Jim Burress http://wabe.org en Despite High HIV Rates, Georgia Schools Ignoring LGBT Sex Ed http://wabe.org/post/despite-high-hiv-rates-georgia-schools-ignoring-lgbt-sex-ed <p></p><p>Pick 100 high schools across the state, and the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wabe/files/201408/HIV_and_LGBTQ_Youth_Sex_Ed_in_GA_Schools_CDC.pdf" target="_blank">an average of one</a> will include sex education targeted to LGBT youth.</p><p>Kaleb Anderson's is not one. &nbsp;</p><p>Kaleb is a&nbsp;junior at Atlanta’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.atlanta.k12.ga.us/Domain/4106" target="_blank">B.E.S.T Academy High School</a>, an all-male, mostly African-American public high school in Southwest Atlanta.</p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Jim Burress 62939 at http://wabe.org Despite High HIV Rates, Georgia Schools Ignoring LGBT Sex Ed Ebola Patients Cured, Released from Atlanta Hospital http://wabe.org/post/ebola-patients-cured-released-atlanta-hospital <p></p><p>Three weeks after arriving in Atlanta for treatment for Ebola, American missionaries Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly have been released from Emory University Hospital.</p><p></p><p>Writebol asked for privacy, and did not speak to media after her discharge on Tuesday.&nbsp; But Brantly did speak briefly to reporters before his release Thursday.</p><p></p><p></p><p>With his wife by his side and a tear in his eye, a waifish Kent Brantly thanked God for his recovery.&nbsp; He also praised the Emory team of five doctors and 21 nurses who worked to restore him to good health.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:25:18 +0000 Jim Burress 62555 at http://wabe.org Ebola Patients Cured, Released from Atlanta Hospital Emory Releases Ebola Patient http://wabe.org/post/emory-releases-ebola-patient <p><em><strong>Update 11:15 a.m. -- Emory has released Dr. Kent Brantly. Jim Burress&nbsp;is tweeting from the press conference; follow us at @wabenews.</strong></em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At least one of two Americans undergoing treatment in Atlanta for the Ebola virus will be released today.</span></p><div><p>Kent Brantly is expected to attend a morning press conference before leaving the hospital. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:31:34 +0000 Jim Burress 62531 at http://wabe.org Emory Releases Ebola Patient Whew. Georgia's Short-Lived "Aquairium" Now Fixed http://wabe.org/post/whew-georgias-short-lived-aquairium-now-fixed <p>A road sign on the Downtown Connector is now fixed. But, last week, the sign at exit 249-C southbound had&nbsp;motorists scratching their heads.</p><p>The word "aquarium" gained an "i." It invited motorists to exit for the Georgia <em>Aquairium</em>.</p><p>Don’t blame the Georgia Department of Transportation though.&nbsp; Spokeswoman Natalie Dale says a subcontractor who builds the signs got it wrong.</p><p>Last month, a road sign along Highway 316 directed folks to Georgia Gwinett College, not Gwinnett. &nbsp;</p><p>Oops.</p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:45:13 +0000 Jim Burress 62325 at http://wabe.org Whew. Georgia's Short-Lived "Aquairium" Now Fixed How to Heal a Moral Injury http://wabe.org/post/how-heal-moral-injury <p>(This feature originally aired on&nbsp;<em>Weekend Edition Saturday.)</em></p><p></p><p>War generates wounds.&nbsp; In battle, a slight movement of finger fires a bullet that injures or kills.</p><p>A click of a button releases a missile that wounds a landscape.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sometimes, the warrior whose finger pulls the trigger is wounded.&nbsp; They don’t bleed. But they do hurt.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The concept is called “Moral Injury.” Thirty-nine-year-old Mark Jarrett lives it daily.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:46:59 +0000 Jim Burress 62293 at http://wabe.org How to Heal a Moral Injury Ebola Patient Looks Forward to Release from Emory http://wabe.org/post/ebola-patient-looks-forward-release-emory <p>An American doctor undergoing treatment for Ebola remains hospitalized in a special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><a href="http://demoss.com/newsrooms/sp/news/statement-from-dr.-kent-brantly-aug.-15" target="_blank">In a statement</a> released Friday, Dr. Kent Brantly says he he is “recovering in every way.” He goes on to say he still faces a few hurdles before being discharged, but that he looks forward to reuniting with his wife, children and family “in the near future.”</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:05:18 +0000 Jim Burress 62262 at http://wabe.org Ebola Patient Looks Forward to Release from Emory Emory Doctor Reflects on Treating Ebola Patients http://wabe.org/post/emory-doctor-reflects-treating-ebola-patients <p></p><p>Federal medical privacy regulations prevent Dr. Alex Isakov from sharing specifics on conditions of two patients undergoing treatment at Emory University.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Dr. Alex Isakov, an emergency medicine physician at Emory, was in charge of transporting both Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol from a private medical jet to a special containment unit at Emory.</p><p></p><p>But when asked whether he's confident the two patients will walk out the doors they walked in, Isakov responded, “It’s too early to make any predictions.”</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:37:17 +0000 Jim Burress 62209 at http://wabe.org Emory Doctor Reflects on Treating Ebola Patients Small Biz Optimism Up, Kinda http://wabe.org/post/small-biz-optimism-kinda <p></p><p></p><p>Small business owners think the economy is improving, if only slightly.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The National Federation of Independent Business <a href="http://www.nfib.com/surveys/small-business-economic-trends/?/utm_campaign=SBET&amp;utm_source=SBET&amp;utm_medium=Release&amp;utm_content=sbetindex" target="_blank">latest survey </a>shows small business owners’ optimism rose a fraction of a percent in July to 95.7.</p><p>The NFIB sampled 1,645 random small businesses.</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 04:46:00 +0000 Jim Burress 62139 at http://wabe.org Small Biz Optimism Up, Kinda Tech, UGA Welcome Bright(est) Freshman Classes http://wabe.org/post/tech-uga-welcome-brightest-freshman-classes <p><em>(Note: Story updated with broader figures for Ga Tech's freshman admission rate, corrects UGA admission rate.)</em></p><p>Students entering Georgia’s two flagship public universities are among the best performers ever admitted.</p><p>Officials with The University of Georgia say this year’s incoming freshman class has the highest average GPA in the school’s history:&nbsp; 3.9 on a 4.0 scale.</p><p>SAT scores are also the highest in UGA history, with an average 1913 out of a possible 2400.&nbsp; That’s a 16 point increase over last year’s entering class.</p> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 12:34:26 +0000 Jim Burress 61958 at http://wabe.org Tech, UGA Welcome Bright(est) Freshman Classes New LGBT Liaison Hopes to Improve Communication Between Community, APD http://wabe.org/post/new-lgbt-liaison-hopes-improve-communication-between-community-apd <p>The Atlanta Police Department has named a new liaison to the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Officer Eric King joins SPO Brian Sharp in the two-person section.</p><p>King says the department first contacted him about a year-and-a-half-ago, but he wasn’t immediately interested.</p><p>“At that time, I was like ‘No, not really.’&nbsp; But I kind of got involved from that point on," he says.</p> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 12:28:35 +0000 Jim Burress 61957 at http://wabe.org New LGBT Liaison Hopes to Improve Communication Between Community, APD Ebola Affects Atlanta Aid Workers, Universities http://wabe.org/post/ebola-affects-atlanta-aid-workers-universities <p>The deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa has prompted the World Health Organization to declare the virus an international public health emergency.</p><p></p><p>In countries like Sierra Leone, CARE workers facilitate nutrition classes for pregnant women.</p><p>In Liberia, programs such as financial empowerment are made available.</p><p>But for now, safety is the number priority says Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE.</p><p>“So we’ve had to ask our staff to limit their movement, and,&nbsp;in some cases, have staff work from home and not do their normal activities.”</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:38:56 +0000 Rose Scott & Jim Burress 61904 at http://wabe.org Ebola Affects Atlanta Aid Workers, Universities Top APS Students to Get Full Tuition Scholarship to Georgia Tech http://wabe.org/post/top-aps-students-get-full-tuition-scholarship-georgia-tech <p></p><p>Atlanta Public School students who graduate at the top of their classes can now go to one of the nation’s top institutions of higher learning.&nbsp; For free.</p><p></p><p>The deal is the result of a program announced Thursday called APS Scholars@Georgia Tech.&nbsp;</p><p>The idea’s simple: Graduate as valedictorian or salutatorian of your high school class, and you get comp’d four years of tuition as a Yellow Jacket.</p><p>Speaking Thursday at Booker T. Washington High School in southwest Atlanta, Superintendent Meria Carstarphen praised the partnership for opening new doors.</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:42:24 +0000 Jim Burress 61825 at http://wabe.org Top APS Students to Get Full Tuition Scholarship to Georgia Tech Georgia City Among Tops in Transit http://wabe.org/post/georgia-city-among-tops-transit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The website </span><a href="http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/how-your-citys-public-transit-stacks-up/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">FivethirtyEight.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took US Census population numbers by city.&nbsp; Then it divided those by mass transit trips – how many times someone got on a bus or a train.</span></p><p>The idea is that, per capita, one could see which cities had the most uptake in mass transit.</p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:21:12 +0000 Jim Burress 61782 at http://wabe.org Georgia City Among Tops in Transit Liberians In America Help Dispel Ebola Myths Back Home http://wabe.org/post/liberians-america-help-dispel-ebola-myths-back-home Amelia Togba-Addy lives in Atlanta, but Ebola is always on her mind.<p>Like many Liberian Americans, she has family and friends in West Africa, where Ebola has killed nearly 900 people. In Liberia alone, the World Health Organization has <a href="http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_08_04_ebola/en/">reported</a> almost 500 cases and more than 250 deaths so far.<p>So when Togba-Addy's aunt called early one morning last week, she panicked.<p>"The first thing I thought about was, 'Oh! A family member has come down with the virus,' " she says. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:47:00 +0000 Jim Burress 61738 at http://wabe.org Liberians In America Help Dispel Ebola Myths Back Home Atlanta's Liberian Community Holds Town Hall on Ebola http://wabe.org/post/atlantas-liberian-community-holds-town-hall-ebola <p>As the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history worsens across West Africa, those in metro Atlanta's sizeable Liberian community want to know what they can do to help stop the virus.&nbsp;</p><p>That meant coming together Sunday night for a "Stop Ebola" town hall meeting at the Liberian Association of Metro Atlanta's office in Lilburn.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For attendee and speaker </span>Taiyee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Quenneh<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Ebola isn't just a virus. &nbsp;It's what killed his friend Patrick.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 02:49:34 +0000 Jim Burress 61585 at http://wabe.org Atlanta's Liberian Community Holds Town Hall on Ebola Gov. Deal: I Support Decision to Treat Ebola Patients in Georgia http://wabe.org/post/gov-deal-i-support-decision-treat-ebola-patients-georgia <p>Even before the first of two American citizens stricken with the deadly Ebola virus arrived at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital for medical treatment, some are challenging the decision to bring Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writbol&nbsp; onto U.S. soil.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;never been a documented case of Ebola in the Western Hemisphere.</span></p><p>Public concern is putting the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the defensive. &nbsp;</p> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 00:49:48 +0000 Jim Burress & Aleck Ragsdale 61560 at http://wabe.org Gov. Deal: I Support Decision to Treat Ebola Patients in Georgia First of Two Ebola Patients Now in Atlanta http://wabe.org/post/first-two-ebola-patients-now-atlanta <p>One of two American citizens stricken with the deadly Ebola virus has arrived safely in the U.S after leaving Liberia.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Late Saturday morning, an ambulance greeted a medical transport jet at </span>Dobbins<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Air Reserve Base in Marietta. &nbsp;The plane was carrying 33-year-old physician Kent Brantly.</span></p><p>Emory University Hospital confirms the patient arrived at its campus at approximately 12:30 PM Saturday.</p> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 17:52:36 +0000 Jim Burress 61553 at http://wabe.org Two Ebola Patients Coming To Emory Hospital http://wabe.org/post/two-ebola-patients-coming-emory-hospital <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">[Updated 6:30 p.m. with expanded audio.]</span></em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Emory University Hospital officials just wrapped up a news conference on the hospital’s plans to treat two patients, infected with the Ebola virus, being brought here from Liberia.</span></p><p>Jim Burress was at the news conference and filed this brief report from the scene.</p><p></p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:30:12 +0000 Lisa George , Jim Burress & Denis O'Hayer 61508 at http://wabe.org Two Ebola Patients Coming To Emory Hospital Low Cost Carriers See Atlanta as New Frontier http://wabe.org/post/low-cost-carriers-see-atlanta-new-frontier <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Atlanta as an airline market is changing.</p><p>For years, AirTran’s low cost and low fare structure kept local airfares in check.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But since Dallas-based Southwest has absorbed </span>AirTran<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, prices here are going up.</span></p><p>And that means low cost carriers are seeing Atlanta as a new frontier.</p><p></p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:26:00 +0000 Jim Burress 61448 at http://wabe.org Low Cost Carriers See Atlanta as New Frontier Beazer Homes Reports Loss for 3Q http://wabe.org/post/beazer-homes-reports-loss-3q <p>Despite an improving home building market, Atlanta-based Beazer Homes Thursday reported an overall loss for the third quarter of its fiscal year.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:37:39 +0000 Jim Burress 61431 at http://wabe.org Beazer Homes Reports Loss for 3Q Atlanta At Center Of Ebola Containment Efforts http://wabe.org/post/atlanta-center-ebola-containment-efforts <p></p><p>More than 600 people have died from an Ebola outbreak that has spread across West Africa.</p><p>The latest outbreak reportedly began in February in Guinea, which borders Liberia. By March, some victims had crossed the boarder into the small town of&nbsp;Voinjama&nbsp;to seek treatment at Telewonyana hospital.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:12:42 +0000 Jim Burress 61381 at http://wabe.org Atlanta At Center Of Ebola Containment Efforts 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