On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal met with leaders of Georgia's Latino community in his office at the Capitol. Six days before, the Governor had sent a strongly-worded letter to President Obama, criticizing the administration for its handling of the surge of unaccompanied Central American children coming into the nation. More than 1,100 of them are reportedly now in Georgia.
Before going on recess, U.S. Senators could vote on a $17 billion bill aimed at helping fix the nation’s embattled Veterans Affairs system. The House passed the measure yesterday.
The bill comes after a scandal over the falsification of data by some VA employees and long wait times a number of veterans experienced to receive care. To improve those wait times, the legislation allows veterans who live more than 40 minutes from a VA facility or have to wait more than 30 days for an appointment to receive care outside the VA System.
Atlantans could see streetcars running in downtown as early as next week.
Trial runs without passengers will take place over the next two to three months. Streetcar spokeswoman Sharon Gavin says safety is the priority.
“1949 was the last time a streetcar ran here. There’s going to be some readjustment for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists along the route and we want to make sure we’re doing everything right,” said Gavin.
Despite an improving home building market, Atlanta-based Beazer Homes Thursday reported an overall loss for the third quarter of its fiscal year.
Beazer says it earned $6.6-million dollars for the quarter that ended June 30th. But factor in a $19.8-million loss due to debt restructuring, and the national home builder fell short of analyst expectations.
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 a chance to catch two classic comedies on the big screen.
A resolution Georgia U.S. Representative Paul Broun is cosponsoring would legalize the use of therapeutic hemp and a marijuana-derived oil called cannabidiol. The bipartisan bill was introduced Monday by U.S. Representative Scott Perry.
A state representative who championed legalizing the oil-based form of marijuana during the last legislative session says the resolution would be a “game changer” for Georgians with seizure disorders.
A new statewide committee made up of educators, lawmakers, parents and grandparents met for the first time Wednesday. The group is charged with investigating the federal government’s role in state education.
At issue are the Common Core standards. Developed by states to provide consistent math and English standards, 48 states initially signed on. But critics claim the federal government was really behind it all, trying to exert control.
More than 600 people have died from an Ebola outbreak that has spread across West Africa.
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 Voinjama to seek treatment at Telewonyana hospital.
It may not be something we think of very much in our day-to-day lives, but something as simple as access to a bathroom is a big problem for billions of people worldwide. It’s a problem many people are working to solve, including a small team of designers and engineers from Georgia Tech, who have created a device called the Safichoo Toilet.
There’s a lot going on this weekend, from an event all about movie trailers, to a concert by an Ohio band with a memorable name. To figure it all out, WABE’s Lois Reitzes recently spoke with our very own Kate Sweeney.
A state Senate study committee may have provided hints as to some big child protection issues for next year’s legislative session.
Tuesday’s meeting of the six-member bipartisan Senate committee included presentations from Division of Family and Children Services Interim Director Bobby Cagle and Office of the Child Advocate head Ashley Wilcott.
The biggest topic of discussion: salaries for Division of Family and Children Services caseworkers.
On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Robert McDonald as the nation's new Veterans Affairs Secretary.
The vote came a day after the Veterans Affairs committees in the House and Senate reached a compromise on a bill to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department, especially its troubled medical care system.
Georgia Republican Senator Johnny Isakson is a member of the Senate committee. Hours after the vote to confirm McDonald, Isakson spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says his administration will act on several recommendations made by a commission which examined ways to eliminate waste and make city government more efficient. The commission is made up business, labor and city council representatives.
As the commission recommended, Reed says in the next year his administration will work to streamline the city’s real estate portfolio.
Gov. Nathan Deal recently wrote a letter to President Barack Obama. Deal accuses the president of neglecting to tell state officials about more than 1,000 unaccompanied minors sent to Georgia. Tuesday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed responded to the governor’s claims.
Division of Family and Children Services Interim Director Bobby Cagle says he’s extending his order for mandatory overtime in order to address a backlog of overdue cases.
Cagle said the initial backlog of 3,300 overdue child protective services investigations has been cut by about 38 percent since he mandated overtime last month. However, he originally projected it to be cleared by the end of July.
Hundreds of advocates from across the Southeast descended on Atlanta Tuesday. They came for the first of two hearings on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to dramatically cut carbon emissions from existing power plants.
Multiple rallies and marches were held near the Omni Hotel in downtown Atlanta where the hearing took place. The day took on a convention-like feel, with stakeholders from all sides of the debate ready to make their case.