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5:06 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Hosea Feed The Hungry Serves 9,000 Thanksgiving Meals

Five-year-old Alex Banks helped place bread in the containers for the homeless at the Hosea Feed The Hungry Thanksgiving Dinner event. It was held at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

It’s an annual tradition in Atlanta. 

Hundreds of volunteers spend all night fixing about 9,000 meals for the homeless and working poor. It’s organized by Hosea Feed The Hungry, which was founded by a local civil rights leader – the late Reverend Hosea Williams.

In the cafeteria, volunteers are rushing in large aluminum trays to the serving tables.  

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Local
4:00 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Millennials Stress Holiday Shopping Savvy

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Five hundred billion dollars: That’s about how much industry analysts say the nearly 80 million U.S. millennials spend in a year.

And during the biggest shopping season of the year, millennials aren’t looking to spend those dollars blindly.

“What’s so interesting about millennials is that they’re incredibly savvy,” says Andrea Hershatter, senior associate dean at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

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Local
1:08 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Consumers Reveal the Stress of Holiday Overspending

A Harris poll survey found nearly 40 percent of people said they feel pressured to spend more than they can afford.

The holidays are for giving, spending time with family and for many being stressed out about how to pay for it all.

In this two-part report, WABE’s Rose Scott reports that overspending is a stressful feeling for consumers and John Lorinc talked to shoppers.

There was a time when I just had to have a certain pair of jeans for Christmas.

Those Jordache jeans were pretty expensive, at least, according to my father.

Decades later, it appears consumers are still worried about spending too much this holiday season.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Georgia Colleges Try to Help Homeless Students

The CARE center at Kennesaw State University has a food pantry where students in need can receive meals.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

We often think of the homeless during the holiday season. We don’t usually associate the term with college students. But it’s a problem most colleges have to face.

Kennesaw State University is the first Georgia college to develop a program devoted to helping homeless students. The CARE (Campus Awareness Resource & Empowerment) center has a food pantry for students in need and helps homeless students find a place to stay. The center is currently helping about 30 students.

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Local
6:00 am
Thu November 27, 2014

CDC Employees Spend Holiday Treating Ebola in West Africa

Credit CDC

With the deadly Ebola virus still spreading in West Africa, many employees of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are spending Thanksgiving away from their families.

Dr. Mehran Massoudi lives in Atlanta, but he usually spends Thanksgiving with his wife and teenage son in his hometown of Pittsburg. He likes to pass the time with his and his sister’s family and says there are always a lot of people around during the holiday.  

But his year, Massoudi is in Liberia monitoring disease hot spots in the country’s rural areas.

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Local
6:00 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Fighting City Hall to Save City Hall in East Point

East Point City Hall, built in the 1930s, was modeled on Mt. Vernon, George Washington's home. Preservationists are trying to save the building as well as the old City Auditorium and library sitting behind City Hall on the same block.
East Point Preservation Alliance

A group of residents in East Point is trying to save three government buildings from possible demolition.

They now have a statewide historic preservation group supporting that effort, but their biggest obstacle may be the city government itself.

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Smog Regulations
5:08 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Proposed Smog Standards Would Knock Atlanta Out of Compliance

Tailpipe emissions are one of the main sources of smog.

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new limits on the pollution that causes smog. Atlanta meets the current standards, but under the new rules, it would likely fall out of compliance.

The proposal is based on thousands of studies, according to EPA chief Gina McCarthy.   

“Now the science clearly tells us that ozone poses a real threat to our health,” she said at a Tuesday morning press conference.

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Local
5:07 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Kasim Reed On Fire Chief's Suspension

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Wednesday stood by his decision to suspend the city’s fire chief, Kelvin Cochran, for one month. It comes after a gay rights group called for the mayor to go further and permanently remove Cochran. The fire chief recently wrote a religious book that includes derogatory remarks about homosexuality.

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Health & Science
4:57 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Red Cross Needs Blood During Holiday Season

Halona Barber draws blood from Justin Brown at the Red Cross blood donation center in midtown.
Tasnim Shamma WABE

The Red Cross needs blood. Especially during the holiday season -- when there’s a drop in donations.           

Atlanta resident Charlie Echols leans back into his chair while a phlebotomist gets ready to put a needle in. He comes here every month.

“Unfortunately, kind of a sad story, my wife’s brother bled to death at Piedmont Hospital in March of this year, so I like giving back," Echols says.

Danielle Walton is the donation center’s supervisor.

“We have our good days and our bad days. Today is a slow day. We’re normally packed around this time.”

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Local
4:38 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Reed Responds Following The Arrest Of Some Ferguson Protesters

Credit Michelle Wirth/WABE News

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed held a press conference Wednesday after some protesters caused trouble in the city Tuesday night. The unrest came after a grand jury decided not to indict a Missouri police officer for the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Atlanta Police made 24 arrests Wednesday night after protesters tried to block an Atlanta interstate. They also shattered the windows of a police vehicle, a taxi and a few businesses.

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Local
1:00 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Coke Looks To Conquer Dairy Market With New Milk Product

Coca-Cola announced it’s launching a new line of milk called Fairlife.
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Atlanta-based Coca-Cola announced it’s launching a new line of milk nationwide called Fairlife, and if that conjures images of cute kids with milk mustaches from the ‘Got Milk’ ads, think again.

The ads for Fairlife depict fit, 20-something women in revealing dresses made of milk.

“It’s not a family around where they’ve replaced the traditional milk with this new product for their breakfast cereal. It looks to me like it’s trying to get at someone who’s currently not drinking milk,” said Doug Bowman, who teaches marketing at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

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Local
12:30 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Roswell Memorial Remembers Area's Cherokee History

One of the boulders at Riverside Park.
Dylan Fagan WABE

This year marks the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears, which was the forced relocation of Native Americans from their land. Before their removal, many of the Cherokee people lived in what is now Roswell, Georgia. The story of the Cherokees in the area is one that author Cindi Crane is trying to bring to light.

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PBA30
12:06 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Get Delicious Gets Comfortable in Latest Installment

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Get Delicious! is PBA30’s series of irreverent and mouthwatering specials covering the unique corners of Atlanta’s food culture. Host Jim Stacy has lead us on tours of international cuisine, barbecue, and other hidden treasures and tonight he returns for the fourth installment. Get Delicious! 4: Comfortably Yum focuses on comfort food, and we sat down with producers Jack Walsh and Gordon Ray to talk about it. 

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Preview of Weekend Events
11:58 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Santaland Diaries, Africa Umoja & More This Weekend

Credit Horizon Theatre

Join us as we take look at some of this weekend’s events with WABE’s Lois Reitzes. Today she's speaking with Betsy Riley of Atlanta Magazine, who talks about events ranging from a South African theater production, to 'A Christmas Carol', to 'Scuba Claus.'

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights 

The Santaland Diaries at Horizon Theatre

Africa Umoja at the Rialto

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Local
9:36 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Ferguson Protest Rally in Downtown Atlanta

In silence, Lisa Archer waits as the crowd begins to gather in Downtown Atlanta.
Ryan Nabulsi twinlensatl.com

Protesters marched and rallied in Atlanta to protest a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

Protesters in downtown Atlanta peacefully chanted and waved signs. Several hundred people gathered yesterday evening in at Underground Atlanta, a shopping area in the heart of the city.

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Local
6:12 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Georgia Affected by Beef Recall

A Minnesota-based company announces a nationwide beef recall.
Credit National Beef Packing Company

Although turkey is on the mind of most Americans this week, there’s a nationwide beef recall underway.  

Ranchers Legacy Meat has recalled 1,200 pounds of its ground beef products for health-related concerns. 

Officials with the Minnesota-based company say the meat in question might be contaminated with E. coli. 

The products were produced on November 19th and include Ranchers Legacy Ground Beef Patties and OTF Manufacturing Chuck/Brisket R-D Patties.

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Local
7:47 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Incoming Atlanta NAACP President On Communicating Over The Racial Divide

Richard Rose, president-elect of the Atlanta branch of the NAACP

On Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, a grand jury in Ferguson, MO announced it would not indict a white Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old. The August 2014 confrontation between Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown took only a couple of minutes.  

The grand jury announcement, and the unrest that followed in Ferguson, re-opened questions about how well Americans truly understand each other across racial lines.

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Local
6:59 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Students Rally Following Decision In Michael Brown's Death

Michelle Wirth/WABE News

A grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is continuing to spark national reaction, including here in Atlanta. The controversy started in August after Wilson, a white police officer, shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, who is African American.

Students at several of Atlanta’s historically black colleges and universities rallied in the Center of Clark Atlanta University Tuesday in response to the decision.

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Living With HIV
5:35 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

CDC Study: Most Americans With HIV Aren't Getting Enough Treatment

Dr. Lisa Sterman holds up a Truvada pill, an HIV treatment pill used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus, at her office in San Francisco.
Credit Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

More than million Americans are living with HIV, but most of them aren’t getting the treatment they need to keep the virus under control, according to a new study from the CDC.

The goal for people who take HIV drugs is to achieve what’s called viral suppression. When they’re able to control the virus, they live longer and are less likely to pass the disease on. But according to the CDC, of those who know they have HIV, more than two-thirds of them aren’t there.

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Local
5:25 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

LGBT Group Calls For Immediate Dismissal Of Atlanta Fire Chief

Atlanta fire chief Kevlin Cochran
Credit atlantaga.gov

A state advocacy group representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people is calling on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to sack the city’s fire chief, Kelvin Cochran.

Reed on Monday suspended Cochran for a month without pay after a self-published book surfaced in which Cochran writes homosexuality is a "perversion."

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Transportation
5:22 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

There's A Learning Curve With Streetcars

The streetcar will run a 2.7 mile loop between the King Historic District and Centennial Olympic Park
Credit Tasnim Shamma

The Atlanta streetcar isn’t even up and running yet, but cars are already crashing into it.

This weekend, the streetcar was hit during a test run. This was the second accident in just one week. 

Atlanta Streetcar officials are trying to help people get used to the idea of streetcars here. So they’ve held community forums, ran social media campaigns and even made a short video:

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Rally Against Ferguson Decision
4:32 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Atlanta Police Department Says It's Ready for Ferguson Protest Tonight

Protesters gather in front of the Ferguson Police Department before the announcement of the grand jury decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Credit Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

Several grassroots organizations are gathering this evening at Underground Atlanta to rally in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision.

The rally is scheduled to get underway at 5 p.m. Organizers are calling it a “Community Speakout.”

Atlanta Police Department spokesman Ralph Woolfolk wouldn’t give details on plans for any increased police presence in the area.

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Local
12:30 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Elementary School Students 'Spread The Word' In Buckhead

Books in the bin at Morris Brandon Elementary School.
Credit Reetika Nijhawan

Earlier this month, the students at Morris Brandon Elementary School took part in a book drive called 'Spread the Word'. The program was brought together by a former Morris Brandon student, 12 year-old Jahan Nijhawan.

Nijhawan thought it would be a good idea for kids to donate the books they love to other less fortunate kids right here in Atlanta. The elementary schoolers spent a week bringing their books to school and putting them in a large barrel. We recently visited Morris Brandon Elementary to find out more about the drive.

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Sports
10:58 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Who Knew? Falcons Lead Division Despite Only Four Wins

Falcons head coach Mike Smith during the a recent game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Credit Brian Blanco / Associated Press

Believe it or not, the Atlanta Falcons can still make the playoffs.

Right now, the team only has four wins.

Their last game, the Falcons rallied to take the lead against the Cleveland Browns, but then lost the game as the Browns kicked a field goal leaving no time on the clock.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports the ending of the game left a lot of criticism against the head coach.

Forty-four seconds is how much time was left on the clock when the Atlanta Falcons took the lead over the Cleveland Browns.

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Local
10:34 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Atlanta Fire Chief In Trouble Over Book Calling Homosexuality A "Perversion"

Firefighters break open a lock on a nearby storefront as they battle a blaze in downtown Atlanta.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

Atlanta's fire chief has been suspended after city officials say he violated policy by self-publishing a book that describes homosexuality as a "perversion."

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says in a statement Monday that Kelvin Cochran will be suspended for a month without pay and will be required to complete sensitivity training.

Reed says he was "deeply disturbed" after learning about the book on Friday and will not tolerate discrimination within his administration.

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Ferguson
10:25 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Protesters Plan Atlanta Protest Of Ferguson Ruling

Protesters hold candles during an earlier Ferguson vigil in Atlanta.
Credit Evan Jang / WABE

Activists plan to rally in downtown Atlanta in response to a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

Organizers say the "Community Speakout" is set for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Underground Atlanta, a shopping area in the heart of the city.

Thousands of people demonstrated late Monday in several U.S. cities to protest the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer who killed Michael Brown, who is black, on Aug. 9.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue November 25, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Cati Diamond Stone & Dalton Diamond

Dalton Diamond and Cati Diamond Stone at StoryCorps Atlanta.

Cati Diamond Stone was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010.

Her family quickly rallied to support her, and she prepared herself for what turned out be successful mastectomy and chemotherapy treatments. One thing she was not fully prepared for, however, was losing her hair.
In the StoryCorps booth, Cati told her father, Dalton Diamond, about going to work - shortly after starting treatment.

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Health & Science
6:19 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Many Rural Hospitals in Georgia Face Financial Woes

The Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe is among the rural hospitals in Georgia having financial problems.
Credit Hutcheson.org

Many of Georgia's rural hospitals are on life support.

A rural hospital is found in areas that have a population of under 35,000.

There are dozens of them in Georgia, and a significant number of these facilities face financial woes.

“It’s a problem that’s not going away, it seems to be growing,” says Andy Miller, the CEO and editor of Georgia Health News

Miller says one big issue is that rural areas have high unemployment, which leads to a lot of uninsured patients. 

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Politics
6:01 am
Tue November 25, 2014

For State Lawmakers, High Court Ruling Highlights Need For Private Probation Bill

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs.
Credit GA House of Reps.

Georgians who can’t afford to pay off traffic tickets and other misdemeanor fines are routinely put on probation until they can pay, but that may be changing soon.

Georgia, by far, has more people on probation for low-level offenses than any other state in the country. About 300,000 at any one time, in fact. And at a rate that’s quadruple the national average.

“We have to wonder is that because people in Georgia are so much less law-abiding?" says Sarah Geraghty. "I have to believe the answer to that is no."

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Politics
6:00 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Faith-Based Groups Split on Obama's Action on Immigration

Immigration rights activists staged a protest last fall outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Atlanta Headquarters.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

President Obama’s executive action on immigration will provide temporary deportation relief and work permits for millions of undocumented immigrants. But some faith-based communities are split on whether it was wise for the president to take matters into his own hands.

Atlanta’s Catholic Archdiocese favors the president’s plan.

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