On Thursday, September 25, 2014, Federal officials gave six movie and TV production companies permission to use drones in their film shoots, with some restrictions.
It's a major step toward wider use of drones in commercial operations. And it increases the attention on Federal and state lawmakers as they scramble to come up with rules for this rapidly-expanding technology.
Atlanta’s unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a percent in August. The state’s jobless rate also rose about a half a point. Thursday Democratic state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter met with some of the jobless to hear their stories.
At the Silver Skillet in Midtown, Carter spoke with five Georgians who’ve had trouble finding work after losing their jobs.
Lamont Hawthorne has two associate degrees and a bachelor’s in construction technology. He’s been laid off three times in three years and said he’s worked 15 months out of the last 36.
Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day. And with midterm elections just over a month away, a coalition of groups gathered at the state Capitol to urge Georgians to sign up.
The NAACP, Planned Parenthood, and Georgia Equality were just some of the groups that showed up. Roland Carlisle is with 9 to 5, a group that fights for workplace equality. He invoked the struggle of Civil Rights leaders, such as the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 11:27 am
Updated at 11:27 a.m. ET
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the Scottish vote to remain in the United Kingdom has put the question of independence to rest "for a generation," but he pledged constitutional reforms to give Edinburgh greater control over its own affairs.
There are several weeks until the November elections, but Gov. Nathan Deal is already planning for his second term in office. The governor Thursday announced an expansion of the HOPE grant program, set to take effect in 2015.
The HOPE grant is a scholarship awarded to technical college students. It already covers full tuition in some high-demand fields, such as education and healthcare.
Standing in front of the former state archives building, which is being transformed into a movie set, Deal said he wants the grant to cover film-related fields too.
During an emergency election board meeting Wednesday, the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office said it has discovered dozens of voter registration applications submitted by the New Georgia Project have been forged. Last week, Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp issued a subpoena to the voter registration group, which was founded by Democratic House leader Stacey Abrams. As part of the subpoena, the group is supposed to turn over all documents related to voter registration efforts and canvass sheets.
Lawyers in Burrell Ellis’ corruption trial delivered opening statements Tuesday in a DeKalb County court room. It comes 15 months after the suspended DeKalb CEO was indicted on felony charges of bribery, extortion, and theft.
Speaking to a jury of ten women and two men, DeKalb prosecutor Lawanda Hodges said Ellis used his position as CEO to solicit campaign contributions, retaliate against those who didn’t give, then lied about it afterward.
"Power. Punishment. Perjury. That, members of the jury, is what the evidence will show you this case is all about," said Hodges.
With polls showing the race for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat is very close, both of the major party candidates--and the outside groups that are helping them--have unleashed a blitz of media ads. WABE's Denis O'Hayer got a fact check on some of the newest ads, with Jim Tharpe, editor of PolitiFact Georgia, the non-partisan fact-checking arm of the Atlanta Journal-Constitutionand myAJC.com.
Fulton County Commission chair John Eaves says he wants to pass new affordable housing legislation by the end of the year. Part of the aim is to ease tensions between the development authorities of Fulton and the city of Atlanta.
“We certainly have an open mind and we probably will be exploring this in pursuing some sort of policy change in the near future,” said Eaves.
The comments come as Atlanta officials say the lack of an affordable housing policy by the Development Authority of Fulton County is lowering the bar for developers and costing the city development deals.
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, left, Monday endorsed Georgia Republican nominee David Perdue in the race for the state's open U.S. Senate seat. Perdue is facing Democrat Michelle Nunn, who heads the former president's nonprofit Points of Light Foundation.
A new Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll--the paper's first of the general election campaign--shows very close races for Georgia Governor and U.S. Senator. Democrat Jason Carter and Republican incumbent Nathan Deal are statistically tied in the Governor's race; while Republican David Perdue holds a slim lead over Democrat Michelle Nunn in the Senate race. In both contests, the Libertarian candidates are polling strongly enough to force runoffs, if the elections were held today. WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with AJC political columnist Jim Galloway.
The state House’s top Democrat, Stacey Abrams, is defending her voter registration group against allegations of voter fraud. Earlier this week, Secretary of State Brian Kemp opened an investigation into Abrams’ group.
The New Georgia Project is one of the state’s largest voter registration drives. Its goal, as Abrams puts it, is to sign up Georgia’s 800,000 unregistered minority voters. So far the group has helped submit more than 85,000 registration forms. But Abrams says Kemp’s actions could have a “chilling effect” on those efforts.
On September 10, 2014, President Barack Obama outlined his strategy for a counterattack on the terror group which calls itself The Islamic State (acronyms include ISIL and ISIS). For a look at how Congress received the speech, and what will happen next, WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Democratic Congressman David Scott of Atlanta, and Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss, the ranking GOP member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May has recommended early voting on Sunday October 26 at South DeKalb Mall. If approved by the County’s Board of Elections Thursday, the county would be among the first counties to let citizens vote on Sunday. But the lone state Republican Senator representing a portion of DeKalb says the move appears partisan.
Republican state Senator Fran Miller said May’s recommendation to place Sunday voting at the South DeKalb Mall ignores northern DeKalb and is clearly aimed at getting more Democrats to turn out in November.
Gov. Nathan Deal Wednesday weighed in on a state investigation into alleged voter fraud and a plan to allow Sunday voting in DeKalb County.
Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp has subpoenaed the New Georgia Project, one of the state’s largest voter registration groups. Kemp says he’s received complaints from several counties of faulty registration forms.
Critics have blasted the move as a blatant attempt to suppress votes.
Deal dismissed the criticism and said any complaints of voter fraud should be fully investigated.
Hundreds turned out for a rally Monday with First Lady Michelle Obama and Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Michelle Nunn. The rally was aimed at revving up campaign volunteers, supporters and voters ahead of a highly contested Senate race between Nunn and Republican nominee David Perdue.
Michelle Nunn told the crowd voters are sick of gridlock in Congress. She says after serving as the former CEO of the Points of Light Foundation she’s sees the value of finding common ground.
First Lady Michelle Obama is in Atlanta Monday. While visiting, she will fundraise and campaign for Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Michelle Nunn.
The First Lady will appear with Nunn at a private fundraiser and a voter registration rally. In a statement about the visit, Nunn said, "As CEO of President George H.W. Bush's Points of Light Foundation, I saw firsthand how the First Lady has been a leader in increasing civic participation and fostering support for volunteerism. I am excited to have her join us in Georgia … as we work to get more people engaged in our democracy."
The state ethics commission Friday adjourned without making a decision on the fate of Commission Chief Holly LaBerge, leaving her on paid administrative leave until it reconvenes Monday morning.
The commission met over conference call Friday afternoon to discuss “pending litigation and personnel matters” just days after LaBerge was sanctioned by a judge for not turning over key documents in a lawsuit against the state.
This afternoon, President Obama traveled to Newport, Wales, where he is attending the NATO Summit. The president is expected to discuss Russian actions in Ukraine and the role of NATO as a "global security hub."
WABE will have the full story during All Things Considered this afternoon.
State ethics commission executive secretary Holly LaBerge (left) was personally fined $10,000 yesterday, as was the office of Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens (right), for failing to release a memo written by LaBerge in 2012 that would have had a direct bearing on several whistleblower lawsuits.
Former President Bill Clinton and singer-songwriter Usher are taking part in an upcoming fundraiser for Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Michelle Nunn.
The fundraiser with the former President and the popular singer will take place at Usher’s Atlanta area home on September 13. It’s one of several midterm election fundraisers former President Clinton is taking part in around the country, as President Obama’s approval ratings hover in the low 40s.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville has sanctioned the office of State Attorney General Sam Olens and ethics commission executive secretary Holly LaBerge personally for withholding documents in a whistleblower lawsuit over the commission’s investigation into the 2010 campaign of Governor Nathan Deal.
The judge has fined LaBerge and the Attorney General’s office $10,000 each.