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Parents will soon be able to use Uber-like tech to track school buses

One metro school district is making it easier to keep tabs on your child's school bus.

If you're a parent and your kid takes the bus to school, wouldn't it be great to have an app on your phone to track the progress of bus?

Parents and students in Marietta will soon have that option.

Each day, over 5,500 students take the bus to and from school in Marietta. And as roads get more congested, the timing of buses picking up and dropping off students can get more unpredictable.

“We not only have to worry about getting kids home safety, we have to worry about the changing traffic conditions,” said Assistant Superintendent Eric Hofstetter.

But help is on the way.

In the coming months, Marietta schools will implement an app-based mobile system to track the location of school buses in real time.

It will look and operate much like ride sharing apps for Uber and Lyft.

“It's a lot of the same technology,” Hofstetter said. “So when you look on there, you can see it's four minutes away, three minutes away, things of that nature.”

Hofstetter said the system will have layers of privacy and security features to protect students.

“They would log in with their password and it has a two-verification process,” Hofstetter said. “The parent can see their child's bus, know where the stops are, the time and we'll also send parent notifications.

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The new bus app will also be used to track real-time progress on student field trips.

Parents Channel 2’s Tom Regan spoke with think it will be a great time saver.

“That's always important with the traffic in Atlanta,” said parents Tom and Kayree Jones.

“If I have an app, I can check on him, because he can't call. So I love that idea,” said parent Katrice Simmons.

The Marietta school system will begin testing the app this summer and launch it in time for the fall semester.

Parents will soon be able to use Uber-like tech to track school buses

One metro school district is making it easier to keep tabs on your child's school bus.

If you're a parent and your kid takes the bus to school, wouldn't it be great to have an app on your phone to track the progress of bus?

Parents and students in Marietta will soon have that option.

Each day, over 5,500 students take the bus to and from school in Marietta. And as roads get more congested, the timing of buses picking up and dropping off students can get more unpredictable.

“We not only have to worry about getting kids home safety, we have to worry about the changing traffic conditions,” said Assistant Superintendent Eric Hofstetter.

But help is on the way.

In the coming months, Marietta schools will implement an app-based mobile system to track the location of school buses in real time.

It will look and operate much like ride sharing apps for Uber and Lyft.

“It's a lot of the same technology,” Hofstetter said. “So when you look on there, you can see it's four minutes away, three minutes away, things of that nature.”

Hofstetter said the system will have layers of privacy and security features to protect students.

“They would log in with their password and it has a two-verification process,” Hofstetter said. “The parent can see their child's bus, know where the stops are, the time and we'll also send parent notifications.

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The new bus app will also be used to track real-time progress on student field trips.

Parents Channel 2’s Tom Regan spoke with think it will be a great time saver.

“That's always important with the traffic in Atlanta,” said parents Tom and Kayree Jones.

“If I have an app, I can check on him, because he can't call. So I love that idea,” said parent Katrice Simmons.

The Marietta school system will begin testing the app this summer and launch it in time for the fall semester.

Security upped in Newnan ahead of planned neo-Nazi rally

Barricades and fencing are now in place around a city park in Newnan as police prepare for Saturday’s rally by a Michigan-based neo-Nazi group.

City workers spent much of Thursday putting up the fences and laying out the barricades.

Somewhere between 50 and 100 members of a group called the National Socialist Movement will rally in the Greenville Street Park starting at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Demonstrators opposed to the neo-Nazis are also expected to gather but the number is uncertain.

More than 400 police officers and sheriff's deputies will be in and around the park to make sure there's no trouble.

We’re talking to local business owners who are removing valuable items from their office, just in case, on Channel 2 Action News at 6 p.m.

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Henry County elementary, middle schools placed on lockdown

Two schools in Henry County were placed on lockdown after authorities say they received threatening phone calls.

Austin Road Elementary and Middle Schools were placed on a hard lock down Friday morning after the calls were received by the 911 center.

According to the Henry County Sheriff's Office, the call was in regards to a domestic situation "happening at or near" the schools.

Deputies arrived and detained one person.

There was no immediate threats to students or faculty, deputies say.

Stay with Channel 2 Action News for updates on this developing story. 

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Henry County elementary, middle schools placed on lockdown

Two schools in Henry County were placed on lockdown after authorities say they received threatening phone calls.

Austin Road Elementary and Middle Schools were placed on a hard lock down Friday morning after the calls were received by the 911 center.

According to the Henry County Sheriff's Office, the call was in regards to a domestic situation "happening at or near" the schools.

Deputies arrived and detained one person.

There was no immediate threats to students or faculty, deputies say.

Stay with Channel 2 Action News for updates on this developing story. 

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Jurors go a third day with no verdict in Tex McIver murder trial

On Thursday, it appeared jurors might be nearing a verdict in Claud “Tex” McIver murder trial. Instead, they remain deadlocked after a second full day of deliberations. 

Jurors returned to the courtroom at 9 a.m. Friday to start all over again. The 12-person panel is deciding the fate of the Atlanta attorney who shot and killed his wife while riding in their SUV in Sept. 2016. McIver claims the shooting was an accident, but prosecutors disagree.

Stay with Channel 2 Action News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for live coverage of the verdict in the Tex McIver murder trial. We will stream it live on WSBTV.com and the WSB-TV Facebook page once a decision is reached.

Visit our Tex McIver murder trial special section for a look back at the case, including a live blog from the courtroom, daily video recaps, an interactive timeline and much more. 

For the second time this week, the judge allowed the jury to sit in McIver’s Ford Expedition on Thursday, this time holding the defendant’s .38 revolve in an attempt to re-create the events of Sept. 25, 2016. Judge Robert McBurney agreed to allow it but first had to enter the vehicle into evidence, raising the ire of the defense.  

“You’re just doing the work the state failed to do,” defense co-counsel Bruce Harvey said.   

[READ: 5 things to know about Diane McIver]

Earlier Thursday, jurors re-watched McIver’s interview with Atlanta police that occurred three days after the shooting. 

They had no additional requests for the judge Thursday and did not make any requests Friday until it was almost time to leave for the day.

 Jurors were initially planning to leave by 4 p.m., but Friday afternoon they told the judge they were "making progress" and wanted to continue working toward a verdict.

They then came back 30 minute later, saying they needed more time and would go home for the day. Deliberations will continue at 9 a.m. Monday.

Judge just announced the jury will head home for the weekend without a verdict and is back now on Monday. #TexMcIver. pic.twitter.com/aXV8upvtb7 — Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) April 20, 2018

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this article.

Jurors go a third day with no verdict in Tex McIver murder trial

On Thursday, it appeared jurors might be nearing a verdict in Claud “Tex” McIver murder trial. Instead, they remain deadlocked after a second full day of deliberations. 

Jurors returned to the courtroom at 9 a.m. Friday to start all over again. The 12-person panel is deciding the fate of the Atlanta attorney who shot and killed his wife while riding in their SUV in Sept. 2016. McIver claims the shooting was an accident, but prosecutors disagree.

Stay with Channel 2 Action News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for live coverage of the verdict in the Tex McIver murder trial. We will stream it live on WSBTV.com and the WSB-TV Facebook page once a decision is reached.

Visit our Tex McIver murder trial special section for a look back at the case, including a live blog from the courtroom, daily video recaps, an interactive timeline and much more. 

For the second time this week, the judge allowed the jury to sit in McIver’s Ford Expedition on Thursday, this time holding the defendant’s .38 revolve in an attempt to re-create the events of Sept. 25, 2016. Judge Robert McBurney agreed to allow it but first had to enter the vehicle into evidence, raising the ire of the defense.  

“You’re just doing the work the state failed to do,” defense co-counsel Bruce Harvey said.   

[READ: 5 things to know about Diane McIver]

Earlier Thursday, jurors re-watched McIver’s interview with Atlanta police that occurred three days after the shooting. 

They had no additional requests for the judge Thursday and did not make any requests Friday until it was almost time to leave for the day.

 Jurors were initially planning to leave by 4 p.m., but Friday afternoon they told the judge they were "making progress" and wanted to continue working toward a verdict.

They then came back 30 minute later, saying they needed more time and would go home for the day. Deliberations will continue at 9 a.m. Monday.

Judge just announced the jury will head home for the weekend without a verdict and is back now on Monday. #TexMcIver. pic.twitter.com/aXV8upvtb7 — Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) April 20, 2018

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this article.

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