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7:13 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Solar Panel Bill Goes To Gov. Nathan Deal's Desk

The legislation would allows for homeowner's to generate a limited amount of solar power for personal use.
Credit Michelle Wirth / WABE

It will soon be easier for Georgia homeowners and businesses to install and pay for solar panels. That’s if Gov. Nathan Deal signs legislation passed by the state legislature.

Right now, it costs tens of thousands of dollars to install solar panels on your home or business. The bill allows Georgians to lease or get help with paying for those panels.

Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, says now homeowners can go through banks, solar installers and other third parties that are not utility companies for financing.

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Business
6:33 am
Mon March 30, 2015

More Gamers Are Calling Metro-Atlanta Home

A screenshot from the video game SMITE. This year, the developer, Hi-Rez Studios in Alpharetta, is pushing the game on a new platform - XBOX One and in a new market - China
Credit Courtesy of Hi-Rez Studios

Hi-Rez Studios, an online game developer in Alpharetta, announced it’s expanding its headquarters again, adding another 50 jobs.

They're one of a growing list of companies who call metro-Atlanta home.

Asante Bradford promotes video game development for Georgia. Eight years ago, he says, there were only about SIX gaming companies in all of metro-Atlanta. Now, there are more than 70.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Day Six of Jury Deliberations: Still No Verdict in APS Trial

Judge Jerry Baxter reads a question from the jury to attorneys in the Atlanta test cheating trial.
Credit Kent Johnson, Pool / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Day six of jury deliberations in the Atlanta test cheating trial begins today. Jurors have been reviewing more than 1,000 pieces of evidence and testimony from more than 160 witnesses.

Last week, Judge Jerry Baxter made a public observation about the jury.

“They look like they’ve been working hard,” Baxter told the court.  

Jurors have been deliberating for more than 30 hours so far. They’re reviewing six-months worth of testimony and evidence. Jurors have had some questions along the way, mostly relating to reviewing documents presented as evidence in the case.

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Local
5:12 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Emory Hosts Global Health Case Competition

Members of Emory University's Global Health Case Competition team discuss elements they'll present to judges. Emory was one of 24 collegiate teams competing for a top prize of $6,000.
Credit Jim Burress / WABE

“¡Alto a la Violencia!”reads the prompt that 24-teams of students from across the U.S. and the globe had to work out this weekend at Emory University's Global Health Case Competition. 

The topic--how to reduce gun violence in Honduras--took participant Benjamin Ebeling aback. 

“We did not know anything about Honduras at all," says Ebeling, a medical student at the University of Copenhagen. Instead, he and his team thought they might tackle a topic like non-communicable diseases or Ebola. 

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In Conversation With Valerie Jackson
9:00 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

In Conversation with Joey Reiman

CEO and Founder of Brighthouse, a global ideation consultancy, Joey Reiman.
Credit Monika Nikore

In this installment of "Valerie Jackson In Conversation," we speak to former advertising and marketing guru of the Joey Reiman Agency, Joey Reiman.

Reiman is the current CEO and Founder of Brighthouse, a global ideation consultancy which teaches companies how to use purpose to achieve success.  Reiman is also the author of "The Story Of Purpose: The Path To Creating A Brighter Brand, A Greater Company, And A Lasting Legacy" and he was named by Fast Company Magazine as one of 100 people who will change the way the world thinks.

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Atlanta Sounds
11:00 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Calligraphy: A Quiet Art With Lots Of Flourish

Emily Cantor-Amthor writing with a quill pen.
Eric Durban WABE

Putting ink to a page is far less common in today's highly technological age. Yet, the art of writing isn't lost on everyone.

On a family vacation to Ireland as a child, Emily Canter-Amthor saw the "Book of Kells" for the first time. It's an intricately written manuscript dating back to around 800 A.D., and she was fascinated by the stylistic lettering.

Using an array of writing tools, including quill pens made from the flight feathers of birds, calligraphy is still practiced today by artists such as Canter-Amthor.

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A Closer Look
7:59 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Former Attorney General Mike Bowers Calls Religious Freedom Bill A 'Bad Move'

Former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers talks on ''A Closer Look'' on March 27.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

In 1986, then-Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers and his office won a U.S. Supreme Court case, which upheld the constitutionality of Georgia's sodomy law.  

In 1991, Bowers terminated an employment offer his office made to attorney Robin Shahar because she was planning a marriage to another woman.  Shahar sued, but eventually a federal appeals court ruled for Bowers, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Shahar's appeal.

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Politics
6:37 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Gov. Nathan Deal Signs Executive Order On Medical Marijuana

Gov. Nathan Deal issues an executive order that asks state agencies to prepare in advance of a medical marijuana law he plans to sign.
Credit Michelle Wirth / WABE

State agencies are being told to prepare for the newly passed medical marijuana bill to take effect. It decriminalizes cannabis oil for Georgians with eight different medical conditions.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order that requires the Georgia Composite Medical Board to create two forms. The first form is a waiver for patients or guardians that says the cannabis oil has not been approved by the FDA. The second form has to be signed by a patient’s doctor.

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Politics
6:09 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Probation System Reform Bill Moves On To Gov. Deal

The state legislature has passed a probation reform bill that would change the state's misdemeanor probation system and create a new state agency. The bill is headed to the governor for a signature to become law.
Credit Keith Allison / KeithAllisonPhoto.com

Georgia lawmakers have a passed a key part of Governor Nathan’s Deal’s criminal justice reform package for this year, that would reform and restructure much of the state’s probation system. The state Senate passed the bill, HB 310, on Friday.

The bill will makes changes to the state’s probation system for misdemeanors, or minor offenses. It would also create a new state agency, called the Department of Community Supervision, to oversee felony probation and parole.

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A Closer Look
5:56 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Obese Pet Survey Reveals Hidden Health Risks

More than half of all dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight, according to a new survey from the Assn. of Pet Obesity Prevention
Credit Mr TGT / flickr.com/mrtgt

A majority of cats and dogs in the United States are overweight and many pet owners don’t even know it. That sobering statistic from the Association of Pet Obesity and Prevention.

The organization released its eighth annual National Pet Obesity Prevalence Survey this week that found 58 percent of U.S. cats and 53 percent of dogs were overweight in 2014. The survey also discovered a whopping 90 percent of the owners of fat cats and 95 percent of the owners of overweight dogs thought their animals looked normal.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Ga. House Committee To Reconsider 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Sen. Josh McKoon, left, is the sponsor of the religious freedom bill.
Credit Denis O'Hayer/WABE

There may be new life for Georgia’s "religious liberty" bill. Lawmakers have scheduled a committee meeting on Monday, and the topic is expected to be the controversial legislation.

The move comes a day after a key House committee tabled it. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, said Friday the fight isn’t over.

"We are undeterred. We are not going to stop. We are going to keep working," he said on the Senate floor. "We’re going to prevail in this debate. It may be this year or next year, but we’ll get there."

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Green Buildings
5:01 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Georgia Ban On Green Building Certification Heads To Governor

Building 1516 is the first University of Georgia's residence hall to be LEED certified.
Credit Andrew Davis Tucker / Courtesy of the University of Georgia

A bill that would effectively ban Georgia-owned buildings from using the green certification program known as LEED is heading to the governor’s desk.

The bill requires that to use a green certification program on state buildings, that program must consider lumber from Georgia to be sustainable. LEED uses a forestry standard that doesn’t include most wood from Georgia.

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Health & Science
4:59 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

CDC Targets E-Cigarettes In New Anti-Smoking Ad Campaign

One of the Atlanta-based CDC's new anti-smoking ads targets e-cigarettes, specifically their combined use with regular cigarettes.
Credit Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press

In its latest anti-smoking campaign, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention takes on a new target: E-Cigarettes.

The radio and print ad features a woman named Kristy, who says she started using e-cigarettes to help her quit smoking.

“But I just ended up using both. I really didn’t start to get better until I quit smoking completely,” she says. In the print version, Kristy points to a scar along her torso she got after surgery for a collapsed lung.  

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A Closer Look
4:39 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Kennesaw State Football Coach Ready For First Season

Former Georgia Tech assistant and University of Georgia player Brian Bohannon was hired two years ago by Kennesaw State to launch the program as the head coach.
Credit Kennesaw State Athletics

Spring football practice is wrapping up at colleges across Georgia, and at Kennesaw State University in Cobb County, the drills and scrimmages have taken on some special meaning.

The Owls are preparing for their first season of football this fall, and Kennesaw State is the latest college in the South to add the sport.

On Saturday, they will finish spring drills with their first-ever Black and Gold game. That event gets underway at 1 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank Stadium near the KSU campus.

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A Closer Look
4:03 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

KSU Instructor Advocates For Adjunct Professors

Kennesaw State University Adjunct Professor Mandy McGrew reveals why she believes part-time college instructors are mistreated.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

Part-time university instructors, or adjunct professors, staged the first ever Adjunct Faculty Walkout Day  across the U.S. and Canada last month in a protest over job conditions.

Being a part-time professor, adjunct faculty advocates say, means little job security and low pay. But, according to the publication Inside Higher Ed, part-time instructors now make up the majority of college faculty.

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A Closer Look
3:34 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

DeKalb County Special Investigator Vows To Root Out Corruption

DeKalb County’s interim CEO has appointed a special investigator, Mike Bowers, to investigate possible corruption in the county.
Credit Lisa George / WABE

Former state Attorney General and special investigator Mike Bowers is leading a probe into corruption allegations against DeKalb County government officials. Bowers started his probe this week at the request of interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May.

"We haven’t done much yet, but we’ve seen enough to know this badly needs to be done,” Bowers said.

Bowers discussed the investigation with Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer on Friday’s “A Closer Look.”

“I guarantee we’ll find things that will be startling … the results could be criminal or something else,” Bowers added.

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City Lights
3:29 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Pianist Stephen Hough Makes Atlanta Return At Spivey Hall

Stephen Hough returns to Spivey Hall this Sunday.
Credit Sim Canetty-Clarke

Stephen Hough is back in the Atlanta area this weekend, and classical piano devotees should be in for a real treat.

The British-born performer will be on stage Sunday afternoon at Spivey Hall for a concert of Debussy and Chopin starting at 3 p.m.

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A Closer Look
2:16 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Dashed Dreams: The Tragedy Of Annette Snell And Flight 242

Annette Snell was hoping for the break that would showcase her singing. In 1977, she was killed, along with 71 others, when Southern Airways Flight 242 crashed in New Hope, Georgia.
Credit Courtesy of Snell Family

    

Each year they gather to remember and keep the memories alive of those aboard Southern Airways Flight 242.

On April 4, 1977, that flight from Huntsville, Alabama, was en route to Georgia.

It would never arrive.

Not soon after take-off, trouble began. A heavy rain storm ensued. And for whatever reason, the plane’s engines began to shut down.

Later it would be determined that massive amounts of rain and hail caused the problem.

The plane’s pilot, Captain William McKenzie, tried an emergency landing on Highway 92 in New Hope, Georgia.

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City Lights
1:00 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Artist Maren Hassinger On The Evolution Of 'Women's Work'

On display at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, ''Maren Hassinger...Dreaming'' is a retrospective of the artist's career in sculpture, installation, video and performance.
Credit Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

After 40 years in the art world, Maren Hassinger has mounted more than 100 shows across the country. She got her start in fiber arts but also does sculpture, film and performance pieces, using an array of materials from tree branches to plastic bags. 

She is highly awarded with the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award and the Anonymous Was A Woman Award under her belt. She is also the director of the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute and College of Art.

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City Lights
11:45 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Germans, French Unite In Atlanta For Multimedia Project

Multimedia project ''Poèmes Electroniques'' combines texts, images and electronic sound architecture through the theme of war. The images are projected on the walls of the gallery space.
Credit Gabbie Watts / WABE

Friday and Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, two German men and two French men will join forces to create an immersive multimedia experience. 

United through the theme of war, “Poèmes Electroniques” combines texts, images and electronic soundscapes.

Christof Veillon, the co-artistic director of Théâtre du Rêve, directs the project, but “Poèmes Electroniques” is more of a collaboration between artists and nationalities.

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Arts
11:25 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Discovering 'The Hidden South': A Conversation With Photojournalist Brent Walker

'I probably won’t get sober til [my son's] grown and the damage is done.'
Brent Walker

Their stories and portraits aren't the kind that the local chamber of commerce would highlight in a glossy brochure.  But they are the subjects of what Newnan, Georgia-based photographer Brent Walker has brought into sharp and compelling focus in a blog he calls "The Hidden South."  Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...  

  This story originally aired December 10, 2014.

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City Lights
10:53 am
Fri March 27, 2015

‘Big Charity’ Documents Battle Over Hospital’s Closure

300-year-old Charity Hospital closed after Hurricane Katrina without explanation. Alexander Glustrom's documentary tries to figure out why.
Credit Alexander Glustrom

Though he has lived in New Orleans for the past 10 years, Alexander Glustrom was born in Atlanta, went to Paideia High School and even had his 13th birthday party at the Plaza Theatre.

Therefore, it’s only appropriate that his documentary "Big Charity" has been selected as one of the encore screenings at the Atlanta Film Festival. It will be playing at the Plaza at 9:15 p.m. on Sunday. 

The film outlines the history of Charity Hospital, a 300-year-old public hospital in New Orleans, comparable to Grady Hospital here in Atlanta.

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Mara's Music Mix
8:10 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Upcoming Atlanta Concerts: Blues, Drag Queens And Al Stewart

Jinkx Monsoon performs in Atlanta during last year's ''RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons.''
Credit Robb D. Cohen / Invision/AP

This week on the music mix, WABE contributor Mara Davis brings us the blues, takes us to a drag race and croons some Al Stewart to bring us her upcoming concert calendar.

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Immigration
7:30 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Norcross, Georgia Tech To Study City’s Immigrant Population

Georgia Tech Professor Anna Kim, middle, and students survey residents at a Vietnamese New Year celebration.
Credit http://imaginenorcross.weebly.com/

The city of Norcross is partnering with Georgia Tech to study the city’s growing immigrant population.

More than 40 percent of people in Norcross were born in another country. According to the 2013 American Community Survey, Latinos and Asians make up about 60 percent of the population.

Mayor Bucky Johnson said there’s a gap between the city and its immigrant population and is hoping this study will allow the city to learn about serving its diverse residents.

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Business
6:04 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Vacation Home Rental Service Flatbook Launches In Atlanta

Flatbook purchased new sheets and towels for this condo in West End. Flatbook is paying the owner $1,650 a month.
Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

If you’re planning to be away this summer and need to lease out your place, a Canada-based start-up may be the easiest option.

Flatbook, which has just launched in Atlanta, takes over the entire subletting process.

Ricardo Theiner is Flatbook’s regional manager. He moved here from Vienna, Austria, recently and is eager to show off a condo in the West End that got a makeover. 

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Local
6:00 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Ga. House, Senate Leaders Reach Compromise On Autism Bill

From left, Rep. Richard Smith, R-Columbus, and Sen. Charlie Bethel, R-Dalton, announce an autism compromise.
Credit Michelle Wirth / WABE News

For years, the Georgia House and Senate have been at odds over insurance coverage for autism. But now, they’ve reached a compromise.

Leaders in both chambers say a Senate plan, which requires insurers to provide treatment coverage for children six years old and younger, will be combined with another House insurance bill today.

The compromise would lower the cap on treatment coverage to $30,000. The bill also says the insurance requirement would go away if the state adopts a more comprehensive approach.

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Animals
6:00 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Rare Alligator Snapping Turtles Slow To Make A Comeback

Alligator snapping turtles only live in rivers that feed into the Gulf of Mexico.
Credit Courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Alligator snapping turtles have been protected in Georgia since 1992, but a recent survey shows their numbers still haven’t bounced back.

The turtles – not to be confused with common snapping turtles – only live in rivers and streams that feed into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Politics
6:49 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Georgia House Committee Tables 'Religious Liberty' Bill

Officers stand at the door to a packed House subcommittee panel on a "religious freedom" bill on Wednesday in Atlanta. The panel heard hours of testimony on Tuesday, the first action on the issue in the House this session.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

Georgia’s "religious liberty" bill appears dead for the year.

A key House committee tabled it Thursday. With only three days left in this year’s legislative session, the bill’s prospects look dim.  

At a House Judiciary Committee meeting, supporters insisted the state needs to better protect religious expression from government overreach. They strongly denied critics’ assertions that it would provide a means to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

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Water Wars
6:38 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Peace Talks May Be Coming In Florida-Georgia Water War

The Special Master, who’s managing the suit on the Supreme Court’s behalf, has encouraged the states to reach an agreement before going through many more years and many more millions of dollars that a settlement in court might take.
Credit patchattack / flickr.com/patchattack

Peace talks may be on the horizon in the water war between Georgia and Florida. As the case in the U.S. Supreme Court continues, the governors of the two states are discussing a meeting.

In mid-March, Gov. Nathan Deal sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott.

“Since our last meeting in 2011, there have been several key updates,” Deal wrote. “I believe it would be beneficial for both parties to sit down and discuss.”

He offered to go to Tallahassee, Florida, to meet.

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Health & Science
6:22 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Opponents: Emory/WellStar Merger Talks Lack Transparency

Plans for the Emory and WellStar merger were first announced in February.
Credit Allison Guillory; Wellstar

If those behind the proposed merger of WellStar/Emory health systems are looking for a cheerleader, they won’t find one in Taryn Howard.

The Smyrna resident says her family has interacted with WellStar doctors, hospitals and even a hospice in the past year. She’s not happy with the care, but says there aren’t many options.

“It’s really very difficult to find a doctor in Cobb County that’s not a WellStar doctor,” Howard says.

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