Police departments and government agencies across the U.S., and here in Georgia, are stepping up security following the recent ISIS attacks overseas.
There are no specific threats to Georgia and Atlanta. But as a result of last week’s attacks, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and those it partners with are taking additional precautions.
“There’s probably about a 10 to 15 percent increase of personnel that are available and working this weekend as opposed to in previous years,” said Jim Butterworth, director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for Georgia.
Georgians have cause to celebrate the U.S. women's national soccer team heading to a record fourth Women's World Cup Final this Sunday.
Two of the 23 players on the team have Georgia roots. The youngest player, midfielder Morgan Brian, is from St. Simon's Island. She's the newly named Atlantic Coast Conference female athlete of the year.
Defender Kelley O'Hara, who scored a goal for the U.S. in its semifinal win over Germany Tuesday, grew up on the soccer fields of Peachtree City before heading to Stanford University.
Forecasters are warning of thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds and flash flood warnings have been issued in parts of north Georgia.
The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings in Madison, Clarke, Oglethorpe and Jackson counties Friday morning as thunderstorms moved into the state. Officials say flash flooding is possible in Athens and several other areas through Friday afternoon.
Forecasters say thunderstorms in the metro Atlanta area may produce winds of up to 40 mph, which could lead to downed trees and damage to other unsecured objects.
The Fourth of July holiday is here, and it's a great way to spend time with family, participate in various events and fire up the grill. However, people who are planning to use or be around fireworks may want to take the necessary safety precautions.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, around 60 percent of all injuries from fireworks occur around July Fourth.
Dr. Ford Vox, an Atlanta physician and medical journalist, talked Thursday on "A Closer Look" about the type of injuries a person can get when not using fireworks properly.
On Wednesday night, artists and writers from around the Southeast paid tribute to author Eudora Welty.
They gathered at the Goat Farm Arts Center to celebrate the release of "The Eudora Welty Portrait Reader," a publication that includes illustrations of the writer by 20 artists along with writing inspired by what former President Jimmy Carter called Welty's "strong sense of place and triumphant comic spirit."
With fireworks now legal in Georgia, you might be wondering when and where you can shoot them off.
The new law says you can shoot fireworks between 10 a.m. and midnight. On a few special occasions such as the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve, they're allowed until 2 a.m.
The law places few restrictions on where fireworks are off limits. You can't use them within 100 yards of nuclear power plant, a gas station or a refinery. But the law does not address whether they can be used in public places like parks.
Zines are basically do-it-yourself magazines. Today, they come in a wide variety of genres and visual styles. But in the early 1990s, a rough-hewn version of the form was made popular by feminism’s punk rock Riot Grrl movement.
It was one of those early zines, making its way around the nation via photocopy after faded photocopy, that came into the hands of a young Amanda Mills and changed her life.
The DeKalb County Recorders Court, which had judges appointed by the county commission, shut down as of Wednesday because of a new state law.
The General Assembly passed bills HB 300 and HB 301 earlier this year to eliminate the court, which mostly handled traffic cases. The Recorders Court was involved in lawsuits over its practices, including how it treated poor defendants.
Police have charged two men in the slaying of an Applebee's manager killed outside the Fayetteville restaurant where he worked.
Fayetteville police announced on Wednesday 24-year-old Greg Haney Jr. of Jonesboro and 25-year-old Ledarius Jawon Jackson of Hampton face charges in the June 7 death of 27-year-old Gregory Smith, according to local media reports.
In our weekly look-ahead at some of the upcoming concerts around Atlanta, we have a jazz bass prodigy, a tribute to the King of Pop, and fireworks, fireworks, and more fireworks for the holiday weekend.
WABE contributor Mara Davis joins our own "Morning Edition" host Steve Goss for this week’s Music Mix.
In Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson International officials say the airport will host a projected 327,170 passengers during the holiday weekend.
In a statement Wednesday, the airport says this represents a 14 percent increase over the same four-day period last year when 285,606 passengers flew out of Hartsfield-Jackson.
The airport says due to the spike in volume, domestic passengers are reminded to arrive at least two hours prior to scheduled departure. International passengers are told to arrive two and a half hours before departure.
In the 1990s, states went on a prison-building binge. Today, millions who spent time in those prisons are back in society — and many are struggling to find work.
Jay Neal is in charge of Georgia's new office of re-entry. Its purpose is clear: "Helping Georgia's returning citizens find training, assisting Georgia's returning citizens find jobs," he reads off the website.
Returning citizens is America's new term for ex-prisoners, ex-cons and former inmates.
Based on a recent study, 78 million adults and 12 million children are obese in the United States.
Recently, health officials with the Research Centers at Minority Institutions, or RCMI, and community partners came together at the Morehouse School of Medicine to talk about obesity among minorities. Participants for the conference addressed the social and economical impact among obese minorities.
Thousands of people are preparing for the annual AJC Peachtree Road Race this weekend on Independence Day in Atlanta.
While most participants are wearing the usual running gear, like sneakers or jogging shoes, spectators might be surprised to see a few marathoners running barefoot – nothing between their feet and the pavement.
Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll is leaving the team for the Toronto Raptors. In this file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Carroll (5) during the first half in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs May 20 in Atlanta.
DeMarre Carroll is leaving the Atlanta Hawks to join the Toronto Raptors.
Carroll tweeted a picture of himself with Raptors GM Masai Ujiri and coach Dwane Casey on Wednesday and announced that he is headed to Toronto. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that it's a four-year deal worth $60 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the details have not been announced. NBA rules prevent the deal from being signed until July 9.
As of Wednesday, Georgia will start to regulate ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. The new law also gives the state the power to oversee taxi cabs. That’s a big change because inspections and permitting used to be handled by local governments like the city of Atlanta.
On a recent Sunday afternoon, taxis are lined up near the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta. Otis Sales is in the third cab back. He’s been driving a taxi part time for over 40 years. But in the past year or so, he’s noticed a drop in business.
Starting Wednesday, Georgia will tax gasoline differently.
A 4 percent state sales tax is going away. An excise tax, which doesn't change with the price of oil, is going from 7.5 cents a gallon up to 26 cents a gallon. Officials estimate that it will make gas more expensive by about 6 cents a gallon, though that depends on the price of gas on any given day.