The Oscar-nominated movie, "Selma," picked up a big win for Georgia's economy.
The film — which traces a pivotal time in the civil rights movement — spent more than three months shooting in Georgia, in places like Marietta Square and the Georgia State Capitol.
According to the Motion Picture Association of America, production of the film contributed more than $10.3 million to the state's economy. The association said the film's production hired more than 400 local crew members — and paid over $5 million in wages.
Their phones are logged out, and the cars are in park. Uber drivers in Atlanta are responding to a 20 percent fare cut by the company.
Prices for a ride dropped last week in nearly 50 cities. Protest organizers want drivers to stop taking clients from 5 tonight until 3 a.m.
Louise Cook has been driving for Uber for nine months. “It was really sort of a crushing blow. We all love our clients. We all want to drive for Uber. But we can’t do it if we don’t make at least some money," said Cook.
Georgia’s business and political circles have been buzzing about Mercedes’ planned move since the German car company announced plans to move its U.S. headquarters to the state last week.
The move is such a big get for the state that Gov. Nathan Deal even slipped it into his State of the State address Wednesday.
“The announcement last week that Mercedes-Benz is moving its North American headquarters to Georgia is further evidence that our state will continue to be a leader in job creation,” Deal said, garnering a round of applause from state lawmakers.
Be it spruce, noble fir or pine -- if it’s fake, and it’s a Christmas tree, Caroline Tuan is waiting for it at the Port of Savannah.
"Most of our product is imported," says Tuan, COO of California-based Balsam Brands. The company imports artificial Christmas trees through the Port of Savannah.
“What’s getting increasingly difficult for trucking companies is to stay on schedule," she says. That's because traffic congestion is increasing, causing longer and unpredictable travel times between the Port and Balsam's Atlanta warehouse.
Authorities say the technology firm NCR Corp. plans to build a new headquarters in midtown Atlanta. The firm is now based in the northeast Atlanta suburb of Duluth.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Wednesday said that its new global headquarters will bring 3,600 jobs to Atlanta. It is being planned for a site on Spring Street near the Georgia Institute of Technology campus.
Reed said in a statement that NCR also plans to maintain a significant presence in suburban Atlanta.
MARTA is no longer a four-letter word in metro Atlanta.
For years, MARTA has been the battered and neglected transportation stepchild in Georgia. But today, it's on the rebound.
The ninth largest transit agency in the country operating in the black. Its ridership is up. Its trains are running more often. It's even improving its bus service ─ cut during the Great Recession and tight budget years.
A coalition of union leaders, workers and workers' rights advocates rallied to raise the state’s minimum wage Wednesday. They support a proposal that calls for Georgia workers to earn a minimum of $15 per hour.
Right now, employers have to pay Georgia employees at least $7.25 an hour. At a union hall in downtown Atlanta, dozens of people called for more than twice that amount for workers like Rhonda Levitt. She currently works four part-time jobs to help support her grandchildren and her mother. But Levitt says still has trouble paying her bills.
Luxury car company Mercedes-Benz is moving its U.S. headquarters to the metro-Atlanta area.
The company and Gov. Nathan Deal made announcements about the relocation within minutes of each other Tuesday evening after months of speculation that the German brand was eyeing a move to the Southeast.
In a statement released online, Mercedes said the move was “designed to better serve its growing customer base and strengthen the company's position for long-term, sustainable growth.”
At long last, a developer has come up with a viable plan for Underground.
It’s not surprising it had to be someone from out of town who was willing to take the risk to realize Underground’s true potential.
Many Atlantans are jaded when it comes to Underground. They may remember the lively nightspot of their youth, a distant memory of what it is today – a place visited by the confused tourist, the occasional office worker or people who don’t have anything better to do.
Starting this year, Publix will offer same-sex marriage benefits to its employees. The southern grocery chain, which has a major presence here in Atlanta, will give full spousal benefits to couples who wed in states where gay marriage is legal. WABE’s Michelle Wirth got reaction from local residents.
Most local residents say they’re pleased Publix will offer the benefits. Terrence Cox is a Brookhaven resident.
Many of those positions are expected to be in the Atlanta headquarters.
Coke didn’t respond to emails from WABE for confirmation or comment, but earlier this year the company announced plans to expand a five-year cost cutting program to $3 billion from $1 billion in February.
Google released its latest report on transparency this month. It says the Georgia Department of Corrections wanted to censor a YouTube video depicting the alleged abuse of inmates.
Google didn’t give any specifics about who was in the video or where it was shot. But the Georgia Department of Corrections wanted to remove it due to its “violent nature.” Ultimately, Google decided the content of the video didn’t violate YouTube’s community guidelines. Attorney Sarah Geraghty with the Southern Center for Human Rights says Google made the right call.
AirTran's final flight was on this Boeing 717, seen here at the gate at Tampa International. The airline was a launch customer for the plane. Now, it will go to a paint shop in Arizona where crews will repaint it with Delta Air Lines' logo and colors before sending it back to Atlanta.
(Note: Story updated to include information from final flight, web extra interviews)
Late Sunday night, AirTran Airways flew 115 117 passengers from Atlanta to Tampa. But the 70-minute trip was anything but a typical AirTran flight.
It was the final one.
More than 800 hopeful travelers were on the flight’s standby list. Most of the folks who made it onboard AirTran Flight 1 were current or former AirTran employees, with a handful of journalists and Southwest executives scattered among the seats.
The North Pole isn’t the only spot where people are working hard getting packages ready for Christmas.
This is the busiest day of the year for the United Parcel Service.
The Atlanta-based company will be delivering about 34 million packages today.
Officials say a lot of steps were taken to make the process move as smoothly as possible.
“We work very closely with all of our large shippers this year on their forecasting, so that we could prepare. We’ve also increased the capacity of our network by five percent,” says UPS spokesman Andy McGowan.
Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was for November was 7.2 percent, according to state's Labor Department.
That’s down nearly half a point from November 2013, when it was 7.6 percent.
"In addition to strong job growth that has made Georgia a leading state in job creation for several months, we saw our total number of initial claims for unemployment insurance in November fall to the lowest point in more than 14 years," said Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.
You might get more presents at your doorstep this Hannukkah and Christmas. That’s because there’s expected to be an increase in the number of packages being shipped.
Atlanta-based UPS anticipates an 11 percent growth in package deliveries this holiday season. The U.S. Postal Service expects to top that with 12 percent increase in parcels. Michael Miles is a spokesman for the Atlanta District of the U.S. postal service.
“Most of that volume is due to the growth in ecommerce.”
NPR is reporting that Sony has canceled the Christmas Day release of "The Interview." This comes after recent reports that most of the major cinema chains were not going to screen the film - citing concerns over threats.
"We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public," Sony said in a statement. "We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."
A Vermont artist has won a three-year trademark fight with Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A. Despite the company's objections, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office gave Bo Muller-Moore the trademark rights to the phrase, "Eat More Kale," which he puts on the T-shirts he sells.
Recent data show veterans who have served since September 11, 2001, have a higher unemployment rate than the national average. As the government works to reduce that rate, a convention in Atlanta this week focused on helping veterans who own small businesses.