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12:17 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

New Law for State Waters Appears to Boost Safety

Lake Lanier is among the more popular spots for boaters during Labor Day weekend.
Credit Credit:http://www.lakelaniercvb.com

There were five drownings, 18 BUIs and 10 boating incidents on state waters this Labor Day weekend, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

“Not as good of a Labor Day weekend as we had hoped for.  A lot of activity out there and unfortunately, we had some rough things going on,” says DNR spokesman Mark McKinnon.

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Winner, 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award
12:15 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Bird Restaurant on Peachtree

Richard "R." Thomas and Sparkle, a bird born when he was ten
Kate Sweeney WABE

This story, which first ran July 31, 2013, is the winner of the 2014 a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Use of Sound. Take a listen!

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill has several claims to fame. The Peachtree Street restaurant began catering to carnivores and vegetarians alike soon after it opened its doors in 1985. Today, it’s one of the city’s few remaining local 24-hour eateries. 

To explore the third claim, WABE’s Kate Sweeney drove to Buckhead for a visit.

For a slideshow version of this story, click here. 

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Education
8:15 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Freedom House Launches Dream Schools Initiative

Freedom House announces the Dream Schools program, which will assist undocumented students with their college searches.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

A new nonprofit organization called Freedom House has launched a program aimed at helping undocumented students earn college degrees.

The initiative is called Dream Schools. Freedom House co-founder Eduardo Sanmaniego is undocumented. He says when he asked his high school advisers about going to college, they assumed he had a social security number.

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StoryCorps Atlanta
7:40 am
Tue September 2, 2014

StoryCorps Atlanta: Louis and Jacqueline Tseng

Louis, Benjamin and Jacqueline Tseng at StoryCorps Atlanta.

Louis Tseng had just finished his time in the Taiwanese Air Force and was eager to come to the United States to pursue his American dream in 1998. Soon after his arrival, he met his future wife, but his job search was a hard one. In the StoryCorps booth, Louis told his wife, Jacqueline Tseng, about his difficulties in finding a career.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Historical Society, and the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.

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Voices of 1864
7:35 am
Tue September 2, 2014

On This Date in 1864: A Child’s Account of the End of Battle

Carrie Berry kept a diary from 1864 until 1866, giving her account of the siege of Atlanta, including the shelling of her home and neighborhood, as well as the experience of hiding in her cellar during that shelling and life at home during this time.
Atlanta History Center

By September, there were only a few thousand civilians living in Atlanta. Most had fled. Women and children were some of the first to to so months before—and this makes today’s installment of our “Voices of 1864” series especially remarkable.

Carrie Berry was ten years old when she kept a diary during the Union shelling of the city that summer. In this entry from 150 years ago today, she wrote about some of the final moments she witnessed as Southern forces retreated.

In this entry, she writes about the Confederate detonation of an ammunition train, which destroyed the 

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Local
6:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Gas Prices in Metro Atlanta Still Falling

Commuters in metro Atlanta are paying less to fill up.
Credit John Lorinc / WABE

The cost of filling up is still going down in metro Atlanta.

   

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Health & Science
6:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

'Strict Procedures in Place' for CDC Workers Treating Ebola Outbreak

The ebola virus, captured by an electron microscope.
Credit CDC

As the Ebola outbreak continues to spread through West Africa, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been a key player in fighting the deadly disease.

But what is the CDC doing to keep its employees safe?

CDC Spokesperson Tom Skinner says prior heading to the region, employees are given an extensive refresher course on how to protect themselves from the virus.

If an employee develops a fever, one of the telltale signs of Ebola, he says there are “strict procedures in place.”

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Local
5:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Veterans Raise VA Records Concerns During Atlanta Town Hall

Credit Michelle Wirth / WABE

Dozens of veterans turned out for a recent town hall held at the Veterans Affairs Atlanta Regional office. The forum is one of many around the country as the VA works to rebuild trust and improve benefit delivery following a national scandal over wait times, the falsification of data and allegations of destroyed records at some VA facilities.

As a result of the scandal, veterans attending the forum raised concerns about the accuracy of records within the entire VA system.

Wendy Leurs is a Navy veteran.

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Politics
7:28 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Carter And Nunn Stump At Labor Day Luncheon

Jason Carter stumps in south Atlanta Monday.
Credit facebook.com/Carter4GA

More than a hundred workers celebrated Labor Day in south Atlanta at a luncheon hosted by the AFL-CIO’s local affiliate.

Several high-profile Democrats attended, including gubernatorial nominee Jason Carter and U.S. Senate nominee Michelle Nunn.

Carter seemed to shake every hand in the union hall. He criticized Republican Gov. Nathan Deal for not doing enough to address the state’s unemployment rate, which is second highest in the U.S.

“There’s no reason for middle-class families in this state to make $6,000 less than they did ten years ago,” said Carter.

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Local
6:00 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Foreign College Students Flock to Metro Atlanta

Metro Atlanta ranks 11th in the nation in a new Brookings Institution survey.
Credit Brookings Institution

  Metro Atlanta is one of the nation's most attractive areas for foreign college students.

There were nearly 17,000 full-time foreign students going to college in metro Atlanta from 2008 through 2012, according to the Brookings Institution.

That’s enough to rank 11th in the nation.

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Local
4:00 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Local Economists Weigh In On Georgia's Job Market

Earlier this summer, Georgia posted the nation’s second highest unemployment rate, sparking a lot of debate about the health of the state’s job market.

So what’s the outlook for Georgia’s job growth?

Don Sabbarese, who heads the Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University, says despite Georgia’s high unemployment, he’s optimistic the state’s job growth.

“I think Georgia is getting back to – not quite where it was at before – but it’s moving back to where, you know, what we were seeing in the mid-2000s,” he says.

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Author Events: David Laskin, Jan Karon & More

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

Daren Wang of the AJC-Decatur Book Festival drops by WABE studios to fill us in on the week in metro Atlanta literary events. 

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Local
6:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

New Voices Emerging in DeKalb Cityhood Debate

This 2008 DeKalb County schools map shows the neighborhoods involved in the cityhood discussion. The City of Briarcliff Initiative's map covers parts of the area shown here as Lakeside, Tucker and Druid Hills.
Credit DeKalb County

Three groups in central DeKalb County have been fighting for cityhood for nearly two years: Briarcliff, Lakeside and Tucker.

Now there are new voices entering the discussion.

“We need to act rather than be acted upon,” says Justin Critz of the Druid Hills Civic Association. He says the group is asking its 4,400 homeowners and renters to pay attention to what is going on in the cityhood debate. Critz says the association is gathering information and putting it out to residents.

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Local
5:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Labor Day Views Vary in Metro Atlanta

It's Labor Day!!!
Credit LaborDay2014.us

When the Federal Government created Labor Day in 1882, it was meant to celebrate the labor associations’ contributions to the U-S economy. 

But does Labor Day still have that meaning for people today?

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Features
9:00 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Read This: Teacher Trusts Students to Critique Sci-Fi Book

Paideia teacher Brian Eames and fellow teacher Greg with students.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

An Atlanta teacher is the author of two fiction novels for middle grade students.

The first book is called the Dagger Quick and the sequel is Dagger X.

But he recently tackled science fiction.

It’s called DivN8 and WABE’s Rose Scott reports, the author took an unconventional approach to writing his first science fiction book for young teens.

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Sports
7:49 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

It's College Football Time: A Preview of UGA, Tech, & GSU with I.J. Rosenberg of Score Atlanta

I.J. Rosenberg, president and publisher of Score Atlanta
Credit Score Atlanta

  Labor Day weekend, 2014 marks the start of the college football season for metro Atlanta fans.  Georgia State broke a 16-game losing streak, while Georgia Tech prepared for a challenging season, and UGA was touted as a possible national title contender.  WABE's Denis O'Hayer got a preview of the season for each team from I.J. Rosenberg, president and publisher of Score Atlanta.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Push to Register Korean-American Voters as Deadline Nears

AALAC staffers showcase new logo and campaign swag as part of an effort to register more Korean-American voters.
Credit Evan Changhwan Jang

With just over a month left to register to vote in November’s General Election, a local advocacy group is making a final push to help Korean-Americans sign up.

The Asian American Legal Advocacy Center wants to help 10,000 Korean-Americans register to vote in Gwinnett County. AALAC executive director Helen Kim Ho says the group has helped 2,000 voters sign up since launching the campaign last month.

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Local
2:52 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

GDOT: Plan Ahead For Labor Day Weekend Traffic

As heard on the radio
Credit Atlanta traffic. By John Bazemore, AP

There’s no less than a half-dozen major events happening in the metro area this Labor Day Weekend, and that means lots of people will be driving into and around the city.

There’s Dragoncon happening in Downtown Atlanta, which kicked off earlier this week. The Chick-Fil-A College Football Kickoff Game happens Saturday at the Georgia Dome, and a home game is scheduled for Georgia Tech the same day.

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Books
12:15 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Everything You Need To Know About This Year’s AJC-Decatur Book Festival

The 2011 Decatur Book Festival.
Credit Flickr user TimothyJ flickr.com/photos/tjc/

It’s Labor Day weekend and that means an independent book festival will soon be taking over the streets and halls of Decatur.

The AJC-Decatur Book Festival actually kicks off this evening with a sold-out keynote address from author Joyce Carol Oates. But you shouldn’t worry if you missed out on a ticket to tonight’s event; there are 600-something other author events happening around Decatur over the course of Saturday and Sunday.

To help us navigate this daunting list of authors, we brought the festival’s program director, Philip Rafshoon, into the studio.

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Mara's Music Mix
6:35 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: August 29-30

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 August 29-30:

The Last Waltz Ensemble at Smith's Olde Bar; Friday August 29

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Local
6:06 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Nearly 1 Million Georgians Hitting the Road for Labor Day

Expect many of metro Atlanta's roadways to look like parking lots this weekend.

Expect a mass exodus from the Peach State later today.

AAA reports nearly 972,000 Georgians will go at least 50 miles from home for Labor Day weekend.

A majority of those, about 850,000, will do so by car.

Those travelers will enjoy the lowest Labor Day weekend gas prices in four-years, according to the travel agency.

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Local
6:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Marietta City Council to Vote on Survivor Pension Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

A change approved by a Marietta City Council committee this week could allow same-sex spouses of city employees to receive pension benefits after the deaths of their husbands or wives. Even though Georgia does not recognize same-sex marriage, the potential shift would follow a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which overturned a portion of the defense of marriage act.

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Briarcliff, Lakeside, Tucker
6:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Legislator Gives DeKalb Cityhood Groups Deadline to Draw Map

The groups working to establish new cities in central DeKalb County now have a deadline to agree on boundaries for the proposed cities.

November 15, 2014, is the deadline State Representative Mike Jacobs (R-Brookhaven) has set for Briarcliff, Lakeside, and Tucker to agree on a map with no overlapping boundaries.

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Immigration Reform Activists Confront Deal at UGA Event

University of Georgia students with the group Undocumented Student Alliance ask Gov. Nathan Deal about a state policy that bans undocumented immigrants from attending the state's top five public universities Tuesday in Athens.
Credit youtube.com/watch?v=pPFeo-PnNpA / video still

Earlier this week a video surfaced of a controversial exchange between Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and members of the University of Georgia student group Undocumented Student Alliance Tuesday night in Athens.

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Local
7:56 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

CityLab: Atlanta Has Low Percentage of Affordable Homes. A Talk with CityLab's Richard Florida

Richard Florida, co-founder of CityLab.com and Senior Editor at The Atlantic.
Credit NYU

  Metro Atlanta's home market continues to improve, at a rate better than the national average.  But, according to an analysis by CityLab (a project of The Atlantic), Atlanta's real estate recovery is not being felt across the income spectrum.  CityLab found Atlanta has one of the lowest percentages of available affordable housing among the nation's major metropolitan areas.

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Education
6:31 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Stay In School: Challenges and Solutions to Graduating Black Males

Georgia has one of the lowest high school graduation rates for African American males in the country.
Credit pbs.org

Georgia has one of the lowest high school graduation rates for African American males in the country.

It’s 49 percent.

That’s the latest from a 2012 national report.

Later this year, new data will show if the state has made any improvement.

So what are the circumstances as to why black male students aren’t graduating and what are the solutions?

WABE’s Rose Scott has more.

What’s the problem?

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Local
5:23 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Atlanta Public Works Chief Concerned About Audit Showing Millions In Missing Supplies

Public Works Commissioner Richard Mendoza and City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow.
Credit City of Atlanta

Atlanta’s head of public works expressed concern Thursday over a recent report showing millions of dollars worth of supplies and materials within his department unaccounted for.

It comes in wake of widespread allegations of theft and mismanagement in another city department - Watershed Management.

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Sharon Barnes-Sutton
4:33 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Another DeKalb Commissioner Faces Questions About Spending

District 4 DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton
Credit DeKalb County, GA

A DeKalb County Commissioner has reportedly paid more than $35,000 in county funds to companies owned by a man with whom she has had a romantic relationship.

Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton used county funds to pay Warren Mosby’s company, RightThink Associates, Inc., $20,000 for unspecified professional services.

A complaint filed with the DeKalb County Board of Ethics alleges a conflict of interest for that payment and others to companies owned by Mosby.

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Local
4:06 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

State Commission Denies Charter School In Brookhaven

Georgia Charter Schools Commission during a 2013 meeting.
Credit Michelle Wirth/WABE News

The State Charter Schools Commission turned down a petition for a new charter school in the city of Brookhaven Wednesday. The denial of the Brookhaven Innovation Academy came despite the backing of DeKalb Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond and the entire Brookhaven City Council serving on the school’s governing board.

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Local
4:00 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

CDC Worker Returns To Atlanta After 'Low-Risk' Exposure To Ebola

The Ebola virus, captured by an electron microscope.
Credit CDC

An employee with the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who’d been working in West Africa was flown back to the city after the worker was exposed to the deadly Ebola virus.

The CDC isn’t releasing the person’s name, but said in following protocol, the person was flown back to Atlanta on a charter flight Wednesday.

The Centers said the person had been in prolonged close contact with an international health worker who later tested positive for Ebola.

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