There’s a new controversy involving the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta and housing, after some Buckhead residents say they oppose a plan to move some priests into a house previously inhabited by Archbishop Wilton Gregory.
Christ the King Catholic Church spokesperson Dave Fitzgerald said the church is taking a second look at its plans to move six of its priests into the home, but said the church still intends to move forward.
Several education organizations are pleased the state plans to increase the number of providers and health plan options for state employees next year. The announcement by the state comes after state employees raised concerns about Georgia selecting Blue Cross Blue Shield as its only insurer this year for the State Health Benefit Plan.
Cobb County school officials this week presented a balanced budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. The district seemingly overcame an estimated $80 million deficit.
Officials said they cut spending by $20 million; benefitted from another $20 million in increased property tax revenues; and received an additional $35 million in state funding this year. Chief Financial Officer Brad Johnson said the district will restore some cuts.
Questions persist over how the city’s Watershed commissioner was able to dish out hefty pay raises to her leadership team without City Council approval. It comes as the department is being investigated for mismanagement and widespread cases of lost and stolen equipment.
Earlier this year, Watershed chief Jo Ann Macrina awarded pay raises to five members of her leadership team, ranging from $15,000 to $25,000. The raises were backdated to June so retroactive pay was included.
The Marcus Jewish Community Center is hosting two programs depicting one woman’s story of survival during the Holocaust. The woman is Sala Garncarz, who was 16 years old in 1940 when she was forced from her home and into a German labor camp. Now, Letters to Sala is being brought both to the gallery and the stage. The exhibition features her letters, photographs, and a diary chronicling her years in the Nazi work camps.
If you've ever wondered what the difference is between a mezzo-soprano and a soprano, Irene Roberts has your answer. Roberts, a mezzo-soprano, will be singing the role of Rosina in the Atlanta Opera's upcoming production of "The Barber of Seville." Lois Reitzes sat down with Irene and began by asking her how she got into music.
Georgia State University has hired its first chief innovation officer.
The university hired Phil Ventimiglia, former NCR Corporation vice president for innovation and new product development. Ventimiglia started the position week and will head the university’s Information Systems and Technology Department. He also plans to explore new technology solutions both in and out of the classroom.
“My position on this that it’s that it’s not to go and remove the classroom from the equation but really to augment the classroom with other modalities of learning.”
The state says more than 220,000 Georgians have signed up for insurance coverage under a federal health exchange that’s part of the Affordable Care Act.
The numbers were gathered from insurance companies participating in the exchange. State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says of the more than 220,000 Georgians who applied a little less than half have paid for policies and most are receiving a federal subsidy. Hudgens is an opponent of the law. He says Georgia’s numbers lead him to believe national enrollment numbers are inflated.
A judge has denied a request from suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis to take part of the case against him to a state appeals court.
If DeKalb Judge Courtney Johnson had approved the request, it could have delayed Ellis’s trial.
Ellis’s lawyers contended the grand jury that indicted the CEO exceeded its scope during its investigation of corruption allegations against him. DeKalb Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson disagreed.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Features Editor Shane Harrison shares a few of the more budget-friendly events happening around Atlanta this week, and he begins with an event that's part of our occasional day tripper series -- a series which highlights places just outside the metro Atlanta area.
Speaking at Georgia State University Wednesday, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens weighed in on a controversial topic: the collection of telephone data.
Stevens said the use and storage of phone data to identify callers does not violate the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches. He cited his decision in the 1979 case Smith v. Maryland, in which the court ruled the instillation of a pen register (a device that records all numbers called from a particular phone) was not a violation of the Fourth Amendment.
Arthur Blank (center) receives a high five from fans after announcing that a new MLS team will be coming to Atlanta. Accompanying Blank are MLS Commissioner Dan Garber (left) and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (walking behind Garber and Blank).
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank announced today that he will be the owner of a Major League Soccer expansion franchise team being awarded to Atlanta. The new team, yet to be given a name and a logo, will play in the new Atlanta Falcons stadium beginning in 2017.
Blank made the announcement Wednesday afternoon flanked by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, and Georgia World Congress Center Authority executive director Frank Poe. MLS streamed the announcement live (video below):
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx flanked by (from left) Central Atlanta Progress head A.J. Robinson, MARTA CEO Keith Parker, Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed,
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz talked about the future of nuclear power during an appearance in Atlanta today.
Moniz pointed to the construction of Plant Vogtle as just one indicator of an ongoing commitment to using different kinds of energy.
“Fuel diversity is something that I think that’s very important for the country; it’s happening here,” said Moniz. “For the country and even globally, the cost and schedule performance will be very important for the future trajectory of nuclear power.”
News Brief: We will have more on this story later today, but a Georgia superior court judge has declined to intervene in a fight between one of the state's largest Vidalia onion farmers and Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black over a new rule restricting the packing of Vidalia onions for shipping before a certain date.
Vidalia onion rule: A Georgia judge Tuesday refused to intervene in a legal battle between a prominent Vidalia onion farmer and the state's agriculture commissioner over a new regulation aimed at keeping unripe onions from reaching store shelves.
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, they started off by discussing an Atlanta holiday tradition.
Lois Reitzes recently sat down with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. The maestros revealed the ASO's 2014-15 season, highlighting concerts of "sumptuous tone poems," a truly creative partnership with Emory University and an all-star season finale.
67 years ago, on April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson, who was born in Cairo, GA, broke the color line in major league baseball. But as much as baseball officials celebrate the occasion, and as often as they re-tell the story, some parts of it remain little-known. Meanwhile, Major League Baseball is struggling to attract African-Americans as spectators, players, and team officials. WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with baseball historian James A. Riley, who has written 6 books on the Negro Leagues.