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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.’
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.