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10:59 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Report: Dog Charged DeKalb Police, Led To Gunfire In Wrong Home

A dog charged police officers who entered the wrong Atlanta-area home searching for a burglar, prompting gunfire that seriously wounded an officer, injured the homeowner and killed the animal, according to a police report released Thursday.

Three DeKalb County police officers entered the rear of a house Monday around 7:30 p.m. after a 911 caller reported seeing a possible burglar, according to police and the caller. However, the officers lacked an exact address and entered the wrong home, leading to a dangerous confrontation.

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Politics
10:49 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Biden Says He's Unsure About Seeking Presidential Nomination

Joe Biden speaking at Ahavath Achim Synagogue, in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday.
Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

Vice President Joe Biden says he does not know yet whether he will seek the Democratic nomination for president.

Speaking in Atlanta Thursday night, Biden indicated that he and his family may need more time to recover from his son’s death.

Biden’s voice was hoarse, and he appeared a bit tired, as he spoke to a group of 2,000 people at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Buckhead.

He had spent the last two days in Florida but had to fly back to Washington, D.C., for an emergency National Security Council meeting before making his way to Atlanta.

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State
10:44 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Police Suspend Search Of Wells For Ga. Teen Missing Since 2007

Authorities have suspended a search for the body of a college student who went missing almost eight years ago.

Investigators hoped a recent tip could help lead them to the body of 18-year-old Justin Gaines. He was last seen alive outside a Gwinnett County nightclub in November 2007. He was a freshman at the Oconee campus of Gainesville State College when he vanished.

On Tuesday, Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman said investigators received a tip that Gaines' body may be in a well near the Apalachee River.

Local
10:26 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Atlanta Police Hope Mobile App Helps During Holiday Weekend

Atlanta police say they estimate more than 25 events and 600,000 people in celebration of the holiday.
Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

Atlanta police want to help people prepare for the Labor Day weekend with their free mobile app, Atlanta PD Mobile.

The Atlanta Police Department said in a statement Thursday that the app will feature a detailed event listing and up-to-date traffic alerts. Police say they estimate more than 25 events and 600,000 people in celebration of the holiday.

Police encourage visitors to plan ahead for traffic delays and event restrictions along with packing light.

MARTA is offering free rides for its train and buses Monday.

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Local
9:59 am
Fri September 4, 2015

A Legend In Atlanta Radio: WABE's Steve Goss Retires

Steve Goss speaks to his co-workers, family and friends during his retirement party earlier this week.
Credit Brenna Beech/WABE

WABE listeners heard, “This is Morning Edition. I’m Steve Goss,” for the last time Friday.

These words capped a career of almost 40 years informing and entertaining Atlanta. For the last eight years, Goss has been the host of WABE's Morning Edition. 

A Rhode Island native, Goss got his master's degree from Emory University in 1976 and began his career as a teacher at Woodward Academy in College Park. But he soon figured out he needed a bigger classroom. 

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News
9:44 am
Fri September 4, 2015

With Clerk Jailed, Gay Kentucky Couple Gets Marriage License

William Smith Jr., left, and his partner James Yates, shown in August, were granted a marriage license Friday morning in Rowan County, Kentucky.
Credit Timothy D. Easley / Associated Press file

  
A gay couple emerged from a Kentucky county clerk's office with a marriage license in hand Friday morning, embracing and crying as the defiant clerk who runs the office remained jailed for her refusal to issue the licenses because she opposed same-sex marriage.

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Local
8:00 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Atlanta Public Schools Have Long History Of Famous Graduates

Martin Luther King Jr. is an alumnus of Booker T. Washington High School.
Credit Brenna Beech / WABE

Martin Luther King Jr., Margaret Mitchell, Johnny Isakson, Jasmine Guy. They all have something in common, a common connection. Can you guess what it is?

They all graduated from the Atlanta Public Schools system. And they’re not alone. Atlanta Public Schools has turned out many students who have gone on to do great things, changing the world in some way, climbing to the top of their fields in sports, music, politics and business.

Here are just some of the many well-known alumni who have called Atlanta home and graduated from the city’s school system.

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Mara's Music Mix
6:40 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Upcoming Atlanta Concerts: Disco Queens And Future Babes

Cece Peniston takes Center Stage in Atlanta on Sept. 4.
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This weekend, Atlanta has dance floor divas, a disco inferno, a jazz bass virtuoso and much more. WABE contributor Mara Davis brings us a look ahead at some upcoming concerts for the Labor Day weekend with Morning Edition host Steve Goss.

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Nation
2:00 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

Prosecutors: Church Shooting Suspect To Face Death Penalty

In this June 18, 2015, file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof, center, is escorted from the Sheby Police Department in Shelby, N.C.
Credit Chuck Burton, File / Associated Press

The white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers during a Bible study will face the death penalty, according to court documents filed Thursday.

The documents said prosecutors would pursue the death penalty against Dylann Roof, 21, because more than two people were killed, and that others' lives were put at risk.

Prosecutors also said they intended to present evidence on Roof's mental state, adult and juvenile criminal record and other conduct, as well as his apparent lack of remorse for the killings.

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Georgia Milestones
1:45 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

Test Scores: Fewer Than Half Ga. Students Proficient In Math

Students in third through 12th grade took the ''Georgia Milestones'' test this spring.
Credit Shannan Muskopf / flickr.com/40964293@N07

 

Fewer than 39 percent of Georgia students in each grade level tested last year were proficient or better in English language arts or math.

The statewide figures released Thursday are the first results of Georgia's new tests. Similar levels of students in each grade level scored proficient or better in science and social studies.

Students in third through 12th grade took the "Georgia Milestones" test this spring.

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Arts
1:37 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

Performing Arts Get Own Stage At Decatur Book Festival

The Serenbe Playhouse adaptation of ''The Secret Garden'' is one of many offerings for children at art|DBF.
Credit BreeAnne Clowdus / Serenbe Playhouse

 

You might call art|DBF a festival within a festival.

For the third year, a variety of performing arts, cultural events and related discussions have been scheduled to complement the AJC Decatur Book Festival.

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Health & Science
12:49 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

Plan Targets Health Care Bias Against Transgender People

The long-delayed rule amounts to a manual for carrying out the nondiscrimination section of President Barack Obama's health law, which prohibits bias in medical care on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
Credit Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

The Obama administration proposed Thursday to ban discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system, carrying out anti-bias provisions in the president's health overhaul.

The new protections are part of a much broader proposed regulation by the Department of Health and Human Services. In a first, the overhaul specified that "sex" is a protected category under federal law, and the regulation carries that a step further, clarifying that "gender identity" is included within the Affordable Care Act's protective umbrella banning sex discrimination.

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News
11:07 am
Thu September 3, 2015

Tickets Now Required To Get Within 5 Blocks Of Pope's Mass

Tickets are needed to get within five blocks of the altar on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sept. 27 during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia.
Credit Riccardo De Luca / Associated Press

Want a close-up view of Pope Francis celebrating Mass in Philadelphia? Three weeks before his visit, planners have announced you'll need a ticket to do so.

Organizers say tickets will be required to get within five blocks of the altar on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sept. 27.

Tickets will likewise be needed to get a spot in the same five-block area when Francis attends the closing of the World Meeting of Families a day earlier.

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Sports
10:34 am
Thu September 3, 2015

NFL Commissioner Promises 'Deflategate' Appeal; Brady's Suspension Lifted

A judge erased New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for ''Deflategate.''
Credit Mary Altaffer / Associated Press

This story has been updated: 12:33 p.m.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down Tom Brady's four-game suspension in "Deflategate."

Goodell said in a statement Thursday that it's paramount to protect the integrity of the game and his office's responsibilities under the collective bargaining agreement with players.

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Local
9:48 am
Thu September 3, 2015

Ludacris Kicks Off 10th Annual LudaDay With Celebrities

Rapper-actor Ludacris is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his annual weekend events to raise money for local community charities.
Credit Jon Furniss / Invision/AP

 

  
Rapper-actor Ludacris is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his yearly weekend events known to bring out top celebrities and raise money for local community charities.

LudaDay Weekend kicks off Thursday evening with a bowling event with several guest appearances including singer Chris Brown, actress Raven Symone, NBA player John Wall and LaLa Anthony. In support of his Ludacris Foundation, the mission of the events is to raise money for local community charities.

Last year, LudaDay raised more than $200,000.

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Arts
9:15 am
Thu September 3, 2015

Atlanta Ballet's Artistic Director Ending Tenure At Company

An artistic director known for transforming the Atlanta Ballet into a respected dance organization is ending his tenure at the company.

Atlanta Ballet's board of trustees chairman Allen W. Nelson announced Wednesday that John McFall will end his tenure after 21 years. McFall's last day will be June 1, 2016.

McFall joined the Atlanta Ballet in 1994 as the organization's third artistic director. He is credited with transforming the oldest ballet company in the nation from respected regional troupe to one of the most inventive dance organizations in the industry.

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Preview
4:44 pm
Wed September 2, 2015

Atlanta Weekend Events: Dragon Con, Book Festivals And More

The AJC Decatur Book Festival runs all this weekend.
Credit TimothyJ / flickr.com/tjc

There’s a lot going on around Atlanta this week including Dragon Con and a tribute to George Crumb at the Goat Farm.

To learn more about Atlanta's various events, host Amy Kiley recently spoke with Betsy Riley of Atlanta Magazine.  They began by talking about the Decatur Book Festival.

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Air Travel
3:49 pm
Wed September 2, 2015

Frontier Airlines '$1 Deal' From Atlanta Crashes Website

Frontier Airlines announced a one-day promotion Wednesday for $1 flights originating in several cities including Atlanta.
Credit Daniel Betts / flickr.com/Daniel Betts

Frontier Airlines announced a one-day promotion Wednesday for $1 flights originating in several cities including Atlanta. But as of mid-afternoon, it was a hit-or-miss proposition booking any flight on Frontier; the airline’s website temporarily crashed.

Frontier’s main Web page intermittently read, in part, “Oh no! So many people are trying to take advantage of our low fares that our system can’t keep up.”

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Local
3:31 pm
Wed September 2, 2015

Smith's Olde Bar Wins A Few More Months In Morningside

Smith's Olde Bar is best known for its live music space on the top floor, but it also houses a bar and restaurant.
Credit Courtesy of Green Olive Media

Smith's Olde Bar will remain open in Atlanta's Morningside neighborhood at least through the end of the year according to Dan Nolen, the operator of the longtime night spot.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Nolen says he has worked out a deal with his landlord for an extension of the lease. In April, the club got an eviction notice, as the property that houses Smith’s and other businesses is now for sale.

Smith's has been hosting live music at the Piedmont Avenue location for more than 20 years. Nolen says he hopes to work out a long-term lease with the new owner.

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Local
2:54 pm
Wed September 2, 2015

New Project At Atlanta Museum Focuses On LGBT Civil Rights

Wednesday marks the formal launch of the LGBT Institute, housed at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights less than 15 months after the museum opened in Atlanta. In this June 16, 2014, photo, quotes by former South African President Nelson Mandela and cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead decorate two water fountains outside the center.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

Leaders of an Atlanta museum want the space focused on modern and historic civil rights to contribute to a national push to ensure LGBT rights, particularly in southern states.

Wednesday marks the formal launch of the LGBT Institute, housed at the Center for Civil and Human Rights less than 15 months after the museum opened.

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Nation
2:42 pm
Wed September 2, 2015

North America's Tallest Mountain Gets New Name, Height

In this Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, photo provided by Holland America Line, a woman gazes at Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. On Sunday, the White House said that President Barack Obama will change the name of North America's highest peak to Denali restoring an Alaska Native name with deep cultural significance.
Credit Andy Newman/Holland America Line via AP

Denali, the Alaska mountain formerly known as Mount McKinley, is now officially 10 feet shorter, measuring 20,310 feet at its highest point, the U.S. Geological Survey announced Wednesday.

The previous measurement of 20,320 feet stemmed from a 1953 survey that used the technology of the time, officials said. The new elevation is the result of data collected from the mountain by climbers in June using technology that didn't exist in the earlier survey, such as GPS instruments.

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Nation
2:26 pm
Wed September 2, 2015

Traffic Fowl-Up: Chicken Captured After Causing Traffic Flap

A chicken run amok caused a traffic jam for several hours Wednesday in California.
Credit Twitter

California Highway Patrol officers have captured a felonious chicken that fouled up rush-hour traffic on the Bay Bridge from Oakland to San Francisco.

The bird was snared Wednesday after the morning commute and put in a patrol car for a visit to a veterinarian.

Authorities said the small, brown chicken was reported running in the lanes of a toll plaza on the Bay Bridge. The CHP later posted a photo of the "felonious fowl" in custody on its Twitter account.

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Politics
12:06 pm
Wed September 2, 2015

Biden To Test Political Waters In Atlanta, Miami, Pittsburgh

Vice President Joe Biden is mulling over a run for the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries.
Credit Brennan Linsley, File / Associated Press

Vice President Joe Biden may get an early glimpse of his presidential prospects at the start of a three-state trip as he considers a late entry into the 2016 Democratic primaries.

Biden is appearing at a Miami college Wednesday and headlining a private fundraiser for Senate Democrats in Florida as he mulls a potential challenge to Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Local
11:03 am
Wed September 2, 2015

Atlanta Expo Planned For Military Vets, Others Seeking Work

Military veterans searching for jobs can learn about open positions at an upcoming expo.

Department of Labor officials say the Sept. 14 event in Atlanta is focused on veterans but is open to anyone seeking a job.

Small business owners also can speak with government agencies about contracts.

Employers expected to participate include several federal and state agencies, the city of Atlanta and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The expo will be held at the Georgia International Convention Center.

Local
10:43 am
Wed September 2, 2015

Police: Tip Leads To New Search For Ga. Teen Missing Since 2007

Investigators hope a recent tip could help lead them to the body of a college student who went missing almost eight years ago.

Multiple media outlets report 18-year-old Justin Gaines was last seen alive outside a Gwinnett County nightclub in November 2007. He was a freshman at the Oconee campus of Gainesville State College when he vanished.

On Tuesday, Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman said investigators received a tip that Gaines' body may be in a well near the Apalachee River.

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Closer Look
10:42 am
Wed September 2, 2015

Expert Helps Make Economic Sense Of Installing Solar Energy

Georgia Power is starting to sell and install solar panels on residential rooftops. The company says it will provide customers with information on whether solar panels are viable for their homes.
Credit Courtesy Velo Solar Corp.

Georgia is offering incentives for residents and businesses to invest in solar energy. But when does it make the most economic sense to switch to solar?

The president of Velo Solar Corporation, Mark Bell, joined Rose Scott and Jim Burress on “Closer Look” to answer that question and more.

You can listen to Bell's  interview right here for more information on solar power and how to harness the sun's rays for energy use.

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State
10:30 am
Wed September 2, 2015

District Investigates Mass Baptism At Carroll County School

A school district in Georgia is investigating whether football players participated in a mass baptism on school grounds before practice, officials said.

The Carroll County School District is probing the Aug. 17 incident, WXIA-TV reported.

Video posted online by First Baptist Villa Rica shows players being submerged in a tub of water in a baptism ceremony, a rite of initiation in many Christian churches.

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Local
10:15 am
Wed September 2, 2015

Atlanta Sale Features Items Seized By Feds From Bridal Shops

Wedding apparel like these gowns and this suit worn by the models will be available the the GSA auction.
Credit Courtesy of U.S. General Services Administration

Brides-to-be shopping for a wedding dress in Atlanta may want to check with the U.S. Marshals Service.

The federal law-enforcement agency says 250 wedding gowns, veils, petticoats and other accessories are being sold Wednesday through Friday at the Martin Luther King Federal Building in downtown Atlanta.

Authorities say the goods were seized from an Alaska bridal shop that was used to launder money in a drug case.

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Local
10:12 am
Wed September 2, 2015

3 DeKalb Officers On Leave After They Go To Wrong House

Tama Colson was finishing an evening walk when she saw the police cars speed into her neighborhood. As she approached her home she heard a loud "pop-pop-pop" and saw her neighbors fleeing into their yard two houses down.

"They shot me and they shot my dog!" one neighbor yelled as his wife ran screaming, according to Colson.

The shooters were DeKalb County police officers who were dispatched Monday night to check out a possible burglary reported at a southeast Atlanta home, authorities said. The officers went to the wrong house. The consequences were bloody.

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Local
9:48 am
Wed September 2, 2015

Police Seek Emails From DeKalb CEO In Fraud Investigation

DeKalb interim CEO Lee May
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

DeKalb police sought emails Tuesday from county CEO Lee May and two other high-ranking officials in an ongoing fraud investigation, documents show.

Authorities stated in the warrants that police want the emails because the messages may contain information about a conspiracy to defraud the county. Besides May, investigators also targeted email traffic from former county commission Chief of Staff Morris Williams and former Purchasing Director Kelvin Walton.

May maintains his innocence and said in a statement that he wanted to get to the bottom of any potential wrongdoing.

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