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4:01 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Atlanta Hawks Offering Refunds Due To Winter Storm

The Atlanta Hawks are offering refunds for those who couldn't make it to the game Wednesday night due to the weather.
Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

The Atlanta Hawks said the team is offering refunds to people who couldn’t make it to the game Wednesday night due to the weather. While most of Atlanta hunkered down during a storm warning, the game went on as planned against the Dallas Mavericks at Philips Arena.  

The Hawks won in a 104-87 victory, but the game did experience a short delay. There was a leaking roof during the first quarter. Concession stands were also limited because some employees stayed home. 

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A Closer Look
2:22 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Redesigning The Snow Day At MODA

Kids get creative at MODA on a non-snow, snow day.
Credit Courtesy of Museum of Design Atlanta

What do you do on a snow day when it doesn't snow? Kids are stuck at home, there's no white stuff on the ground to entertain them, and many parents are tearing their hair out.

Enter MODA, the Museum of Design Atlanta, with a just-in-time solution. 

Executive Director Laura Flusche visited the "A Closer Look" studios to tell us about an invitation that MODA extended yesterday, inviting families to bring in their kids for free "until the snow arrives."

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City Lights
1:00 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Fifty Years After The Fact, An Unknown Opera, 'The Passenger,' Gets Discovered

The set of Weinberg's ''The Passenger'' features Auschwitz during the Holocaust on bottom and a grand passenger ship headed to Brazil in the 1960s on top.
Credit Robert Kusel

He is utterly unknown, but the 20th century Russian musical heavyweight Dmitri Shostakovich described his work in this way: "Music of beauty and enormity … it is a perfect masterpiece … it is a hymn to humanity … to the international solidarity of those who, subjected to the most terrible evil, stood up against fascism."

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Local
12:06 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Atlanta’s Economic Forecast For 2015 Looks Promising

Atlanta's economy continues to rebound from the Great Recession.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

Economically speaking, 2014 was a good year for Atlanta.

And 2015 should be even better.

“Although the recession was very difficult, on the upside, we have so many different industries to lean on and that helps improve our economic prospects,” Mekael Teshome, an economist with PNC’s Financial Services Group, says. 

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City Lights
11:07 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Harp Concert Promises To Be Mega

This year the Mega Harp Concert will feature 56 harps. The harpists will play several pieces all together along with a selection of smaller ensemble works.
Credit Courtesy of Mary Ann Flinn

A photo can be a dangerous thing. 

In 2008, the officers of the Georgia Chapter of the American Harp Society saw a picture of a large-scale harp concert. And they thought, "Well, why can't we do something with multiple harps? Because the harp is a lonely instrument," as Mary Ann Flinn, the vice president of the organization, recalled.

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Historic Places
10:15 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Milledgeville Old Governor's Mansion Proposed As State Historic House

The Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville could be the official state historic house.
Credit Stephen Matthew Milligan / Wikimedia

 

A bill in the state legislature is proposing to make the Old Governor’s Mansion in Milledgeville the state’s official historic house. The house is currently a National Historic Landmark, but the designation could help boost tourism, said Matthew Davis, director of the Old Governor's Mansion. 

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Mara's Music Mix
10:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Willie Nelson And The Piano Man Top Week In Upcoming Concerts

Willie Nelson will appear on the Tabernacle stage with his trusty guitar, Trigger, on Feb. 27.
Credit John P. / onemansblog.com

This week, everyone's favorite ponytailed country legend Willie Nelson continues to wear a hole in his trusty guitar and an Athens country rule-breaker takes the Tabernacle stage. Plus, an indie rocker brings a new kind of grit to the EARL, and Piano Man Billy Joel plays the hits at Phillips. 

WABE contributor Mara Davis brings this weekend in concert picks.

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University of Georgia
9:17 am
Thu February 26, 2015

UGA Opens Washington, D.C. Housing, Study Space For Students

The three-story Capitol Hill building, named Delta Hall, was formerly an office building. Since being purchased by the university it has undergone renovations that make it capable of housing 32 students who are interning and studying in the District of Columbia as well as faculty and staff.
Credit UGA

The University of Georgia is holding a ribbon cutting Thursday for a building that will provide living, classroom and study space for students and faculty in the nation's capital.

The three-story Capitol Hill building, named Delta Hall, was formerly an office building. Since being purchased by the university it has undergone renovations that make it capable of housing 32 students who are interning and studying in the District of Columbia as well as faculty and staff. The inaugural class of students moved into the building on Massachusetts Avenue in January.

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Features
8:49 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Saving The Fox Theatre: Recollections From The National Monuments Foundation CEO

''Save the Fox'' supporters paraded through the streets 40 years ago to keep the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
Credit Courtesy of The Fox Theatre

It’s been 40 years since the “Save the Fox” campaign successfully spared Atlanta’s most beloved landmark from demolition. 

How Atlantans first learned of the plan to sell and then destroy the Fox Theatre was due to the efforts of a group of high school students — chief among them, Rodney Mims Cook Jr. 

A native Atlantan, Cook today is the CEO of the National Monuments Foundation. Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss. 

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Local
5:22 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Winter Weather Causes School Closings And Delays

Concerns about weather result in school cancellations and delays for Thursday.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

Annunciation Day School

Closed today

Art Institute of Atlanta

Faculty and staff at 11 a.m., students at noon

Athens Academy

Closed today

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Preview of Weekend Events
5:44 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

4,000 Miles, Dogon Cloud Catchers And More This Weekend

The cast of 4,000 Miles is anchored by Mary Lynn Owen and Barrett Doyle.
Credit Chris Bartelski

There’s a lot going on around metro Atlanta this weekend, including a couple of food and drink events and a play adapted from a hit Disney movie.

To learn more about what’s going on, host Amy Kiley recently spoke with Kimberly Harbrecht of our arts and entertainment information site, Atlanta PlanIt

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Politics
3:52 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

House Amends Marijuana Bill To Include Sickle Cell Anemia

State Rep. Allen Peake presents House Bill 1, before a House committee, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, in Atlanta.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

Prior to state employees heading home early due to the weather, the Georgia House Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow for the limited use of medical marijuana.  

The House voted 157-2 in favor of the bill, but not before amending it so the list of treatable illnesses was expanded to include sickle cell anemia, which mostly affects African-Americans. The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus lobbied hard for the change.

Bill sponsor Allen Peake, R-Macon, told colleagues it was needed.

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A Closer Look
2:54 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Councilwoman Mary Norwood On The Adair Park School Controversy

Adair Park neighbors want a developer to purchase the George Adair School property.
Credit Maria Saporta / special to WABE

Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood has never been shy of controversial topics. Now, she is taking on disagreements regarding the historic Adair Park community in southwest Atlanta.

Community members want a developer to purchase the George Adair School, that has been an empty eyesore in Adair Park for years. But Mayor Kasim Reed has refused to release the property deed to Atlanta Public Schools because of an ongoing dispute over BeltLine tax payments.

Today on "A Closer Look," Mary Norwood shared her view of the dispute.  

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A Closer Look
2:42 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Stephanie Blank: Taking A Closer Look At Child Welfare

Stephanie Blank was appointed last year to chair Governor Nathan Deal's Child Welfare Reform Council.
Credit WABE: Candace Wheeler

Stephanie Blank was appointed last year to chair Governor Nathan Deal's Child Welfare Reform Council. Modeled on the Criminal Justice Reform Council, the group is conducting a comprehensive overview of the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), and they released their first report this past January.

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Animals
2:29 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Eyelashes Grow To Ideal Length For Eye

Georgia Tech scientists compared eyelash length among mammals, like this goat.
Credit Guillermo J Amador

Georgia Tech researchers recently spent a lot of time gazing deep into different animals’ eyes. Actually, they were studying their eyelashes, and they found that eyelash length is something we all have in common. 

“We looked at 22 species of mammals,” said Guillermo Amador, a mechanical engineering grad student.

He and his research partners used measurements from animal hides at the American Museum of Natural History, and studied animals at Zoo Atlanta. They looked at the eyelashes on a one-pound hedgehog, and the eyelashes on a one-ton giraffe.

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Local
1:38 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Mayor Lays Out Staggered Exit Plan Ahead Of Winter Storm

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Wednesday called for a staggered exit from the city ahead predicted winter weather.
Credit John Amis / Associated Press

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the city is ready to handle the impending winter weather and laid out a plan for a staggered exit from the city this afternoon.

Reed encouraged parents to collect their children between noon and 2 p.m. today, then for businesses to let employees leave starting at 2 p.m. Reed asked citizens to be in the place they plan to spend the night no later than 4 p.m.

“We don’t want to have a mass exodus from the city of Atlanta, which is why we are asking for a staggered approach and a staggered schedule,” Reed said.

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Sexual Violence
12:40 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Survivor Advocates Say No To Requiring Criminal Investigations Of Ga. Campus Sexual Assaults

Democratic State Sen. Ronald Ramsey proposed a bill on Tuesday that would require Georgia colleges and universities to report all known incidents of campus sexual violence to local law enforcement.
Credit Daniel X. O'Neil / Flickr.com/juggernautco

Democratic State Sen. Ronald Ramsey proposed a bill on Tuesday that would require Georgia colleges and universities to report all known incidents of campus sexual violence to local law enforcement.

That idea got tabled, and survivor advocates are saying that’s a good thing.

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Local
11:56 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Atlantans Ready For Another Snow Storm

Another snow storm is expected to blanket parts of Georgia this week, including metro Atlanta.
Credit Charles Edwards / WABE

It's been just over a year since a major winter storm crippled parts of Georgia, including metro Atlanta.

Another blast of snow is expected Wednesday and a state of emergency is in effect for dozens of counties in Georgia.

The National Weather Service says some spots, especially in the northern part of Georgia, could see up to six inches of snow.

“I like to look at it, I don’t like to drive out in it. But you do what you have to do. I got four-wheel drive, so I’m ready for it,” says Ohio native Tom Jolley.

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Executions
10:28 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Execution of Ga. Woman on Death Row Postponed Ahead Of Winter Storm

The death chamber at the state prison in Jackson, Georgia.
Credit Ric Feld / Associated Press

Ahead of the winter storm, the scheduled execution of the only woman on death row has been postponed. 

Kelly Gissendaner, 46, was scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson. 

The Department of Corrections said the execution date has been rescheduled for March 2 at 7 p.m.

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City Lights
10:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

An Ever-Evolving Musical Genre, Cumbia Has Been Embraced By Latin America

Cumbia is a musical genre that has grown widely popular across the Latin American world. This photo is from a performance in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
Credit Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina / https://www.flickr.com/photos/secretaria_cultura/

You’ll hear it on the streets of Buenos Aires, in the towns of northern Mexico and also in the Hispanic immigrant communities here in Atlanta. It’s called Cumbia, and it’s one of the most popular musical genres in the Latin American world. 

But while Cumbia is part of mainstream music culture in many Latin American countries today, it started out as the music of only the lower class in Colombia's Caribbean coastal region.

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News
7:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

‘Lost Boys Of Sudan' In Georgia Sue Producers Of Hollywood Film

The actors of "The Good Lie" at a premiere of the movie. A group of Sudanese refugees in Georgia are suing the producers of the film, claiming they weren't compensated for sharing their stories.
Credit Dale Wilcox / Invision/Associated Press

A group of Sudanese refugees in Georgia have filed a lawsuit against the producers of the Hollywood film, “The Good Lie.”

The refugees claim the filmmakers didn’t compensate them for their stories.

The 2014 film, featuring Reese Witherspoon, follows the lives of four refugees fleeing war in Sudan and resettling in the United States.

Moses Matur Chol said the movie was partly based on his story and of other “Lost Boys of Sudan” who resettled in Georgia. He is one of 54 plaintiffs suing the writers and filmmakers of the movie.

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Weather
6:33 am
Wed February 25, 2015

National Weather Service Says Parts Of North Georgia Will See 6 Inches Of Snow

Some parts of North Georgia could see significant snow this week.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

Another snow storm is coming to parts of Georgia this week, including metro Atlanta.

WABE's John Lorinc spoke to Steve Nelson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service for an update.

Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for disaster preparedness which will begin at 2 p.m. today. All state government offices in areas affected by a winter storm warning will close at noon.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Georgia's Fight Over AP US History Exam Continues

Jose Gregory says the new AP U.S. History framework gives teachers more flexibility.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it" is a phrase often quoted by historians. 

Republican lawmakers in some states, including Georgia, are worried students taking a new AP U.S. History exam won’t learn the “right” lessons.

Jose Gregory’s Advanced Placement U.S. history class at the DeKalb School of the Arts begins with the Pledge of Allegiance. Today’s topic is World War I, specifically America’s entry into the war.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Democrats Say Republican Proposal Could Decrease Funds for Atlanta School Districts

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan isn't happy with a Republican rewrite of No Child Left Behind.
Credit Kevin Wolf, File / Associated Press

The federal "No Child Left Behind" education law is up for reauthorization. So far, two Republican-sponsored proposals have Democrats up in arms. 

Democratic U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Tuesday blasted a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. John Kline of Minnesota.

“This partisan, House Republican proposal, which will be voted on this week, caps spending and allows states to redirect federal resources from poor districts and communities to wealthy districts and communities,” Duncan said.

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Local
5:32 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Upcoming Storm Causes School Cancellations, Early Dismissals

In this photo, Milo Kortemeier, right, runs away from John Staton after pelting him with a snowball on Feb. 12, 2014, in Decatur, Georgia.
Credit Ron Harris / Associated Press

The winter storm coming into Georgia has resulted in numerous school closings.

ABC Learning Center Eagle's Landing

Closed Today

ABC Montessori

Closed Today

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News
7:37 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Winter Storm Prompts Georgia State of Emergency

The predicted winter storm may not get as bad as in 2014, but Georgia officials aren't taking any chances.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM News

Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency to begin Wednesday at 2 p.m. In response to a winter storm warning declared for 50 counties in the northern portion of Georgia tomorrow, Gov. Deal ordered state government offices in the affected areas to close at noon Wednesday and declared a state of emergency for disaster preparedness starting at 2 p.m.

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Politics
6:14 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Republican Leaders Unveil Tax Reform Plan

The proposed bill would reinstate the state sales tax on groceries for the first time since 1996.
Credit Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press

Overhauling the state’s tax code – and in particular lowering the state income tax – has been a goal of Republican leaders for some time. This week, they unveiled a plan to do it.

At a press conference flanked by House Speaker David Ralston, Rep. John Carson, R-Marietta said the time is now for major tax reform.

"We’ve had resolutions, we’ve had reviews, we’ve had councils, we’ve had committees for years ... but I think people aren’t looking for more reviews. What they’re looking for is leadership," said Carson.

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Local
4:32 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Hot Car Rescues Protected Under Bill Gaining Senate Approval

A new bill in the Georgia Senate will prevent liability to anyone who breaks into a locked vehicle to rescue someone they believe is in danger.
Credit Pete / flickr.com/comedynose

Good Samaritans who help a child trapped in a hot car could soon be protected from lawsuits. That’s because of a bill that gained approval from the Georgia Senate today.

The bill says anyone who breaks into a locked vehicle to rescue someone they believe is in danger wouldn’t be held liable in civil cases. Senator Greg Kirk, R-Americus, decided to sponsor the bill after hearing about a number of Georgia children who died after being left in cars when temperatures soared.

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A Closer Look
4:24 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

California Declares War On Georgia? Just For Entertainment

Actors and extras work on the set of ''The Walking Dead'' in Atlanta, Georgia.
Credit Mike Stewart / Associated Press

Atlanta is becoming more of a film capital than it has been in a long time. Television and film production is taking place all over the state of Georgia, with many entertainment projects drawn here by tax credits the state began offering some 10 years ago.

California has taken note.

Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed California’s own set of tax credits that will triple the dollars TV and film companies can earn there, as long as they stay in-state. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was standing right beside Brown when he signed the measure.

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Politics
3:09 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

$1B Transportation Bill Faces Setback In House

The transportation plan bill, which seeks to raise $1 billion, was sent back to the House Transportation Committee Tuesday.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

Republican infighting over a major transportation plan is spilling out into the open.

The plan, which seeks to raise $1 billion, was sent back to the House Transportation Committee Tuesday, representing a setback for Republicans leaders.

Many rank and file Republicans argue the bill, which already has gone through several revisions, amounts to a major tax hike.

Rep. David Stover of Newnan originally supported the plan, but recently withdrew that support.

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