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Expect weekend road delays, especially around I-75 in Marietta

ATLANTA -- In addition to the full closure of the North Marietta Loop exit ramps and bridge at Interstate 75 all weekend, additional construction will lead to backups in a number of areas around Metro Atlanta this weekend.

Follow traffic information on 11Alive's Traffic Page.

Starting Friday night and continuing for the next five weekends, the Georgia Department of Transportation says they will be closing the North Marietta Loop from Cobb Parkway (US 41) to the Gresham Road/Wallace Road intersection to make concrete repairs to the bridge at I-75.

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Suspect arrested in Gwinnett SWAT standoff

Suspect arrested in Gwinnett SWAT standoff

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- No one was injured during a SWAT standoff in Gwinnett County overnight.

The incident was first reported shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday at a house on Castle Drive in Lawrenceville.

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Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said police first received a call about a man firing a gun around the house. When officers arrived on the scene, the suspect, 38-year-old Russell Fowler, refused to leave the home and talk to them.

A SWAT team was called in to try to arrest Fowler.

There were other people inside the home before police arrived but they all escaped unharmed, Ritter said.

SWAT members made their way into the house shortly before 5 a.m. Friday, but the suspect was not there. He returned home at around 7:15 a.m. and was arrested.

Beautiful weekend weather means roadwork in Atlanta

Beautiful weekend weather means roadwork in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- This weekend is going to be beautiful, weather-wise, and there will be plenty of activities to enjoy.

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But pretty days (and nights) come with a snag for drivers: weekend roadwork.

A major project begins Friday night in Cobb County. North Marietta Parkway will be closed between Cobb Parkway and Wallace Road for five consecutive weekends.

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The road will be open during the week, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Georgia delegation responds to funding bill stalemate.

ATLANTA -- With the government shutdown moving into its fifth day, we reached out to members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation to see what they would like to see done to end the stalemate, and whether they would be willing to vote in favor of a funding bill that does not include any changes to the Affordable Care Act. 

Republicans Lynn Westmoreland, Rob Woodall, and Austin Scott did not respond to our emails, nor did Democrats John Lewis, Sanford Bishop, and John Barrow. 

The picture from the rest, however, paints a clear picture that the gridlock will continue.

Tom Price- 6th District (Republican):

Rain could affect weekend roadwork

Rain could affect weekend roadwork

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has not scheduled much roadwork for this weekend.

Rain resulting from Tropical Storm Karen could move through metro Atlanta on Sunday and cancel any existing projects as well.

"We have single right lane closures planned for both directions on I-285 on the east side between Cascade and MLK and one on (Georgia) 400 southbound at Hammond Drive but the weather may change those plans," said GDOT Metro District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle.

Work will also continue on the I-85/Georgia 400 Interchange project, which could result in lane closures on Buford Highway, Sidney Marcus Boulevard, Cheshire Bridge Road and Lenox Road.

Atlanta Dream, Gwinnett Arena to host WNBA finals

ATLANTA -- The WNBA Finals will be played at the Arena at Gwinnett Center when the Atlanta Dream hosts its portion of the best-of-five series, reports the Gwinnett Daily Post.

The Dream's usual home, Philips Arena, isn't available for the WNBA Finals because it has "Disney on Ice: Let's Celebrate!" in town, the paper reports.

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Since Minnesota has the home-court advantage, it will host Games 1 and 2 of the series. The series kicks off Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, with Game 2 planned for Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. for an ESPN2 broadcast, the paper said.

The Dream will host Game 3 Thursday, Oct. 10 at 8:30 p.m. at the Gwinnett arena, as well as Game 4 if necessary Sunday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. Both of those games are planned for ESPN2.

Game 5 would be played in Minnesota on Oct. 16, for an 8 p.m. game on ESPN.

Ready. Set. Relax. Obamacare help is everywhere

ATLANTA -- First things first. Take a deep breath. Relax. 

Just because the insurance Marketplaces are opening on Tuesday, it doesn't mean you have to do anything on Tuesday. In fact, you've got three months to make take advantage of Obamacare. 
And that's only if it applies to you. 

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If you've got insurance elsewhere, simply keep it if you want to. But depending on your income, you might want to at least check out your options. 

For most of us that just means going to your computer 
There are two primary websites to check out that are pretty much going to have everything you need.