinnett County Police, the vehicles' occupants had to be extricated from their cars by firefighters and were later transported to a local medical center. 

There was no immediate word on the cause of the accident or the conditions of the victims. 

Gwinnett man's 2008 murder conviction overturned

Gwinnett man's 2008 murder conviction overturned

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A man found guilty of murder in 2008 has had his conviction overturned by double jeopardy.

Christopher Roesser was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of shooting Keith Price to death during a botched drug deal in December 2006.

Roesser was convicted of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and a weapons charge. He filed a motion for a new trial and was granted one after a court found his original jury had been given erroneous instructions.

At the second trial, Roesser was acquitted of all charges except voluntary manslaughter, as the jury could not reach a verdict. The court declared a mistrial.

Roesser's attorney argued retrying him on the voluntary manslaughter count would violate the Constitution's ban on double jeopardy. Monday, the Supreme Court of Georgia wrote an opinion agreeing with the attorney.

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

ATLANTA -- Don't be alarmed if you see a whole bunch of people running down Georgia 400 this weekend.

The Pay the Last Toll road race will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 a.m., and gives athletes one last opportunity to see the infamous toll booths before they are demolished.

Runners will begin at the Glenridge Connector in Sandy Springs and run south to Phipps Plaza. When they reach the toll booths, they will throw in their final 50 cents. All proceeds will go to charity.

Northbound lanes of Ga. 400 will be closed for the race from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Get more information about the race at georgiagames.org.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will also spend part of the weekend tearing down a MARTA pedestrian bridge on southbound Ga. 400.