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12:56 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Former Emory Employee Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Money

A former Emory University employee has pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges after she was accused of embezzling more than $317,000 in student fees and tuition over a two-year period.

Federal prosecutors say 53-year-old Brenda Michael was an administrative assistant at Emory from 2007 to 2014. They say she directed students to make tuition and fee payments to a PayPal account while enrolling them for certain classes and programs.

Prosecutors say it was her own personal account, and she spent the money on personal expenses.

Courts
9:26 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Ga. Sperm Bank: We Can't Verify Donors’ Medical Histories

Sperm banks can’t guarantee donors’ medical histories.

A Georgia-based company says a lawsuit against it should be dismissed on those grounds. The couple suing says they were misled about their sperm donor’s mental health.

In court filings, Xytex Corp says it followed industry standards and disclosed that any donor's medical history cannot be verified for accuracy.

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Local
9:10 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Trucking Company Sued In Fiery Georgia Crash That Killed 5

The mother of one of five nursing students killed in a Georgia highway crash last week is suing the trucking company that employed the driver suspected of causing the fiery collision.

Kim Deloach McQuaig filed the wrongful death suit Wednesday against Total Transportation of Mississippi and its parent company, Tennessee-based U.S. Xpress Enterprises. The civil suit in Bryan County State Court seeks monetary damages for the death of McQuaig's daughter, 21-year-old Abbie Deloach of Savannah.

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Agriculture
6:00 am
Fri May 1, 2015

California Drought Sows Interest In Georgia Pecans

With California entering its fourth year of drought, Georgia pecan growers could start seeing more interest in their crops.
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With years of drought in California affecting much of the country’s nut crops, Georgia’s pecan growers could see a boon as some farmers look to other places – and other nuts – to grow.

Pecans won’t be replacing almonds or pistachios any time soon, but experts say there’s one nut that is easily swapped out: walnuts.

“The applications, particularly when you’re talking about baking, are very similar,” says Dan Zedan of Nature’s Finest Food, which specializes in marketing tree nuts.

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Local
6:00 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Atlanta's Spring Real Estate Season Appears Strong

March residential home sales were up by almost 14 percent compared to last year. Home prices also went up between 7 to 10 percent.
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Experts are expecting a strong spring for local real estate.

Last month, home prices went up by 7 to 10 percent compared to last year according to the Atlanta Board of Realtors. Ennis Antoine, the board's president, says a stronger economy is pushing more homebuyers into the market and allowing others to sell.

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A Closer Look
7:28 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Ralph Nader Still 'Consumer Crusader' 50 Years Later

Consumer advocate, former presidential candidate, attorney, environmentalist, Ralph Nader wears all those hats and more. His new book is called " 'Return to Sender."
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

In 1965, an unknown consumer advocate named Ralph Nader turned the auto industry on its ear with his examination of potentially deadly safety problems with the Chevrolet Corvair.

Nader’s book “Unsafe at Any Speed” sparked the consumer safety movement and the eventual establishment of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It propelled the consumer advocate into the spotlight. Newsweek even declared him the "Consumer Crusader" in a cover story.

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Breaking News
6:50 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Atlanta Police Involved In Fatal Shooting Downtown

Atlanta police officers were involved in a fatal shooting Thursday afternoon with someone they had detained.

A police spokesman says police “exchanged gunfire” with the person inside a patrol car.

The incident happened just in front of the Underground Atlanta Police Mini Precinct on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, around 5 p.m.

The suspect was taken to Grady Hospital and died there. Police have not identified the person nor have they revealed how that person had a gun inside a police patrol car.

A Closer Look
12:01 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Ga. Festival Features Vintage Computers, Punch Cards And All

An Apple I computer with a homemade wooden computer case behind a display at the Southeast Vintage Computer Festival. Consumers had to build their own keyboards and monitors when they purchased an Apple I.
Tasnim Shamma WABE

One of the oldest personal computers in the world, the Kenbak-1, will be on display in Roswell this weekend. It’s part of an exhibit at the third annual Southeast Vintage Computer Festival.

The PDP-8 turns 50 this year. PDP stands for Programmable Data Processor – and the PDP-8 was the first commercially successful minicomputer. It looks nothing like your modern day computer. It’s a large black box with yellow and orange switches.

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Local
11:48 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Ga. Family Meets Woman Who Received Their Teen Son’s Heart

A Georgia family who lost their teenage son in a car wreck the day before his graduation met the woman who received his heart.

WSB-TV reports 18-year-old Zachary Harrison died a year ago when a car he was a passenger in crashed the day before his graduation from Newnan High School. Harrison's father, Robert, told the station he and his wife Tonya decided to donate their son's organs.

Kayla Monteil of Gainesville received his heart.

Local
9:19 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Former SEC Football Player Charged In Death Of Georgia Boy

Police have charged a former Southeastern Conference football player with killing a 4-year-old boy.

Steven Terrence Singleton, a 26-year-old former football player at Buford High School in Georgia and a college player at Louisiana State University and the University of South Carolina was booked Wednesday in Gwinnett County on charges of felony murder and cruelty to children according to a report by The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Singleton is accused of inflicting fatal brain injuries on Tye Hardin on Saturday.

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Nation
9:07 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Former US President Jimmy Carter Cancels Visit To Gaza Strip

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has canceled a trip to the Gaza Strip that included meetings with the group Hamas. In this 2014 photo, Carter speaks to at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois.
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A delegation led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says it has called off a planned visit to the Gaza Strip.

Carter had planned to make the visit on Thursday in an attempt to draw attention to the humanitarian situation in the war-battered territory. The trip included planned meetings with Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls Gaza.

But late Wednesday, the Elders, the group sponsoring the visit, expressed regret that the visit would not take place. It gave no explanation.

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Local
8:46 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Savannah's Runaway Goats Can't Resist Lure Of Cheesy Cheetos

A herd of runaway goats were lured back to their home in Savannah, Georgia, with a bag of Cheetos. Only one question remains: Were they crunchy or puffs?
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A herd of goats wandering through midtown Savannah were unable to resist the lure of a bag of Cheetos.

Savannah-Chatham Animal Control officer Christina Sutherin tells the Savannah Morning News that police officers used a spectator's Cheetos to lead five runaway goats into an animal control vehicle Monday.

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Local
8:31 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Atlanta TSA Agent Charged With Faking Cancer For 5 Years

A former Transportation Security Administration agent in Atlanta has been arrested after being accused of faking a cancer diagnosis for five years to get out of work.

Security officer Marc Bess told his employers in 2009 he had abdominal lymphoma when he was actually cancer-free according to WSB-TV. Investigators say Bess forged a physician's notes detailing radiation, surgery and other supposedly necessary treatments.

He's scheduled for a May 11 plea hearing on charges of embezzlement and stealing public money. He is currently out on bail.

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Local
7:00 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Atlanta Falcons Prepare For Future With NFL Draft

The Atlanta Falcons ended the 2014-2015 season with more losses than wins.
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The Atlanta Falcons ended last season with a six-and-10 record.

Head coach Dan Quinn hopes to change that by making improvements to the roster with strong picks during Thursday's NFL Draft.

Atlanta-based sports analyst Tim Darnell says getting a defensive lineman needs to be a priority.

“Someone who can rush the passer because that obviously has just been the biggest drawback to the Falcons over the past several years,” he says. 

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Crime
5:41 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Facebook Tips Lead To Ga. Woman's Arrest For Terror Threats

An East Point woman was arrested and charged after posting threats against police on her Facebook wall. An investigation began after people who saw the post reported it to Atlanta Police.

Once the alerts started rolling in, it was impossible to ignore. Elizabeth Espy with the Atlanta Police Department said easily over 100 people wrote in.  

“Our Facebook page was getting slammed with messages of people saying 'This woman is saying this. This woman is saying this,'" said Espy.

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A Closer Look
4:02 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Camp Director Offers Tips On Atlanta Summer Fun For Kids

High Meadows Camp in Roswell offers daily summer activities for children aged preschool through 9th grade. The camp opened in 1973 on 40 acres of meadow and woodland.
Credit Courtesy of High Meadows Camp

It’s the time of year when parents begin planning trips to summer camp for their children.

Mothers and fathers of first-time campers generally have many questions about how to prepare, what type of camp and more.

The director of Roswell’s High Meadows Camp John Dovic offered all the answers and tips for a good camp experience for children and parents during an interview on a “A Closer Look.”

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A Closer Look
2:30 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Atlanta's Pizza Identity: Residents Deliver Their Opinions

Any way you slice it, Atlanta's pizza is diverse.
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Pizzerias have been popping up all over Atlanta the past few years, competing with the national chains. But is this a city where you can reliably find a good slice? Atlantans seem to all have their own opinions.

Local pizza eater Jarvis J. Keely describes Atlanta's pizza culture as "diverse." "In some areas it's tasty, and in other areas it's the poorest of the poor," Keely said.

"Atlanta is alright," Atlantan Jeff Pierre said. "It's a decent pizza town, but I think it's more of a Southern food town and a wing town before it's a pizza town. But it's getting there."

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Local
1:01 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Golf’s Calvin Peete, Winner Of 12 PGA Tour Events, Dies At 71

Calvin Peete, the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning. He was 71.

The PGA Tour did not have a cause of death. Murray Brothers Funeral Home in Atlanta confirmed it was handling the arrangements but did not release additional information.

Energy Use
12:28 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Atlanta Aims To Reduce Big Buildings' Energy Use

The city of Atlanta hopes to cut down on how much energy big commercial buildings use.
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Owners of big buildings in Atlanta are going to have to start reporting how much energy and water they use.

The city hopes the recently passed rule will eventually lead to more efficiency. Atlanta has a goal to reduce commercial energy consumption 20 percent by the year 2020. 

Next year, the ordinance kicks in for commercial buildings that are at least 25,000 square feet. Landlords will have to report their energy and water use every year and do an audit looking for places to improve every 10 years. The city will begin reporting numbers for buildings it owns this year. 

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A Closer Look
12:27 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Shepherd Center's Run Raises Money, Awareness For PTSD

A group of veterans ran from New York to Atlanta as part of a Shepherd Center program to raise money and awareness for post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.
Credit Courtesy of Shepherd's Men

Traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder have been called “signature wounds” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Both TBI and PTSD affect one in every five service members returning from war, according to the Shepherd Center.

The illnesses can lead to a number of health problems that make it even harder for returning soldiers to readjust and reintegrate into civilian life.

A program at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center called the SHARE Military Initiative hopes to raise awareness and money for victims of TBI and PTSD.

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City Lights
12:00 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Georgia-Bred Broadway Star Returns For Youth Benefit Concert

Rob Evan performs with teens at Covenant House Georgia in a previous fundraising concert.
Credit Covenant House Georgia

During each spring in the last three years, Georgia-born Broadway star Rob Evan has come back home to sing, dance and perform with more than entertainment in mind.

On Thursday, he’ll renew his work on behalf of Covenant House Georgia during “A Night of Broadway Stars” concert at the Buckhead Theatre.

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Nation
10:47 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Bud Light Pulls Label With Message That Sparked Backlash

Anheuser-Busch has apologized for a message on bottles of Bud Light that said it is "the perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary for the night." The labels are no longer being produced.
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Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 5:10 pm

The label promised that Bud Light was "the perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary for the night." But that's exactly the word that occurred to many people who say the message recalls alcohol's troublesome connection to sexual assaults.

Anheuser-Busch says the slogan is one of many messages it has printed on beer labels as part of its "UpForWhatever" ad campaign. But it acknowledges that it "missed the mark" with this one, saying that it has stopped making the label.

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Local
9:05 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Decatur Man in Nepal Texts Family After Earthquake

The family of 71-year-old Marty Emanuel of Decatur reported that he has texted them and says he "is fine."

Emanuel was last known to have been hiking in Nepal over the weekend when a devastating earthquake struck.

Emanuel's son, Brooks Emanuel, shared the news on his Facebook page earlier this morning.

Brooks and Emanuel’s wife, Anne, a former law professor at Georgia State University, had been using social media to try to locate him since the earthquake.

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Local
7:46 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Children's Museum Of Atlanta Getting A Facelift

The new ''Gateway to the World'' would be the museum's central exhibit.
Credit Courtesy of the Children Museum of Atlanta

Changes are coming to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

In August, the museum will undergo more than $8 million worth of renovations.

Museum officials released a written statement about the upcoming changes.

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Local
7:20 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Atlanta Woman Accused Of Making Terror Threats On Facebook

    

Ebony Dickens was taken into police custody Tuesday, accused of making threats on Facebook.

The Atlanta Police Department reports the 33-year-old woman called for the deaths of all white police officers across the country.

The post was deleted, but the APD confirmed Dickens' arrest in a tweet released Wednesday morning.

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Local
6:00 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Georgia License Plates: Why So Many Designs?

Georgia drivers are likely to see at least five different generic license plates on the road at any given time.
Credit Michell Elloy / WABE News

Next time you find yourself behind the wheel, take a look at the license plates on the cars next to you, specifically Georgia plates. You’re likely to see a lot of different designs, even among the standard, state-issued plates. 

I’m not even talking about the specialty plates here in Georgia, like those for the area colleges or that support a cause (the state says there are more than 300 of those). No, I’m talking about the standard, state-issued plate; the one you get when you don’t want to pay any more than you have to in order to be street-legal.

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Nation
3:50 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Libraries Make Space For 3-D Printers; Rules Are Sure To Follow

Liam Gaynor (center), 8, and Laura Stark (right), 8, watch as an object is made on a 3-D printer at the Hillsdale (N.J.) Public Library in January.
Michael Karas North Jersey/Landov

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 2:18 pm

At hundreds of libraries across the U.S., 3-D printers can sometimes be heard whirring in the background, part of an effort to encourage interest in the new technology and foster DIY "maker spaces."

In some libraries, officials have begun to set restrictions on the 3-D printers amid concerns about how they'll be used.

At the University City Public Library in St. Louis, Patrick Wall recently printed a green plastic sword from the game Minecraft.

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A Closer Look
6:52 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Niece Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Opposes Gay Marriage

The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Alveda King, is opposed to legalizing same-sex marriage.
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The U.S. Supreme Court heard historic oral arguments Tuesday in the ongoing battle over same-sex marriage. At issue are two questions: whether banning gay marriage is constitutional and whether the states with same sex marriage bans in place can refuse to recognize gay marriages in other states.

Same sex marriage is not legal in Georgia. It is legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia, but 12 states, including Georgia, enacted constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage and non-recognition laws.

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A Closer Look
4:02 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

For Atlanta Refugees, Relocation Long But Rewarding Process

Hira Chhetri, center, voted in her first Atlanta election last fall.
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Europe is facing a crisis of untold proportion as thousands of African migrants risk their lives in rickety, overloaded vessels piloted by smugglers trying to cross dangerous seas to reach the shores of European countries like Greece and Italy. Hundreds of boats so far this year have tried to make the dangerous crossing between Africa and Europe.

Just last week, more than 800 people were killed when an overcrowded ship capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. It is just one of the tragic examples of the perils faced by people fleeing wars, terrorism and economic hardship.

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Local
1:03 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Ga. Pilot, Vietnam Veteran Laid To Rest 48 Years After Death

A Georgia Air Force pilot has been laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery almost 50 years after he was killed in Vietnam.

WALB-TV reports U.S. Air Force Col. William "Earl" Cooper, a former resident of Albany, Georgia, was buried Thursday at a ceremony attended by family at the military cemetery in northern Virginia. Cooper's plane was shot down on a mission during the Vietnam War in 1966.

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