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8:40 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Candidate Interview: Gov. Nathan Deal

Governor Nathan Deal (right) talks to WABE's Denis O'Hayer on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at the Deal campaign headquarters in downtown Atlanta.
Credit Katie King / WABE

  Tuesday, Nov. 4, is Election Day, and three races you’ll see at the top of the ballot are U.S. Senate, Governor and State Schools Superintendent.

This week on WABE, you’ll hear interviews with candidates in all three races.

This conversation is with incumbent Republican Governor Nathan Deal, who is seeking a second term.

The Governor sat down recently with WABE’s Denis O'Hayer at Deal campaign headquarters in downtown Atlanta.

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Local
8:09 am
Thu October 30, 2014

UPS Expects to Ship 585 Million Packages in December

UPS is preparing for a busy December.
Credit David Goldman / AP

United Parcel Service Inc. is already preparing for another busy holiday season.

The Atlanta-based shipping giant predicts it will be delivering at least 585 million packages during the last few weeks of the year.

That’s an 11% increase from 2013.

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Business
6:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Tesla Expanding Georgia Presence; Facing Court Battle from Georgia Automobile Dealers Association

Decatur's Tesla showroom is scheduled to open Nov. 4, 2014.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

Tesla, known as the electric car to the stars, is getting ready to open its second store in Georgia. At the same time, the car company is getting push-back from the state’s automobile dealers.

With entry-level pricing upwards of $70,000, not everyone is in the market for a Tesla -- even with Georgia’s $7,500 electric car incentive.

But Tesla Motors already has a showroom and service center in Marietta and is gearing up to open another one next week on Church Street in Decatur.

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Local
4:14 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Feds OK Next Phase Of Planning for Clifton Light Rail Line

Example of an elevated section of light rail in Seattle
Credit MARTA

MARTA recently received federal approval to move forward with planning for a new light rail line through Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in north DeKalb County.

The area is a major job center and has been plagued with heavy congestion for years. Many see the MARTA project as a solution.

Local resident Elise Lemieux says a new MARTA line can’t come soon enough. She describes driving in the area as “absolutely  horrible.”  

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City Café
1:37 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

City Cafe on WABE Ebola Documentary

Hazardous material cleaners remove objects in the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, stayed.
Credit LM Otero / Associated Press

  Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m., the WABE newsroom will be presenting their documentary The Ebola Outbreak: Atlanta’s Response.

This special presentation will look at the ways in which Atlanta has played a role in dealing with this deadly health crisis which reaches from Africa to the United States.

We were joined by WABE reporter Michell Eloy.

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Atlanta Sounds
12:39 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Atlanta Sounds: The Hammerchord Inventor

Bob Cunningham and the "Hammerchord."
Stephannie Stokes/WABE

 Many people are interested in music or, at least, love listening to it. But few have gone as far as recreating the musical instruments that fascinate them. 

That has been the life-long passion of Atlanta resident Bob Cunningham, and for the last few decades it has inspired him to build wooden harps, first as a hobby and then professionally.

One day his appreciation for the craft even led him to invent an instrument of his own, called the "Hammerchord," as you'll learn in the sound portrait below. 

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Local
12:05 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

"Tow to Go" Service Offered in Georgia this Weekend

AAA and Bud Light are offering "Tow to Go" service this Halloween weekend.
Credit AAA

There’s going to be ghosts, goblins and many other monsters on the streets this Halloween. 

But, thanks to an ongoing project, there will be less drunk drivers.  

Georgia is among the three states taking part in the “Tow to Go” program this weekend.

The service - which comes from a partnership between AAA and Bud Light - offers safe rides home for intoxicated drivers and their vehicles.

Everyone, including non-members of the service, can take advantage of this.

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Preview of Weekend Events
11:58 am
Wed October 29, 2014

MJCCA Book Festival, Party With A Past & More This Weekend

Chomp and Stomp.
Credit facebook.com/Chomp.and.Stomp

Time now to look at some of this weekend’s events with WABE’s Lois Reitzes. Today she speaks with Betsy Riley of Atlanta Magazine, who talks about events ranging from a history party in a cemetery to an event where you can “bob for Brussel Sprouts.” 

MJCCA Book Festival

Party With The Past: Westview Cemetery

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

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Local
9:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Streetcar Rolls Through Downtown Neighborhoods

The streetcar pulls out of its maintenance facility on Fort Street.
Credit Mary Claire Kelly / WABE

The Atlanta Streetcar started daytime routes yesterday without passengers.

It’s part of the training for streetcar operators.

This means that from now on, the big purple vehicles will be running the rails every day from Centennial Olympic Park to the King historic district

The 96,000 pound streetcar will run along the two-point-seven-mile track downtown—a route the old streetcar used to take, before it was replaced in 1949.

Elsie Williams is 81 years old.

She rode the streetcar when the cost of a ride was little more than a dime.

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Local
7:49 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Man Stabbed at MARTA Station, Suspect Arrested

Credit MARTA.com

  One man is injured after a stabbing incident at the North Avenue MARTA station this morning.

MARTA spokesperson Saba Long says the victim was taken to a local hospital, with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect has been taken into custody.

Police have not released the names of the two men involved in the fight.

Service at the station was not affected.

An investigation is underway.

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Politics
7:37 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Candidate Interview: Amanda Swafford

2014 Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Swafford.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

Election day is fast approaching and all this week WABE is airing interviews with some of the candidates running for statewide office. 

The tight race for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat includes Republican David Perdue, Democrat Michelle Nunn, and Libertarian Amanda Swafford.

Swafford works as a paralegal in Gainesville and is a former Powder Springs councilwoman. Polling shows Swafford is positioned as a spoiler who could force a runoff between the two major party candidates.

WABE’s Jonathan Shapiro sat down with Swafford. 

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Local
6:32 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Witness Credibility Issues Complicate DeKalb Corruption Cases

The prosecution's case against DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis relied heavily on Kelvin Walton, shown above.
Credit Kent Johnson/AJC

Two major DeKalb County corruption cases are in jeopardy. Part of the reason is the prosecution’s star witnesses have struggled with credibility issues.

It’s a constant dilemma for prosecutors – how much to rely on witnesses with questionable character.

DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis is accused of shaking down county contractors for campaign donations. During the trial, DeKalb's former purchasing director Kelvin Walton was the state’s star witness. Walton cooperated with prosecutors only after being caught accepting gifts from contractors and lying under oath.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Candidate Interview: David Perdue

Credit Evan Jang / WABE

Tuesday, Nov. 4, is Election Day, and three races you’ll see at the top of the ballot are U.S. Senate, Governor and State Schools Superintendent.

This week on WABE, you’ll hear interviews with candidates in all three races.

This afternoon, we focus on the U.S. Senate race, where David Perdue is the Republican nominee.

Perdue sat down recently with WABE’s Michell Eloy.

Perdue is running against Libertarian Amanda Swafford and Democrat Michelle Nunn.

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Musicians' Contract
5:06 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Atlanta Symphony/Woodruff Arts Negotiations Back On

Local musician Maria Nichols holds a sign while attending a silent protest by the musicians and chorus of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in front of Symphony Hall.
Credit David Goldman / AP

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians and management at Woodruff Arts Center (WAC) have resumed negotiations.

Talks broke off Thursday night. Since then, each side has offered a new proposal for a four-year contract addressing salaries, medical benefits and the size of the orchestra.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Judge Won't Intervene in Voter Registration Lawsuit

Credit Michelle Wirth/WABE News

A Fulton County Superior Court judge Tuesday refused to get involved in a legal battle over Georgia’s voter registration process. Judge Christopher Brasher dismissed a lawsuit filed by The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

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Local
12:30 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

No More Moonshine: Meet Atlanta's First Legal Distillery Since Prohibition

Craig and Jeff Moore, founders of OId Fourth Distillery.
Credit Stephannie Stokes/WABE

  In the early 1900s, as the temperance movement took hold in Georgia, Atlanta's last distillery, R. M. Rose Co., packed up and left the city. Now, more than a century later, Atlantans may finally be able to taste a locally produced spirit again. 

And that's because the newly built Old Fourth Distillery, located on Edgewood Ave, is set to start producing its first batch of vodka. 

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Second Cup
12:00 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

A New Season, a New Edge with the Atlanta Opera's Tomer Zvulun

Still from Lorin Maazel's 2014 Castleton Festival production of "Madama Butterfly." Directed by Tomer Zvulun, set design by Erhard Rom, lighting by Robert Wierzel.
Ray Boc Castleton Festival

Perhaps no one is more enthusiastic about the Atlanta Opera’s new season than Tomer Zvulun. And rightfully so — it’s his first planned season as the company’s General and Artistic Director. Zvulun’s planned three new productions for this Atlanta Opera Season — "Madama Butterfly," "Rigoletto," and a contemporary opera, "Three Decembers." Mozart's classic "The Marriage of Figaro" rounds out the 2014-2015 season. Lois Reitzes spoke with Mr. Zvulun and asked how he chose these particular operas:

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Local
11:41 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Georgia Shows Major Job Growth

Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia has seen a boost in jobs over the past five years.
Credit Georgia Department of Labor

Five years ago, Georgia ranked forty-fifth  in the country for over-the-year job creation.

In 2014, Georgia jumps to sixth place.

“You know employers all over the state are looking for talent right now,” says State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

Butler says Georgia gained 80,000 non-seasonally adjusted jobs from September 2013 through last month.

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Local
10:36 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Dallas Nurse to be Released from Emory Today

On Oct. 15, Amber Vinson arrived from Dallas at Emory University Hospital. Today, she's Ebola-free and being discharged.
Credit Ryan Nabulsi / twinlensatl.com

A second Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola while treating a patient from Liberia will leave the hospital today.

Amber Vinson was flown to Atlanta and admitted to Emory University Hospital on Oct. 15, just a day after her diagnosis.

Last week, Vinson’s family issued a statement saying doctors could no longer detect the Ebola virus in her system. 

Emory now confirms Vinson is Ebola-free, and will be discharged today.  The 29-year-old is expected to speak at a news conference this afternoon .   

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Politics
10:30 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Candidate Interview: Michelle Nunn

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn speaks with WABE's Michelle Wirth.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

  Tuesday, Nov. 4, is Election Day. Three of the races you’ll see at the top of the ballot are U.S. Senate, Governor, and State Schools Superintendent.

This week on WABE, you’ll hear interviews with the candidates in all three of those races. Michelle Nunn, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, recently spoke with WABE’s Michelle Wirth. 

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Education
8:11 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Emory Group Goes to Bat for Undocumented Students

U.S. Congressman John Lewis spoke at Emory's 2014 graduation ceremony.
Credit Michell Eloy / WABE

During the Freedom Summer of 1964, hundreds of college students flocked to Mississippi to help register African-American voters.  Fifty years later, that event is still inspiring other social movements, some of which also use the name ‘Freedom’. One such group at Emory University is sticking up for undocumented students.

Georgia Congressman John Lewis helped organize the Freedom Summer. He also delivered Emory’s commencement address last spring, where he urged students to support immigration reform.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue October 28, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Jackson Chang and Cam Ashling

Cam Ashling and Jackson Chang at StoryCorps.

Jackson Chang considers himself to be an optimist, even as that’s been challenged with a diagnosis of stage four pancreatic cancer in 2013. When he received the diagnosis, he says his very first reaction was one of concern for his wife and his 6-year-old daughter, Jacqueline.

In the StoryCorps booth, Jackson told his friend, Cam Ashling, about how his cancer has affected his daughter.

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

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Local
5:48 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Georgia Affected by Baby Wipes Recall

Some of the labels affected by the baby wipes recall.
Credit FDA.gov

  A nationwide recall of baby wipes has been voluntarily issued by Nutek Disposables of Pennsylvania.

The Food and Drug Administration says the products in question might contain a bacteria that can be resistant to many antibiotics.

The wipes are listed under a variety of names, including: Simply Right, Sunny Smiles  and Tender Touch.

They were sold at Family Dollar, Fred’s, Sam’s Club, Walgreens and Diapers.com.

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Local
6:45 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Deal Announces Tiered Ebola Monitoring, Quarantine Policy

Gov. Deal speaks during a press conference on Oct. 20, naming members of the Georgia Ebola Response Team.
Credit Branden Camp / AP Photo

  Following moves by a handful of states late last week, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Monday announced a new monitoring and quarantine policy for travelers coming from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus.

“We’re going to try to be as mindful of [travelers’] privacy and their own necessity to move about,” he said, “but by the same token, if they pose a potential threat to the health of the citizens of the state of Georgia, we believe a quarantined will be appropriate.”

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Politics
6:23 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Sunday Voting Could Contribute To Higher African-American Turnout

Credit WABE

For the first time this year, many local residents were able to take advantage of Sunday voting. Some political experts and state leaders have predicted it will mean an increase in African-American voter turnout.

It certainly appears to be the case in Fulton County. Fulton County Director of Registration and Elections Richard Barron doesn’t know exactly how many African-Americans voted this past Sunday.

But he said the two polling places with the highest number of Sunday voters were in areas with a large number of black voters.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Candidate Interview: Richard Woods

Credit Jason Parker / WABE

Tuesday, Nov. 4 is Election Day. Three top races are U.S. Senate, Governor and State Schools Superintendent. WABE has interviewed the candidates in those races.

In the State Schools Superintendent race, Richard Woods is the Republican candidate.

In South Georgia’s Irwin County school system, Woods has been a principal and curriculum director for Kindergarten through fifth grade. But, he spent most of his 22 years there as a high school social studies teacher.

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Local
4:20 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Governor Deal to Announce Ebola Policy for Travelers

In an earlier press conference Gov. Nathan Deal names members of the Georgia Ebola Response Team to assess emergency procedures if Ebola were to spread in Georgia.
Credit Branden Camp / Associated Press

Monday Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce the state’s policy for monitoring and quarantining people who might be at risk for Ebola. 

The governor will speak in Cumming, Georgia.

Deal’s announcement is coming after Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York initially announced additional protocols for their states, which included mandatory quarantine for health care workers returning to the United States after treating Ebola patients.

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ASO/WAC Contract Dispute
3:22 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

ASO Musicians Back Down on Demand for More Players… Right Away

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bassists Joe McFadden, center left, and Gloria Jones, right, stand with Phyllis Sommer, husband of former bassist Douglas Sommer who passed away in February, as they take part in a silent protest in front of Symphony Hall last month.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians have met today’s deadline for a response on management’s latest contract offer with a counter-proposal.

Atlanta labor lawyer Rick Warren has been following the negotiations. He says the seven-week-old lock-out of the musicians indicates some strongly-held positions on each side, adding, “The parties have got to find a way to work this out if they want to end this process with a contract.”

The main sticking point in the contract dispute is the size of the orchestra.

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Author Events: Mike Stobbe, Edward J. Larson & More

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang stopped by WABE studios to fill us in on the literary events happening around Atlanta. This week, he highlighted events with Mike Stobbe and Edward J. Larson, as well as the Marcus Jewish Community Center Book Festival happening over the weekend. Learn more in the interview below.

Miss anything?

Mike Stobbe will be at Eagle Eye Bookshop on Tuesday Oct. 28. Find more details here.

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Youth Radio
12:12 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Youth Radio: Ripple Effects Of Cheating Teachers

Jenn Steckl
Credit Youth Radio

As Atlantans follow the ongoing trial of Atlanta Public School teachers and administrators charged with cheating, students in the APS district are taking a special interest in the proceedings. Youth Radio Atlanta’s Jenn Steckl sent us her thoughts on how the cheating and its aftermath hurt every student in the system. 

Jenn Steckl is a senior at Grady High School. Her commentary was produced by Youth Radio.

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