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8:24 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Today's Vote Will Decide Key Primary Runoff Races

Voters heading to the polls today will decide a number of highly contested primary runoff races.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue July 22, 2014

StoryCorps: Peggy and Bill Comin

Bill and Peggy Comin at StoryCorps

From a very young age, Peggy Comin has lived with a disability that’s affected her daily life. However, she’s always kept her sense of independence, and at the age of 61, she has many stories to tell. In the StoryCorps booth, Peggy started by telling her husband, Bill Comin, about the incident that caused her disability.

Peggy is currently writing a memoir about her life's experiences. This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps booth.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:30 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Republican Runoff for U.S. Senate: A Talk with Rep. Jack Kingston

Rep. Jack Kingston (right), a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, talks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer at the White House restaurant in Buckhead during a campaign stop on July 18, 2014.
Credit Chris Crawford

  WABE's Denis O'Hayer sat down with both candidates in the Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Saxby Chambliss, who decided not to seek re-election.  Former Dollar General and Reebok CEO David Perdue faces Congressman Jack Kingston in the July 22, 2014 GOP runoff.  The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn and Libertarian Amanda Swafford in the November general election.  Here is the conversation with Rep. Kingston, which took place during a campaign stop at the White House restaurant in Buckhead.

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Local
5:43 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidates Campaign Across Georgia Before Primary Runoff

Kingston shortly before getting on a plane to travel across Georgia.
Dan Raby WABE

With less than 24 hours until the polls open, both of Georgia’s Republican U.S. Senate candidates are on statewide fly around tours. WABE’s Michelle Wirth caught up with Congressman Jack Kingston as he tries to pull out a Republican primary runoff victory against businessman David Perdue.

Prior to getting into a small airplane at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, Kingston told supporters he will fight for every last vote.

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Politics
3:09 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Fulton, DeKalb Make Polling Place Changes

Credit Georgia.gov

There are some changes in polling places for tomorrow’s run-off election.

Fulton County is changing nine of its locations; the changed polling places are in several areas of the county. DeKalb County is making last-minute changes due to lack of air conditioning at two of its regular precincts.

East Point

  • Brookview Elementary changes to Woodland Middle School, 2845 Stone Road.

Atlanta

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Theater
1:04 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

City Cafe on Dad's Garage's Plans for Move

Dad's Garage Theatre may be moving to this church on Ezzard Street in the Old Fourth Ward.
Credit Google Street View

Earlier in July, Dad’s Garage Theatre Company announced they were raising funds to move into a new space. Late last week, Lisa George from the WABE newsroom reported that  they are under contract for a new home. The almost 20-year-old improv theatre has its sights set on a church on Ezzard Street in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. City Café producer Myke Johns is following the story and joined host John Lemley for a conversation.

Find WABE's previous reporting on this story in the related links below.

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City Café
12:15 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Author Events: Clay Risen, Lori Rush and Laurel-Ann Dooley

Credit Bob AuBuchon/flickr.com/bobaubuchon

Daren Wang of the AJC-Decatur Book Festival talked with City Cafe host John Lemley about the upcoming literary events happening around Atlanta. As Daren starts by pointing out, two of the authors coming to town this week take a close a look at Atlanta history, but come up with very different stories. 

Laurel-Ann Dooley at the Decatur Library with her book "Wicked Atlanta: The Sordid Side of Peach City History"

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Business
12:01 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Deloitte Opening Software Center in Atlanta

Deloitte picks Atlanta over six other metro areas for its new iLab.
Credit Deloitte

Atlanta's profile in the tech world is getting another boost.

Deloitte is expected to open an "iLab" in the downtown area later this year.

That's where the financial and consulting firm will develop cloud-based software and advanced analytics products for its Fortune 250 clients.

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Education
9:19 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Small Number of Voters Will Decide Tuesday's School Board Races

Credit Charles Edwards / WABE News

Poll watchers expect low voter turnout for Tuesday’s runoff elections. That’s especially true for school board races, which draw smaller numbers in general.

In Cobb County, there will be one school board runoff; DeKalb will have three.

But, if history repeats itself, it’s likely that many voters will skip the school board races altogether, like DeKalb County resident Mattias Pohl did in July of 2012.

“I’m just not sufficiently familiar with the people who were up for election, so I decided not to cast a vote,” he said.  

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Features
6:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Kingston Works To Win Over Undecided Voters

Michelle Wirth/WABE News

Jack Kingston is traveling throughout Georgia to get his message out before tomorrow’s Republican primary runoff. The 11th term congressman is facing businessman David Perdue in a closely contested and bitter U.S. Senate race. WABE’s Michelle Wirth followed Kingston as he campaigned in Gainesville.

Kingston shook hands and mingled with supporters and undecided voters as they ate bacon, eggs and other breakfast food at a cafe in Gainesville.

“How are guys doing?”

“We’re doing well.”

“I’m doing great. I’m jack Kingston.”

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Local
6:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Friendship Baptist Church Demolition Likely This Week

Construction workers prepare Friendship Baptist Church for demolition.
Credit Marylee Williams / WABE

Construction officials say the oldest African American church in Atlanta will likely be torn down this week. 

Friendship Baptist Church, located near Vine City along Martin Luther King Drive, waits among construction equipment. 

John Lewis also waits. 

Lewis is the president of the Historic Westside United Coalition. He's been holding vigils for almost two years in front of Friendship Baptist Church. 

He said he knows the church building can't be saved, but he wants to be there when it's torn down. 

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Features
6:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Perdue Hopes To Repeat Victory With 'Outsider' Message

David Perdue, standing in front of his campaign bus.

With Georgia’s primary election runoff set for tomorrow, Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue has been canvassing the state, spreading his message of being "an outsider."

That’s been his strategy in a tight race to replace outgoing U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss.

WABE’s Michell Eloy caught up with Perdue on his recent bus tour. 

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In Conversation with Valerie Jackson
9:00 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

In Conversation with Freddy Cole & Wynton Marsalis

(L to R) Freddy Cole and Wynton Marsalis
Credit Freddy Cole photo courtesy Plan B Productions, Wynton photo by Frank Stewart

In this installment of Valerie Jackson in Conversation, Mrs. Jackson has two conversations featuring two of America’s Jazz greats, Freddy Cole and Wynton Marsalis.

We speak to pianist and singer Freddy Cole about sustaining a career that spans 50 years of jazz recording and performing, as well as what it was like to be born into a jazz family with Nat King Cole as a brother while making his own name in the music business.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:47 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Republican Runoff for U.S. Senate: A Talk with David Perdue

Republican Senate candidate David Perdue (left) talks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer aboard Perdue's campaign RV in Hall County, July 16, 2014.
Credit Derrick Dickey

  WABE's Denis O'Hayer sat down with both candidates in the Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Saxby Chambliss, who decided not to seek re-election.  Former Dollar General and Reebok CEO David Perdue faces Congressman Jack Kingston in the July 22, 2014 GOP runoff.  The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn and Libertarian Amanda Swafford in the November general election.  Here is the conversation with David Perdue, which took place on his campaign RV as it moved from Hall County to Jackson County for campaign events:

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Features
6:14 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Jr. Achievement Business Center Teaches Financial Literacy and Corporate Skills to Area Youth

Kameron Willman of Chick-fil-A volunteers to work with students.
WABE 90.1 FM News

It’s been more than a year since the groundbreaking of the Junior Achievement Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center.

Located inside the Georgia World Congress Center, it’s a 15-million dollar financial literacy and business model giving area students first-hand experience about the corporate world.

WABE’s Rose Scott visited the Discovery Center to see how it all works. 

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Sports
5:57 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Playing Fair? Why Some Try to Cheat School Systems

“It’s a very competitive culture particularly in the metro Atlanta for kids wanting to be in programs that are successful for recruiting purposes.” Horace Dunson, Head of DeKalb County Schools Athletics

School will be starting soon for some area districts and some high school sports practices are already underway.

The process of making sure all student athletes live in their designated school region has many systems double checking addresses.

That’s because last school year, an investigation found 85% of the Grady High School HS football team did not live in the area.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports why some go to great lengths to cheat school systems.

High school football is not just a game; it’s a culture and way of life.

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Business
4:56 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Teavana Leaving Atlanta for Seattle

Since its founding in 1997, Teavana has called Atlanta home. But that's about to change.  Starbucks, which purchased Teavana for $620-million in 2012, is moving the retailer's operations to its Seattle base. 

“I think it was just a matter of time before they would consolidate those operations," says ITG restaurant analyst Steve West. "There’s really a lot more international potential for tea rather than coffee.”

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
4:51 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Lit'Cast Episode 7

Cory Byrom, host of The Iceberg storytelling series at Red Light Cafe
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

This week: A story from Carapace host Lance Colley about nearly losing your soul at a car dealership, plus a week’s worth of live lit events, storytelling series, book signings and the whole gumbo of good stuff that is the Atlanta literary scene.

Lance’s story was recorded live at the Iceberg storytelling series.

Atlanta Literary Events, July 19-25

Saturday, July 19

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Local
4:30 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Carter Leads Deal In Poll Following Release of Ethics Memo

A new poll has Senator Jason Carter leading Governor Nathan Deal 49 percent to 41 percent in the Georgia governor’s race. The Landmark Communications poll conducted for channel 2 comes just after the release of a memo by the head of Georgia’s ethics commission. In the memo, Holly LaBerge claims top Deal aids pressured her to quietly settle ethics complaints against the governor and threatened the commission’s authority.

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History
4:00 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Civil War Historian Gordon Jones on a Pivotal Atlanta Battle

"The Battle Field of Peach Tree Creek, GA." George Barnard, 1864.

This year marks the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, and Sunday is the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Peachtree Creek. This was the first major attack in the Atlanta Campaign against General Sherman’s Union forces by Confederate General John Bell Hood. Civil War historian Gordon Jones of the Atlanta History Center recently visited WABE, and he told host John Lemley about the circumstances of the battle.

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Local
2:52 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Another New Cityhood Push in DeKalb County

A new cityhood push is underway in southern DeKalb County.

The proposed City of South DeKalb’s organizers want a bill in next year’s legislative session. However, Kathryn Rice, who is leading the effort, says plans are in their first stages. The group does not have a sponsor for the bill or even the money for a feasibility study.

Rice says her group is still deciding on the exact boundaries. “At a minimum we’re looking at everything south of 285 excluding the cities,” said Rice. “But we would also like to include unincorporated Clarkston, and that’s up to them.”

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Education
7:10 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Douglasville Student to Compete in Jeopardy! Teen Tournament

Douglas County High School senior Josiah Takang will represent Georgia in the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament starting July 21.
Credit Evan Changhwan Jang

This teenager will soon compete in a TV quiz show where he’ll have to give answers in the form of questions.

A:  Who is Douglas County High School senior Josiah Takang?

It doesn’t take long to figure out that Josiah Takang is really smart. Take, for example, what he’s doing this summer.

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Mara's Music Mix
6:35 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: July 18-22

Mara Davis and Steve Goss
Credit WABE

For nearly two decades, Mara Davis was a well-known voice on Atlanta's FM airwaves, first on Z-93, and then on Dave FM.

Now she joins WABE's Steve Goss each Friday for a preview of weekend music events.

Mara's Music Mix for July 18-22:

Indigo Girls at Atlanta Botanical Garden; Friday and Saturday July 18-19

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:51 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

New Staff, Same Challenges for Georgia's Child Welfare System: A Talk with New DFCS Director

Georgia DFCS Director Bobby Cagle talks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer at the station's studios on July 17, 2014.
Credit Rob Aaron / WABE News

  On July 16, 2014, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced the state will immediately hire 100 new case workers for the Division of Family and Children's Services, usually called DFCS.  The Governor was responding to continuing reports of children who have been put at risk, and some who have died, in the state's troubled and overburdened child welfare system.  WABE's Denis O'Hayer had an extended interview with Bobby Cagle, the new DFCS director, who was appointed by the Governor in June.

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Education
5:16 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

End of Course Test Results Reveal Weakness in Math

Credit Berklee.edu

Georgia school districts received end-of-course test results this week. High school students take the exams after each core class they complete. Once again, math scores were the weak spot for most metro Atlanta districts.

Most metro districts’ results mirrored the statewide outcomes. Scores in subjects like English literature, U.S. History, and Biology were fairly strong. Math scores were markedly lower. Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza told WABE officials made the math exams tougher to get students used to new, harder tests coming this school year.

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Business
3:47 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Delta Routing Planes Around Ukrainian Airspace

Credit Delta Air Lines

In the wake of the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 over the Ukraine today, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines says it's stopped routing flights through Ukrainian airspace out of "an abundance of caution." 

From Delta:

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Local
2:54 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Dad's Garage Has Sights Set on Sanctuary

Dad's Garage Theatre may be moving to this church on Ezzard Street in the Old Fourth Ward.
Credit Google Street View

After searching for more than a year, Dad’s Garage Theatre has tentatively found a new home in Atlanta.

And it is not the venue you would expect for the group known for its irreverent improv comedy.

It is a church on Ezzard Street in the city’s Old Fourth Ward, and Dad’s Garage has its sights set on repurposing the house of worship as a home for its plays and weekly improv shows.

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Local
2:45 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Children's Hospital of Atlanta Considering New Clinical Services at I-85 and North Druid Hills Road

The Executive Park Motor Inn, built in the early 1970s, will be torn down by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for new facilities.
Credit Google Street View

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) plans to expand its clinical services, and it is tearing down a hotel to do it.

The 19-story Executive Park Motor Hotel, near the intersection of Interstate 85 and North Druid Hills Road, has sat empty for years. Last year, CHOA paid $9.6 million for the hotel and will start tearing it down this fall.

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Local
12:38 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Reed Urging Braves To Give Notice On Turner Field Lease

Credit Dan Raby/WABE

The Atlanta Braves announced its surprise move to Cobb County in November. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has come to terms with that, but he still needs the team to officially say it won’t be renewing its lease at Turner Field. Reed says it’s necessary for the city to move forward with redevelopment plans.  

Briefing City Council members Wednesday, Reed said he sent a letter to the Braves asking for early notice.

“Parties that are interested in Turner Field have been waiting to find out what the Braves decision was around their exit,” said Reed.

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History
12:21 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

New App Explores Battle of Atlanta Sites

The Battle of Atlanta app from Emory University's Center for Digital Scholarship
Credit Dave Barasoain/WABE

    

With the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta right around the corner, the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship has created a new online resource for residents and visitors looking to learn more about the Civil War fight that played out around the city.

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