Following President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, some local organizations are bracing for a flood of inquiries. The Latin American Association, for one, will hire extra attorneys to guide people through the process.
After a timber company makes its plywood or paper, there’s leftover sawdust and wood shavings. These leftovers are called woody biomass and in Georgia, they’re becoming a big source of renewable energy.
A Pew study ranked Georgia third in the country for converting this “woody biomass” into electricity.
As part of an effort to gain more control over basic services like public safety and trash pick-up, several neighborhoods in DeKalb County want to incorporate.
Amid the debate over boundaries, a front-runner has emerged in the contest for which cityhood campaign will attract Emory University and the affluent area surrounding it.
Emory and its neighbors aren't currently part of any city - the area exists within unincorporated DeKalb County. But most locals identify with either the city of Atlanta to the west or Decatur to the south.
State agencies today held a mock snowstorm drill to test winter weather equipment and preparedness, but is Georgia really ready for severe weather like the two storms last winter that effectively shut down the metro area?
According to Georgia Emergency Management head Charley English, the state has come a long way since the year’s first storm, which left kids stuck at school and people stranded on the highway in their cars overnight.
“I am very comfortable now that we can handle a significant winter weather event,” English says.
When the U.S. Senate shifts to Republican control in January, a number of high-ranking GOP senators will get the opportunity to lead committees. Georgia U.S. Senator, Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) is in the running for two chairmanships.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) is currently in charge of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. But Burr has thrown his hat in the ring for chairman of Senate Intelligence. If he moves there, that would make Senator Isakson the highest ranking member of the Veterans’ Affairs committee.
Record low temperatures will hit metro Atlanta Monday night.
Temperatures will drop into the low 20s Monday evening with wind gusts of up to 20 miles per hour Tuesday morning.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Deese says these winds will take temperatures into the teens.
“What that’s going to result in is some really cold wind chills so it could be getting down to around the 10 degree mark and that’ll be for the morning bus ride for the school kids… so bundle them kids up for sure out there,” Deese says.
The deadline has passed, and three groups trying to form new cities in central DeKalb County cannot agree on a map. So what does that mean for their prospects in the 2015 legislative session?
Lakeside, Briarcliff, and Tucker scrambled at the end of this year’s legislative session to agree on a map for three new cities. In the end, lawmakers threw up their hands; the spirit of compromise had worn thin under the Gold Dome.
Concerned residents want in on negotiations over selling Turner Field. They’re urging Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to open up the process to the public. They’re also voicing reservations about the prospect of Georgia State University buying the land and building a new athletic complex.
Suzanne Mitchell heads the neighborhood association for Summerhill, which borders Turner Field. She notes GSU is a tax-exempt entity.
In this edition of Atlanta Sounds, we meet Derek Chapman and the Chapman Drug soda fountain.
In the first part of the twentieth century, the soda fountain could be found in drug stores across America. However, with the rise of the vending machine and pharmacy chains, soda fountains began to disappear.
While there are very few working fountains these days, Chapman Drug in Hapeville has had one for almost 100 years.
MARTA union workers voted Saturday to ratify a new labor agreement with management. It’s their first new contract since 2010 and includes a long-awaited pay raise.
“Fourteen months of negotiation. We've come a long way,” said Howard.
MARTA’s board is expected to finalize the deal at its next meeting Dec. 4.
Howard didn't want to discuss specifics until that happens, but according to several employees, the contract includes a 13 percent pay raise staggered over three years - the first salary bump for employees since 2006, according to the union.
Union workers Friday expressed relief that a new contract with pay raises was close to being finalized.
“I’m not enthusiastic about it but I can deal with it,” said bus operator Lysander Herrod. "Eight years or nine years without a raise. Costs have gone up. Medical continues to go up. It could be better but it’s acceptable."
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will see more passengers this Thanksgiving holiday season than it did last year, airport officials said Friday.
An estimated 7.5 million fliers will pass through Atlanta's airport between Nov. 21 and Nov. 30. That's up two percent from the same period in 2013.
Nine out of 10 will land here and hop on another plane to get to their destinations. But that still leaves 750,000 origination and destination, or "O&D," travelers who must undergo security screening at Hartsfield-Jackson.
State and federal officials are working to increase the number of Georgia farmers and farmers markets that accept food stamp benefits.
More than a dozen farmers gathered in an exhibit hall Wednesday at the Atlanta State Farmers Market to sign up or learn more about how to accept food stamp benefits.
Susan Giddens owns Gratitude Gardens, a small farm in the Savannah area. She grows all kind of fruits and vegetables like cucumbers, kale, blueberries and strawberries. For her, getting fresh produce to those in need is personal.