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11:34 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Watch Live Stream of Nunn-Perdue Candidate Forum Beginning at 12:15 p.m.

GOP Senate candidate David Perdue (left) and Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn (right).

  In less than an hour, U.S. Senate candidates Michelle Nunn and David Perdue will appear at a Georgia Chamber of Commerce forum being held in Macon.

This is described as a forum, not a debate.  The format is that the candidates will give opening remarks.  Then each candidate will independently answer a series of questions posed by moderator John Pruitt.

Our live stream of the forum will begin at 12:15 p.m. today.  

WABE thanks WMAZ-13 in Macon and the Georgia Association of Broadcasters for making this live feed available.

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Local
11:32 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Security Breach at Four UPS Stores in Georgia

Four Georgia UPS Stores Inc. are linked to a security breach.
Credit The UPS Store Inc.

From January through August, customer information at 51 U-P-S Stores in 24 states may have been compromised.

“We under that this type of incident can be disruptive and we apologize for any anxiety that this has caused,” says UPS Store spokeswoman Chelsea Lee.

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Health & Science
8:31 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Emory Releases Ebola Patient

Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife Amber at the Emory press conference today.
Credit Jim Burress/WABE

Update 11:15 a.m. -- Emory has released Dr. Kent Brantly. Jim Burress is tweeting from the press conference; follow us at @wabenews.

  At least one of two Americans undergoing treatment in Atlanta for the Ebola virus will be released today.

Kent Brantly is expected to attend a morning press conference before leaving the hospital.  

The aid group sponsoring Dr. Kent Brantly in Liberia, Samaritan’s Purse, confirms the 33-year old's release.

An Emory spokeswoman says Brantly will make a statement, but will not accept media questions. 

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Local
7:59 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Metro Atlanta's Unemployment Rose in July

The Georgia Department of Labor's latest report says unemployment in metro Atlanta increased last month.
Credit Georgia Dept. of Labor

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate is heading in the wrong direction.

The Georgia Department of Labor reports it was 8.0%  in July.

That’s up half-a-point from June.

Labor officials say the increase comes from seasonal layoffs in areas including manufacturing and education.

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Voices of 1864
6:33 am
Thu August 21, 2014

On This Date in 1864: A Truce Between Soldiers

'With a warm salutation and a shake of the hand, which made me feel as though he were my brother, we exchanged coffee for tobacco…'
Credit Atlanta History Center

Today’s installment of our “Voices of 1864” series reveals a surprising moment of camaraderie between enemies.

As August wore on and Union batteries continued shelling Atlanta, there were frequent skirmishes, as soldiers on both sides dug into their trenches.

However, when out of sight of their officers, soldiers would talk with the enemy and trade items like newspapers, combs, and tobacco.

Here are excerpts from a letter by James Neumann, a 20-year-old Private in the Union Army.

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Fighting NOAA in Federal Court
6:42 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Georgia Aquarium Makes New Legal Move Toward Trying to Import 18 Beluga Whales

The Georgia Aquarium hopes to import 18 Beluga whales from Russia into the United States. Aquarium officials will not say how many would be housed in Atlanta, but some will live at one of five other facilities in North America.

The Georgia Aquarium is waiting on a federal ruling on privileged documents that it hopes will bolster its lawsuit against the federal government.

The aquarium is suing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to try to bring 18 Beluga whales into the country.

NOAA denied the aquarium’s permit last year to import the whales from Russia. Lawyers for the aquarium asked a federal judge Wednesday to compel the agency to turn over documents; the attorneys say the 19 documents they are requesting will shed more light on why the agency denied the permit.

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Local
5:49 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

DJJ Unveils New Career Guidance Centers For Young Offenders

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice announced Thursday it plans to open career guidance centers at eight of its facilities across the state, the first of which has already rolled out in a detention center near Atlanta.

According to DJJ officials, the new career centers will offer young offenders the opportunity to research careers and take aptitude tests. The new program will also provide programs on how to write resumes and interview training.

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Education
4:14 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Georgia Students Scoring Higher on College Entrance Exams

Credit Evan Changhwan Jang

Georgia students are making gains on college entrance exams. Georgia’s class of 2014 scored higher than many others in the South on the ACT.

Georgia’s composite ACT score is 20.8. That’s slightly lower than the national average of 21, out of a possible 36. Officials would like Georgia’s number to be higher, but Department of Education spokesperson Matt Cardoza says it’s progress.

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Politics
3:15 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Jason Carter Selects Campaign Committee

State Sen. Jason Carter
Credit facebook.com/Carter4GA

State. Sen. Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor, has selected a 20-member campaign committee aimed at defeating Gov. Nathan Deal.

Prominent state Democrats are on the list including Ambassador Andrew Young, former U.S. Senator Max Cleland, state Rep. Scott Holcomb, and Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell.

One person not on that list is arguably the state’s most powerful Democrat - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

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Local
2:30 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Atlanta Releases Names of Fired Watershed Employees

Credit Atlanta Department of Watershed Management

The city of Atlanta Tuesday released the names of the 13 Watershed employees who were fired last week. Three separate city agencies are investigating wide-scale mismanagement and theft within the department.

The employees are as follows:

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Politics
12:51 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

President Obama Gave Brief Comments on ISIS and the Execution of American Journalist James Foley

President Obama just finished speaking about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which released a video purporting to show the execution of American journalist James Foley.  

NPR is reporting that U.S. intelligence analysts have confirmed that the video is authentic.

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Local
12:29 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Kennesaw Bans Tobacco and E-Cigs in Parks

Kennesaw officials tobacco ban for its parks include e-cigarettes.
Credit David Owens / Dixie's Vapor Shop

  Don't smoke 'em, even if you got 'em.

The Kennesaw City Council has banned tobacco products from its city parks.

Since 2005, parks in Kennesaw had designated areas for smokers.

However, Kennesaw officials say too many people were lighting up in areas outside of those spots, which is what kick-started the anti-tobacco push for the parks.

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Music
12:15 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

An Interview With Jazz Legend Jimmy Heath

Credit Carol Friedman

As part of the National Black Arts Festival this year, there's a jazz concert series being held at various venues around city.  The next one in the series features the Heath Brothers, and WABE’s jazz host H. Johnson recently had the opportunity to speak with one of them; Jimmy Heath. They began by discussing Heath's life in jazz.

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Food & Drink
12:09 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Progress by the Pint: Atlanta's Craft Beer Renaissance

Hefe-Weizen seasonal beers from Atlanta Brewing Company
Credit gomattolson / flickr.com/gomattolson

Craft beer brewing is on the rise, with nation-wide sales jumping 20 percent last year according to numbers from the Brewers Association, an industry trade group.

That growth can be seen here in Atlanta with new breweries opening and local beers being offered at more bars and restaurants all over the metro area.

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Preview of Weekend Events
11:58 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Mary Poppins, Wabi Sabi and More This Weekend

Credit High Museum of Art

Have you been looking for something to do this weekend? If so, join host Lois Reitzes as she speaks with Betsy Riley of Atlanta Magazine about this weekend's events. This time around, Betsy and Lois began by talking about the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival.

Summer Shade Festival

Wabi Sabi: Mi Casa, Your Casa

Mary Poppins at Aurora Theatre

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Features
8:39 am
Wed August 20, 2014

"The Bitter Southerner" Celebrates its Anniversary with a New Business Model

Editor in chief Chuck Reece, "The Bitter Southerner"
Credit Aaron Coury / http://aaroncoury.com

Last August, a new online magazine showed up on the Ethernet with the curious moniker, 'The Bitter Southerner."  When WABE's Steve Goss spoke with editor in chief Chuck Reece at that time he said the magazine's goal was to feature 'one great story about the South every week'-- free to its readers.  

"The Bitter Southerner" is still free online, although the business model is changing.  Recently, Goss revisited with Reece for an update...

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Business
6:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Redevelopment Of Fort Gillem Gets Started

Redevelopment of a portion of the former Fort Gillem base in Forest Park gets underway. A Kroger distribution center is scheduled to open on the property in Fall of 2015.
Credit Michelle Wirth / WABE

A groundbreaking ceremony for a more than one million square foot distribution center for Kroger took place Tuesday on a former army base in Forest Park. State and local leaders say it’s the first step to turning the Fort Gillem property into a major distribution hub for the metro area and the Southeast.

  Rain poured as state lawmakers, local leaders, Kroger executives and Governor Nathan Deal gathered at the former army base for the groundbreaking. Governor Deal said locating the center on the more than 1,000 acre Fort Gillem property is a major accomplishment.  

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:25 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

A Fact Check on Some Early Ads in the Senate Race, with PolitiFact Georgia Editor Jim Tharpe

Jim Tharpe, editor of PolitiFact Georgia
Credit Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  Georgia's U.S. Senate contest has already sparked a blitz of television ads from Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn, Republican hopeful David Perdue--and from the groups allied to both (Libertarian Amanda Swafford is also in the race).  

WABE's Denis O'Hayer got a fact check on some of the more visible ads, from Jim Tharpe, editor of PolitiFact Georgia, the non-partisan fact-checking project of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and myAJC.com.  (The expanded version also features a check on one of the ads in the race for Governor.)

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Local
6:12 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Metro-Area Teens Develop Phone App To Rate Police

From left: Caleb, Ima, Joshua and Asha Christen
Credit Pinetart

  Looking to review a run-in with a police officer?

A few metro-Atlanta teens have developed an app for that.

Sixteen-year-old Parkview High School senior Ima Christian and her sister, 15-year-old Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology sophomore Asha, said in recent months they've talked with their parents a lot about the images of police brutality they’d seen on TV.

Rather than just talk, Ima said her parents pushed them to “find a solution.”

After throwing their ideas on a wipe board, she said one such solution stood out above the rest.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

PSC Approves Latest Round Of Vogtle Spending, Minus Cost Overruns

Construction of the two new reactors as of February 2014.
Credit Georgia Power

State regulators Tuesday signed off on the latest round of spending for Georgia Power’s nuclear expansion project at Plant Vogtle near Augusta.

Advocates say ratepayers should prepare for higher bills due to construction delays and cost overruns.

Georgia’s five-member Public Service Commission unanimously approved $389 million to continue construction, bringing total costs so far to $2.6 billion. The now-$15.5 billion project is at least 21-months behind schedule and around $1.5 billion over budget.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

RNC Chair Stumps For Perdue, State's GOP Candidates

Republican U.S. Senate Candidate David Perdue, left, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus
Credit Michell Eloy

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus Tuesday campaigned with the party’s Georgia U.S. Senate nominee David Perdue, and said he feels confident about Republicans winning both in Georgia and nationwide in this year’s Midterm election.

Priebus and Perdue spoke to a friendly crowd of staffers, volunteers and party officials at the GOP’s Cobb County headquarters in Marietta.

While a few other state candidates were there, Priebus focused primarily on Perdue, citing Republican efforts to regain the majority in the U.S. Senate this year. 

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Education
4:58 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

State Superintendent Candidates Debate Issues

Former Georgia School Boards Association President Valarie Wilson and Irwin County educator Richard Woods debated each other in the race for state schools superintendent.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

Georgia students are back in class and whether they know it or not, they’ll have a new leader in January. In November, voters will elect a new state schools superintendent. Tuesday, the two candidates vying for that post debated each other for the first time at a forum hosted by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Ethics Agency Changes Board Leadership, Announces New Hires

Ethics commission chief Holly LaBerge.
Credit Michelle Wirth/WABE News

The board of the state ethics commission Tuesday held its first meeting in five months, voting in new leaders and introducing two new attorneys.

The changes come as the agency faces intense scrutiny over its independence and questions about its ability to carry out basic functions.

One hundred and ninety ethics complaint cases -- that’s roughly the size of the backlog the two new attorneys are now taking on.

Commission chief Holly LaBerge says she’s obviously pleased.

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Local
12:15 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

At Gwinnett County Jail, Dogs Get a Second Chance

Inmate handler Anthony Taylor with his dog Mia.

From the outside, Gwinnett County's Lawrenceville detention center looks just like any other jail: a multi-story concrete complex surrounded by barbed wire. 

But inside its housing unit "One Charlie," you'll discover a scene that's hardly typical of a county jail.

That's where "Operation Second Chance" takes place. As part of the program, inmates train and provide around-the-clock care for otherwise abandoned and neglected dogs. 

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Local
12:11 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Metro Atlanta Sees Boost in Population

The Atlanta Regional Commission's analysis shows that while Fulton County added the most people in 2013, Gwinnett County had the highest growth rate as a percentage of total population. Interactive charts appear at the end of the story.
Credit Atlanta Regional Commission

Metro Atlanta continues to attract people from other parts of the state, and the country.

The 10 counties in metro Atlanta gained nearly 53,000 new residents during a 12-month period that began in April 2013.

“Better than still less than the historical average growth rate,” says Mike Alexander, the Research and Analytics Division Manager with the Atlanta Regional Commission.

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Politics
10:54 am
Tue August 19, 2014

State Unemployment Rate Latest Topic in Gubernatorial Race

It’s a war of words and numbers from Jason Carter about Georgia’s unemployment rate and who’s at fault.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

Georgia’s July unemployment rate is the latest topic that has gubernatorial candidates firing shots at one another.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its July 2014 labor report and it indicates Georgia has the 50th worst unemployment rate in the country.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports, that sparked claims from Democratic candidate state Senator Jason Carter aimed at republican Governor Nathan Deal.

It’s a war of words and numbers from Jason Carter about Georgia’s unemployment rate and who’s at fault.

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Politics
8:15 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Libertarians Running in Some of Georgia's Big Races

Libertarian candidate Andrew Hunt is challenging Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter in Georgia's gubernatorial race.
Credit Andrew Hunt Campaign

Most Georgia voters know the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Senate. But both races also have Libertarian candidates. And some poll watchers say those nominees could affect the outcome.  

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger state Sen. Jason Carter have taken swipes at each other. But neither has really acknowledged Georgia’s third gubernatorial candidate: Libertarian Andrew Hunt.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue August 19, 2014

StoryCorps: Bobbi Patterson and Vichon Wilborn

Bobbi Patterson and Vichon Wilborn at StoryCorps

Bobbi Patterson has been researching her family history for years, and she has been able to trace her ancestry back many generations. She now shares this information with her relatives, including her grandchildren. In the StoryCorps booth, Bobbi told her granddaughter, Vichon Wilborn, about the person who inspired her research, her father Alf Crenshaw. 

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps booth.

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Local
6:00 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Metro Atlanta's Real Estate Market Holds Steady

The housing numbers in metro Atlanta have remained relatively steady according to a new report.
Credit Atlanta Board of Realtors

It could be better, but it could be worse.

That's the findings from the Atlanta Board of Realtors' latest report on the housing numbers for July 2014.

"All the indications are very, very favorable for a continued, thriving and sustainable housing market in Atlanta," says ABR president Todd Emerson.

But, there is room for improvement.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
5:35 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Congressman Hank Johnson to File Bill for More Controls on Military Equipment to Local Police Forces

Rep. Hank Johnson

  After an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, was shot to death by police in Ferguson, Missouri, the police there used tear gas and armored vehicles to respond to protest demonstrations.  That has raised new questions about the increased presence of military-style equipment in local police departments around the nation.  Many Georgia police agencies have used a U.S. Defense Department program to obtain all kinds of gear--from boots to armored vehicles.  But do they really need the heavy armor and high-powered weapons?

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