6:08 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Religious Liberty Bill’s Future In Doubt After Hearing Canceled

Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, remains hopeful that his bill will pass.
Credit Jonathan Shapiro / WABE

Time is quickly running out for Georgia's "religious liberty" bill. 

A special hearing that was scheduled for Monday and aimed at reaching compromise was abruptly canceled on Sunday.

The bill’s author, Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, remains hopeful. 

"I obviously would have liked for us to have moved forward this morning, but I'm going to keep making the case and work hard to get it moved," said McKoon. "I'm exploring all possible options."

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A Closer Look
5:37 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Agnes Scott Commits To Developing Female Corporate Leaders

Women attend classes at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. The school is making a commitment to developing women leaders.
Credit Courtesy Agnes Scott

When it comes to women in leadership positions in corporate America, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer readily come to mind. They are two high profile examples of how women have made strides into the top positions in the male-dominated world of corporate executives. But they still have a long way to go.

According to the Pew Research Center, Women make up just 5 percent of CEO’s in Fortune 500 companies, or just 26 women, and just 17 percent of corporate board members of those same companies.

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City Lights
5:12 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Sound Tour Brings Oakland Cemetery’s History To Life

''The tour is a walking tour of Oakland Cemetery, with history and stories experienced through sound.''
Credit Evan Jang / WABE


The stories of Oakland Cemetery, and those whose remains are there, have been told many times and in many different ways.

But a dynamic retelling of the rich history of Atlanta’s landmark burial site promises a novel sonic experience.

Last year, Tunes from the Tomb included a full roster of live bands in an all-day festival at Oakland.

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A Closer Look
4:27 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

A Global Passion, Helene Gayle Reflects On Time As CARE CEO

CARE CEO and president Helene Gayle visits countries where CARE programs are implemented.
Credit Allen Clinton / CARE

For seven decades, the international organization CARE has had one core task, and that’s to help others.

CARE, which is based in Atlanta, undertakes various humanitarian aid projects but fighting global poverty has been its No. 1 mission. It's one of the oldest and largest aid organizations, and works in 90 countries around the world. Its programs reach more than 72 million people. 

For the last nine years, Dr. Helene Gayle has lead the organization as its president and CEO.

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1:18 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

The Home Depot Was Not Fully Protected From Hackers

The Home Depot is facing dozens of court actions linked to a 2014 hacking incident.
Credit Evan Jang / WABE

The Home Depot hacking of 2014 affected millions of customers' credit and debit card information.

At the time, The Home Depot’s card payment system was not fully compliant with federal data security standards.

That’s according to a forensic investigation on behalf of the card payment companies affected by the hack.

“Is it surprising that they weren’t in compliance at the time of the breach? No,” Martin Fisher, an Atlanta-based information security expert, says. 

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City Lights
1:04 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

'Endangered' Is Deeply Personal Tale In Joe Pickett Mystery Series

C.J. Box's latest novel centers on an attack on his daughter, who is left for dead.
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Joe Pickett rides again, and this time the tale is deeply personal.  

Fans of the mystery novels of Wyoming-based writer C.J. Box have a 15th book to savor in the series named after his protagonist.

Like its predecessors, “Endangered” is set in the Black Hills, where Pickett is a game warden. The story revolves around the disappearance of his 18-year-old adopted daughter, whose body is found in a ditch and who remains in a coma.

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Nobel Peace Prize
12:47 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

City Of Atlanta Pulls Support For Nobel Peace Prize Summit

Mayor Kasim Reed has withdrawn the city of Atlanta’s involvement in organizing the Nobel Peace Prize Summit.
Credit Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

More than 20 Nobel Peace Prize laureates are scheduled to meet in Atlanta this November, but it looks like city leaders won’t be in the welcome party.

Mayor Kasim Reed has withdrawn the city of Atlanta’s involvement in organizing the summit. To find out why and what it means for the city’s reputation, Amy Kiley spoke with commentator Maria Saporta, editor of the Saporta Report.

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11:30 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Tough Topics Face Georgia Lawmakers In Session's Final Week

Lobbyists and lawmakers walk through the Georgia Capitol with a just a few days remaining in the 2015 legislative session March 26 in Atlanta. Several major items still are being negotiated by House and Senate members including a transportation funding bill aimed at raising $1 billion and the state's budget.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

Georgia lawmakers plan to adjourn the 2015 session at midnight Thursday. That goal leaves only two working days left for the year but plenty to accomplish.

A transportation funding package aimed at raising $1 billion for road and bridge maintenance remains in a conference committee. Its six members are charged with resolving significant differences between the House and Senate proposals, including a gap of about 5 cents on excise taxes per gallon.

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11:25 am
Mon March 30, 2015

CARE CEO Helene Gayle Is Leaving Atlanta But Leaving An Impact

CARE CEO Helen Gayle speaks to Atlanta Press Club members in 2013.
Credit Denis O'Hayer / WABE


We are losing one of our leading advocates for making Atlanta a center for global health and development: Helene Gayle.

Gayle has been the CEO of CARE for the past nine years. She announced in October 2014 she was leaving the international relief and poverty fighting organization this June.

As much as she loves CARE, Gayle thought it would be good for the nonprofit to have new leadership. Plus she wanted one more challenge to cap her illustrious career.

That new challenge? To become the inaugural CEO of the McKinsey Social Initiative.

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10:57 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Spelman College Names New President

Spelman College has named NYU's Mary Schmidt Campbell as its next president.
Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

Spelman College has named a former New York University dean as its next leader.

The Atlanta school on Saturday named Mary Schmidt Campbell its next president.

“We’re excited that we not only have a fantastic leader for Spelman, but we have someone in Dr. Campbell, who’s going to be poised to participate in the national conversations taking place right now around higher education,” says Celeste Watkins-Hayes, the vice chair of Spelman’s Board of Trustees.

Campbell will become the university’s 10th president.

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7:13 am
Mon March 30, 2015

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

The legislation would allow for homeowner's to generate a limited amount of solar power for personal use.
Credit Rob Baxter / flickr.com/30261607@N00

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.

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6:33 am
Mon March 30, 2015

More Video 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 and 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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6:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Day 6 Of Jury Deliberations: Still No Verdict In APS Trial

In the Atlanta test cheating trial, Judge Jerry Baxter reads a question from the jury to attorneys as deliberations continue.
Credit Kent Johnson / 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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5:12 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Emory Hosts Competition To Solve Global Health Issues, Gun Violence

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!” ("Stop the Violence!") 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 competition, now in its fifth year, includes undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from a variety of disciplines. Teams had less than a week to pore over a pre-written scenario and tease out important facts. On Friday, they gathered at Emory to strategize and present to a panel of judges how best to handle a global health threat. 

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

BrightHouse’s Joey Reiman Discusses Corporate Culture Changes

Joey Reiman, CEO and founder of Brighthouse, a global ideation consultancy, discusses purpose-driven goals in corporate world.
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 that 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." 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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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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6:09 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Probation System Reform Bill Moves On To Gov. Nathan 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.
Credit Keith Allison / KeithAllisonPhoto.com

Georgia lawmakers have a passed a key part of Gov. 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 make 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
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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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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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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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