State School Superintendent John Barge (left) with Gov. Nathan Deal at the State Capitol, March 3, 2014. On Deal's right is Arthur Levine, of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby is on the right.
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Former Dalton Mayor David Pennington, in a photo from his gubernatorial campaign's Facebook page.
State Sen. Jason Carter (D-Atlanta) with Helen Kim Ho of the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center and Charlie Flemming of the Georgia AFL-CIO, March 3, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014 was the final day of qualifying for Democratic and Republican candidates who want to get on their parties' ballots for the May 20th primaries. WABE's Denis O'Hayer looked at the field in the race for Governor.
Metro Atlanta voters overwhelmingly rejected 2012’s ambitious regional transportation referendum, known as the T-SPLOST. State lawmakers have since responded by proposing a number of modest bills to address the region's persistent traffic woes.
The state's 16-member congressional delegation penned a letter Thursday to the head of the Federal Office of Management and Budget in response to President Barack Obama leaving out construction funding for the Port of Savannah deepening in his 2015 budget proposal.
The Wrap, a Hollywood-based movie industry trade journal, reports that an annual study of major movie production locations listed Georgia as the third-highest-ranking state for making movies in the U.S. Nine major movies were filmed in Georgia last year. First place went to Louisiana with 18 movies produced in the state, followed by California with 15 movies.
The study found that Georgia's nine movies resulted in $261 million in production money being spent here. The report also says Georgia had 5,600+ credited jobs as a result of these movies.
The study tracked 108 major films -- representing $7.6 billion in direct spending -- released in 2013 from six major studios and five well-known independent studios.
The Bayou State was top locale for Hollywood's major movies last year, according to a new report from FilmL.A. When it comes to major movies, California is no longer the world's production capital - that would be Louisiana, according to a new study released Thursday.
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 a western-themed event just up the road.
If you know the name Jonathan Richman, it's probably because of The Modern Lovers, the band that Richman fronted as a young man. But that was 1972, and Richman’s musical career has spanned the last four decades.
How much do you know about the water wars between Florida, Alabama, and Georgia? Did you know this fight has been going on for decades? Or that at one time it looked as if Atlanta was going to have to give up 95% of the water it had been getting from Lake Lanier?
Now, with Florida suing Georgia yet again and learning that the lawyers who have worked for the state on this litigation are stepping down after 15 years, we thought it might be a good time to look back at the history of this epic struggle over water.
This Saturday, March 8th, the Atlanta Preservation Center kicks off its annual "Phoenix Flies"--a two-week citywide celebration of Atlanta's historic places, including buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes. Recently, the APC's Executive Director Boyd Coons, and Events Coordinator Carolyn Stine Mclaughlin, previewed the celebration with WABE's Steve Goss...
Parents of 14 students lied so their kids could attend Grady high school in Atlanta. That’s according to an Atlanta public school report released Wednesday. The report highlights a bigger problem for school systems.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed are both continuing their support for the deepening of the Port of Savannah after the project did not receive the amount of funding supporters desired in President Barack Obama’s 2015 budget proposal.
On Wednesday, WABE asked Deal if he’d been in contact with fellow Republicans U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss after the budget proposal was released. Deal said he had, and called both men “champions” of the port deepening.
Then reporters asked Deal about Democrat Mayor Reed.
After 15 years in the tri-state water wars, Georgia's legal team is leaving. Todd Silliman, of McKenna Long & Aldridge, and Bruce Brown, who has his own firm, cited the heavy demands the fights with Florida and Alabama have placed on their practices. They also said this is a good time for everyone to make a change, after several court decisions in Georgia's favor in the fight over the use of Lake Lanier as a drinking water source for metro Atlanta.
Governor Nathan Deal expressed disappointment today with the Obama Administration’s decision not to include any construction funding for the Port of Savannah deepening project in its budget proposal. The state had been hoping for nearly $400 million construction dollars. Instead, just over $1.5 million was designated for pre-construction engineering and design.
Governor Deal said he doesn’t know why the administration did not include the funding, especially after Vice President Joe Biden recently promised the project would get done “come hell or high water.”
Martha Dalton is down at the state Capitol covering the hearing by the House Education Comittee on Senate Bill 167.
This controversial bill, introduced by Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick), would mandate a review of the Common Core education standards, prevent Georgia from implementing other education standards, would prevent the state from adopting certain assessments, and would severely limit data collection.
Some Republican members of Georgia’s congressional delegation say they are shocked President Barack Obama did not include in his budget proposal money to deepen the Port of Savannah, despite past support from the administration.
During a visit to Savannah last year, Vice President Joe Biden, appearing with Georgia’s Republican Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, said the Savannah Port deepening would happen “come hell or high water.” And last week Isakson told the state Senate approval was nearly complete.
The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center is in the final week of an exhibition that breaks art back down to one of its formal elements. It’s called “Coloring.” WABE’s Myke Johns visited some of the artists involved as the work was still going up on the walls.
Traditionally, when showing work in a gallery, an artist will complete the work, the curator will hang it up, audiences will come and see it until the exhibition closes. But an exhibit on view at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center tweaked that formula by having the artists continually return to the gallery to alter their work. WABE’s Myke Johns spoke to artist Nathan Sharratt about his work in the "In Translation" exhibit.
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. Betsy begins with a garden display that’s just in time for the approaching spring season.
A state Senate Committee passed a controversial bill Tuesday. It leaves the decision about how to handle students who carry certain knives on school property up to local school boards. But Democrats say the bill could have further reaching implications.
Currently, any student discovered with a knife with a blade longer than two inches on school grounds can be charged with a felony. Republican Representative Ed Setzler, the sponsor of House bill 826, says the law is well intended but can be overly harsh.
The Georgia House Education Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on a controversial bill. Senate Bill 167 mandates a review of the Common Core education standards. But there are legislation contains several other requirements.
A group of retired military members gathered at the State Capitol Tuesday to show support for the Common Core education standards. Georgia has invested plenty of time and money in the standards’ implementation. But a bill that cleared the state Senate puts Georgia’s future participation in the Common Core in question.
The sponsor of a bill seeking to regulate internet-based car services like Uber and Lyft says his legislation remains alive, despite it not receiving the required approval by Monday’s Crossover Day deadline.
Rep. Alan Powell, R-Hartwell, says House Bill 907 can still be tacked onto a Senate bill later in session.
William Perry of Atlantans for a Fair Deal speaks in opposition of plans to use hotel/motel tax revenue to help build a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons. The group Tuesday rallied outside Atlanta City Hall in opposition to stadium plans.