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12:06 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Progress by the Pint: Atlanta's Craft Beer Renaissance

Hefe-Weizen seasonal beers from Atlanta Brewing Company
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Craft beer brewing is on the rise, with nation-wide sales jumping 20 percent last year according to numbers from the Brewers Association, an industry trade group.

That growth can be seen here in Atlanta with new breweries opening and local beers being offered at more bars and restaurants all over the metro area.

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Politics
11:50 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Governor Deal and State Senator Carter Address Faith at Forum

Governor Nathan Deal and Senator Jason Carter debate during a forum last month.
Credit John Bazemore / AP

The questions asked at the Georgia Faith Forum were as varied as the faith leaders who posed them.

Representing a variety of denominations, leaders asked Governor Nathan Deal and State Senator Jason Carter about issues ranging from healthcare and human trafficking to gun policy and immigration.

The evening’s discussion was part of the Georgia Gubernatorial Faith Forum held at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

The primary topic for the night was criminal justice reform - more specifically the re-entry of convicted felons into society.

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Local
6:48 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Metro Atlanta Unemployment Rate Fell in September

The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta for September fell to 7.3%
Credit Ga. Department of Labor

The temperature wasn't the only thing in metro Atlanta to fall last month.

According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 7.3% in September.

That’s down from an even 8% in August.

According to the latest data from the Department of Labor: there was an over-the-year gain of 51,900 jobs, or 2.2 percent, from September 2013’s 2,416,700. This was the second largest September-to-September growth since 2007. 

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Politics
5:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Polls Show Runoffs Possible In Georgia's Top Races

Credit Chris Ferguson / WABE

In Georgia, candidates need to receive more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff. That means if Georgia’s contests for U.S. Senate and governor are as close as they appear in the polls, they might not end on November fourth.

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Local
5:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Georgia Already Monitoring Travelers From Ebola Outbreak Zone

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Department of Public Health Director Brenda Fitzgerald preside over the governor's first state Ebola task force meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Capitol.
Credit Michell Eloy / WABE News

Georgia health officials say the state has already begun a three-week monitoring requirement for travelers arriving from the Ebola outbreak zone in West Africa, and is currently tracking around two dozen people.  

The move comes prior to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s announcement Tuesday to now require all travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea be monitored for signs of the virus for 21 days.

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Local
4:12 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Avondale Estates Getting Cold Shoulder From Some of its Annexation Targets

Avondale Estates was founded in 1924 and designed as a planned community.
Credit Lisa George/WABE News

The cityhood movement in DeKalb County – and the annexation efforts of existing cities in response to it – have two themes that keep coming up: securing strong tax bases and providing good schools.

Both issues are creating challenges for the small city of Avondale Estates.

With just 3,000 residents, Avondale Estates has long been a sleepy little enclave in DeKalb County. Now, a potential city is trying to form near its borders, and county seat Decatur is also trying to expand. So Avondale Estates wants to annex some land while there is still land to be had.

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Local
3:51 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Residents Offer Sharply Differing Views On Ellis Mistrial

Suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.
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The corruption case of suspended DeKalb County CEO ended Tuesday in a mistrial and DeKalb residents have sharply differing reactions.

Many took issue with the jury itself, which after two weeks of deliberation couldn’t agree on any of the 13 felony charges. The judge in the case repeatedly scolded the jury to get past personal issues and at one point told them to act like adults.

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Science
12:55 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Are Fireflies Disappearing? Researchers Ask You To Find Out

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  This story originally aired Thursday Sept. 11, 2014.

It’s one of the first visual cues that summer is on its way: a certain insect appears at dusk, emitting flashes of light as it buzzes around just above the grass.

But the familiar firefly, or--as some call it--the lightning bug, may actually be disappearing. And a group of researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina are trying to understand how and why.

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Arts
12:30 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

City Cafe on Atlanta Celebrates Photography and The Bitter Southerner

  Every October, the city welcomes Atlanta Celebrates Photography - or ACP, as it is often called. To find out more about the festival, City Cafe host John Lemley recently sat down with Public Broadcasting Atlanta's Jason Parker.

Jason interviewed The Bitter Southerner’s Creative Director, Dave Whitling about their ACP event that's coming up this Friday. They started off by discussing what Atlanta Celebrates photography is all about.

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Local
12:25 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Atlanta Debuts Non-Emergency Service Program

The city of Atlanta starts its first non-emergency customer service program.
Credit ATL 311

Atlanta residents now have a more direct way of touching base with local government officials.

It’s called ATL 311 and it’s the city of Atlanta’s first non-emergency customer service program.

This gives residents the ability to make requests and report issues like potholes, meter leaks and downed trees.

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Local
11:36 am
Wed October 22, 2014

CDC Foundation Helps Fill Holes In Federal Agency's Ebola Relief Funding

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Credit David Goldman / CDC

Since the Ebola virus began spreading through West Africa, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been one of the agencies on the front lines, fighting the disease.

But as the virus continues to spread, more resources are needed to contain it. As the CDC has done in the past with major disasters like the 2004 Samoan Tsunami and the 2009 earthquake in Haiti, it’s turned to its nonprofit arm, the CDC Foundation, also based here in Atlanta, to help bring in private dollars for relief funding.

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Education
9:42 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Brazil Emerges as New Market for International College Students

A few years ago George State University decided to focus on countries with emerging markets, like Brazil.
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More international students are coming to U.S. colleges. About half of them are from China, India, and South Korea. But, American colleges are also becoming popular with Brazilian students. Through a new program, about 125 Brazilian students are attending Georgia colleges.

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Local
5:59 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Rules For Driverless Cars

Google driverless car operating on a testing path.
Credit Steve Jurvetson / flickr.com

State lawmakers and metro Atlanta planners are already preparing for a future with driverless cars. The conversation has recently shifted from “is it possible?” to “how will it all eventually look?”

This week state lawmakers held its second committee meeting on unmanned cars.  

“We really are at a position right now where the world is drastically changing and how quickly can planners and local and state government leaders stay up with the technology," said Jane Hayes, the Atlanta Regional Commission's chief transportation planner.

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Local
4:38 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Judge Declares Mistrial in Ellis Case

Burrell Ellis during the trial
Credit Kent Johnson / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A DeKalb County judge Tuesday declared a mistrial in the case against suspended county CEO Burrell Ellis. Ellis is accused of shaking down county contractors for campaign contributions. He maintained his innocence during the trial and took the stand to defend himself. 

The all-female jury deliberated for 11 days, but couldn’t reach verdicts on any of the 13 felony charges against Ellis. DeKalb County judge Courtney Johnson had repeatedly urged the jurors to try harder to come to consensus. Those efforts ultimately failed. 

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Local
2:17 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Atlanta Airport to Become One of Five Airports to Screen Travelers from Ebola-Stricken Nations

A TSA agent briefs a passenger at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Credit David Goldman / AP

The Homeland Security Department is requiring that anyone coming to the United States from one of three West African countries reporting an Ebola outbreak must enter the country through one of five airports screening passengers for the deadly disease.

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Local
12:43 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Cobb Construction Includes Diverging Diamond

Ground has been broken for a number of Cobb County construction projects, including 'diverging diamonds' on Wade Green Road.
Credit cobbcounty.org

  Expect to see a lot of orange cones and the like in Cobb County.

On Monday, officials broke ground for five construction projects on Windy Hill Road.  

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Health & Science
11:09 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Emory Launches Ebola Preparedness Website

Emory University Hospital
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Emory University Hospital Monday launched a website detailing how it successfully cared for three Ebola patients.

After Emory treated and discharged missionary Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, who’d been flown in from Liberia after contracting the disease, the hospital was flooded with calls asking how the medical staff had done it.

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Local
10:29 am
Tue October 21, 2014

UPS Announces Higher Rates for 2015

United Parcel Service driver Marty Thompson steps off a truck while making a delivery in Cumming, Ga. earlier this year.
Credit David Goldman / AP

Atlanta-based United Parcel Service is going to ring in the new year with higher rates.

UPS says rates will rise nearly 5% for Ground, Air, International, UPS Freight and UPS air freight service between and within the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue October 21, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Marcia Meisel and Denise Spiegel

Denise Spiegel and Marcia Meisel at StoryCorps.

Marcia Meisel spent most of her childhood in Cleveland, Ohio. Many of the things she would see growing up would eventually lead her to become involved in social issues, including the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War protests. In the StoryCorps booth, Marcia told her daughter, Denise Spiegel, about the first time she became aware of injustice in the late 1940’s.  

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

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Local
6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Georgia Lottery: New Game and Record Profits Likely To Boost Education Funding

Georgia and more than 20 other states are rolling out the Monopoly Millionaires' Club game this week. Georgia Lottery officials estimate the game could mean a total of $10 million for state-funded lottery programs for this fiscal year.
Credit youtube.com/PlayMMCLottery / Georgia Lottery

A new lottery game launched this week – the Monopoly Millionaires' Club. The rollout follows a record-breaking quarter for the Georgia Lottery. WABE’s Michelle Wirth reports on what new lottery profits could mean for our state’s students.

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Politics
3:13 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Voter Registration Group Questions Kemp on Transparency

Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, said she was confused by Secretary of State Brian Kemp's recent comments. Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is to her right.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

Leaders of a voter registration group said Monday they’re confused by recent comments made by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.  The group, called the New Georgia Project, sued Kemp’s office and five counties over thousands of voter registration forms they say are missing. 

Kemp denied that last week, saying officials have added 40,000 new voters to the rolls.

Group founder and Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams Monday asked Kemp for clarity.

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Technology
1:23 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

High-Tech Farming: How PodPonics Grows Lettuce Indoors

Inside the PodPonics farm
Evan Changhwan Jang WABE

This story originally aired Sept. 17, 2014.

If it weren’t for the sign just outside the entrance to the Podponics farm, you might wonder if you’d gotten the address wrong.

As you pull into the lot, the scene most resembles an industrial truck yard. Airplanes are rushing overhead, taking off from Hartsfield-Jackson, just a few miles away. And the 11 acres of land in front of you are mostly empty, with exception of a few dozen shipping containers, stacked two levels high in the middle of the lot.

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Local
12:33 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Metro Atlanta Ready for the Season of the Witch

The Netherworld Haunted House is "scaring" up a lot of business this year.
Credit Fearworld.com

Halloween is right around the corner and there’s a lot of scary things to do in the metro Atlanta area.  

The Decatur Ghost Tour offers customers a chance to see some of the spookiness the area has to offer.

“Yes, Decatur does have its ghosts.  I mean, two or three of the restaurants are quite haunted,” says Boo Newell, a tour guide with the Decatur Ghost Tour.

That tour is open 12-months a year, but Newell says sales shoot up around 30% in October.

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City Café
12:20 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Author Events: Edward Humes, Jodi Picoult & More

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The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang dropped by WABE studios to fill us in on the week in metro Atlanta literary events. This week, you can catch readings from Edward Humes, Jodi Picoult and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Daren tells us more in the interview below.

Miss anything?

Jodi Picoult will be at the Atlanta History Center on Wednesday Oct. 22. More details here.

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Local
7:52 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Georgia Gas Prices Continue to Fall

Georgia commuters are seeing prices fall to lows not seen in a while.
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The downward trend continues at the pumps throughout Georgia.

The average price for a gallon of regular in metro Atlanta is $3.09, according to AAA.

That’s about a 17-cent freefall from last week and it’s down 22-cents from this time last year.

Analysts say oil production in the U.S. has rocketed up to a level not seen since 1985, which has sent gas prices down.

The state-wide average is $3.03, the lowest it’s been in more than two years.

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Local
7:45 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Georgia Included in Publix Snack Recall

Publix announces a recall of one of its snacks.
Credit Publix

Georgia is among the six states affected by a recall from Publix.

Officials with the supermarket chain say its Publix Asian Mix contains undeclared peanuts.

That can pose a potential health threat for people with related allergies.

The snack in question was sold in 14-ounce clear, plastic containers with sell by days between January 3 and February 3, 2015.

All packages have been removed from store shelves.

Customers can return the product to Publix stores for a full refund.

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Local
6:53 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Brookhaven Having Trouble Getting Respect from USPS

This post office sits within the city limits of Brookhaven, GA. The city's Mayor Pro-Tem, Rebecca Chase Williams, is trying to get the U.S. Postal Service to acknowledge that by changing the sign.
Credit Lisa George/WABE News

Brookhaven has been a city for almost two years now, but the U.S. Postal Service has been a little slow to catch on.

Adrian Morton moved here about 18 months ago, and he gave his relatives his new address: Brookhaven, Georgia. Says Morton, “There has been some mail sent from home in the UK that hasn’t reached us.”

The likely reason? The postal service only just recognized Brookhaven as a legitimate mailing address.

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Education
6:46 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

School Districts Update Policies to Include Ebola Response

Credit Dan Raby / WABE

Some metro Atlanta school districts are updating their health policies to include guidelines for the Ebola virus. Some districts, like DeKalb and Cobb, announced this week students from Ebola-affected countries won’t be able to enroll until the superintendent approves their medical documents. Cobb schools spokesperson Kyler Post says it’s a proactive move.

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Atlanta Sounds
12:00 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Atlanta Sounds: Covey Of Quail

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Sirkka Hougard has an aviary where she keeps a 'covey' of quail. A covey is a term for a small flock of birds. She feeds the birds each day, and the birds peck at the meal while making small noises. We meet Hougard and her quails in this Atlanta Sound.

Have an idea for Atlanta Sounds? Let us know!  

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Health & Science
7:00 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Piedmont Healthcare Ramps Up Ebola Preparedness

Health care workers with Piedmont Healthcare practice taking off protective gear during a training seminar on caring for Ebola patients Friday in Atlanta.
Credit Miche / WABE News

One of the largest health care systems in the metro-Atlanta area is preparing for the possibility of treating an Ebola patient after two Dallas nurses contracted the disease.

Early Friday morning, about 50 nurses and doctors from Piedmont Healthcare’s five hospitals gathered for an Ebola training seminar.

They’re learning how to properly put on and take off the masks, gloves, shoe covers, hoods and suits that make up protective gear.

They’ll take the information back to their own hospitals and train staff there.

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