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ATLANTA-Did you have a royal weekend?  If an early morning kick off (pics of the wedding here)  left you feeling sleepy Friday night, we have you covered.  Metromix took pics at some of the cities big event this weekend, from the wedding itself to the Inman Park Festival, we captured some great moments.

There was also the much talked about opening of "do" (dough) pizza bar on the Westside.

And the Prado beer festival held at The Prado in Sandy Springs featured  150-plus brews hand-picked from more than 40 world-class breweries.  

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Royal Wedding

Devastating Tornado Damage near Hot Springs, Arkansas

Devastating Tornado Damage near Hot Springs, Arkansas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf2G4dADUBA

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Atlanta Storm Chasers arrive on the scene of a devastating tornado that tore through a small neighborhood just north of Hot Springs, Arkansas on April 25th, 2011. At the time of our arrival Police and EMS were nowhere to be found, likely isolated from the city by dozens of downed trees and power lines.

 

There were initial rumors of a trapped woman and small child. After several minutes of trying to find the trapped persons, we realized that there was an oversaturation of attention on these few people and the fact that there were other people likely in need of help. We returned to the other end of the neighborhood where we parked our modified Toyota 4runner and begun to search a handful of houses for trapped survivors.

Ringgold residents return to 'utter devastation'

Ringgold residents return to 'utter devastation'

RINGGOLD, Ga. -- As homeowners hit by this week's tornadoes take stock of what's left and what's lost, they are looking to the state and federal government for help getting their lives back together.


RELATED: 11Alive to host tornado relief special Friday


"We need some federal money to help with the front-end cost and for the long term for individuals," Gov. Nathan Deal told 11Alive News.


He spoke to the president by phone and sent him a letter requesting federal assistance. "He obviously expressed sympathy to the families that had lost individuals, but also promised that he would have the federal agencies to continue to work with our state agencies."

Getting around this weekend's construction

ATLANTA - Plenty of road construction this weekend across Metro Atlanta, and we've got your alternates so you can get around the backups.

Cobb / Fulton

I-75 NB/SB between 10th/14th Street (Exit 250) and Cumberland Blvd. (Exit 258)
8 p.m. Friday - 5 a.m. Monday
3 left lanes

Alternate for I-75 Southbound: With this many lanes blocked, an alternate may be necessary. You can take exit 259 and follow to US 41 - Cobb Pkwy. Turn left on Cobb Pkwy. and follow across the river where it becomes Northside Pkwy. Follow Northside Pkwy. across Moores Mill Road where it becomes Northside Drive. Follow Northside Drive all the way to 14th or 10th Street.  If traffic gets really bad, take I-285 Southbound to I-20 Eastbound back into Downtown Atlanta.

DEA ATLANTA hosts 2nd pill takeback event on April 30th

DEA ATLANTA hosts 2nd pill takeback event on April 30th

Atlanta, GA --  On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and numerous state and local law enforcement agencies will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  You can bring your medications for disposal to numerous sites across the state and the metro Atlanta area.

Pets in panic, helping them through storms

Pets in panic, helping them through storms

ATLANTA -- Your cat, dog, maybe even your bird is going nuts! You don't know what is going wrong until suddenly you notice the blue sky has suddenly grown dark.  A storm is coming from nowhere.  Somehow your pet had a clue before you did.

Many pet owners will tell you, their dogs and cats can do some pretty strange things when they're stressed by severe weather.  "A lot of them can hurt themselves," Dr. Shannon South, a veterinarian at the Briarcliff Animal Clinic said Monday. "I've seen dogs jump through windows.  I've seen them going missing for a couple of weeks at a time."

Dr. South said dog's habits can be changed, if they're young.  "Try to redirect their activity.  Get them to play. Make the storm a good experience," she advised pet owners.

FAYETTEVILLE: 'Stickman' inspires family of special needs child

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- With a simple drawing of stick figure, Riley Peek, 9, taught her family and teachers an important life lesson.

"I felt my emotions flood over me, and I felt the tears of joy," wrote Riley's mother, Waynette Peek, in a letter on her fundraising website, www.raceforriley.org. "All of a sudden, Riley had put life in perspective again. This small victory was the only thing that mattered at the time."

Six years ago, doctors diagnosed Riley with mitochondrial disease, a genetic disorder that affects her speech, brain function and physical development.