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Kidsignments is back!

Kidsignments is back!

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- If you're still looking for back to school clothing bargains, the huge Kidsignments sale is going on at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. But how do you get the best experience and the most out the sale?

Founder Jeri Lynn recommends making a list before you head out the door. 

"Bring a list so you can stay focused," she said. "It can be overwhelming your first time coming in here because there is just so much stuff." And she means it! This year she has 1400 sellers. 

And on your list take into account what size your kids will be next season. That size small coat might need to be a medium come winter.

Also bring a rolling container. Other containers get heavy and are hard to shove around with so many people.

If you want to avoid the crushing crowds, shop on Wednesday and Thursday.

Student performance on ACT plateaus

Student performance on ACT plateaus

ATLANTA -- Georgia's performance on the ACT college entrance exam was flat this year as the number of students taking the test rose.

Data released Wednesday shows that 21 percent of graduating seniors in Georgia met college-ready standards for English, math, reading and science. That trails the national average of 25 percent.

About 43,000 students, or nearly half of seniors, took the test in Georgia, up from about 40,000 last year.

Traditionally, more Georgia students take the SAT each year, but the number of students taking the ACT is growing.

Georgia students scored an average of 20.6 on the test out of a possible 36, compared to the national score of 21.

Metro panel hits transportation sales tax target

Metro panel hits transportation sales tax target

ATLANTA -- A subcommittee of local elected officials took nearly four hours Monday to hammer out a $6.1 billion list of highway and transit projects to be funded by a proposed regional sales tax.

The Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable's Executive Committee voted unanimously for the projects just more than seven hours before a deadline required by transportation funding legislation passed by the General Assembly last year.

RELATED: Full transportation project listing

The bill gave roundtables in 12 regions across Georgia until Aug. 15 to develop preliminary project lists. The final lists that will be submitted to voters in each region next year must be completed by Oct. 15.

Northside Hospital: Mortality rates on par with national average

Northside Hospital: Mortality rates on par with national average

ATLANTA -- Northside Hospital was on par with the national average for mortality rates for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia even though the raw numbers were slightly higher than other hospitals across the country.

Northside was one of two local hospitals whose death rates for all three measures of patient care were slightly higher than the national average.

For example, the mortality rate for heart attack patients nationwide is 15.9 percent. At Northside, 16.6 percent of patients admitted to the hospital with a heart attack die.

But the raw numbers don't tell the whole story. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services analyzes the data from thousands of hospitals nationwide to see how significant statistically those differences are.

Matt Leili ignores questions about wife's death

Matt Leili ignores questions about wife's death

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga - Accompanied by his criminal attorney, Matt Leili was silent as he entered a Gwinnett County courtroom for the first time since his wife's death.

The focus of the civil court hearing was Matt and Nique Leili's two young children, but questions outside the courtroom were aimed at Matt Leili and the continuing investigation into his wife's death.

Leili was mum when questioned by 11Alive's Jerry Carnes.

"Because his lawyer advised him not to," Leili's attorney interjected when Carnes asked Leili why he refused to speak to investigators since the discovery of his wife's body on July 16th.

Leili is the only named suspect in connection with Nique Leili's death, although Gwinnett County police have said they're looking at others. Matt Leili has not been charged with any crime.

Lawmakers to haggle over redistricting process

Lawmakers to haggle over redistricting process

ATLANTA -- Lawmakers are set to start haggling over Georgia's proposed new political boundaries as the once-a-decade process of redistricting gets underway.

RELATED: Proposed new state legislative districts unveiled

How to avoid the Downtown Connector backups

How to avoid the Downtown Connector backups

UPDATE: Crews in Atlanta are removing the remainder of a bridge railing that rained heavy steel beams onto downtown lanes of Interstate 75. 

Georgia Department of Transportation spokesman Mark McKinnon said Sunday afternoon the work should be finished before rush hour Monday morning. If it's not done, he says, crews will pause for several hours during the peak commute.

ATLANTA - Damage to the railing on the 17th Street Bridge rained debris onto the Downtown Connector late Saturday night, forcing the detour of traffic around that busy interstate highway.

With many events, including an Atlanta Braves game going on today, traffic on the Connector is expected to remain heavy. We've got ways for you to get around the mess.