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6:58 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Some Frequently Asked Questions About The Ebola Virus And Outbreak

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

What is Ebola? 

Ebola is one of several viruses that cause hemorrhagic fever in humans and other primates.  It was first identified in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Republic of the Congo.  Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (Ebola HF) is severe and often fatal, killing 50% to 90% of its victims.  There is no known vaccine, cure or treatment.  The only known way to stop the spread of the virus is through medical isolation.

How does one become infected with the virus? 

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Greg Germani
6:29 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Cyclist Hit-and-Run Case Goes Forward; Bands to Play Benefit for Victim

Greg Germani
Credit MedlockPark.org

A Fulton County judge ruled Friday that all charges will go forward against the man accused of running down an Atlanta cyclist in June. Joseph Alan Lewis remains in jail without bond.

Greg Germani, who suffered a traumatic head injury in the incident, is now a patient at the Shepherd Center for rehabilitation. His girlfriend, Beth Anne Harrill, says he makes gradual, small improvements and is speaking a bit more each day.

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Local
5:18 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Local Labor Supporters Cheer NLRB's McDonald's Decision

Protesters cheer a recent NLRB ruling that says McDonald's is responsible for the labor actions of its franchises Friday in front of a Fulton Industrial Boulevard McDonald's.
Credit Michell Eloy / WABE News

About a dozen people Friday gathered in front of a Fulton Industrial Boulevard McDonald's to cheer a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board: that the fast food chain shares responsibility for working conditions at its franchises.

Members from the labor affiliated groups Jobs for Justice and ATL Raise Up called the ruling “a major victory,” one that brings fast food workers closer to higher wages and the ability unionize.

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Health & Science
5:14 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

CDC Sends More Workers to Africa to Fight Ebola Outbreak

CDC Headquarters near Emory University
Credit CDC

  As Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital is preparing to treat two patients with the Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- right down the road from the hospital -- is beefing up its presence in Africa to help fight the outbreak.

The CDC already has more than a dozen staffers on the ground in Africa. In the next week, it will send 18 more.

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
1:33 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Lit'cast Extra: Scale Highly Eccentric Reading

Scale Highly Eccentric: A Zine of Flannery O’Connor Portraits
Credit Brooke Hatfield

Scale Highly Eccentric: A Zine of Flannery O’Connor Portraits consists of portraits inspired by the life and work of Flannery O’Connor, from 14 artists across a variety of mediums that span from acrylic to cross stitch to custard. 

On July 29 2014, the Georgia Center for the Book presented a reading hosted by the zine's curator Brooke Hatfield presenting works of fiction inspired by art from the zine. The readers, and respective art pieces, are:

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
1:10 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Lit'Cast Episode 9

Elisabeth McNair's artwork from "Scale Highly Eccentric: A Zine of Flannery O’Connor Portraits"
Credit Elisabeth McNair

This week: A story from Nicholas Tecosky about chickens, roads, and the crossings therein. Plus a week’s worth of live-lit events, workshops, book signings—all that stuff you need to know to dig into Atlanta’s literary scene.

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Film
12:50 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Going Ape: Conflict Resolution Heads to the Movies!

What makes war seem inevitable?
Twentieth Century Fox

(*and gives it two opposable thumbs up!)

One of the more popular summer flicks this year is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Of course, the plot’s pretty simple: A band of apes and a band of humans with a history of conflict must compete over the same resources, which pushes them the brink of war. (Aaaand, sequel!)

But, wait. There are lessons here. At least that's the idea behind the latest episode of the Emory University web-series “Emory Looks at Hollywood.”

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Local
12:47 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Search Continues for Silver Comet Trail Suspect

Authorities are searching for a man accused of severely beating a woman on the Silver Comet Trail between mile markers 19 and 20, shown on this map.
Credit PATH Foundation

  Tina Waddell, of Dallas, Georgia remains hospitalized after she was attacked while on the Silver Comet Trail on Tuesday.

About 26-miles of the trail are in Paulding County, which is patrolled by three deputies.

“They’re actually there, I guess rule of thumb, daylight to dark, they work 12-hour rotations out there,” says Lt. Colonel Chad Hunton, with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect has been described as a white male with dark hair.

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Education
12:15 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

What Advice Would You Give New High School Students?

This Monday, students around Atlanta will be heading back to school. For this year’s freshman class, that means walking through the doors of high school for the very first time.

Knowing that the start of high school can be a time of change, we wanted to come up with some words of guidance for our city's new freshmen. 

To do that, we turned to the people of Atlanta. We posed the following question to people waiting at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: If you could go back to you first day of high school, what advice would you give your teenage self? 

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Mara's Music Mix
6:35 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: August 1-2

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 1-2:

Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson at Atlanta Botanical Garden; Friday August 1

Judy Collins at Variety Playhouse; Friday August 1

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Airlines and Aviation
5:26 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Low Cost Carriers See Atlanta as New Frontier

Low cost carriers Frontier and Spirit see Atlanta as a growth market.

  Atlanta as an airline market is changing.

For years, AirTran’s low cost and low fare structure kept local airfares in check.

But since Dallas-based Southwest has absorbed AirTran, prices here are going up.

And that means low cost carriers are seeing Atlanta as a new frontier.

“Clearly, the change in the competitive dynamics in the marketplace have benefited us,” says Daniel Shurz, a senior vice president with Denver-based Frontier Airlines. 

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Local
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Metro Area Hospital to Close

Emory-Adventist Hospital
Credit Emory-Adventist Hospital

  Emory-Adventist Hospital in Smyrna is planning to close at the end of October. The upcoming shutdown of the 88-bed healthcare facility is the latest hospital to close in the state in recent years.

Adventist Health System and Emory Healthcare officials say they made the decision because the hospital is no longer sustainable in today’s dramatically changed healthcare environment.

They say the hospital has had difficulty attracting enough patients in such a highly competitive market.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
7:43 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Latin-American Association Exec. Director Jeffrey Tapia on Gov. Deal's Meeting with Latino Leaders

Jeffrey Tapia, executive director of the Latin American Association
Credit Latin American Association

  On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal met with leaders of Georgia's Latino community in his office at the Capitol.  Six days before, the Governor had sent a strongly-worded letter to President Obama, criticizing the administration for its handling of the surge of unaccompanied Central American children coming into the nation.  More than 1,100 of them are reportedly now in Georgia.

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Health & Science
5:49 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Emory University Hospital Prepares to Receive Ebola Patient

Emory University Hospital
Credit Emory Healthcare

Emory University Hospital confirms that it is preparing to treat a patient with the Ebola virus.

The hospital has a specially-built isolation unit set up with the CDC.

A statement from the hospital says that unit is physically separate from other patient areas and has special equipment and infrastructure to provide a high level of isolation.

The statement says it is one of only four such units in the country.

Emory says it does not know yet when the patient will arrive or who the patient is.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Scott Says VA Bill Would Improve Veterans' Care

Congressman David Scott
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

Before going on recess, U.S. Senators could vote on a $17 billion bill aimed at helping fix the nation’s embattled Veterans Affairs system. The House passed the measure yesterday.

The bill comes after a scandal over the falsification of data by some VA employees and long wait times a number of veterans experienced to receive care. To improve those wait times, the legislation allows veterans who live more than 40 minutes from a VA facility or have to wait more than 30 days for an appointment to receive care outside the VA System.

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Local
3:51 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Advocates Say Georgia Law Enforcement is Profiling, Increasing Immigrant Arrests

Alicia Cruz was taken to jail for driving without a license. She is undocumented and feels she was targeted by law enforcement
Credit Dan Raby/WABE

A group of advocates for immigrants to Georgia says there has been a dramatic rise in the number of arrests and detainments of immigrants in the last few years.

Alicia Cruz says she was pulled over in Conyers about four months ago.

(Cruz speaks in Spanish followed by voice of translator): “My kids were with me, and the police officers kneeled my children down and pointed them, gun-pointed them.”

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Local
3:39 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Streetcar Test Runs To Begin As Early As Next Week

Atlantans could see streetcars running in downtown as early as next week.

Trial runs without passengers will take place over the next two to three months. Streetcar spokeswoman Sharon Gavin says safety is the priority.

“1949 was the last time a streetcar ran here. There’s going to be some readjustment for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists along the route and we want to make sure we’re doing everything right,” said Gavin.

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Politics
1:01 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Gov. Deal Meets With Latino Leaders on Unaccompanied Minors

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal meets with Latino community leaders to discuss state’s role in unaccompanied minor crisis.
Credit Mundo Hispanico

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal met with leaders of the Latino Community on Wednesday.

Deal’s office called it a discussion session to talk about the unaccompanied minors coming to Georgia from Central America.

WABE’s Rose Scott has more.

 The Governor’s office invited only Spanish speaking media to cover the meeting.

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Development
12:50 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Clearing Up Where Atlanta Stands on Sprawl. No, Really.

Darin Givens: "A map from [a] 1952 [Atlanta planning] document that shows a suggested neighborhood design.
Courtesy of the GSU Library Planning Atlanta collection

Sprawl. It’s nothing new to car-centric Atlanta. But all those those reports we hear on the state of sprawl can get confusing, especially when they seem to contradict one another outright.

Take two recent studies: one from Georgetown University declares that “Atlanta is no longer the king of 

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Business
12:37 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Beazer Homes Reports Loss for 3Q

Despite an improving home building market, Atlanta-based Beazer Homes Thursday reported an overall loss for the third quarter of its fiscal year. 

Beazer says it earned $6.6-million dollars for the quarter that ended June 30th. But factor in a $19.8-million loss due to debt restructuring, and the national home builder fell short of analyst expectations.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Events: Movies, Bill Pickett Rodeo and Panola Mountain

Credit arabiaalliance.org

The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Features Editor Shane Harrison shares a few of the more budget-friendly events happening around Atlanta this week, and  he begins with a chance to catch two classic comedies on the big screen.

Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles at the Fox Theatre

Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo

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Local
11:03 am
Thu July 31, 2014

State Lawmaker: Federal Medical Marijuana Bill Could Benefit Georgians

Credit Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon)

A resolution Georgia U.S. Representative Paul Broun is cosponsoring would legalize the use of therapeutic hemp and a marijuana-derived oil called cannabidiol. The bipartisan bill was introduced Monday by U.S. Representative Scott Perry.

A state representative who championed legalizing the oil-based form of marijuana during the last legislative session says the resolution would be a “game changer” for Georgians with seizure disorders.

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DeKalb County
10:13 am
Thu July 31, 2014

DeKalb Ethics Board Must Submit Spending Plan

Attorney John Ernst chairs the DeKalb County Board of Ethics.
Credit John Ernst

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners is holding in reserve the $97,000 it recently allocated to the county Board of Ethics.

Commissioners are waiting on the Ethics Board to present a plan on how to spend that money.

Interim CEO Lee May pushed the allocation based on his plan on hiring a full-time Chief Integrity Officer, a full-time investigator and a full-time administrative assistant.

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Arts
9:05 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Oh, the horror that is Monsterama!

This is the first time Monsterama is taking place in Atlanta.
Credit Monsterama

The first ever Monsterama convention gets underway here in Atlanta.

It will celebrate classic horror in a cross-section of film, literature, and art.

If you’re into horror or just want to be around those who are horror enthusiasts, WABE’s Rose Scott has this

preview.

Horror film legend Veronica Carlson will be at Monsterama.

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Education
8:54 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Committee to Study Federal Government's Hand in Education

The Federal Government's Role in Education Committee met for the first time Wednesday.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

A new statewide committee made up of educators, lawmakers, parents and grandparents met for the first time Wednesday. The group is charged with investigating the federal government’s role in state education.

At issue are the Common Core standards. Developed by states to provide consistent math and English standards, 48 states initially signed on. But critics claim the federal government was really behind it all, trying to exert control.

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Local
4:40 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Developers for Mixed-Use Portion of Braves Stadium Project Selected

Architectural rendering of planned entrance from Cobb Parkway to the new Braves development
Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves have selected a team of local developers to complete a $400 million mixed-use development near the organization’s new stadium planned for Cobb County.

The Braves have chosen Fuqua Development, Pope and Land Enterprises and Pollack Shores Real Estate group to co-develop the 74-acre project.

Pollack Shores Real Estate will be responsible for the residential portion of the project while Pope and Land Enterprises will develop the office component.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Debate Continues Over Impact of EPA Carbon-Cutting Plan

State Rep. Mike Dudgeon,R-Johns Creek, speaking at a rally Tuesday against EPA's carbon proposal.

Two days of hearings on the U.S. Environmental Protection’s Agency’s new carbon-cutting proposal wrapped up Wednesday in downtown Atlanta.

Supporters and opponents continued to debate the proposal’s actual effect on ratepayers.

EPA’s rule would force existing U.S. power plants to cut carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030.

Perhaps the most discussed line of attack has been the claim that the proposed carbon rule will have little to no effect on climate change and public health.

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Local
4:26 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Is Georgia Seeing Effects Of Positive US Growth?

Dr. Don Sabbarese is the director of KSU's Econometric Center.
Credit Kennesaw State University

The U.S. Economy grew by 4 percent in the second quarter according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, exceeding expectations for the months between April and June.

The growth announcement also came with an improved outlook of the first-quarter slump, revised up to 2.1 percent decrease from 2.9 percent.

Don Sabbarese, who directs the Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University, said the gains on a national scale weren’t much of a surprise.

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Health & Science
4:12 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Atlanta At Center Of Ebola Containment Efforts

Luanna Korvah, a mental health clinician, walks toward her office at a small hospital in northern Liberia. This is where the first cases of the latest Ebola outbreak were recorded.
Jim Burress WABE News

More than 600 people have died from an Ebola outbreak that has spread across West Africa.

The latest outbreak reportedly began in February in Guinea, which borders Liberia. By March, some victims had crossed the boarder into the small town of Voinjama to seek treatment at Telewonyana hospital. 

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Health & Science
12:52 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Refugee Relief: Tech Designers Bring New Toilet to Kenya

A prototype of the Safichoo on display at MODA
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

It may not be something we think of very much in our day-to-day lives, but something as simple as access to a bathroom is a big problem for billions of people worldwide. It’s a problem many people are working to solve, including a small team of designers and engineers from Georgia Tech, who have created a device called the Safichoo Toilet.

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