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5:45 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Rallies Held Downtown For and Against Proposed EPA Regulations

Credit Evan Jang / WABE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took public comments in Atlanta on proposed carbon regulations today. 

Proponents and opponents of these regulations voiced their opinions at rallies downtown. 

Environmental activists from across the Southeast hoisted signs reading "Climate Action Now" in Woodruff park at the "Rally for Clean Energy." 

GreenLaw organized the event, which included speakers, testimony and music. 

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Local
5:42 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Reed: City Will Work To Make Government More Efficient

Credit Michelle Wirth/WABE News

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says his administration will act on several recommendations made by a commission which examined ways to eliminate waste and make city government more efficient. The commission is made up business, labor and city council representatives.

As the commission recommended, Reed says in the next year his administration will work to streamline the city’s real estate portfolio.

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Local
4:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

DFCS' Cagle Extends Mandatory Overtime Into August To Address Case Backlog

Credit DECAL

Division of Family and Children Services Interim Director Bobby Cagle says he’s extending his order for mandatory overtime in order to address a backlog of overdue cases.

Cagle said the initial backlog of 3,300 overdue child protective services investigations has been cut by about 38 percent since he mandated overtime last month. However, he originally projected it to be cleared by the end of July.

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1:42 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Metro Atlanta More Aware about Hot Car Threats

Authorities in metro Atlanta say the public is more aware about children left inside hot vehicles.
Credit Atlanta Police Department

An Atlanta woman is facing charges after leaving her four children inside a locked vehicle Monday afternoon. 

The kids are reportedly all right.  

This comes about less than two months after 22-month-old Cooper Ross died after being left inside his father’s car in Cobb County.

Cases of kids left in hot cars are still rare, according to Marietta Police Officer Daniel Baldwin.

“We’re very grateful that we have a very low call volume when it comes to that specific type of call,” he says.

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Local
6:01 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Georgia Included in Major Fruit Recall

The Food and Drug Administration is warning customers about a stone fruit recall.
Credit FDA

Be cautious about what might be inside your kitchen.

The Kroger Co., Publix Super Markets Inc. and Whole Foods Market have all issued recalls on stone fruits.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the items in question might be tainted with listeria.

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Local
5:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Moral Monday Georgia Kicks off Statewide Tour

The Moral Monday Georgia coalition is undertaking a state-wide tour to push for political improvements.

The Moral Monday Georgia coalition launched a state-wide tour Monday night at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.  

The Jailed for Justice Tour features Georgia Moral Monday arrestees who will explain why they decided to go behind bars in their quest for social justice.

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Local
3:23 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

UPDATE: MARTA and Union Officials Respond to Planned Sick Out

Credit Katie King / WABE

MARTA officials and the union that represents bus and train operators are responding to reports that a planned “massive sick out” could occur.

WABE learned of the plan from several operators who say they’re frustrated with stalled contract negotiations between the union and the transit agency.

WABE’s Rose Scott has more.

A few operators say the  “massive sick out” is the only way to send the message they are frustrated  it’s taken over a year to negotiate a new contract and there’s still no deal.

Those who spoke with WABE wanted to remain anonymous.

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Local
6:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Sandy Springs Planning New Performing Arts Center

The City of Sandy Springs is considering building a performing arts center as part of its City Center project.

The project will be a hub for the government and the community. Mayor Rusty Paul says it was in the early planning even before Sandy Springs became a city nine years ago. City Center will cover several acres near the intersection of Roswell and Johnson Ferry Roads.

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Local
7:18 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Advocates Respond to Gov. Deal's Unaccompained Minor Claims In Georgia

Credit Paxichristiusa.org

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. 

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Local
6:04 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Drew Charter School Expands

Evan Jang

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.

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Local
4:54 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Former Douglas County D.A.'s Secretary Indicted

Credit Douglas County

A Douglas County grand jury has indicted the secretary of former county District Attorney David McDade.

In a 34-count indictment, Tammie Agan faces charges of theft and of making false statements and writings in connection with her work outside the DA’s office, transcribing interviews for law enforcement.

The indictment says Agan charged the county for work she did not do. It also alleges that Agan filed false time sheets for her daughter who was hired to proofread the transcripts but, according to the indictment, did not do any actual work.

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Local
6:27 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Law Enforcement Agencies Sweep Atlanta City Detention Center

Two of the detainees checked during a sweep throughout the detention center
Michelle Wirth/WABE News

More than 130 law enforcement officers took part in a sweep of the Atlanta City Detention Center Thursday.

Law enforcement officers dressed in black and some wearing heavy protective gear rushed into a cell block at the center. They took detainees by surprise and ordering them to get on the ground. Then the officers escorted the detainees to another area of the cell block and searched their rooms.

Teams of law enforcement officers looked under beds, on top of desks and behind toilets for things like cell phones, weapons or evidence of various gang affiliations.

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Local
5:22 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Jewish Group Holds Service As Israeli-Palestinian Death Toll Nears 800

Steven Bell, left, and Regina Willis of Jewish Voices for Peace lead a prayer service for the victims of the recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict in front of the Israeli consulate Thursday in Midtown Atlanta. A silent protester with signs criticizing the Palestinian militant group Hamas stands behind.
Credit Michell Eloy / WABE News

A Jewish organization held a prayer service today in front of the Israeli consulate in Midtown Atlanta Thursday to honor both Israelis and Palestinians who’ve died in the latest regional conflict, calling for peace as the death toll nears 800 people.

Dressed in black and holding candles, participants read the names of some of the victims aloud while others laid stones, a Jewish tradition at gravesites.

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Walton County
4:05 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Moore's Ford Bridge Murders: 68 Years Unsolved

Mourners walking past the open coffin of lynching victims George W. Dorsey and his sister Dorothy Dorsey Malcom, Mount Perry Baptist Church, Bishop, Georgia, July 28, 1946
courtesy AJC Photographic Archives, Special Collections and Archives, GSU Library

It has come to be known as the “last lynching in America.”

Tomorrow it will be 68 years since the murders at Moore’s Ford Bridge: killings in Walton County in 1946: killings that are still unsolved.

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Local
12:15 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Metro Atlanta Unemployment Rate Rises in June to 7.6%

Here is the latest jobless data for metro Atlanta.
Credit Rob Aaron / WABE News

The unemployment rate for metro Atlanta this June was 7.6%.

That's up nearly a half-point from May, but it's a full point lower than it was in June 2013.

Officials with the Georgia Department of Labor say the increase seen in June comes largely from seasonal layoffs.

As for the year-to-year drop in unemployment, the DOL says  job growth was seen in a number of fields, including professional and business services and trade, transportation and warehousing.

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Local
7:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Residents Explain Why They Didn't Vote This Week

Georgia voters have been casting their ballots all summer. Some votes leading up to the general election in November.
Credit WABE

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. 

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Local
2:22 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Cyclorama To Move To Atlanta History Center In Buckhead

Mayor Kasim Reed Wednesday announcing the Cyclorama move.
Credit Evan Changhwan Jang

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced Wednesday the massive panoramic painting of the Battle of Atlanta known as the Cyclorama will be moved to the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead.

The painting is currently housed in a historic structure in Grant Park near downtown Atlanta. That building will be renovated into administrative offices for Zoo Atlanta, as well as an event space.

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Local
12:03 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Cox, Glavine and Maddux Honored by Hall of Fame

Former manager Bobby Cox, and two of his former players, are all getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend.
Credit Major League Baseball / Atlanta Braves

Cooperstown, New York is rolling out the red carpet for three former Atlanta Braves.

Manager Bobby Cox and pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are entering the Baseball Hall of Fame together.

“You don’t win that many consecutive league championships and pennants without knowing what you’re doing," says sports author and analyst Tim Darnell.

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Local
5:43 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidates Campaign Across Georgia Before Primary Runoff

Kingston shortly before getting on a plane to travel across Georgia.
Dan Raby WABE

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.

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Local
6:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Friendship Baptist Church Demolition Likely This Week

Construction workers prepare Friendship Baptist Church for demolition.
Credit Marylee Williams / WABE

Construction officials say the oldest African American church in Atlanta will likely be torn down this week. 

Friendship Baptist Church, located near Vine City along Martin Luther King Drive, waits among construction equipment. 

John Lewis also waits. 

Lewis is the president of the Historic Westside United Coalition. He's been holding vigils for almost two years in front of Friendship Baptist Church. 

He said he knows the church building can't be saved, but he wants to be there when it's torn down. 

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Local
4:30 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Carter Leads Deal In Poll Following Release of Ethics Memo

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.

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Local
2:52 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Another New Cityhood Push in DeKalb County

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.”

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Local
2:54 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Dad's Garage Has Sights Set on Sanctuary

Dad's Garage Theatre may be moving to this church on Ezzard Street in the Old Fourth Ward.
Credit Google Street View

After searching for more than a year, Dad’s Garage Theatre has tentatively found a new home in Atlanta.

And it is not the venue you would expect for the group known for its irreverent improv comedy.

It is a church on Ezzard Street in the city’s Old Fourth Ward, and Dad’s Garage has its sights set on repurposing the house of worship as a home for its plays and weekly improv shows.

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2:45 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Children's Hospital of Atlanta Considering New Clinical Services at I-85 and North Druid Hills Road

The Executive Park Motor Inn, built in the early 1970s, will be torn down by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for new facilities.
Credit Google Street View

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.

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12:38 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Reed Urging Braves To Give Notice On Turner Field Lease

Credit Dan Raby/WABE

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.

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11:58 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Georgia Gains 81,100 Jobs Over the Past Year

Credit WABE

  There's been a boost in Georgia's job growth.

The Georgia Department of Labor says the state added 81,100 jobs from June 2013 through last month.

“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.

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Piedmont Heights
7:35 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Arrest in Cyclist Greg Germani Hit-and-Run

Greg Germani continues to recover from his injuries at a private medical facility.
Credit MedlockPark.org

Atlanta police have arrested the man they say intentionally ran over a cyclist in Piedmont Heights last month.

Police have charged 19-year-old Joseph Allen Lewis with attempted murder.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Lewis owns the Dodge Nitro that hit Greg Germani on Flagler Avenue June 9, leaving him with a traumatic brain injury.

Germani is well known to many Atlantans because of his website, Atlanta Time Machine.

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Local
5:28 am
Thu July 17, 2014

UPS Officials Say Drone Usage is Possible in the Future

UPS officials say there's a chance drones could be used in the future to deliver packages.
Credit UPS

As controversy over the use of drone aircraft continues, the new head of Atlanta-based UPS made comments recently about the commercial use of drones. 

David Abney…..the CEO-elect of UPS……said there’s a  chance drones will deliver shipments in the future.

Abney made that statement at a Rotary Club of Atlanta luncheon on Monday.

But, on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the carrier would only issue a written statement that says, in part:

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Local
4:30 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Atlanta Streetcar Delayed Again Due To Construction Issues

One of the four streetcars making its way to the charging station under the downtown connector in the Sweet Auburn district.
Credit facebook.com/AtlantaStreetcar

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.

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DeKalb County
6:20 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Demolition Underway at Suburban Plaza

Crews are starting the demolition with the building closest to Scott Boulevard.
Credit Lisa George/WABE

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.

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