Jim Burress http://wabe.org en Delta's ATL Hub Helps Boost Strong Profits http://wabe.org/post/deltas-atl-hub-helps-boost-strong-profits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Delta Air Lines Wednesday posted double-digit profit gains for the June quarter and beat Wall Street's profit expectations.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Everything seems to be going right at the Atlanta-based airline, at least from a balance sheet perspective. More passengers boarded Delta aircraft, and they paid a higher premium to do so. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:52:28 +0000 Jim Burress 61027 at http://wabe.org Delta's ATL Hub Helps Boost Strong Profits Loudermilk Easily Beats Barr for 11th Dist. Seat http://wabe.org/post/loudermilk-easily-beats-barr-11th-dist-seat <p></p><p>Former U.S. Representative and Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr kept supporters waiting at his run-off party until a bit after 9 PM Tuesday. Even though he was trailing by some 30%, Barr put on a hopeful face, citing returns coming in slowly from Cobb County.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We don’t want to make any announcements based on partial numbers,” he told the crowd. “We want to see what the actual numbers are, and there are still a lot that are coming in.”</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:10:56 +0000 Jim Burress & Lisa George 60993 at http://wabe.org Loudermilk Easily Beats Barr for 11th Dist. Seat Teavana Leaving Atlanta for Seattle http://wabe.org/post/teavana-leaving-atlanta-seattle <p>Since its founding in 1997, Teavana has called Atlanta home. But that's about to change. &nbsp;Starbucks, which purchased Teavana for $620-million in 2012, is moving the retailer's operations to its Seattle base.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I think it was just a matter of time before they would consolidate those operations," says ITG restaurant analyst Steve West. "T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">here’s really a lot more international potential for tea rather than coffee.”</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:56:35 +0000 Jim Burress 60806 at http://wabe.org Teavana Leaving Atlanta for Seattle Delta Routing Planes Around Ukrainian Airspace http://wabe.org/post/delta-routing-planes-around-ukrainian-airspace <p>In the wake of the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 over the Ukraine today, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines says it's stopped routing flights through Ukrainian airspace out of "an abundance of caution."&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>From Delta:</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:47:51 +0000 Jim Burress 60738 at http://wabe.org Delta Routing Planes Around Ukrainian Airspace Atlanta Housing Market Bucks National Trend http://wabe.org/post/atlanta-housing-market-bucks-national-trend <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hot real estate market is cooling across the nation, as buyers are becoming less willing to engage in bidding wars for available property.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s according to real estate company Redfin.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Atlanta?&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:10:01 +0000 Jim Burress 60374 at http://wabe.org Atlanta Housing Market Bucks National Trend Emory Healthcare, Select Medical Join as Partners http://wabe.org/post/emory-healthcare-select-medical-join-partners <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare has partnered with one of the nation’s largest outpatient rehabilitation providers.</span></p><p>The deal with Select Medical is billed as a way to improve “efficiency and effectiveness” for both.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Emory’s focus is heavy on inpatient rehabilitation in a hospital setting. Select Medical’s 23 area facilities focus on outpatient services.</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:34:23 +0000 Jim Burress 59994 at http://wabe.org Emory Healthcare, Select Medical Join as Partners "Guns Everywhere" Law an Added Cost to City http://wabe.org/post/guns-everywhere-law-added-cost-city <p>The so-called “Guns Everywhere” bill went into effect this week.</p><p>It allows Georgians with a concealed carry permit to bring firearms into churches, libraries, restaurants and government buildings.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Early on, the law is already proving to be an added expense for Atlanta taxpayers.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">City of Atlanta spokesman Carlos Campos confirms Mayor Kasim Reed is spending taxpayer money for private security at 24 city recreation centers.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:05:06 +0000 Jim Burress 59937 at http://wabe.org "Guns Everywhere" Law an Added Cost to City The Good/Bad of Atlanta's Hotel Pricing http://wabe.org/post/goodbad-atlantas-hotel-pricing <p>Metro Atlanta is among the most affordable markets in the nation for a hotel room, according to discount travel site Hotwire.com.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The site looked at the top-10 most reserved cities on its website, and ranked them by average nightly price.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Atlanta visitors pay about $75, the website says.&nbsp; That puts it square in the middle--#5.</span></p><p>In comparison, Orlando is the cheapest -- $56 a night. St. Louis came in the most expensive, at $92.</p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:22:00 +0000 Jim Burress 59685 at http://wabe.org The Good/Bad of Atlanta's Hotel Pricing Map Shows HIV/AIDS Infection Rates High in Atlanta's Core http://wabe.org/post/map-shows-hivaids-infection-rates-high-atlantas-core <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Plotting HIV infection rates is essential to targeting the epidemic, says Emory epidemiologist Dr. Patrick Sullivan.&nbsp; He’s behind the newly-released </span>AIDSvu<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> map, which visualizes HIV/AIDS rates by ZIP code.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“The ways to help avert new HIV infections is to intensify our efforts in those communities that are most heavily impacted by HIV," says Sullivan.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:02:59 +0000 Jim Burress 59682 at http://wabe.org Map Shows HIV/AIDS Infection Rates High in Atlanta's Core IKEA to Implement "Living Wage" at 38 U.S. Locations http://wabe.org/post/ikea-implement-living-wage-38-us-locations <p>IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer, is changing the way it calculates wages for workers at its 38 U.S. locations.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/about_ikea/newsitem/IKEA-new-minimum-hourly-wage">company says</a> it will pay workers a living wage instead of a minimum one.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">IKEA says the change will bump the average minimum hourly wage in its stores to $10.76. That’s more than $3.50 higher than the federal minimum wage. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:09:21 +0000 Jim Burress 59623 at http://wabe.org IKEA to Implement "Living Wage" at 38 U.S. Locations Delta, Boeing on Opposite Sides of Export-Import Bank Debate http://wabe.org/post/delta-boeing-opposite-sides-export-import-bank-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Federal Export-Import Bank is in place to finance international buyers' purchases of U.S. Goods.&nbsp; Its charter is before Congress for re-authorization, which is proving to be a polarizing and politicized process.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's also put Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines </span>sqarely<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> against Boeing, the airline's largest aircraft supplier.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:47:46 +0000 Jim Burress 59592 at http://wabe.org Delta, Boeing on Opposite Sides of Export-Import Bank Debate Turning Sweet Auburn into a Lifelong Community http://wabe.org/post/turning-sweet-auburn-lifelong-community <p></p><p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6bsP-8loRo&amp;feature=youtu.be</p><p>On Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, the Atlanta Regional Commission, national experts and local volunteers will create a concept in the Sweet Auburn district known as tactical urbanism.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To learn more about the c</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Auburn-Living-Beyond-Expectations/1463521857210473" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">lick on the group's Facebook page</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:47:45 +0000 Jim Burress 59348 at http://wabe.org Turning Sweet Auburn into a Lifelong Community Tech Researchers Uncover Android Security Issue http://wabe.org/post/tech-researchers-uncover-android-security-issue <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Georgia Tech researchers have identified a potential “security weakness” in Android-based mobile phones. &nbsp;</span></p><p>But Android users shouldn’t be too concerned.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s because no one has actually exploited the security weakness.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“In Android, it’s pretty hard," says&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Byoungyoung Lee, the Tech PhD student behind the research.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:20:23 +0000 Jim Burress 59273 at http://wabe.org Tech Researchers Uncover Android Security Issue Georgia Premiums on Federal Insurance Exchange Among Lowest http://wabe.org/post/georgia-premiums-federal-insurance-exchange-among-lowest <p>Georgians are paying some of the lowest premiums in the nation for insurance on the federal healthcare marketplace, according to <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2014/MarketPlaceEnrollment/Apr2014/ib_2014Apr_enrollment.pdf" target="_blank">data released</a> Wednesday by the federal Dept. of Health and Human Services.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The data compared 35 states that opted to let the federal government run their exchanges.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:36:26 +0000 Jim Burress 59194 at http://wabe.org Georgia Premiums on Federal Insurance Exchange Among Lowest Summer Road Construction Season Ramping Up http://wabe.org/post/summer-road-construction-season-ramping <p></p><p>Roadwork this weekend caused backups across the metro area. &nbsp;</p><p>Get used to it.</p><p></p><p>T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he summer road construction season is just beginning. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Roadwork is a year-round proposition for G-DOT. But it really picks up when the weather warms, says spokeswoman Natalie Dale.</p><p>Some projects are so large, they can’t be finished in one weekend. That includes a $13-million rehab of a 17-mile stretch of I-285 between Paces Ferry Road and Camp Creek Parkway.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 13:08:43 +0000 Jim Burress 58677 at http://wabe.org Summer Road Construction Season Ramping Up ATL's Friday Commute: What's Up With That? http://wabe.org/post/atls-friday-commute-whats <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If it's Friday, and it's the afternoon, there's a good chance you’re stuck in traffic. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But there’s an equally good chance you weren’t stuck in traffic earlier the same morning. &nbsp;In a word, Atlanta's Friday traffic is enigmatic. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For commuter Stephanie Saxon, Friday is the best of drives.&nbsp; It’s the worst of drives.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:34:02 +0000 Jim Burress 58639 at http://wabe.org ATL's Friday Commute: What's Up With That? Take That, Seattle: Atlanta No. 2 for Electric Cars http://wabe.org/post/take-seattle-atlanta-no-2-electric-cars <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">File this one under the categories of, “Who knew?” and “Really?”</span></p><p>Atlanta just beat environmentally-conscious Seattle for the number two spot for use of electric cars, according to IHS Automotive <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/why-electric-cars-click-for-atlanta-1401922534" target="_blank">as reported</a> by the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:52:12 +0000 Jim Burress 58557 at http://wabe.org Take That, Seattle: Atlanta No. 2 for Electric Cars Transgender Community Asks for Apology, not Jail, Following MARTA Attack http://wabe.org/post/transgender-community-asks-apology-not-jail-following-marta-attack <p>Members of Atlanta’s transgender community say they want an apology from - and not jail time for - two men accused of attacking two trans women on a MARTA train.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 04:03:12 +0000 Jim Burress 58448 at http://wabe.org Transgender Community Asks for Apology, not Jail, Following MARTA Attack GSU Economist: "Peach State Bets Gingerly on Growth" http://wabe.org/post/gsu-economist-peach-state-bets-gingerly-growth <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gingerly.&nbsp; It’s an adverb that means in a careful or cautious manner.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And it’s how </span>GSU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> economist </span>Rajeev<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Dhawan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> characterizes the near-term growth of the economy on both the national and local fronts. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Some of that tepidness comes from concern over when the Fed will raise interest rates.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 19:48:00 +0000 Jim Burress 58198 at http://wabe.org GSU Economist: "Peach State Bets Gingerly on Growth" Atlanta No. 16 on Fit City Index http://wabe.org/post/atlanta-no-16-fit-city-index <p>A new ranking puts Atlanta high on the list of healthy, fit metro areas. With a score of 56 out of 100, the 28-county metro region earned the <a href="http://americanfitnessindex.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Atlanta.pdf" target="_blank">16th spot</a>.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 19:04:11 +0000 Jim Burress 58130 at http://wabe.org Atlanta No. 16 on Fit City Index 100 Profiles of Poverty in Pictures http://wabe.org/post/100-profiles-poverty-pictures <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About one in five Georgians lives in poverty, <a href="http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13000.html" target="_blank">according to</a> the U.S. Census Bureau.</span></p><p>But what does poverty look like? &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Sat, 24 May 2014 13:22:05 +0000 Jim Burress 57954 at http://wabe.org 100 Profiles of Poverty in Pictures Celestine's Centennial: Reporter. Columnist. Atlanta Icon. http://wabe.org/post/celestines-centennial-reporter-columnist-atlanta-icon <p>Celestine Sibley was more than just an Atlanta icon. She was a Southern icon. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>In fact, she was so representative of what it meant to be an Atlantan, the <em>AJC </em>featured her in an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtTPsH6Wc0I" target="_blank">undated TV commercial</a>. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 04:14:00 +0000 Jim Burress 57861 at http://wabe.org Celestine's Centennial: Reporter. Columnist. Atlanta Icon. Virgin Atlantic to Service HJIA http://wabe.org/post/virgin-atlantic-service-hjia <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Virgin Atlantic, the British airline known for its unique style, will soon fly to Atlanta. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The move is the result of a partnership formed in January with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, <a href="http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=20295&amp;item=124467" target="_blank">according to a press release</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Delta owns a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:37:14 +0000 Jim Burress 57778 at http://wabe.org Virgin Atlantic to Service HJIA Michelle Nunn Promises Bipartisanship, Civility http://wabe.org/post/michelle-nunn-promises-bipartisanship-civility <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Georgia's closely-watched U.S. Senate race, Democrat Michelle </span>Nunn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> easily won her party’s nomination.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While Republicans maintain a stronghold in Georgia,&nbsp;</span>Nunn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> supporter </span>LaTonya<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> McClain wonders if the GOP base is fed up. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 05:13:23 +0000 Jim Burress 57729 at http://wabe.org Michelle Nunn Promises Bipartisanship, Civility Truvada and the Question of PrEP http://wabe.org/post/truvada-and-question-prep <p></p><p>The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/prevention/research/prep/">said this week</a> certain people who are HIV-negative should take medication used to treat those who are HIV-positive.</p><p>The concept is called “PrEP,” for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis.&nbsp; Many say it’s the closest thing yet to a cure for HIV.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even so, </span>PrEP<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> remains controversial, even in communities highly affected by the virus. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:08:51 +0000 Jim Burress 57545 at http://wabe.org Truvada and the Question of PrEP More Passengers to Fly This Summer, Trade Group Predicts http://wabe.org/post/more-passengers-fly-summer-trade-group-predicts <p>International travel is expected to set an all-time record this summer,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">according to a <a href="http://www.airlines.org/Pages/A4A-Projects-Summer-Air-Travel-to-Reach-Highest-Level-in-Six-Years.aspx" target="_blank">report released</a> Thursday by the airline industry trade group Airlines for America.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>A4A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;also projects summer travel to reach its highest level in six years, with US carriers expected to accommodate 210 million passengers between June 1 and August 31.</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:22:43 +0000 Jim Burress 57462 at http://wabe.org More Passengers to Fly This Summer, Trade Group Predicts Southwest Airlines' Growth Bypasses Atlanta http://wabe.org/post/southwest-airlines-growth-bypasses-atlanta <p>Southwest CEO Gary Kelly did not mention Atlanta Wednesday when he told investors the airline is “here to grow.”&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speaking via webcast, Kelly did single out Dallas, Houston, Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles.</span></p><p>“As long as we have a competitive advantage, it makes sense for us to be investing in these facilities where we can grow,” Kelly said. “Competitive advantage is two things: a lower price and better service.”</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 16:47:19 +0000 Jim Burress 57394 at http://wabe.org Southwest Airlines' Growth Bypasses Atlanta Why Liberia? http://wabe.org/post/why-liberia <p>This week, WABE News presents the series we're calling, "Why Liberia?"&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As part of a reporting trip paid for through a grant from <a href="http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/west-africa-liberia-building-mental-health-infrastructure" target="_blank">the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting</a>, WABE's&nbsp;Jim </span>Burress<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> spent twelve days in the West African country looking at how it's rebuilding nearly a decade after its civil war ended, as well as how Atlanta is connected to those efforts.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 13:00:31 +0000 Jim Burress 56897 at http://wabe.org Why Liberia? Georgia Among Highest Rates of Enrollment through Healthcare Exchange http://wabe.org/post/georgia-among-highest-rates-enrollment-through-healthcare-exchange <p>The federal government says 8 million Americans have enrolled in the online healthcare exchange<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and Georgia’s sign-up rate is one of the highest in the U.S.</span></p><p>About one in three Georgians eligible to sign up for a policy on the federally-run exchange has taken the government up on the offer.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 22:37:11 +0000 Jim Burress 56770 at http://wabe.org Delta CEO Comments Point Toward International Expansion http://wabe.org/post/delta-ceo-comments-point-toward-international-expansion <p>City officials want more passengers and more cargo to flow through what’s already the world’s busiest airport.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To sweeten the pot in an effort to make that happen, they’re offering $2-million a year to an airline or airlines that establish new passenger or cargo routes out of </span>Hartsfield-Jackson<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 05:07:00 +0000 Jim Burress 56407 at http://wabe.org Delta CEO Comments Point Toward International Expansion