Jim Burress http://wabe.org en Georgia State Finance Professor Skeptical on Weibo IPO http://wabe.org/post/georgia-state-finance-professor-skeptical-weibo-ipo <p>Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, goes public today.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s one of China’s most-visited websites.&nbsp; Despite its popularity, analysts are watching to see if </span>Weibo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> closes way low.</span></p><p>That’s because of users like Lixin Huang.&nbsp; He’s one of 130-million active users the website claims as its customer base.&nbsp; But he’s not exactly what you’d call “active.”</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I used it sometime last year when my friends were using it,” he says.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:33:00 +0000 Jim Burress 55984 at http://wabe.org Georgia State Finance Professor Skeptical on Weibo IPO OurSong, Atlanta's Mixed LGBT Chorus, to Perform in Dublin http://wabe.org/post/oursong-atlantas-mixed-lgbt-chorus-perform-dublin <p>OurSong's Ellen Chase says that since its inception 12 years ago, OurSong's&nbsp;mission has been to take its mixed-voice message abroad. This year, the LGBT-focused Atlanta choral group is doing just that. It's one of just six US groups selected to perform this June in Dublin, Ireland at Various Voices.&nbsp;</p><p>OurSong recently paid a visit to WABE's studios to talk about the group, upcoming performances and raiding money for its trip to Ireland.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:33:27 +0000 Jim Burress 55773 at http://wabe.org OurSong, Atlanta's Mixed LGBT Chorus, to Perform in Dublin Atlanta's Archbishop Will Sell Newly Renovated Mansion http://wabe.org/post/atlantas-archbishop-will-sell-newly-renovated-mansion <p>The Archbishop of Atlanta is apologizing for renovating a multi-million dollar home with money earmarked for charitable use.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saturday, Archbishop Wilton Gregory said he will sell the </span>Habersham<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> mansion which was recently renovated for $2.2 million.</span></p><p>In an interview with WABE’s Denis O’Hayer, <a href="http://wabe.org/post/talk-atlanta-catholic-archbishop-wilton-gregory-22-million-residence-controversy">Gregory said he was wrong</a> to spend so much money without seeking guidance.</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 13:13:14 +0000 Jim Burress 55442 at http://wabe.org Atlanta's Archbishop Will Sell Newly Renovated Mansion Low Pilot Pay Sends Newbies Looking Elsewhere http://wabe.org/post/low-pilot-pay-sends-newbies-looking-elsewhere <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s a huge demand for pilots at the nation’s regional airlines. The Government Accountability Office says the small airlines need thousands of new pilots.</span></p><p>So you’d think lots of folks would be in line. After all, top captains at airlines like Atlanta-based Delta can pull in a cool quarter-million a year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">starting</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> salaries are sending some Atlanta pilots elsewhere.</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:09:10 +0000 Jim Burress 55265 at http://wabe.org Low Pilot Pay Sends Newbies Looking Elsewhere Morris Brown President: No Way Around Selling Property http://wabe.org/post/morris-brown-president-no-way-around-selling-property <p></p><p>Morris Brown College’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy and eventually re-gain accreditation involves selling off a portion of the Atlanta school's assets.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“In order for us to get the resources needed, we’re going to have to divest ourselves of some of the physical assets,” &nbsp;Morris Brown president Dr. Stanley&nbsp;</span>Pritchett<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tells </span>WABE<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two recent deals to liquidate property fell through.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:17:42 +0000 Jim Burress 53255 at http://wabe.org Morris Brown President: No Way Around Selling Property Southwest CEO on Future Merger: No Current Airline Like AirTran http://wabe.org/post/southwest-ceo-future-merger-no-current-airline-airtran <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Southwest Airlines continues its merger with AirTran Airways, which operates its main hub in Atlanta.</p><p>But not at the pace planned when the deal was announced in 2010.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dallas-based Southwest never hinted the integration would be quick.&nbsp; Initially, executives planned to finish it early this year. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Southwest CEO Gary Kelly says high fuel prices partly slowed the process.</p><p>“The AirTran brand will be retired by the end of the year.” &nbsp;</p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 17:22:41 +0000 Jim Burress 53109 at http://wabe.org Southwest CEO on Future Merger: No Current Airline Like AirTran My Gay Banjo Isn't Quite Bluegrass, but Maybe a Tad Country? http://wabe.org/post/my-gay-banjo-isnt-quite-bluegrass-maybe-tad-country <p>The duo <a href="http://www.mygaybanjo.com/" target="_blank">My Gay Banjo</a> is Owen Taylor and Julia Steele Allen. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">They’re playing an intimate concert at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groceryonhome" target="_blank">Grocery on Home</a>&nbsp;on Feb </span>27<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:57:42 +0000 Jim Burress 53106 at http://wabe.org My Gay Banjo Isn't Quite Bluegrass, but Maybe a Tad Country? Earthquake Felt in Atlanta http://wabe.org/post/earthquake-felt-atlanta <p>The tremor hit at 10:23 Friday night.</p><p>The U.S. Geological Survey <a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000mr27#summary" target="_blank">reports</a> the quake measured a 4.1 on the Richter Scale.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was centered seven miles west of </span>Edgefield<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, S.C.&nbsp; But the quake shook homes as far west as Atlanta, and as far north as Hickory, North Carolina. Each is about 150 miles from the epicenter.</span></p><p>No significant damage or injuries have been reported.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 12:40:40 +0000 Jim Burress 53061 at http://wabe.org Earthquake Felt in Atlanta Airport Overwhelmed as Flights Get Back to Normal http://wabe.org/post/airport-overwhelmed-flights-get-back-normal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartsfield-Jackson&nbsp;Atlanta International has been a virtual ghost town much of this week. &nbsp;Delta, Southwest, </span>AirTran<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and other carriers canceled thousands of flights.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">By Thursday, air travel in and out of Atlanta began a slow improvement.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Security check lines were short by late morning, and travelers in the main atrium seemed calm even before a musical duo filled the area with smooth jazz.</span></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:59:35 +0000 Jim Burress 52997 at http://wabe.org Airport Overwhelmed as Flights Get Back to Normal Something Winter This Way Comes: The South Braces For Storms http://wabe.org/post/something-winter-way-comes-south-braces-storms Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>The Deep South is in a big mess today. Forecasters are using words like historic, catastrophic, and unprecedented to describe the winter storm that's hitting the Southeast. Thousands of flights have been canceled today and tomorrow, and hundreds of thousands of people are without power. Some parts of Georgia could see a foot of snow and an inch of ice. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Jim Burress 52922 at http://wabe.org Airlines Cancel Most Flights In/Out of Atlanta http://wabe.org/post/airlines-cancel-most-flights-inout-atlanta <p>Today and tomorrow, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International will have a hard time claiming the title, "world’s busiest&nbsp;airport.”&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Weather-related flight cancelations could keep the place looking more like a ghost town.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Combined, airlines have canceled two-thirds of <a href="http://flightaware.com/live/cancelled" target="_blank">all scheduled flights</a> in and out of </span>Hartsfield-Jackson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> today.</span></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:04:46 +0000 Jim Burress 52905 at http://wabe.org Airlines Cancel Most Flights In/Out of Atlanta Atlanta Airport, Airlines, Prep for Winter Storm http://wabe.org/post/atlanta-airport-airlines-prep-winter-storm <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Air travel through </span>Hartsfield-Jackson<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Atlanta International Airport could get especially tricky as severe winter weather bears down on the area.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Delta Air Lines spokesman Morgan </span>Durrant<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the Atlanta-based carrier will cancel “many” flights this week.</span></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:45:07 +0000 Jim Burress 52806 at http://wabe.org Atlanta Airport, Airlines, Prep for Winter Storm Drug Overdose Bills to be Introduced in Georgia House, Senate http://wabe.org/post/drug-overdose-bills-be-introduced-georgia-house-senate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two heroin users in west Atlanta overdosed Friday night.&nbsp; </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But they didn’t die. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A quick-acting community member administered an overdose-reversing drug known as </span>Naloxone<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p></p> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 21:13:27 +0000 Jim Burress 52780 at http://wabe.org Drug Overdose Bills to be Introduced in Georgia House, Senate DeKalb Wants Residents' Input to End "Nightmare" Permitting Process http://wabe.org/post/dekalb-wants-residents-input-end-nightmare-permitting-process <p>“DeKalb County Needs Your Feedback,” reads the headline on inserts stuffed alongside county water bills this month.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The enclosed flier asks residents to </span><a href="http://DeKalbCounty2020.com" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">offer ideas</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to include in DeKalb’s long-term strategic plan.&nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Jim Burress 52779 at http://wabe.org DeKalb Wants Residents' Input to End "Nightmare" Permitting Process What Does The Farm Bill Mean For Georgians? http://wabe.org/post/what-does-farm-bill-mean-georgians <p><em>(Story updated to include full audio interview with Society of St. Vincent Depaul--Georgia)</em></p><p>Crop insurance, peanut subsidies, corn production – they’re all part of the farm bill, signed today by President Barack Obama after two years of congressional debate.</p><p>Food stamps are the biggest slice of that nearly $1 trillion dollar pie, and that program is seeing a cut.&nbsp;Farmers will also see some changes under the new bill, primarily to crop insurance and subsidies.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:59:03 +0000 Michell Eloy & Jim Burress 52716 at http://wabe.org What Does The Farm Bill Mean For Georgians? UPS to Customers: We're Making Changes http://wabe.org/post/ups-customers-were-making-changes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPS says with few exceptions it’s now caught up on metro Atlanta deliveries delayed by last week’s winter weather.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even so, the Sandy Springs-based shipper continues to work how it handles weather delays.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Company spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg says the company understands it let down consumers.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We listen to what customers say, and we actually are making changes," she says.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:58:40 +0000 Jim Burress 52652 at http://wabe.org UPS to Customers: We're Making Changes UPS Says It Will Deliver All Delayed Packages by End of Day Wednesday http://wabe.org/post/ups-says-it-will-deliver-all-delayed-packages-end-day-wednesday <p>UPS is telling local customers it should deliver all delayed packages by the end of the day Wednesday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The statement comes as the company continues to play catch-up after last week’s winter storm.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, the shipping giant has <a href="https://twitter.com/UPSHelp">started a lot</a> of its tweets with the word, “Sorry.” &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPS suffered winter storm gridlock like the rest of metro Atlanta. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:27:02 +0000 Jim Burress 52588 at http://wabe.org UPS Says It Will Deliver All Delayed Packages by End of Day Wednesday Stuck In The Bluff: AIDS, Heroin, and One Group’s Illegal Quest to Save Lives http://wabe.org/post/stuck-bluff-aids-heroin-and-one-group-s-illegal-quest-save-lives <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Twice a week, the rickety Winnebago operated by Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition (</span>AHRC<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">) pulls up to one of the most troubled intersections in the Southeast. A line quickly forms.&nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:49:47 +0000 Jim Burress & Dan Raby 52053 at http://wabe.org Stuck In The Bluff: AIDS, Heroin, and One Group’s Illegal Quest to Save Lives Tech Ventures in Georgia Prosper As Health Care Law Kicks In http://wabe.org/post/tech-ventures-georgia-prosper-health-care-law-kicks Georgia is fighting the health care law at every political turn.<p>Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, chose not to expand Medicaid, despite the increased federal funding made possible by the Affordable Care Act. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Jim Burress & Jim Burress, WABE 51409 at http://wabe.org Tech Ventures in Georgia Prosper As Health Care Law Kicks In Delta to Fly Final DC-9 Flight http://wabe.org/post/delta-fly-final-dc-9-flight <p>Delta Air Lines will fly the last scheduled passenger flight on a DC-9 Monday afternoon,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;ending a nearly half-century run for an aircraft credited with bringing jet service to most small and medium US cities.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Delta was the launch customer for the Douglas DC-9 back in in 1965.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the early '</span>90s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Atlanta-based airline sold its fleet to smaller carriers. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 05:02:00 +0000 Jim Burress 51193 at http://wabe.org Delta to Fly Final DC-9 Flight A Mixed Report on Georgians' Health http://wabe.org/post/mixed-report-georgians-health <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A </span><a href="http://www.americashealthrankings.org/rankings" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">national report </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">out Wednesday ranks Georgia the </span>38<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> healthiest state.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s one spot better than Georgia fared in last year’s America’s Health Rankings report.</span></p><p>It considered 30 different health measures—everything from chlamydia rates to obesity to violent crime.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:31:45 +0000 Jim Burress 50168 at http://wabe.org A Mixed Report on Georgians' Health Delta Leads Attempt at Fare Hike http://wabe.org/post/delta-leads-attempt-fare-hike <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is hiking domestic ticket prices.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">FareCompare.com CEO Rick </span>Seanyy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says Delta is </span><a href="http://www.farecompare.com/news/delta-initiates-domestic-airfare-hike/" style="line-height: 1.5;">testing the waters</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> by adding between $4 and $10 &nbsp;each way on domestic tickets.</span></p><p>Of the 12 attempted fare hikes this year, Delta has led eight.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:46:37 +0000 Jim Burress 50155 at http://wabe.org Delta Leads Attempt at Fare Hike Equifax Warns Shoppers of Holiday "Cat and Mouse" Game Known as Identity Theft http://wabe.org/post/equifax-warns-shoppers-holiday-cat-and-mouse-game-known-identity-theft <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The holiday shopping season is especially appealing to identity thieves.&nbsp; That’s why Atlanta-based Equifax is warning consumers to be extra vigilant.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It’s a cat and mouse game at many levels with the thieves always one step ahead of the good guys," says&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scott </span>Mitic,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">a senior vice president with Equifax's consumer credit division. &nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 08 Dec 2013 15:43:28 +0000 Jim Burress 49983 at http://wabe.org Equifax Warns Shoppers of Holiday "Cat and Mouse" Game Known as Identity Theft Metro Atlanta Teen Honored for Motivating Youth Environmentalists http://wabe.org/post/metro-atlanta-teen-honored-motivating-youth-environmentalists <p>Charles Orgbon III is this year’s Captain Planet Young Superhero for Earth. &nbsp;His non-profit, <a href="http://greeningforward.org/">Greening Forward</a>, has grown to support young environmental change makers across the globe.&nbsp; And when he spoke with WABE's Jim Burress&nbsp;before Friday’s event gala, Orgbon said it all started when he decided to pick up trash at age 12.</p><p></p> Sun, 08 Dec 2013 14:52:35 +0000 Jim Burress 49981 at http://wabe.org Metro Atlanta Teen Honored for Motivating Youth Environmentalists A Conversation with Erin Brockovich, "Protector of the Earth" http://wabe.org/post/conversation-erin-brockovich-protector-earth <p>Erin Brockovich Friday night earned the honor of “Protector of the Earth.”</p><p>That’s what the Atlanta-based Captain Planet Foundation <a href="http://captainplanetfoundation.org/gala2013/award-recipients/">calls the award</a> given annually to what organizers call “real-life environmental superheros.”</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many know Erin </span>Brockovich’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> story thanks in part to the 2000 movie by the same name starring Julia Roberts.</span></p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 14:28:14 +0000 Jim Burress 49954 at http://wabe.org A Conversation with Erin Brockovich, "Protector of the Earth" Not Expanding Medicaid Will Cost Georgia $4.9 Billion in 2022, Study Finds http://wabe.org/post/not-expanding-medicaid-will-cost-georgia-49-billion-2022-study-finds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If Georgia does not expand Medicaid, as is now Governor Nathan Deal’s plan, the state’s economy will do without about $4.9 billion in the year 2022. &nbsp;The figure comes from a newly-released <a href="http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/Files/Publications/Issue%20Brief/2013/Dec/1718_Glied_how_states_stand_gain_lose_Medicaid_expansion_ib_v2.pdf" target="_blank">Commonwealth Fund report</a> on how states will gain or lose in the Medicaid expansion equation.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:47:47 +0000 Jim Burress 49868 at http://wabe.org Not Expanding Medicaid Will Cost Georgia $4.9 Billion in 2022, Study Finds Technical Work-Around Could Mean Medicaid Headache for Georgia http://wabe.org/post/technical-work-around-could-mean-medicaid-headache-georgia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some Georgians shopping for health insurance on the federally-run exchange are learning they actually qualify for Medicaid, the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">joint federal/state program for those in the lowest income brackets.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While that's generally considered a positive effect of President Obama's signature healthcare law, a technical issue at the federal level is putting Georgia and other states in a bind.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:04:17 +0000 Jim Burress 49806 at http://wabe.org Technical Work-Around Could Mean Medicaid Headache for Georgia Delta, Not Hartsfield-Jackson, Leads Opposition Against Passenger Service at Paulding Co. http://wabe.org/post/delta-not-hartsfield-jackson-leads-opposition-against-passenger-service-paulding-co <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5">Delta Air Lines last month came out with gloves on when Paulding County announced plans to bring commercial air service to the north metro area. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5">The Atlanta-based carrier isn’t hanging up those gloves just yet, although the airline wants to make clear its beef with&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5">Paulding County isn’t personal.&nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 18:16:06 +0000 Jim Burress 49352 at http://wabe.org Delta, Not Hartsfield-Jackson, Leads Opposition Against Passenger Service at Paulding Co. More Thanksgiving Passengers Expected at Hartsfield-Jackson http://wabe.org/post/more-thanksgiving-passengers-expected-hartsfield-jackson <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The unofficial holiday travel season kicks into full-gear Monday, and officials at Hartsfield-Jackson&nbsp;expect 1.8-million passengers will <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wabe/files/201311/Hartsfield-Jackson_2013_Thanksgiving_Travel_Projections.pdf" target="_blank">pass through the airport</a> between&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nov. 25th and Dec. 2nd.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:08:11 +0000 Jim Burress 49306 at http://wabe.org More Thanksgiving Passengers Expected at Hartsfield-Jackson Lufthansa Cargo Expands at Hartsfield-Jackson http://wabe.org/post/lufthansa-cargo-expands-hartsfield-jackson <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartsfield-Jackson&nbsp;Atlanta International Airport officials are welcoming the expansion of an International airline there.&nbsp; But </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">it’s a flight you’ll never be able to fly.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s, unless, you’re a box.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">German carrier Lufthansa is replacing an older airplane used on the Atlanta to Frankfurt cargo route with a new, $270-million Boeing 777.</span></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:20:38 +0000 Jim Burress 49250 at http://wabe.org Lufthansa Cargo Expands at Hartsfield-Jackson