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Post offices open extra hours to accommodate tax filers

ATLANTA -- Taxes must be filed by midnight on Wednesday, Apr. 15, and many of north Georgia's post offices will make it easier to submit completed returns at the last minute.

Two post offices will accept returns and give them the Apr. 15 postmark until midnight. The Atlanta Main Post Office (3900 Crown Road, near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport) is open from 6 a.m. to midnight year-round, and will be fully staffed Wednesday to collect as many returns as possible. The Postal Store at 1605 Boggs Road in Duluth is open for retail service until 7 p.m., and also has a 24-hour self-service kiosk that will take drop-offs until midnight.

Several more post offices hold normal hours past the usual 5 p.m. closing time and will be able to accommodate tax filers:

Alpharetta Post Office, 2400 Old Milton Parkway
Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

Wrecked police car provides sobering reminder of Move Over Law

Wrecked police car provides sobering reminder of Move Over Law

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A totaled car is turning heads among visitors to Gwinnett County's Justice and Administration Center.

Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway and the county's board of commissioners placed the car there for a very important reason -- to stress the importance of Georgia's Move Over Law.

The car belonged to Gwinnett County Sheriff's Deputy Justin Lunt. Last year, Lunt activated the car's lights and parked it alongside a roadway to provide visibility and protection for a work crew. The car was rear-ended by a driver who later told police he was changing music on his phone when the accident occurred.

Lunt was seriously injured in the crash and still has not returned to work. His wrecked car will be on display, along with a banner reinforcing the law's purpose, through the end of April.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.

Police: Man tossed pit bull puppy 20 feet

Police: Man tossed pit bull puppy 20 feet

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – Police say a Gwinnett County man threw a pit bull puppy 20 feet.

Najee Hasan Wilson, 27, is accused of throwing a 10-week-old pit bull-mix from the ground-floor balcony of his Duluth apartment.

Witnesses who were walking by the apartment told police they saw the puppy land on the ground and heard a loud thump.

The pit bull mix suffered head trauma, had a bloodshot eye and abrasions to her head. Doctors say because she is so young, they are optimistic that she can make a full recovery.

"I don't see any reason why she shouldn't go to a full recovery," Dr. Solveig Evans said. "It might be some time before we can tell the extent of her injuries because she did have head trauma but so far she's looking good."

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Gwinnett County's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.