Atlanta’s City Council is set to vote Monday on a controversial proposal aimed at increasing community input before murals are painted on private property.
The proposal was triggered in part by a 2012 incident in south Atlanta’s Pittsburg neighborhood. Some in the community took issue with a large mural they interpreted as satanic. During a press conference held by opponents, a confrontation took place that police ultimately had to disperse.
After several recent U.S. Ebola cases, a number of businesses are trying to figure out how to keep workers safe and to make sure they don’t get sued if a case pops up in their office. WABE’s Michelle Wirth reports on two law firms with Atlanta offices who are giving companies advice on Ebola.
Eric Berezin, a shareholder at Ogletree Deakins says his firm kept getting the same questions from employers about Ebola things like: how do you keep workers safe, and what to do about international travel? So his law firm, formed an Ebola Rapid Response Team to answer those questions.
Two major DeKalb County corruption cases are in jeopardy. Part of the reason is the prosecution’s star witnesses have struggled with credibility issues.
It’s a constant dilemma for prosecutors – how much to rely on witnesses with questionable character.
DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis is accused of shaking down county contractors for campaign donations. During the trial, DeKalb's former purchasing director Kelvin Walton was the state’s star witness. Walton cooperated with prosecutors only after being caught accepting gifts from contractors and lying under oath.
Following moves by a handful of states late last week, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Monday announced a new monitoring and quarantine policy for travelers coming from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus.
“We’re going to try to be as mindful of [travelers’] privacy and their own necessity to move about,” he said, “but by the same token, if they pose a potential threat to the health of the citizens of the state of Georgia, we believe a quarantined will be appropriate.”
Monday Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce the state’s policy for monitoring and quarantining people who might be at risk for Ebola.
The governor will speak in Cumming, Georgia.
Deal’s announcement is coming after Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York initially announced additional protocols for their states, which included mandatory quarantine for health care workers returning to the United States after treating Ebola patients.
Hundreds of bikers, runners and walkers are “getting a leg up” for a good cause this weekend.
It's called the Tour de Pink and it is Atlanta’s one and only bike ride for breast cancer.
“It’s just something about a community of women with a really strong cause, especially for young women that get this disease, that we’re all there together. And we have a great time doing this,” says rider Susan Hendricks, who is taking part in her third Tour de Pink.
It’s been an eventful week in DeKalb County. The corruption case of suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis ended with a hung jury. And a much-anticipated audit showed lax oversight of commissioner spending.
Some DeKalb residents have resigned themselves to a certain level of impropriety, while others see light at the end of the tunnel.
DeKalb politics has been anything but dull - kickback schemes, federal probes, forced-out school board members, and most tragically an assassination of the county’s sheriff-elect.
So it makes sense residents would be a bit cynical.
DeKalb County has released an independent audit of County Commission spending for the last ten years.
The audit includes on use of county purchasing cards. The so-called “P-cards,” which function like debit cards, are used by elected officials and some staff members to pay for work-related expenses. The P-cards have been the focus of ethics complaints against several commissioners.
Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 7.3 percent in September. That’s slightly lower than a year ago. But are job seekers feeling a difference, and does that rate really matter? WABE's Michelle Wirth spoke with a local economist and several who are unemployed.
34-year-old Nickolas Smith types on a computer at a local unemployment office. He’s been looking for job in law enforcement for about a year. Smith has had several interviews, but so far there’s been no fulltime job offers.
Northeast Atlanta's iconic Krog Street Tunnel is looking a bit less colorful today.
That's after about 100 protesters spent Wednesday night covering with concrete-grey paint the constantly-changing piece of Atlanta's graffiti culture.
“I think artists were upset that their work was being used to promote and sell tickets to this party without any compensation to them,” said local artist Peter Ferarri, who was among those repainting the tunnel Wednesday night.
WABE has learned that DeKalb County officials will release the official audit of county commissioners’ purchasing cards later today.
The so-called “P-cards,” which function like a debit cards, let elected officials and some staff members pay for work-related expenses. The P-cards have been the focus of ethics complaints against several commissioners.
The Commission called for the audit of all P-card purchases, dating back at least to 2010, for all commissioners, their staff members, and any employees of the Board of Commissioners’ central office.
The same-sex marriage debate continues in Georgia.
Attorney General Sam Olens' view remains the same: it's between a man and a woman.
But not everyone agrees, and many of those voices will be heard outside of Atlanta City Hall Thursday afternoon.
“It’s about respecting the love two people have for each other and honoring the lifetime commitment that they want to make through the act of marriage,” says Jeff Graham, the executive director for Georgia Equality.
According to the latest data from the Department of Labor: there was an over-the-year gain of 51,900 jobs, or 2.2 percent, from September 2013’s 2,416,700. This was the second largest September-to-September growth since 2007.