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5:47 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Isakson, Now In Majority, Expects More Productive Congress

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson
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Georgia U.S. senator Johnny Isakson has big plans for 2015.

He says the new Republican-controlled Senate plans to force the President’s hand on a number of hot-button issues, including authorizing the Keystone pipeline and eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax.

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Local
5:38 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Obama's Immigration Action Expected to Affect Thousands in Georgia

LAA President Jeffrey Tapia says President Obama's executive action is a critical step, but comprehensive immigration form is needed.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

Following President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, some local organizations are bracing for a flood of inquiries. The Latin American Association, for one, will hire extra attorneys to guide people through the process.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Isakson: Obama Immigration Plan An Effort To "Buy Friends"

Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakon
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Georgia U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson said Friday President Obama’s recent moves on immigration overstep executive authority and should be challenged in court.    

“What he was trying to do was buy friends last night. That’s all he was trying…I mean, that was a political speech. This whole thing is a political exercise," said Isakson at a GOP luncheon in Marietta. "We’ve got to make sure we don’t get trapped into playing the political game. The president was constitutionally and legally wrong and that’s the issue.”

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Comedy
12:31 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Comedian David Koechner Brings his Characters to Atlanta Improv

Lois Reitzes and David Koechner in WABE's Studio 4
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

David Koechner may not be a household name, but his face – or better yet, his characters – certainly are. He's the actor behind Champ Kind, the chauvinist sportscaster in the "Anchorman" movies, and Todd Packer, the boorish brute to Steve Carell's bumbling nice guy Michael Scott from NBC's "The Office." Our own Anchorlady, Lois Reitzes, spoke with Koechner about his craft, and his comedy.   

David Koechner performs Thursday through Saturday night at Buckhead's Atlanta Improv Comedy Club.

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Photography
12:15 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Gordon Parks' Photographs Tell a 'Segregation Story' at The High

Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956.
Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.

A new photography exhibition opened at the High Museum of Art this week. It’s called Segregation Story, and the photos are by Gordon Parks. He was the first African-American staff photographer for Life Magazine in the early 1950’s. At the time, Life was read by over 20 million people, and they regularly covered the day’s social issues.

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Local
11:58 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Athens Makes "Best College Towns" List

Athens is among the 'Best College Towns' in the country, according to Travel and Leisure Magazine.
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Athens is one of the Peach State’s bigger jewels. 

The “Classic City” is named one of “America’s Best College Towns” by Travel and Leisure Magazine.  

Athens is the only Georgia town to get the nod.

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Mara's Music Mix
6:34 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: Nov. 21-26

Steve Goss and Mara Davis
Credit Evan Jang / 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 November 21-26:

Justin Townes Earle at Variety Playhouse; Friday, Nov. 21

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Business
6:23 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Graco Recalls 5 Million Strollers For Amputation Hazard

A safety-related concern causes Graco to recall millions of its strollers.
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Graco Children’s Products is recalling 11 types of its strollers for safety related reasons.

Officials with the Atlanta-based company say a folding hinge on the sides of the strollers can close on a child’s finger, posing a potential amputation hazard.

The models in question include Aspen, Breeze, Capris, Kite, TravelMate Strollers and Travel Systems.

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Ethics Complaint Against Cobb County Chairman Lee Dropped

Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee sits as The Cobb Ethics Commission considered an ethics complaint against him. County resident Tom Cheek later dropped the complaint.
Credit Michelle Wirth / WABE

An ethics complaint filed against Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee has been dropped. Lee was accused of acting improperly as he worked to bring the Atlanta Braves stadium to Cobb County.

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Politics
5:52 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Atlanta’s Latino Community Weighs In On Obama’s Expected Immigration Actions

Immigration reform advocates rallied last year outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Downtown Atlanta.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

President Obama is expected to announce Thursday night he’ll expand his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. The policy provides temporary deportation relief for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. WABE’s Martha Dalton asked some in Atlanta’s Latino community to weigh in on the issue.

At Plaza Fiesta, a shopping mall on Buford Highway, Roberto Jimenez stands at a counter selling items like t-shirts. He says expanding the DACA program is a good idea.

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A Talk With Emory Law Prof. Polly Price
5:46 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

A Question of Authority: President Obama and Immigration

With President Barack Obama poised to unveil a series of executive actions on immigration, Speaker of the House John Boehner has told reporters, "We're going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path. This is the wrong way to govern."
Credit Evan Vucci / Associated Press

On Nov. 20, 2014, President Barack Obama will announce the executive actions he will take on the nation's troubled immigration system.  

The President is expected to expand the policy that grants temporary deportation relief to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

But, whatever one thinks of the policy change, does the Constitution give the President the power to do that on his own?  

WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Emory Law professor Polly J. Price.

Business
5:35 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Why You'd Never Know Atlanta is Tops for Data Centers

Office parks, like this one in DeKalb County, are one place data storage centers are housed. Chances are you'd never know it, though. Companies prefer to keep their data center locations top-secret.
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Big data needs big closets.

Turns out, Atlanta’s among the best when it comes to storing the stuff.

Real estate giant CBRE recently looked at the top 23 markets for data hubs, and found Atlanta is among the most cost-effective.

“You’ve got a combination of lower cost utilities and very competitive rental prices,” says Pat Lynch, CBRE’s manager of data center solutions. “The tax component is the third part.”

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Local
5:22 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Feds Say Atlanta Streetcar Not Ready Yet, Cite Safety Concerns

The Atlanta Streetcar during a test run in August.
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Downtown Atlanta will have to wait a little longer for new streetcar service. Federal regulators say safety concerns still must be resolved.

City officials had been shooting to begin passenger service in mid-November, but they’re now aiming for an official launch date of December 6th.    

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Local
3:54 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

AAA Projects 46 Million Travelers This Thanksgiving

Long lines at the main security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Credit Jim Burress / WABE

AAA predicts more people will travel this Thanksgiving Holiday than in the past seven years, though numbers still haven’t caught up to pre-recession levels.  

The auto company says nationally about 1.3 million Georgians and 46 million people nationally will take a trip of more than 50 miles around the holiday.

In 2007, more than 50 million people traveled.

AAA’s Mark Jenkins says while this year’s still numbers don’t quite match those prior to the recession, this year still marks the biggest jump in the number of travelers in the past seven years.

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Books
12:45 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

From Flop To Famous: Fresh Air’s Maureen Corrigan On Transformation Of 'Gatsby'

Corrigan's book investigates "[t]he Great American novel we all think we've read, but really haven't." Maureen Corrigan appears at the Georgia Center for the Book Thursday, November 20 at 7:15 pm.
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 In all likelihood, you were assigned the celebrated classic The Great Gatsby in a high school English class. The F. Scott Fitzgerald book is often referred to as the great American novel.  

So, how did this story—of a young Midwestern man who falls in with a group of jazz-age partiers, including the mysterious Jay Gatsby—become so revered, especially after experiencing dizzying critical and commercial failure when it was first published in 1925?

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Art
12:27 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Shinobi Marilyn Purchased by High Museum

Artist Ashley Anderson at the Emily Amy Gallery in 2012
Myke Johns WABE

Atlanta-based artist Ashley Anderson announced this morning through his Facebook page that he has sold three pieces of artwork to the High Museum of Art. That work comes from a series the artist first showed in 2012 called "Shinobi Marilyn," and consists of variations on Andy Warhol’s portraits of Marilyn Monroe, pixelated, as if in a video game.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

AJC Events: Mindy Smith, Audubon Bird Walk & More

The Audubon Bird Walk will take place this weekend.
Credit Dylan Fagan / WABE

Please join us for a look at some of the more budget-friendly events around town this week with the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Shane Harrison. 

This time around, we began our conversation by talking about singer-songwriter Mindy Smith. She'll be performing her one of her albums in its entirety tomorrow. 

 

WEB EXTRA: John and Shane discuss Christmas lights displays around the area.   

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Business
9:20 am
Thu November 20, 2014

UPS Store Creates App for Sending Video Messages

With the Delivering Holiday Happiness app from the UPS Store you can send customized video messages along with your packages.
Credit The UPS Store Inc.

Would you like to deliver a special video message to friends and family this Christmas?

There's an app for that.

The UPS Store Inc. is giving people a chance to "Deliver Holiday Happiness."

It's a new app, which debuted this week, that gives customers the chance to record a brief video.

The person who receives the package gets a sticker with a URL address that leads them to the video.

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Politics
9:20 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Senator Proposes Banning Driver's Licenses For Immigrants Granted Deferred Action

Sen. McKoon's bill would make getting a driver’s license illegal for those who qualify for deferred action status.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

President Obama will unveil his executive action plan for immigration today. The president is expected to expand deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), a program that has allowed many who arrived illegally in this country as children to temporarily stay in the U.S. and apply for work visas.

One Georgia Republican lawmaker is already trying to combat the efforts.

A bill pre-filed by Republican state Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) would make getting a driver’s license illegal for those who qualify for deferred action status.

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Food & Drink
8:20 am
Thu November 20, 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
8:11 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Kennesaw City Council Tables Vote on Islamic Center

Kennesaw Commons is the proposed site of the Islamic prayer center.
Credit Google

The Kennesaw City Council Monday tabled a vote on a proposed Islamic prayer center. This isn’t the first time such a plan has hit a roadblock.

City of Kennesaw spokesperson Pam Davis declined to give details, but said the public had its say during a two-hour hearing.

“Many people spoke both for and against the request,” she said. “There were strong emotions on both sides.”

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Local
8:10 am
Thu November 20, 2014

State Unemployment Rate Falls Slightly

Job hunter Bessie Soley, of Locust Grove, Ga., files out an application at the National Job Fair in Atlanta.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

Georgia’s unemployment rate for October was 7.7%, according to the state’s Department of Labor.

That’s down two-tenths of a point from September and one-tenth of a point from October 2013. 

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Environment
5:30 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Georgia's Forests' Leftovers Becoming A Major Source Of Renewable Energy

Georgia ranks third in the nation for its conversion of woody biomass (here, shown as wood pellets) into renewable energy. The pellets are burned to create steam and electricity.
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After a timber company makes its plywood or paper, there’s leftover sawdust and wood shavings. These leftovers are called woody biomass and in Georgia, they’re becoming a big source of renewable energy.

A Pew study ranked Georgia third in the country for converting this “woody biomass” into electricity. 

Trees are a big deal here.

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Second Cup
5:22 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

35 Years Ago Today! A Celebration of Lois on WABE

Credit Billy Howard / WABE

35 years ago today — Nov. 19, 1979 — Lois Reitzes officially signed on the air here at WABE. Current and former WABE and Public Broadcasting Atlanta staff offered Lois our gratitude and our congratulations. This sampling of staff voices is just a small tribute in recognition of her time with us so far.

Lois, of course, was quite surprised when an expected "important message" was actually an important message about her! She later remarked, "I was speechless! And speechless is not a good thing to be on the radio!"

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Business
5:18 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

When a High Unemployment Rate Isn't Bad and Low Gas Prices Aren't Good

Joe Warner fills up his tank at a gas station in Atlanta.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

It might seem strange for an economist to say a state's high unemployment rate isn’t necessarily bad.

Equally flummoxing? When an economist says falling gas prices aren’t necessarily good.

But both were points Georgia State University economist Rajeev Dhawan made Wednesday during his quarterly economic forecast. 

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Business
4:43 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Experiences Growth In Revenue, Jobs

The departure board for Delta's terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Credit David Tulis / Associated Press

In the past four years, Atlanta’s airport has seen a boost in revenue and a growing number of jobs. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed touted the increases today during the release of a 2013 economic impact study released by the airport.

Mayor Reed said last year, Hartsfield-Jackson International generated more than $34 billion in direct business revenue to metro Atlanta. That includes money from airlines, concessions and local hotels. And Reed said it’s about $2 billion more than in 2009, the last time this type of study was released.

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Ferguson Protest Prep
3:27 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Atlanta Prepares for Ferguson Protests

Protestors at local rally near Cumberland Mall in August
Credit Candace Wheeler / WABE

The events in Ferguson, Missouri, continue to hold the attention of the nation.

A grand jury decision over whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown is expected any moment.

As the country watches Ferguson, Atlanta law enforcement and activists are making their own preparations.

Carlos Campos, a spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department, says the department has been meeting with local colleges, MARTA, and the Georgia State Patrol to prepare for possible protests.

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Business
2:51 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Animal Rights Group Calls On Chick-fil-A To Reform Supply-Chain Practices

Mercy for Animals' Matt Rice at a Wednesday press conference in Atlanta.
Credit WABE

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A denies working with a poultry supplier accused of abusing chickens. The fast food chain claims it cut off the relationship in early 2013.

But an animal rights group says it has evidence Chick-fil-A used the supplier into this year and is calling on the company to change its practices.

Matt Rice with Mercy for Animals says abuse and torture remain rampant by Chick-fil-A’s suppliers.

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Local History
1:32 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

New Markers Recognize Role Of Atlanta Students In Civil Rights Movement

One of the markers recognizing the Atlanta Student Movement on Clark Atlanta University Campus.
Credit Stephannie Stokes / WABE

Atlanta is full of historical markers. You're bound to pass by a few of the standing bronze ones on any drive around the city. 

But surprisingly, there haven't been many markers recognizing Atlanta's role in the civil rights movement. At least, until now. 

A set of new markers went up this month to tell the story of the Atlanta Student Movement, which Atlanta University Center students started just after the Greensboro sit-in in 1960.

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Local
12:31 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Atlanta-Based Company Creates "Green" Can

Marietta-based Red Hare Brewing has been using Novalis' evercan sheets exclusively for the past few months.
Credit Johnny Clark / Associated Press

An Atlanta-based company gives beer drinkers a chance to do so in a much “greener” fashion.  

Novelis Inc. has released the evercan sheet, the first certified, high-recycled content aluminum for cans.

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