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Food
12:40 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

A Coop With A View: Raising Chickens at Manuel's Tavern

Manuel's Tavern owner Brian Maloof with one of his chickens
Myke Johns WABE

Many restaurants around Atlanta have embraced localism by getting their meats and produce from area farms or even growing their own vegetables. Manuel’s Tavern, though, has gone a step further by building a chicken coop on their roof. The North Highland Avenue mainstay is now offering organic eggs courtesy of the twenty four chickens living on-premises.

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The Kids at Camp Shakespeare
12:06 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Shakespearean Insults

Credit Courtesy of Georgia Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is known for his great masterpieces of verse, plays and sonnets. Georgia Shakespeare hosts a summer camp to teach kids about the man and his work.

Camp Shakespeare is a summer camp hosted by Georgia Shakespeare on the Oglethorpe University campus.  Among lessons on sword play and acting, they also learn something unique about the author and playwright’s command over the English language, Shakespearean insults. 

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Local
8:29 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Governor to Sign Bill Easing Gun Restrictions

Credit Michelle Wirth / WABE News

[Update: Gov. Deal has now signed the gun bill along with several others. More details to follow.]

Governor Nathan Deal will sign a bill today that greatly expands where Georgians can legally carry guns.

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Politics
6:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Kingston Reportedly Opposed To CDC Gun Violence Research

Georgia Republican U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston reportedly opposes a plan to fund gun violence research, a reversal of the Savannah congressman’s stance after the shootings at Sandy Hook.

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Paulding County
6:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Paulding County Rolls Out 911 Texting

Paulding County is the first county in the state to roll out 911 texting.

The county’s 911 Director, David Mumford, says the new system has been up and running about three weeks, but his operators have not gotten a single emergency text.

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Local
6:53 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Georgians Challenge State's Gay Marriage Ban Amendment

Christopher Inniss and his partner Shelton Stroman are among the plantiffs in the lawsuit.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

The country’s oldest and largest legal organization that works on behalf of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people filed a federal class action lawsuit today.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports, three same-sex couples and a widow, all Georgians, are challenging the state’s constitutional amendment that denies same sex marriage.

Moving to another state that recognizes same-sex marriages was never the answer says Christopher Inniss.

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Online Voter Registration
4:13 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

State Says 12,000 Georgians Used New Online Voter Registration System

In time for the May 20 primary, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp says nearly 12,000 people have registered to vote using the state’s new online system and mobile app.

Kemp said the number – officially 11,970 – is more than double the 5,000 his office expected.  He said the tally is a good sign as the state ramps up for the mid-term elections in November.

“I think when people realize what this tool will bring and the services it’s going to provide, I think you’ll just see more and more people downloading the app and going to the online site,” Kemp said.

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DeKalb County
3:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

DeKalb Interim CEO Cracks Down on Use of County Purchasing Cards

DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May admits that news reports alerted him to a problem with the use of county purchasing cards.
Credit Lee May

DeKalb County’s Interim CEO has issued an executive order changing the way county employees and elected officials can use county purchasing cards.

Starting today, county employees and elected officials have two weeks to review and sign a new policy about the use of county purchasing cards, which are called “P-cards.”

Interim CEO Lee May admits the issue came to light after reports in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporting that Commissioner Elaine Boyer purchased thousands of dollars’ worth of goods and services on her card.

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#weloveatl
1:43 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Bitter Southerner's Love Note To Atlanta

The beginning of The Bitter Southerner's feature about Atlanta.

Chuck Reece decided to call the web magazine he edits The Bitter Southerner because he was, as he freely admits, feeling bitter toward his native South at the time.  In fact, Reece talked about his then-fledgling online journal with WABE's Steve Goss last year.

  But that name is arguably a misnomer for a publication that so clearly adores so much about the modern South.

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Local
12:16 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Georgians Encouraged to Head Outdoors on Earth Day

It's Earth Day!

It's April 22,  otherwise known as Earth Day.

"It's important that we consider Earth Day as a chance to make a commitment to engaging with the natural world," says Sherry Crawley, with the Nature Conservancy of Georgia.

She says there's a wide range of plant and animal life throughout the Peach State.

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Local
8:49 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Old Newnan Hospital Renovated for UWGA

The University of West Georgia is recycling an unused hospital into a new spot for its students.
Credit University of West Georgia

The University of West Georgia is using something from the past to fuel its future.

The Carrolton-based school is  planning to use the renovated Newnan Hospital as its campus in that city.

The facility in downtown Newnan hasn't been used after Piedmont Healthcare built a new hospital in Coweta County.

Officials are glad the building is being recycled.

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Local
6:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

'Peach' Coming Back To Chick-fil-A Bowl

Credit Josh Pate / WABE News

Atlanta’s annual college football bowl needed a little something old to get a little something new.

The Peach Bowl is back, part of a six-year agreement between Atlanta-based fast food chain Chick-fil-A and ESPN that will also bring portions of the new 4-team College Football Playoffs to the city in the next few years.

Under the agreement, the game’s name will revert from the Chick-fil-A bowl back to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl to satisfy naming rules set by playoff organizers. The word “peach” was dropped from the bowl title in 2006.

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Politics
8:33 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

A Legal Challenge to Georgia's Gay Marriage Ban: Analysis from Georgia State Law Prof. Neil Kinkopf

Georgia State University professor of law Neil Kinkopf
Credit Georgia State University College of Law

  On Monday, April 21, 2014, Lambda Legal, an organization that works on gay rights litigation, announced it will file a Federal lawsuit against the gay marriage ban in Georgia's state constitution.  Lambda Legal said it would file the lawsuit on April 22.   The gay marriage ban has been part of the state constitution since voters approved it in 2004.  The challenge comes after similar lawsuits were filed in other states.

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Local
6:35 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Advocates React After State Suspends Transfer of Developmentally Disabled

Advocates continue to support moving people with developmental disabilities from state hospitals into the community. That’s despite two deaths that occurred after individuals with developmental disabilities were placed into community settings shortly after a state hospital closed in Thomasville.

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Watershed Management
5:12 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

City Council Criticizes Watershed Chief and Reed Team for Pay Raises

Watershed Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina before the Atlanta City Council Monday.

The Atlanta City Council Monday reprimanded the city’s embattled Watershed chief and members of Mayor Kasim Reed’s team over hefty raises awarded to five Watershed managers.

Watershed Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina said legislation approved in 2012 gave her broad authority to adjust salaries to help attract and retain workers.

“Part of the reason we are losing good people is we can’t pay them the salaries they are getting elsewhere,” said Macrina.

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Education
4:06 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

State Issues Grades to Schools, Districts

State Superintendent John Barge announces the overall results of the College and Career Ready Performance Index. The CCRPI is the state's new accountability system. It was implemented when the state received a waiver from part of the federal No Child Left Behind Law.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

It’s report card time, but not for students. The Georgia Department of Education Monday released report cards for individual schools and districts. 

Schools are scored on a 100-point scale. They’re graded on three main components: achievement, progress, and how  well a school or district narrows the achievement gap. State Superintendent John Barge (who is challenging Gov. Nathan Deal in the Republican Primary next month) said he weight of each category has changed.

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Books
12:47 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

“Sit Down and Be Awesome” – Tackling National Novel Writing Month

Daniel Lamb and Laurel Snyder
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

November is National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is what it sounds like: write a novel in one month. WABE’s Myke Johns spent November following two Atlanta writers as they hit the keys, and has this story.

Who on earth would try to write a novel in a month? Meet Daniel Lamb and Laurel Snyder. Both writers set aside their November for National Novel Writing Month, which most refer to it as “NaNoWriMo.”

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Education
12:26 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Education Analyst Calls Bad Move on Georgia Board of Regents Tuition Increase Approval

According to the National Center for Educational statistics, between the 2001–02 school year and the 2011–12, school year; undergraduate tuition, room and board at public institutions rose 40 percent.
Credit geteducated.com

As college seniors prepare to graduate next month, those heading back to the University System of Georgia’s colleges and universities will pay more in tuition.

This week the Board of Regents approved the tuition hike.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports how the increase could affect prospective students.

It’s a not a popular trend, but for years, college tuition costs have been escalating.

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Books with Daren Wang

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

The AJC - Decatur Book Festival’s Daren Wang drops by to fill us on the week’s literary events, and he starts with a couple of author appearances taking place at the Atlanta History Center.

Jennifer Senior at the Atlanta History Center

Civil War Lecture Series: Todd Purdum

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Education
8:35 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Venezuelans in Atlanta Protest Regime

A small, but dedicated, group tries to bring attention to the political turmoil in Venezuela.
Martha Dalton/WABE News

A group of Venezuelans living in Atlanta held a protest in Buckhead this weekend. They want to highlight ongoing anti-government demonstrations in their homeland.

The group isn’t happy with the Venezuelan regime, led by President Nicolas Maduro. And some say conditions there keep them from returning home. However, that has created an internal conflict for some Venezuelan nationals here. 

A Symbolic Protest

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DeKalb County
6:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Cityhood Groups Pushing Toward 2015

The three cityhood group's maps have undergone changes, but this 2013 Atlanta Regional Commission map gives a broad idea of the proposed boundaries of each.
Credit Atlanta Regional Commission

In the final days of the 2014 Georgia General Assembly session, the battle for cityhood got ugly. Ultimately, none of the cityhood bills passed.

So advocates for the potential cities of Briarcliff, Lakeside and Tucker are now redoubling their efforts and looking toward the 2015 legislative session.

All three groups are moving forward and planning public meetings in the next few weeks. One of the Tucker cityhood organizers is Frank Auman. As Auman sees it, the end of this year’s legislative session wiped the slate clean, and he says he got a clear message from lawmakers.

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Monday Is Final Day For Primary Election Voter Registration

Monday is the last day Georgians can register to vote in the upcoming primary election.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said if a Georgia resident wants to vote in the May 20 primary election, he or she will have to register before midnight Monday.

“Our county election officials need time to be able to get you in the system, make sure you show up in the electronic poll books and that all your information is verified,” Kemp said.

The secretary of state said Georgians have options when registering.

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Local
6:00 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Church 'Revisting' Plans To Move Priests, Still Intends To Move Forward

Atlanta Archdiocese Bishop Wilton Gregory presides over mass at Christ the King Catholic Church in Buckhead earlier this year.
Credit Jaimee Lee / WABE News

There’s a new controversy involving the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta and housing, after some Buckhead residents say they oppose a plan to move some priests into a house previously inhabited by Archbishop Wilton Gregory.

Christ the King Catholic Church spokesperson Dave Fitzgerald said the church is taking a second look at its plans to move six of its priests into the home, but said the church still intends to move forward.

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Politics
8:18 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Messages for Georgia Republicans--and Democrats--in New Insider Advantage GOP Primary Poll

InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery
Credit InsiderAdvantage

  With just over a month remaining before the May 20, 2014 Georgia primary elections, InsiderAdvantage released a poll on the Republican contests for Governor and U.S. Senate.  

The numbers revealed some interesting trends, with implications not only for the Republican candidates, but for the Democrats the survivors will likely face in the November general elections.  

InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.

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Education
5:56 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Educators Pleased About Potential Changes to the State Health Benefit Plan

Credit Ga. Dept. of Community Health

Several education organizations are pleased the state plans to increase the number of providers and health plan options for state employees next year. The announcement by the state comes after state employees raised concerns about Georgia selecting Blue Cross Blue Shield as its only insurer this year for the State Health Benefit Plan.

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Education
5:42 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Cobb School District Presents Balanced Budget

The Cobb County school board is expected to vote on a proposed budget later this month.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

Cobb County school officials this week presented a balanced budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. The district seemingly overcame an estimated $80 million deficit.

Officials said they cut spending by $20 million; benefitted from another $20 million in increased property tax revenues; and received an additional $35 million in state funding this year. Chief Financial Officer Brad Johnson said the district will restore some cuts.

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Local
4:34 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Controversy Over Pay Raises Puts Greater Focus On Atlanta Watershed Operations

Atlanta Watershed Commissioner Jo Anne Macrina.
Credit Channel 26

Questions persist over how the city’s Watershed commissioner was able to dish out hefty pay raises to her leadership team without City Council approval. It comes as the department is being investigated for mismanagement and widespread cases of lost and stolen equipment.

Earlier this year, Watershed chief Jo Ann Macrina awarded pay raises to five members of her leadership team, ranging from $15,000 to $25,000. The raises were backdated to June so retroactive pay was included.

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History
12:06 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

"A Storyteller of Great Pain" - Letters to Sala at MJCC

Young Sala
Ann Kirschner MJCC

The Marcus Jewish Community Center is hosting two programs depicting one woman’s story of survival during the Holocaust. The woman is Sala Garncarz, who was 16 years old in 1940 when she was forced from her home and into a German labor camp. Now, Letters to Sala is being brought both to the gallery and the stage. The exhibition features her letters, photographs, and a diary chronicling her years in the Nazi work camps.

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Second Cup
11:55 am
Fri April 18, 2014

What Makes a Mezzo a Mezzo? A Conversation with Irene Roberts

Irene Roberts is Rosina in the Atlanta Opera's production of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville."
Credit Kristin Hoebermann / irenerobertsmezzo.com

If you've ever wondered what the difference is between a mezzo-soprano and a soprano, Irene Roberts has your answer. Roberts, a mezzo-soprano, will be singing the role of Rosina in the Atlanta Opera's upcoming production of "The Barber of Seville." Lois Reitzes sat down with Irene and began by asking her how she got into music.

"The Barber of Seville" opens April 26 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

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Local
10:17 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Georgia State Hires Chief Innovation Officer

Credit Georgia State University

Georgia State University has hired its first chief innovation officer.

The university hired Phil Ventimiglia, former NCR Corporation vice president for innovation and new product development. Ventimiglia started the position week and will head the university’s Information Systems and Technology Department. He also plans to explore new technology solutions both in and out of the classroom.

“My position on this that it’s that it’s not to go and remove the classroom from the equation but really to augment the classroom with other modalities of learning.”

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