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.
With less than 24 hours until the polls open, both of Georgia’s Republican U.S. Senate candidates are on statewide fly-around tours. WABE’s Michelle Wirth caught up with Congressman Jack Kingston as he tries to pull out a Republican primary runoff victory against businessman David Perdue.
Prior to getting into a small airplane at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, Kingston told supporters he will fight for every last vote.
A new poll has Senator Jason Carter leading Governor Nathan Deal 49 percent to 41 percent in the Georgia governor’s race. The Landmark Communications poll conducted for channel 2 comes just after the release of a memo by the head of Georgia’s ethics commission. In the memo, Holly LaBerge claims top Deal aids pressured her to quietly settle ethics complaints against the governor and threatened the commission’s authority.
A new cityhood push is underway in southern DeKalb County.
The proposed City of South DeKalb’s organizers want a bill in next year’s legislative session. However, Kathryn Rice, who is leading the effort, says plans are in their first stages. The group does not have a sponsor for the bill or even the money for a feasibility study.
Rice says her group is still deciding on the exact boundaries. “At a minimum we’re looking at everything south of 285 excluding the cities,” said Rice. “But we would also like to include unincorporated Clarkston, and that’s up to them.”
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) plans to expand its clinical services, and it is tearing down a hotel to do it.
The 19-story Executive Park Motor Hotel, near the intersection of Interstate 85 and North Druid Hills Road, has sat empty for years. Last year, CHOA paid $9.6 million for the hotel and will start tearing it down this fall.
The Atlanta Braves announced its surprise move to Cobb County in November. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has come to terms with that, but he still needs the team to officially say it won’t be renewing its lease at Turner Field. Reed says it’s necessary for the city to move forward with redevelopment plans.
Briefing City Council members Wednesday, Reed said he sent a letter to the Braves asking for early notice.
“Parties that are interested in Turner Field have been waiting to find out what the Braves decision was around their exit,” said Reed.
“Our economic development policies seem to be working……..giving the right incentives to the right companies and they’re hiring. Georgia was just voted the number one place to do business by a couple different surveys," Dr. Jeff Humphreys, an economist with the University of Georgia.
The Atlanta Streetcar’s launch date has been delayed yet again.
City officials now say the Streetcar won’t be ready for passengers at least until October, but probably November. The latest estimate had been this summer.
Streetcar spokeswoman Sharon Gavin said it’s due to track and station construction issues along the downtown Atlanta route.
“What’s the phrase the mayor likes to use … doing hard things is hard ... and building a streetcar system is hard and there’s a lot of utility relocations and things that go along with that,” said Gavin.
After more than two years of fighting back a legal challenge, demolition at DeKalb County’s Suburban Plaza shopping center is now underway.
Scott Selig is Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for Selig Enterprises, which owns Suburban Plaza. In an email to WABE, he said the latest construction timeline calls for digging to begin for the underground parking lot for Walmart late this year or in early 2015.
Getting around metro Atlanta on public transit can be a hassle, but a new website just went live that helps you take the first step toward meeting the transportation challenge.
ATLtransit.org helps you plan your route if you have to take more than one transit system: MARTA, Cobb Community Transit, Gwinnett County Transit or the Xpress system run by the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA).
They’re planning a big birthday celebration at Zoo Atlanta today as giant panda twins Mei Lun and Mei Huan turn one.
The twins were the first giant pandas born in the United States last year, and caregivers are pulling out all the stops for their birthday including an ice-cake for each of the cubs, which will include bananas and other treats frozen into the cakes.
You can see the celebration on Zoo Atlanta’s Panda-Cam starting today around 10:45 a.m.
Georgia financial institutions are remaining cautious about the economy, but spokesmen agreed from their perspectives that consumer attitudes are looking up.
Kennesaw State University professor Mark Patterson said in the last year and a half, he’s noticed the economy has gotten better.
“I’m at a place where, if I were in the market for a big ticket item, I’m assuming you mean TVs and cars and things like that, that I could go out and buy it and feel confident about it,” Patterson said.
Today, Atlanta was one of 60 cities participating in the National Gay Blood Drive. For this event, gay and bisexual men prohibited from donating blood asked a someone to give in their place.
Josh Miley is a graphic designer in Atlanta, and he donated blood for his friend Robbie Medwed who isn’t allowed to donate because of an FDA lifetime ban on men who have had sex with other men since 1977.
Former Atlanta Public School Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall will not stand trial next month when testimony gets underway in the massive test cheating case. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter made the decision Friday based on Hall’s current battle with stage four breast cancer.
The DeKalb County Board of Ethics currently faces a caseload of complaints against every single county commissioner, some of their staffers, and both the suspended and acting county CEOs.
DeKalb Board of Ethics Chairman John Ernst recently distributed an email emphasizing the board will take every complaint seriously. “Ethics complaints are, a lot of times, they’re filed, [and] the people have alternative motives to them,” Ernst told WABE. “That’s just the nature of ethics complaints a lot of times, but that doesn’t make them any less valid.”