Getting Americans out to the polls during election season can be difficult. It can be even tougher in immigrant communities. Asian and Latino populations usually have lower voter turnout rates than Caucasians and African-Americans. But a local organization that launched an effort to get Korean Americans to vote says it’s making progress.
The Atlanta chapter of Asian-Americans Advancing Justice started a grassroots effort last year, called 10,000 Korean Votes. AAAJ-A’s executive director, Helen Kim Ho, says it’s a multi-year initiative.
The head of the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency Michael Sterling has been on the job a little over a year. He took over after an investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found corruption at the agency.
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A little over a year ago Michael Sterling took over the position of executive director at the Atlanta Workforce Department Agency, or AWDA. Sterling was appointed to the position by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed after an investigation and scathing report on the agency by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The investigation revealed the AWDA was recklessly wasting money, had inadequate tracking services, and relied too much on community partners.
Sterling joined Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer to discuss the changes at the agency and more on “Closer Look.”
Military veterans are still running into problems scheduling timely doctor’s appointments, either with the Veterans Administration or a new alternative option called the Veteran’s Choice Program.
Basically, the new Choice Program allows eligible veterans who live more than 40 miles away from a VA health care facility or can’t get an appointment scheduled within 30 days to arrange an appointment with a Medicare-approved doctor, who can schedule an appointment earlier and is closer to the veteran's location.
When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast 10 years ago this week, thousands of people fled from the category 5 storm. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, estimates that more than 100,000 people from New Orleans, alone, made their way to Atlanta in Katrina’s aftermath -- and many stayed.
Then-Gov. Sonny Perdue, like most Americans, watched in horror as the monster hurricane barreled into the Gulf Coast, killing almost 2,000 people, most of them in New Orleans. But Perdue had no idea, at first, how deeply Katrina would impact Georgia.
Atlanta attorney and former Georgia Sen. Jason Carter is taking over as chairman of the Carter Center Board of Trustees. His grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter, made the announcement this week.
Former President Jimmy Carter announced plans on Thursday to cut back on many of his activities at the Carter Center in Atlanta as he focuses on his cancer treatment.
Carter also revealed his grandson Jason Carter, a former state senator and a 2014 Democratic candidate for Georgia governor, has been named the new chairman of the Carter Center Board of Trustees. The board selected Jason Carter for the position back in March, according to President Carter.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, left, holds a model Mercedes-Benz presented to him by Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon at a ceremony announcing the company's U.S. corporate headquarters relocation to Sandy Springs. City residents say they welcome Mercedes-Benz, but are not happy with the home development near the new headquarters.
Last week on "A Closer Look," interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May talked about the ongoing corruption investigation and the vote to approve county money for a new pro soccer complex. During the interview May criticized DeKalb Commissioner Nancy Jester over her handling of those issues and her communications with him.
Now Jester has responded to the criticisms in an interview with “A Closer Look” hosts Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer.
Georgia is excelling in the creation of green jobs. That’s according to a recent report by the national, nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs. The report suggests the state of Georgia is creating more green jobs – mostly in the field of solar energy – than any other state in the country.
The spike in green jobs in Georgia is directly related to an unlikely political partnership between liberal and conservative advocates of clean energy policies and issues. It’s a partnership that would have seemed more than unlikely a few years ago and next to impossible.
The final report on DeKalb County government corruption is due out before the end of the month. Depending on what’s in the report from special investigator Mike Bowers, the investigation may continue, Interim CEO Lee May said.
May said recently there is no more funding for an ongoing corruption investigation, but he seemed to back off that statement during an interview on “A Closer Look,” in which he clarified the remark.
Dr. Gregory Felzien of the Georgia Department of Public Health says treating people with hepatitis C early makes eradicating the virus a possibility. On Tuesday, he told a panel of state lawmakers getting there won't be cheap.
When is a $60,000 tab for one person’s medication considered a bargain for Georgia taxpayers?
When it goes to pay for a hepatitis C cure, state health officials told a group of Georgia lawmakers Tuesday.
Hepatitis C used to be considered a death sentence. Now, new drug treatments can cure nearly 100 percent of those infected. But they're expensive — up to $90,000 at a retail pharmacy, or a discounted rate of just $60,000 for health plans.
Republican presidential candidates from left, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday in Cleveland.
The Atlanta United soccer franchise plans to build its headquarters and $35 million training facility in DeKalb County. The DeKalb County Commission voted to approve the agreement with Atlanta United FC. It would involve a $12 million investment by the county.
The new Atlanta United soccer franchise announced Tuesday that it had chosen DeKalb County for its headquarters and $35 million training facility. The DeKalb Commission voted earlier that day to approve the agreement with Atlanta United FC, one that would involve a $12 million investment by the county.
"Finally, something good is happening in DeKalb County.”
President Barack Obama speaks in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Thursday on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.
President Barack Obama says all Americans owe a debt to the sharecroppers and maids and ordinary Americans who were brave enough to try time and again to register to vote in the face of violence and oppression. He says without them, the Voting Rights Act wouldn't have been signed into law 50 years ago Thursday.
At a White House event marking the anniversary, Obama said those rights are being whittled away today by voter ID laws and other attempts to discourage voting. He called on Congress to update the law in response to court decisions.
SCLC President Charles Steele Jr., center, said he and the NAACP are ready to meet with Gov. Nathan Deal. NAACP attorney Gerald Griggs, left, and Atlanta NAACP President Richard Rose, right, held the press conference with Steele to discuss their concerns over Confederate symbols in the state.
Gwinnett County Commissioners voted Tuesday night to ban the construction of new digital billboards in unincorporated Gwinnett, unless a company tears down three static, or paper, billboards first. Digital billboards resemble ballpark jumbo video displays but scroll through several static ads each minute.
Former Georgia Democratic U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, center, has been monitoring global nuclear issues, risks and threats for years through his nonprofit Nuclear Threat Initiative. He supports the new nuclear deal with Iran.
Congress has convened hearings this week into the new nuclear agreement reached between the United States and five other countries hammered out with Iran. The deal includes restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for an end to some of the toughest sanctions against the country.
Republicans, including both of Georgia's U.S. senators, have expressed either serious doubts or outright opposition to the agreement, and Israel's government has called it a historic mistake.
Decatur residents are concerned. Home prices are rising, and the city is losing its African-American population.
On Monday night, city commissioners voted to approve a $109,000 contract to hold public meetings about how to keep the city diverse, welcoming and affordable over the next six months. The goal is to come up with a Community Action Plan document for city commissioners to adopt.
Drones are displayed at the National Press Club in Washington. The nonprofit Drone Advocates for Public Safety in Atlanta wrote a letter to the governor asking him to exempt law enforcement and emergency responder drones from the 5-mile ban around the state Capitol building's heliport and the Governor's Mansion.
Real estate and media mogul Donald Trump has been in the headlines for weeks now after declaring his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and he’s back in the spotlight today after remarks over the weekend about Arizona Sen. John McCain’s war record.
A political frenzy erupted Saturday after Trump said McCain was not a war hero.
InsiderAdvantage CEO, political columnist and pollster Matt Towery said during an interview on “A Closer Look” that there is a sizable element in the Republican party that “does not care for John McCain at all.”
U.S Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, center, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, arrive at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 after reaching agreement on a nuclear deal.
The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage has led to a number of questions on what exactly the ruling will mean for religious leaders who refuse to marry gay couples based on their religious convictions.
When it comes to pastors and other religious leaders in Georgia, a lawmaker has proposed a pastor protection bill that would prevent the government from forcing church leaders to perform same-sex marriages.
A group of residents in Fayette County is continuing to wage a fight against the county's voting procedures.
On Tuesday night, the Fayette County Board of Elections voted 2-1 to proceed with at-large voting to fill a county commission seat after the recent death of the county’s first black commissioner.
Two years ago, a federal judge ordered the county to implement district-voting and to create a minority district, saying the county’s at-large voting method prevented black voters from choosing a candidate of their choice.