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8:28 am
Sat April 25, 2015

National Weather Service Reports Heavy Storms For Saturday

The National Weather Service reports severe storms and possible tornadoes for parts of Georgia Saturday.
Credit John Haas / WABE

Parts of North Georgia, including metro Atlanta, are expected to see severe storms on Saturday.  

There is a chance of possible tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

The NWS says the worst of the weather should be gone by Sunday morning.

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A Closer Look
5:51 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Gov. Nathan Deal Talks Gay Marriage, Transportation And More

Gov. Deal and Denis O'Hayer talked about about a range of political topics in Deal's office.
Credit Brenna Beech / WABE

In a wide-ranging interview with Denis O'Hayer on "A Closer Look," Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said the state would implement any decision the U.S. Supreme Court reaches on gay marriage – even if the court throws out same-sex marriage bans like the one in the Georgia Constitution. 

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Politics
5:29 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Former Georgia Lottery Official Files Whistleblower Suit

Kenneth Knight, former lottery vice president for financial management at the Georgia Lottery, says he was fired because he refused to give into his boss’s requests to give false sales projections.
Credit Robert S. Donovan / flickr.com/booleansplit

A former Georgia Lottery official has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against his former employer saying he was fired after declining to present inflated sales projections. 

The suit marks at least the fifth whistleblower case under Gov. Nathan Deal's administration.

In the past year, the state has settled at least four whistleblower cases after former state workers sued top officials.

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A Closer Look
4:24 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Osmond Family Member Lends Voice To Atlanta's MS Campaign

Musician and multiple sclerosis victim and advocate David Osmond, a nephew of Donny and Marie's, helps raise awareness of MS and urges victims to be proactive about their treatment.
Credit Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation

A French neurologist first described the symptoms that became known as multiple sclerosis in 1868, but almost 150 years later there is still no known cause or cure for the neurological disease. The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation estimates as many as 500,000 people in the United States have MS with another 200 diagnosed every week.

Musician David Osmond, of the famous Osmond family and a nephew to Donny and Marie, is one of them. He was diagnosed with relapsing multiple sclerosis in 2006 when he was 26 years old.

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Ice Cream Recall
11:41 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Recent And Unusual Ice Cream Recalls Raise Questions

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, above, has joined Blue Bell Creameries on the recall list. Both companies took products off shelves this week after listeria was found in their products.
Credit Betty B / flickr.com/betty_b

Major recalls from two well-known ice cream companies due to the discovery of listeria bacteria raise questions about how the pathogen could have contaminated multiple ice cream manufacturing plants — and whether the discoveries are related.

Blue Bell Creameries of Texas and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio both took products off shelves this week after listeria was discovered in their products. Blue Bell ice cream is linked to 10 illnesses in four states, including three deaths. There are no known illnesses linked to the Jeni's recall.

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Local
11:18 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Comcast Cuts The Cord On Deal With Time Warner Cable

Comcast has announced its Time Warner Cable deal is off.
Credit Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press

Comcast Corp. announced today that it's ending its merger agreement with Time Warner Cable – after the Justice Department raised concerns over a deal.

"Today, we move on," Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts said in a statement. "Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn't agree, we could walk away."

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Mara's Music Mix
8:40 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Bob Dylan, Death Cab For Cutie Heading To Atlanta Stage

Bob Dylan will perform at Atlanta's Fox Theatre on Friday.
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Looking ahead at this weekend’s concert calendar, we’ve got rockabilly at the Star Bar, indie rock royalty at the Fox, and the seemingly immortal Bob Dylan in Atlanta. WABE contributor Mara Davis joins Morning Edition host Steve Goss for this week’s Music Mix.

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Local
8:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Investigation Of 5 Georgia Crash Deaths Could Take Months

A Georgia state trooper works the scene of a deadly crash in which five people died and three others were injured early Wednesday in Ellabelle, Georgia, west of Savannah.
Credit Russ Bynum / Associated Press

Georgia authorities say it could take months before they decide whether to file criminal charges in an interstate crash that killed five nursing students.

The chain-reaction collision on Interstate 16 early Wednesday involved six different vehicles. The Georgia State Patrol says it began with a tractor-trailer that failed to slow down and crashed into stop-and-go traffic that had backed up because of an earlier, unrelated wreck.

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Local
7:50 am
Fri April 24, 2015

'Walking Dead' Town Ebay Auction Ends Friday

Former mayor Jim Sells hopes that someone will purchase the buildings and revitalize the downtown area.
Courtesy Jim Sells

Nine buildings in downtown Grantville, Georgia — where hit television drama The Walking Dead was filmed — are up for sale.

Grantville's former mayor says the structures — virtually the entire downtown — are on the eBay auction block until Friday in hopes of finding a buyer interested in revitalizing a town that some envision as a thriving outpost on the southern fringe of metro Atlanta.

Former mayor Jim Sells, who hopes to breathe life into Grantville, says the asking price for the buildings is for $680,000.

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Bats
6:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Fungal Disease Still Decimating Georgia's Bat Population

A tri-colored bat with white-nose syndrome squeals after being woken from hibernation at Black Diamond Tunnel in Clayton, Georgia. Since the bat-killing fungus arrived in Georgia two years ago, state counts are down more than 80 percent.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

Georgia’s bats suffered another devastating winter, their numbers further ravaged by a fungus that’s so far killed nearly 6 million bats in 26 states since it first arrived in the U.S. nine years ago.

That assessment comes from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which released its annual bat population surveys this week.

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News
6:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Clarkston's Ethiopian Community Honors ISIS Victims

Hundreds of people came out to Clarkston to honor 30 Ethiopian Christians killed by ISIS.
Alison Guillory WABE

The Ethiopian community in Clarkston held a candlelight vigil Thursday night to remember 30 Ethiopian Christians killed by ISIS in Libya. 

Music played as organizers handed out candles to hundreds of people who came to honor those who were murdered last weekend. Attendees, like Tekle Tessema, said Ethiopians everywhere are in mourning.

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Local
7:51 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Federal Judge Lifts Fulton County Jail Oversight

A federal judge lifted court oversight of the Fulton County Jail Thursday freeing it from nearly a decade-long order to improve conditions there.
Credit Lisa George / WABE

A federal judge has lifted court oversight of the Fulton County Jail freeing it from nearly a decade-long mandate to improve conditions and safety at the Rice Street facility.

U.S District Court Judge Thomas Thrash granted the county’s motion to lift the supervision Thursday. Filed earlier this year, county officials contended they’d pumped tens of millions of dollars into the jail in order to come into compliance with a consent decree that’s been in place since 2006.

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Health & Science
6:38 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Grady To Pay $2.95M To Settle Medical Billing Allegations

Grady will pay the state more than $2.9 million to settle allegations of improper medical billing.
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Grady Health System will pay nearly $3 million to the state to settle allegations of improper medical billing.

The state had accused Grady of inflated billings for services it provided in its neo-natal intensive care unit. The state alleged the hospital inaccurately coded some claims and got unjustified payments from Georgia Medicaid. As part of the settlement, there was no determination of wrongdoing.

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A Closer Look
4:52 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Writer Visualizes 'The Art of War' In Charts And Graphs

''The Art of War Visualized'' by author and illustrator Jessica Hagy offers strategy lessons across the centuries.
Alison Guillory WABE

“Visual thinking” has become a buzzword in recent years as knowledge of brain science advances and learning styles are better understood. 

Author and artist Jessica Hagy of Seattle has built her career on visual thinking, earning a Webby award for her imaginative and popular blog Indexed.

Now Hagy is out with a new book called “The Art of War Visualized: The Sun Tzu Classic in Charts and Graphs.”

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A Closer Look
4:34 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

What's Behind The Atlanta Hawks' $850M Price Tag

As the NBA playoffs got underway, the new ownership group of the Atlanta Hawks was revealed.
Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press

 

During Wednesday night’s Atlanta Hawks home playoff win, the team confirmed what had been reported earlier in the day:

The city’s franchise in the National Basketball Association had been sold to a new ownership group led by private equity billionaire Antony Ressler.

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A Closer Look
3:14 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Councilman: Fort MacPherson, Tyler Perry Deal Good For Atlanta

Tyler Perry's film studio project at a vacant Army base in Atlanta is moving forward after a controversial Atlanta City Council vote. Councilman Alex Wan explains why it's a good deal for the city.
Credit Sgt. Michael Connors / Wikimedia

The Atlanta City Council approved a controversial measure worth $13 million this week to help filmmaker Tyler Perry buy most of Fort McPherson – a vacant, 488-acre former Army base in southwest Atlanta.

Perry, who plans to build a film studio on the site, would ultimately pay $30 million for 330 acres, with the city controlling 140 acres and eventually pocketing $4 million in the deal.

"The city is on the hook for the $13 million in the event ... in the unlikely event, that the transaction doesn't go through," City Councilman Alex Wan explained on “A Closer Look.”

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City Lights
3:05 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Darien Provides A Timeless Travel Refuge On Georgia Coast

The Open Gates Bed and Breakfast in Vernon Square in Darien, Georgia, a popular lodging option for visitors.
Credit Zachariah Rath, Open Gates Bed and Breakfast

As one of Georgia’s oldest cities, the coastal fishing village of Darien might be regarded as a place that hasn’t changed much with the times.

But as “City Lights” contributor Kevin Benefield points out in this week’s getaway travel segment, Darien and surrounding McIntosh County have come a long way since being depicted in Atlanta writer Melissa Fay Greene’s 1991 book, “Praying for Sheetrock.”

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A Closer Look
12:21 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Deal Says Georgia To Follow Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal told WABE's Denis O'Hayer Thursday he'll follow the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.
Credit Brenna Beech / WABE

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he will respect the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage when it rules. Georgia has a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, but the high court is expected to hear arguments on the issue next week. 

“Federal constitutional issues trump state constitutional issues, " Deal told "A Closer Look" host Denis O'Hayer. "So we will abide by whatever the Supreme Court rules as an interpretation of the United States Constitution.” 

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Local
11:41 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Ga. Education Groups Plan Fight Over School Takeover Measure

Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta is on a list of schools that could be eligible for Gov. Nathan Deal's school takeover plan. Under Deal’s plan a superintendent, appointed by the governor, would select up to 20 schools deemed failing each year.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

Groups are already lining up for and against a referendum that would allow for the state takeover of failing schools. Voters will decide next year whether to create a statewide school district to oversee schools the state determines are doing poorly under a Georgia Department of Education standard for three years in a row.

The Georgia Association of Educators says the referendum would give too much power to Gov. Nathan Deal and bypass local control. The group will work with others to oppose the referendum says Georgia Association of Educators President Sid Chapman.

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Local
10:32 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Former Atlanta TV Anchor Diagnosed With Liver Cancer

Monica Pearson in the PBA studios in 2013.
Credit Nancy Hoddinott / WABE

  Longtime Atlanta news anchor Monica Pearson has revealed she's been diagnosed with liver cancer.

The former WSB-TV anchor says she was diagnosed in December and had surgery in January to remove more than 50 percent of her liver. Pearson joined the WSB-TV staff in August 1975 and retired in 2012 after 37 years with the network. She currently hosts a weekly radio program on KISS 104.1.

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Local
10:02 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Metro Atlanta Unemployment Rate Falls Below 6 Percent

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the new March jobless rate for metro Atlanta was 5.9 percent. That is down from 6.1 percent in February and 7 percent from March 2014.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has dropped below 6 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced the new March jobless rate of 5.9 percent. That was down from 6.1 percent in February and 7 percent from March 2014.

Georgia labor officials said in a statement that the rate declined as metro Atlanta employers created more jobs.

Elsewhere in Georgia, metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.9 percent.

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Sports
7:57 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Atlanta Hawks, Antony Ressler Reach Deal For Team's Sale

The Atlanta Hawks and billionaire Antony Ressler have reached a deal for the sale of the team.
Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

A group led by billionaire Antony Ressler has agreed to purchase the NBA's Atlanta Hawks.

The team announced the deal Wednesday night during the first half of the Hawks' playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets.

The sale price was not released. But a person familiar with the deal, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the two sides did not reveal that information, said Ressler's group would pay $850 million.

Former NBA star Grant Hill and Spanx founder Sara Blakely are part of the group.

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Local
7:44 am
Thu April 23, 2015

5 GSU Nursing Students Killed In Georgia Interstate Crash

A Georgia state trooper works the scene of a deadly crash in which five people died and three others were injured early Wednesday in Ellabelle, Georgia, west of Savannah.
Credit Russ Bynum / Associated Press

Five women killed early Wednesday in a fiery interstate crash in southeast Georgia were all nursing students headed to a Savannah hospital.

St. Joseph's/ Candler Health System said all five were Georgia residents commuting to St. Joseph's Hospital for their final clinical rotation of the school year.

The Georgia State Patrol says a tractor-trailer failed to slow down and smashed into stop-and-go traffic on Interstate 16 that had backed up because of an earlier wreck. Three people also were injured in the crash about 20 miles west of Savannah.

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Local
6:00 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Possible City Of Decatur Purchase May Save Oakhurst Dog Park

Cyclone and Sputnik, hanging out on a weekday morning at the Oakhurst Dog Park in Decatur.
Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

For the last few months, residents in Decatur have been working to save a dog park.

A developer drew up plans to build two homes on a five-acre property owned by the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta. It would reduce the size of the dog park in Oakhurst.

But now the city of Decatur says it’s also looking at buying the land.

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A Closer Look
4:47 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Cokie Roberts Reveals Political Influence Of Civil War Women

Award-winning journalist and longtime NPR contributor Cokie Roberts' latest book ''Capital Dames'' chronicles women’s contributions during the Civil War era.
Credit Charles Jones / WABE

It was a wild and unruly period in American history, when Washington, D.C. was still a tiny southern town in the mid-19th century, caught dead center between the battling Union and Confederate armies.

As the men of the era went off to fight the Civil War, women also put their lives on the line to fight the battle from the home front in efforts that included making weapons for troops and enlisting as nurses and supply organizers.

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Education
4:27 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Confusion Over State Laws May Be Reason For APS Resentencing

Judge Jerry Baxter may have handed down the wrong sentences to three defendants in the APS test cheating trial.
Credit Kent Johnson, Pool / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Confusion over state laws could be behind a move to reconsider the prison terms of three convicted former educators in the Atlanta cheating trial.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter had sentenced the three to 20 years in prison – to serve seven years in jail and 13 years probation. But that may have been a mistake. WABE legal analyst Page Pate says 20 years is the maximum sentence for violating the state's racketeering law. The defendants were tried under Georgia's conspiracy law.

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A Closer Look
3:40 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Ga. League Of Women Voters Oppose Restricting Early Voting

The League of Women Voters in Georgia opposes any restricting on early voting. A measure to curb early voting failed in the Georgia Legislature during the 2015 session.
Credit Charles Edwards / WABE

Former Secretary of State and former New York Senator Hillary Clinton, who just announced her second bid for the White House, is not the first woman to run for President of the United States.

The League of Women Voters knows that fact firsthand. They have played a key role over the years, both in securing women’s right to vote, and encouraging women of all political stripes to run for public office.

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City Lights
1:59 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Kids Learn To Save The World At Children’s Museum Of Atlanta

Joshua Perry, 5, plays in a house at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s Super Kids Save the World exhibit.
Brenna Beech WABE

Have you ever been so captivated by a book that you wish you could dive right into it? Well, the Super Kids Save the World exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta lets kids do just that. It’s based on the book "George Saves the World By Lunchtime" by Jo Readman. 

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Local
12:19 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Trader Joe's Recalling Nearly 60K Pounds Of Sausage

Nearly 60,000 pounds of sausage from Trader Joe's is being recalled.
Credit Courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture

If you have some Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage from Trader Joe's in your refrigerator, don't eat it.

You can either throw it out or take it back to the store for a full refund. The company is recalling nearly 60,000 pounds of that product.

The Department of Agriculture reports pieces of plastic might have fallen into the sausage.

This recall applies for eight-ounce packages with expiration dates of April 22, 25 and 29.

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Local
11:23 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Emory University Employee Charged With Taking Student Fees

A former Emory University employee is facing federal fraud charges in connection with about $317,000 in student fees and tuition stolen over a two-year period.

WSB-TV reports Brenda Michael is accused of setting up a PayPal account to divert student funds into her own account, affecting about 185 students taking classes at the Emory University School of Nursing.

Michael's attorney, Parag Shah, said she will enter a guilty plea later this month.

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