The work that goes into making a pair of leather shoes is exacting and difficult. Few people make shoes on a small scale anymore, but there is a relative newcomer. Sarah Green is a boot-maker and in this Atlanta Sound, we paid her a visit at her workshop in Atlanta to find out how it’s done.
Georgia's new U.S. Senator, Republican David Perdue, has been in office less than a month. But he has already proposed some bills, and lined up with his party for upcoming battles with President Obama. WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Perdue about the President's recent State of the Union message, and whether Republicans will negotiate with him on issues from health care to the Keystone pipeline.
Every state has laws requiring that students get vaccinated, with exemptions varying from state to state. All states provide for medical exemptions to vaccines, and all but two allow religious exclusions.
But unlike 19 other states, Georgia does not permit vaccination exemptions for philosophical reasons.
“We have a very low exemption populous, so we feel really good about maintaining our herd immunity,” says Penny Conner, who works in immunization at the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Gov. Nathan Deal’s latest budget plan cuts health benefits to more than 11,000 school workers - mostly bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and other employees who work less than 30 hours per week.
Deal this week defended the proposal, saying it’s a matter of fairness to other state employees who work part-time but don’t qualify for benefits.
“I think more and more people are asking the question, 'why is it that people who are working less than 30 hours a week were being able to participate when some of our own state employees could not,'” said Deal.
The head of the federal agency overseeing Obamacare stopped at a southwest Atlanta health facility Friday to tout how many Georgians have benefited from the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplace.
"The number is 425,000 today," said Synthia Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The City of Atlanta is working to tackle abandoned homes and properties throughout the city, something the city has had a hard time handling with because of its current laws, officials said.
Last summer, the city created a Code Enforcement Commission to figure out best practices from other cities on handling blight. There are an estimated 17,000 abandoned properties, said City Council member Mary Norwood, who also co-chairs the commission.
The metro-Atlanta area can expect a big population growth in the next 15 years, according to a new report released by the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute.
The study lays out 27 scenarios for population growth based on historical data for births, deaths and migration. Even under the most conservative projections, the study shows the metro population could grow by more than a million by 2030.
Shana Tucker is a Durham, N. C.-based cellist and singer-songwriter. Drawing inspiration from the pop music of the 1980s, film scores, and world music, she infuses her playing with her classical and jazz upbringing into a style she calls "ChamberSoul."
WABE's Erin Wright sat down for a conversation with Tucker to talk about her music and her most prominent gig to-date, performing as cellist and mezzo-soprano in Cirque du Soliel's "KÀ" in Las Vegas.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio addresses members of his DUI chain gang Dec. 11, 2007, in Phoenix, Arizona. Arpaio, best known for issuing pink underwear to jail inmates and housing them in old military tents, said he wants the chain gang to act as a deterrent to potential drunken drivers.
Inmates at a Georgia jail will soon be wearing hot-pink uniforms, an idea borrowed from an Arizona sheriff.
Gary Jones, the public safety chief in the east Georgia city of Grovetown, said he hopes the inmates will be seen in their pink uniforms while collecting litter on public roads. Jones tells The Augusta Chronicle that he envisions motorists driving by and deciding they never want to be in that position.
The Santa Claus of rock helms a two-night stand, and seemingly thousands of bands are set to descend on the city in May for all manner of Shaky festivals. WABE's Steve Goss and WABE contributor Mara Davis weigh in on their picks for upcoming concerts.
Susannah Darrow is co-founder and executive director of BURNAWAY, a non-profit arts organization based in Atlanta. The group aims to provide critical coverage and create dialogue about arts in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast.
Speculation over Gov. Nathan Deal’s whereabouts was laid to rest Thursday. Deal, who was last seen Saturday, addressed the mystery after a budget meeting at the state Capitol.
Local and national news outlets, along with those on social media, were wondering where he was. His office wouldn’t offer details. At one point, his spokesman assured the press that no Argentinean lovers were involved ─ a reference to Congressman Mark Sanford, who as governor of South Carolina disappeared for days to rendezvous abroad with a mistress.
Gov. Nathan Deal wants to give more prisoners a shot at getting a high school diploma or GED. Deal made that case Thursday to state lawmakers who are reviewing his nearly $22 billion spending plan for next year.
“We are conveying to our fellow Georgians that the mistakes of their past have not sentenced them to a life of despair, that if they work hard and pay their dues then upon release they’ll have a chance to move on from what they’ve done,” said Deal.
The Atlanta Police Department says it wants to get more drunk drivers off the road with more training. It’s also looking at restructuring the department’s DUI task force.
There are only six officers in the APD’s DUI Task force. They’re trained to detect and deal with drunk and impaired drivers.
Now the Police Department wants to assign DUI officers to each of the city’s six police zones. The idea is that the DUI officers will train other cops in the traffic unit precincts on how to better identify drivers who are under the influence.
The newly-created Georgia Education Reform Commission is expected to recommend improvements for state's education system by Aug. 31.
Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement Wednesday that the 34-person group will study Georgia's education system and its funding before making recommendations on how to improve the system. The group will also work to expand access to early learning programs, expand school options and recruit qualified educators, Deal says.
“To expand diversity training opportunities on campus and to expand initiatives focused on the recruitment and success of under-represented faculty and students,” University of Georgia President Jere Morehead said in the "State of the University" speech this week.
The university will also conduct a campus-wide climate survey about diversity-related issues.
Alecia and Boun Khan Phonesavanh, from rear left, the parents of 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh who was severely burned by a flash grenade during a SWAT drug raid, attend a vigil with their daughters outside Grady Memorial Hospital where he is undergoing treatment, June 2, 2014, in Atlanta.
State lawmakers may be ready to put new limits on the use of "no-knock" warrants after an infant was severely burned by a flash grenade during an overnight raid by law officers last May in north Georgia.
A bill introduced this month with bipartisan support prevents police from using such warrants overnight without a judge's specific approval. The issue has come up in Georgia before but the incident in Habersham County that left 19-month-old Bounkham "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh with serious injuries when the grenade detonated in his playpen has prompted some officials to reconsider.
A telecommunications company is suing the City of Atlanta and a public transit agency over streetcar construction costs it argues it should be reimbursed for.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that AT&T Georgia is suing the city and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Agency over the cost of relocating equipment including cables, wires and conduits before the streetcar was built.
Certified assistant Vivian Moore, right, points to a computer screen as she looks over different healthcare plans while helping an applicant apply for health insurance at the Atlanta Medical Center South Campus, March 31, 2014, in Atlanta.
That’s down three-tenths of a point from November.
“Which doesn’t seem like a lot, however, when we take a look back, historically, especially the last three years, we’ve been averaging actually 10,000 jobs lost over the month,” Commissioner Mark Butler said.
MARTA is considering bringing produce stands to stations in neighborhoods that don’t have grocery stores.
The first place MARTA is looking is the West End station.
“The stations that we have in mind are typically located in what we call food deserts," Denise Whitfield, MARTA manager of retail development, said. “Sometimes the patrons in those areas don’t have access to fresh produce.”