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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:43 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Latin-American Association Exec. Director Jeffrey Tapia on Gov. Deal's Meeting with Latino Leaders

Jeffrey Tapia, executive director of the Latin American Association
Credit Latin American Association

  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.

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Health & Science
5:49 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Emory University Hospital Prepares to Receive Ebola Patient

Emory University Hospital
Credit Emory Healthcare

Emory University Hospital confirms that it is preparing to treat a patient with the Ebola virus.

The hospital has a specially-built isolation unit set up with the CDC.

A statement from the hospital says that unit is physically separate from other patient areas and has special equipment and infrastructure to provide a high level of isolation.

The statement says it is one of only four such units in the country.

Emory says it does not know yet when the patient will arrive or who the patient is.

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Local
4:50 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Scott Says VA Bill Would Improve Veterans' Care

Congressman David Scott
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

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.

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Local
4:18 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

A Tax-Free Weekend Ahead

A list of examples of what clothing is and is not tax-free this weekend.
Robert Aaron/WABE

Expect stores to be a little more crowded on Friday and Saturday.  That’s because many Georgians will take advantage of the state’s annual back-to-school tax-free weekend. 

  For roughly 48-hours, Georgians will be able to stock up on school supplies, computers and clothing without having to pay state and local taxes on those items. 

Nick Genesi is a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Revenue.

“Whether you are a teacher, whether you are a student or whether you’re a parent anytime you can save some money, it’s a good thing.”

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Local
3:51 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Advocates Say Georgia Law Enforcement is Profiling, Increasing Immigrant Arrests

Alicia Cruz was taken to jail for driving without a license. She is undocumented and feels she was targeted by law enforcement
Credit Dan Raby/WABE

A group of advocates for immigrants to Georgia says there has been a dramatic rise in the number of arrests and detainments of immigrants in the last few years.

Alicia Cruz says she was pulled over in Conyers about four months ago.

(Cruz speaks in Spanish followed by voice of translator): “My kids were with me, and the police officers kneeled my children down and pointed them, gun-pointed them.”

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Local
3:39 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Streetcar Test Runs To Begin As Early As Next Week

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.

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Politics
1:01 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Gov. Deal Meets With Latino Leaders on Unaccompanied Minors

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal meets with Latino community leaders to discuss state’s role in unaccompanied minor crisis.
Credit Mundo Hispanico

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal met with leaders of the Latino Community on Wednesday.

Deal’s office called it a discussion session to talk about the unaccompanied minors coming to Georgia from Central America.

WABE’s Rose Scott has more.

 The Governor’s office invited only Spanish speaking media to cover the meeting.

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Development
12:50 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Clearing Up Where Atlanta Stands on Sprawl. No, Really.

Darin Givens: "A map from [a] 1952 [Atlanta planning] document that shows a suggested neighborhood design.
Courtesy of Darin Givens

Sprawl. It’s nothing new to car-centric Atlanta. But all those those reports we hear on the state of sprawl can get confusing, especially when they seem to contradict one another outright.

Take two recent studies: one from Georgetown University declares that “Atlanta is no longer the king of 

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Business
12:37 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Beazer Homes Reports Loss for 3Q

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.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Events: Movies, Bill Pickett Rodeo and Panola Mountain

Credit arabiaalliance.org

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.

Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles at the Fox Theatre

Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo

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Local
11:03 am
Thu July 31, 2014

State Lawmaker: Federal Medical Marijuana Bill Could Benefit Georgians

Credit Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon)

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.

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DeKalb County
10:13 am
Thu July 31, 2014

DeKalb Ethics Board Must Submit Spending Plan

Attorney John Ernst chairs the DeKalb County Board of Ethics.
Credit John Ernst

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners is holding in reserve the $97,000 it recently allocated to the county Board of Ethics.

Commissioners are waiting on the Ethics Board to present a plan on how to spend that money.

Interim CEO Lee May pushed the allocation based on his plan on hiring a full-time Chief Integrity Officer, a full-time investigator and a full-time administrative assistant.

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Arts
9:05 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Oh, the horror that is Monsterama!

This is the first time Monsterama is taking place in Atlanta.
Credit Monsterama

The first ever Monsterama convention gets underway here in Atlanta.

It will celebrate classic horror in a cross-section of film, literature, and art.

If you’re into horror or just want to be around those who are horror enthusiasts, WABE’s Rose Scott has this

preview.

Horror film legend Veronica Carlson will be at Monsterama.

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Education
8:54 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Committee to Study Federal Government's Hand in Education

The Federal Government's Role in Education Committee met for the first time Wednesday.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

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.

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Local
4:40 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Developers for Mixed-Use Portion of Braves Stadium Project Selected

Architectural rendering of planned entrance from Cobb Parkway to the new Braves development
Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves have selected a team of local developers to complete a $400 million mixed-use development near the organization’s new stadium planned for Cobb County.

The Braves have chosen Fuqua Development, Pope and Land Enterprises and Pollack Shores Real Estate group to co-develop the 74-acre project.

Pollack Shores Real Estate will be responsible for the residential portion of the project while Pope and Land Enterprises will develop the office component.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Debate Continues Over Impact of EPA Carbon-Cutting Plan

State Rep. Mike Dudgeon,R-Johns Creek, speaking at a rally Tuesday against EPA's carbon proposal.

Two days of hearings on the U.S. Environmental Protection’s Agency’s new carbon-cutting proposal wrapped up Wednesday in downtown Atlanta.

Supporters and opponents continued to debate the proposal’s actual effect on ratepayers.

EPA’s rule would force existing U.S. power plants to cut carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030.

Perhaps the most discussed line of attack has been the claim that the proposed carbon rule will have little to no effect on climate change and public health.

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Local
4:26 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Is Georgia Seeing Effects Of Positive US Growth?

Dr. Don Sabbarese is the director of KSU's Econometric Center.
Credit Kennesaw State University

The U.S. Economy grew by 4 percent in the second quarter according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, exceeding expectations for the months between April and June.

The growth announcement also came with an improved outlook of the first-quarter slump, revised up to 2.1 percent decrease from 2.9 percent.

Don Sabbarese, who directs the Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University, said the gains on a national scale weren’t much of a surprise.

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Health & Science
4:12 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Atlanta At Center Of Ebola Containment Efforts

Luanna Korvah, a mental health clinician, walks toward her office at a small hospital in northern Liberia. This is where the first cases of the latest Ebola outbreak were recorded.
Jim Burress WABE News

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. 

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Health & Science
12:52 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Refugee Relief: Tech Designers Bring New Toilet to Kenya

A prototype of the Safichoo on display at MODA
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

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.

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Local
12:21 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Georgia is Home to the Nation's Second-Best Drive-In

The Swan Drive In Theatre is named a Top Ten drive in, according to TripAdvisor.

Drive in theaters haven't completely burned out or faded away.

In fact, some of them are still thriving, as movie-goers look for a piece of the past.

The Swan Drive-In Theatre, in Blue Ridge, Georgia is named the second best drive-in theater in the country, according to Trip Advisor.

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Preview of Weekend Events
11:58 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Scene Missing, Dance Chance and Wussy this Weekend

Scene Missing

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. 

Scene Missing: The Wrathlanta of Khan

Dance Chance Atlanta

Wussy at The Red Light Cafe

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Features
8:39 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Euthanasia Rates Continue to Fall at Fulton, DeKalb Animal Shelters

Karl Booker, a kennel tech at Fulton County Animal Services, greets one of the cats in the free-roaming cat adoption room.
LifeLine Animal Project

Just over a year ago the Lifeline Animal Project assumed management of the DeKalb County Animal Shelter.  Not long before that, Lifeline had been contracted to operate the Fulton County Animal Shelter.  Recently, Lifeline's CEO Rebecca Guinn talked with WABE's Steve Goss about the progress made at both shelters within the last year....   

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Education
8:15 am
Wed July 30, 2014

State Officials Launch New College Initiative

Gov. Nathan Deal announces the launch of Go Back. Move Forward.
Credit Jackson Spalding

State officials Tuesday announced a new college initiative. The plan urges adults who started college but didn’t finish to go back and complete their degrees. 

The program is called Go Back. Move Ahead. Gov. Nathan Deal said it’s part of his Complete College Georgia plan.

“It is projected that by 2020,more than 60% of the jobs in Georgia will require a college certificate or a degree,” Deal said. “Today, only 42% of Georgians hold a degree or certificate.”

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Local
6:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

DFCS Head: Low Caseworker Salaries Contributing To High Turnover

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.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:54 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

A New VA Secretary and VA Overhaul Bill: A Talk with Sen. Johnny Isakson

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia)
Credit U.S. Senate

  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.

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Local
5:45 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Rallies Held Downtown For and Against Proposed EPA Regulations

Credit Evan Jang / WABE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took public comments in Atlanta on proposed carbon regulations today. 

Proponents and opponents of these regulations voiced their opinions at rallies downtown. 

Environmental activists from across the Southeast hoisted signs reading "Climate Action Now" in Woodruff park at the "Rally for Clean Energy." 

GreenLaw organized the event, which included speakers, testimony and music. 

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Local
5:42 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Reed: City Will Work To Make Government More Efficient

Credit Michelle Wirth/WABE News

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.

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Politics
5:41 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Mayor Says Atlanta Will Welcome Unaccompanied Minors

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (r) said he disagrees with Gov. Deal (l) on when it comes to providing for unaccompanied minors.
Credit City of Atlanta

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.

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Local
4:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

DFCS' Cagle Extends Mandatory Overtime Into August To Address Case Backlog

Credit DECAL

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.

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Politics
4:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

EPA Holds First Of Two Hearings In Atlanta On Proposed Carbon Rule

State Rep. Mary Margaret Olive, D-Decatur, spoke in favor of EPA's proposal Tuesday at Centennial Olympic Park.

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. 

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