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7:18 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Advocates Respond to Gov. Deal's Unaccompained Minor Claims In Georgia

Credit Paxichristiusa.org

Advocates responded to the Governor’s claims that over a thousand unaccompanied minors have come to Georgia from Central America since January and that the Obama administration is providing no information about them.

In his letter to President Obama, Governor Deal said that the state has no idea where the children are coming from or where they’re ending up. 

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Local
6:04 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Drew Charter School Expands

Evan Jang

Parents and students got a chance to view the newly constructed Drew Charter School Junior and Senior Academy Friday. The new Atlanta Public School is part of the existing Drew Charter School.

Drew Senior Academy Principal Peter McKnight gives a tour of the 200,000 square foot facility. He walks through a light filled corridor with classrooms on the right that have the ability to open to each other. On the left are several tables where students can work on group projects.

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Health & Science
4:47 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

CDC Lab Moratorium Could Slow Work on Chikungunya Diagnoses

Officials with Atlanta’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the safety moratorium affecting some of its labs could slow down the diagnosis of the emerging chikungunya virus.

The first two confirmed cases of locally acquired chikungunya were reported last week in Florida. “Locally acquired” means the patients had not contracted the virus while traveling outside the United States.

Chikungunya causes joint pain and fever that can last for weeks or even months. It is spread by mosquitos.

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Page-Turners
3:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Three Page-Turners...from Stacey Abrams

Abrams's writing bio calls her 'a lawyer by day and a writer during every waking hour.'
Credit Georgia General Assembly

 Stacey Abrams has a unique resume. 

The Democratic Minority Leader in the Georgia state house and state representative for Atlanta’s 89th district is also a writer of romantic thrillers under the pen name “Selena Montgomery.”

WABE’s Denis O’Hayer sat down to talk with Abrams about how she grew up surrounded by books—sometimes, literally nested in them. (That story’s in the interview’s extended version.) They also discussed what makes a biography great, and how on earth Abrams even finds the time to read—and write novels—while pursuing her day-job.

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Restroom Warriors
12:52 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Never Fear; the Powder Puff Patrol is Here.

Sue Poston directs busy foot traffic during intermission as part of the Fox's Powder Puff Patrol.
Dan Raby WABE

Intermission can be fraught. You want to grab a leg-stretch, maybe a drink, and very often, a trip to the restroom.

But as we all know, this can pose a challenge for those of us—especially women—who don't wish to miss the opening curtain on Act II. This is very much the case at an historic venue like Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, which is known for its stained-glass windows and trademark starry-blue ceiling, but not for its ease of navigation.

Enter the Powder Puff Patrol, a keen group of volunteers and staff appointed to confront this rather delicate problem.

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Theater
12:17 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Changing Lives Through Theater - Youth Creates at 7 Stages

The students and teaching artists of Youth Creates at 7 Stages Theatre, gathering at the end of the day.
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

For 13 years, 7 Stages Theatre has worked to bring young people into the theater through a program called Youth Creates--an intensive five-week production during which students create a show from scratch. WABE's Myke Johns paid them a visit to speak with the students, interns and teaching artists involved.

   

Youth Creates' show, Lost Creations, is in performance Friday and Saturday, July 25 & 26. For more, visit Atlanta PlanIt.

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Mara's Music Mix
6:35 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Mara's Music Mix: July 25-26

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 July 25-26:

The Avett Brothers with Emmylou Harris and Gov't Mule at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre; Friday and Saturday July 25-26

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Education
4:47 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Fulton County Schools Gearing Up for New Year

Fulton County Superintendent Robert Avossa (center) announced changes for the district at a Thursday press conference.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

Changes are coming to the Fulton County schools. From construction projects to beefed-up Internet access, officials say students and teachers will see improvements.

Some of the changes are due to Fulton’s status as a charter district. Fulton Superintendent Robert Avossa said the designation lets schools waive some state requirements.

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Walton County
4:05 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Moore's Ford Bridge Murders: 68 Years Unsolved

Mourners walking past the open coffin of lynching victims George W. Dorsey and his sister Dorothy Dorsey Malcom, Mount Perry Baptist Church, Bishop, Georgia, July 28, 1946
courtesy AJC Photographic Archives, Special Collections and Archives, GSU Library

It has come to be known as the “last lynching in America.”

Tomorrow it will be 68 years since the murders at Moore’s Ford Bridge: killings in Walton County in 1946: killings that are still unsolved.

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Local
12:30 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

More Details on Cyclorama Move

Credit Katie King for Atlanta PlanIt

Yesterday, Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the Cyclorama would be relocated from its current home in Atlanta's Grant Park to an as yet unbuilt facility at the Atlanta History Center. We talked with the History Center's Senior Military Historian and Curator Gordon Jones about the move and what it entails:

How will the History Center move the painting?

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Local
12:15 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Metro Atlanta Unemployment Rate Rises in June to 7.6%

Here is the latest jobless data for metro Atlanta.
Credit Rob Aaron / WABE News

The unemployment rate for metro Atlanta this June was 7.6%.

That's up nearly a half-point from May, but it's a full point lower than it was in June 2013.

Officials with the Georgia Department of Labor say the increase seen in June comes largely from seasonal layoffs.

As for the year-to-year drop in unemployment, the DOL says  job growth was seen in a number of fields, including professional and business services and trade, transportation and warehousing.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Events: Man in Black, Dock Dogs and a Day Trip

Credit dixiedockdogs.com

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 starts with ‘House of Cash: A Musical Tribute to the Man in Black.’ 

House of Cash: A Musical Tribute to the Man in Black

Dixie Dock Dogs

Day Trip: Green Bean Festival

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Local
7:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Residents Explain Why They Didn't Vote This Week

Georgia voters have been casting their ballots all summer. Some votes leading up to the general election in November.
Credit WABE

State officials predict that only 12 percent of registered Georgia voters cast their ballots in this Tuesday's run-off election. 

Some Atlanta residents had work, while others were disillusioned, unsatisfied or ill-informed.       

Jermaine Martin said he almost always votes but work kept him from going out and casting his ballot. Martin said he voted in May's primary election and plans on voting in November. He also encourages his friends to do the same. 

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Voices of 1864
6:36 am
Thu July 24, 2014

On This Date in 1864: A Letter from a Union Soldier

View of Union officers posing on the porch of the Windsor Smith house, the headquarters of Col. Henry A. Barnum (4th from left), 149th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry, U.S.A., on Whitehall Street in Atlanta, Georgia; the house had previously served as the headquarters of John B. Hood during the Siege of Atlanta.
Credit Atlanta History Photograph Collection, Kenan Research Center / Atlanta History Center

  In this installment of “Voices of 1864,” we hear excerpts from a letter penned 150 years ago today by a Union soldier fighting under General William T. Sherman, in what would later come to be known as the Battle of Atlanta, a major turning point of the Civil War.

Alonzo Miller was a Private in the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and 25 years old. He wrote this letter to his family two days after the battle.

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta.

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Arts
7:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

General Sherman Keeping Close Watch on Atlanta

General William T. Sherman's eyes are keeping a close watch on people walking along the Atlanta Beltline.
Gregor Turk

Look out Atlanta... he's back!

The eyes of Civil War Union General William T. Sherman are once again upon Atlanta, plastered on five billboards along the Atlanta Beltline.

It’s the third part of the temporary public art installation called “Apparitions,” which was commissioned by Atlanta Celebrates Photography and Art.

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Politics
5:36 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Georgia Republicans Gear Up for November

Gov. Nathan Deal and David Perdue, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
Credit Lisa George/WABE

The morning after the primary run-off, Georgia Republicans came out fighting, gearing up for November’s general election.

Governor Nathan Deal accused his opponent, Jason Carter and Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn of running on their family names. “Our opponents are going all around the country raising money because they have good names, and I don’t have a problem with that,” said Deal. “But you know, we believe a candidate ought to stand on their own record, on their own priorities, and the things they have demonstrated that they can do.”

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Politics
4:35 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

WABE's Live Special Report on Georgia's July 22 Runoff Election

The WABE news team meets in the afternoon of July 22 to prepare for the special live report on the runoff election results.
Credit Lisa George

This is the archival audio from WABE's special live news coverage of the results of Tuesday's runoff election. This program was broadcast July 22 between 9:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on July 22, 2014.  

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Health & Science
2:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Director of CDC Lab Where Anthrax Scare Happened Resigns

Credit John Lorinc / WABE

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that Lab Director Michael Farrell has resigned. 

  Farrell was in charge of the lab where more than 80 workers were potentially exposed to anthrax.

CDC spokesman Tom Skinner told WABE that Farrell resigned last night but said the agency has no further comment.

Farrell had been reassigned within the CDC last month following news of the anthrax issue.

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Airlines and Aviation
1:52 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Delta's ATL Hub Helps Boost Strong Profits

Credit Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines Wednesday posted double-digit profit gains for the June quarter and beat Wall Street's profit expectations. 

Everything seems to be going right at the Atlanta-based airline, at least from a balance sheet perspective. More passengers boarded Delta aircraft, and they paid a higher premium to do so.  

Delta says it earned $889-million during April, May and June. That’s a 17-percent increase over the same period a year ago.  

During an investor webcast, Delta president Ed Bastian said Atlanta was one of the airline’s bright spots.

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Preview of Weekend Events
11:58 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Toubab Krewe, Paula Poundstone and Wynton Marsalis This Weekend

Toubab Krewe.
Credit toubabkrewe.com

Have you been looking for something to do this weekend? If so, join host Lois Reitzes as she speaks with Betsy Riley of Atlanta Magazine about this weekend's events. This time around, begins by talking about the inaugural concert taking place at Smyrna, Georgia’s Riverview Landing. 

Toubab Krewe at Riverview Landing

Paula Poundstone at Variety Playhouse

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Music
11:54 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Becoming a Fan of Jazz with Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis
Credit Frank Stewart

Wynton Marsalis is in town this week, performing with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as part of the National Black Arts Festival.  Marsalis is a trumpeter, composer, teacher, music educator, and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center—he has spent much of his life furthering the art form of jazz music. He recently spoke to our own Valerie Jackson about the concert and growing to love the artform of jazz.

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Features
8:39 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Taking a Closer Look at Civil War Atlanta

Wendy Hamand Venet
Credit saportareport.com

The passage of 150 years has glossed over or romanticized much of the horror of the Civil War in Georgia.  In her new book, "A Changing Wind--Commerce and Conflict in Civil War Atlanta" (Yale University Press, 2014), Georgia State University Professor of History Wendy Hamand Venet recounts many of the personal stories of our city's residents during that tragic time.  Recently, she spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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Education
3:55 am
Wed July 23, 2014

GOP State Schools Superintendent Runoff Too Close To Call

Mike Buck held a watch party at a law office in Rome, Georgia, where he lives.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

  The Republican primary runoff for state schools superintendent was too close to call Tuesday night. Former educator Richard Woods had just over 50% of the vote. However, his opponent, state chief academic officer Mike Buck, was trailing by less than one percent, which could lead to a recount. 

The Buck campaign held a watch party in Rome, Georgia where Buck lives with his family.

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Politics
2:56 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Perdue Tops Kingston In GOP Senate Runoff

Businessman David Perdue addresses supporters after being declared the winner of a tight runoff race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination Tuesday night in Atlanta.
Credit Michell Eloy / WABE News

Businessman David Perdue came out on top against Congressman Jack Kingston in Tuesday night’s tight runoff race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, making the Savannah congressman the third and final sitting House member to fall to the political newcomer.

The results went back and forth between Perdue and Kingston well into the night, with a clear winner looking doubtful at times. But in the end Perdue edged out the 22-year-veteran lawmaker with just over 50 percent of the vote.

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Politics
1:10 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Loudermilk Easily Beats Barr for 11th Dist. Seat

Barry Loudermilk thanks supporters at his victory celebration in Acworth Tuesday. He easily beat former Congressman Bob Barr.
Credit Jim Burress / WABE News

Former U.S. Representative and Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr kept supporters waiting at his run-off party until a bit after 9 PM Tuesday. Even though he was trailing by some 30%, Barr put on a hopeful face, citing returns coming in slowly from Cobb County.

“We don’t want to make any announcements based on partial numbers,” he told the crowd. “We want to see what the actual numbers are, and there are still a lot that are coming in.”

Despite his strong name recognition, Barr’s hopes to return to Congress were dashed.

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Politics
12:05 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Valarie Wilson Wins Democratic Runoff In Superintendent Race

Valarie Wilson speaks to supporters Tuesday at her Decatur headquarters.

While the state schools superintendent race on the Republican side remains too close to call, Democrats have their candidate.

By a vote of 54 percent to 46 percent, former Decatur school board chief Valarie Wilson scored a decisive win Tuesday night over state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan.

Wilson rode a wave of support from Democrats who were deeply uncomfortable with her opponent’s openness to charter schools and other school choice options.

Speaking at her Decatur headquarters, Wilson told about 100 supporters public education needs to be protected and strengthened.

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Politics
8:01 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

July 22 Primary Runoff Election - Live Updates

Credit Chris Ferguson/WABE

  FINAL UPDATE: 11:55 p.m.  

With over 98% of the vote counted, this will be the final update for tonight. We understand that the winner of the incredibly close Republican race for state school superintendent will not be decided tonight because of a problem with counting the votes in Muscogee County (Columbus).  

Below are the most recent numbers we have for both statewide and the local races we have been following.

On behalf of the WABE news team, thank you for joining us this evening.

Update 11:35 p.m.

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Education
6:00 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Interview with State Schools Superintendent John Barge

Credit Evan Changhwan Jang

Voters will decide the Democratic and Republican nominees for state schools superintendent today. Current superintendent John Barge didn’t run for a second term. Instead, he entered the Republican gubernatorial primary, but lost to Gov. Nathan Deal.

WABE’s Martha Dalton spoke to Barge about his time in office. The conversation starts with Georgia’s waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Law. Barge explains how that changed the state’s accountability system. 

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Politics
12:28 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Low Turnout Expected for Georgia Runoff Elections

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Georgia voters are heading to the polls to cast ballots in several run-off elections.

There are more than 200 polling locations and about 1,600 poll workers helping Georgians vote today.

However, officials expect numbers are expected to be low.

“We’re on pace for probably 21,000 to 24,000 voters today, unless the turnout picks up as the day goes on,” says Fulton County Registration and Elections Director Richard Barron. 

Nearly 9,000 people voted early for this runoff.

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Local
12:20 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Eight Things You May Not Know About Atlanta's Cyclorama

Credit Katie King for Atlanta PlanIt

Update: On July 23, Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the Cyclorama of the Battle of Atlanta will be relocated from its current home in Grant Park to the Atlanta History Center, where it will be housed in a soon-to-be-built new facility. The move is expected to take two years. Learn more at the History Center's website.

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