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Lawrenceville couple dead in apparent murder-suicide

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A murder-suicide took place in a Lawrenceville neighborhood Monday night. 

According to Cpl. Jake Smith with Gwinnett County Police, authorities responded to a panic alarm around 2 p.m. near Resthaven Drive in unincorporated Lawrenceville. 

Police say when they arrived on the scene they approached the door and spoke with the male victim until he produced a gun and committed suicide. 

After checking the residence, officers discovered the body of an adult female, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Authorities believe the two were married and living together. 

No further details were immediately released. 

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

ATLANTA -- It's going to be cold in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, with temperatures expected to hover around 27 in the mornings and climb no higher than 45 during the day.

FORECAST | Thanksgiving week temperatures

The Georgia Department of Transportation is asking homeowners to turn off sprinkler systems that are set to automatically run overnight.

"Every winter, we have icing issues due to automatically-timed sprinkler systems that are left on overnight in freezing temperatures," GDOT engineer Rachel Brown said in a statement. "They can create a very hazardous condition for motorists the next morning."

Emani Moss' DFCS file: a sad tome of failure

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Through an open records request 11alive obtained the DFCS case file of 10 year-old Emani Moss.

The little girl was found murdered this month in Gwinnett County. Police say she died at the hands of her parents. 

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.

TRAFFIC MAP | View construction delays and road problems

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.

MORE | Missouri executes racist serial killer

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.