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New Fulton Co. Sheriff Wants County To Buy Atlanta's Mostly Empty Jail | 90.1 FM WABE

New Fulton Co. Sheriff Wants County To Buy Atlanta's Mostly Empty Jail | 90.1 FM WABE

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Some Black South Georgians Hope Their Votes In The Senate Races Lead To A Fresh Start | 90.1 FM WABE

Some Black South Georgians Hope Their Votes In The Senate Races Lead To A Fresh Start | 90.1 FM WABE

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In Coronavirus Vaccine Drive, Deep South Falls Behind | 90.1 FM WABE

In Coronavirus Vaccine Drive, Deep South Falls Behind | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentThe coronavirus vaccines have been rolled out unevenly across the U.S., but four states in the Deep South have had particularly dismal inoculation rates that have alarmed health experts and frustrated residents.In Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina, less than 2% of the population had received its first dose of a vaccine at the start of the week, according to data from the states and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.As in other parts of the country, states in the South face a number of challenges: limited...

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Jan 15
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Proposal Would Replace Statue Of Confederate With John Lewis | 90.1 FM WABE

Proposal Would Replace Statue Of Confederate With John Lewis | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentA statue of the late congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis could soon replace the likeness of Alexander Stephens, a slave owner and vice president of the Confederacy, in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol, under a bipartisan resolution introduced Wednesday in the Georgia House.The push to drop Stephens in favor of Lewis, who served as a Georgia congressman for 33 years, comes amid nationwide soul-searching over celebrations of the Confederacy; dozens of Confederate statues fell during protests for racial justice over...

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Spotlight Is On Senate Races, But Ga.'s Public Service Commission Race Matters For Climate | 90.1 FM WABE

Spotlight Is On Senate Races, But Ga.'s Public Service Commission Race Matters For Climate | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentClimate change is one of the big issues President-elect Joe Biden plans to prioritize, and his efforts would be easier with the Senate on his side.On a Facebook Live event aimed at Georgians Tuesday evening, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “a human blockade against any climate action.”Whitehouse recently toured Georgia to learn more about the effects of sea level rise on the coast here, since his state is also at risk. Now, he’s encouraging Georgians to vote for Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock...

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Dec 30
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Housing Advocates Seek 7-Day Waiting Period In Ga. Before Landlords File Evictions | 90.1 FM WABE

Housing Advocates Seek 7-Day Waiting Period In Ga. Before Landlords File Evictions | 90.1 FM WABE

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Georgia Gets Approval For Medicaid Work-Requirement Plan | 90.1 FM WABE

Georgia Gets Approval For Medicaid Work-Requirement Plan | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentUpdated Friday at 11:27 a.m.Federal officials have approved part of Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to reshape the health care landscape in Georgia.The first part of Kemp’s plan would offer health coverage to people who make up to 100% of the federal poverty level and who work at least 80 hours a month starting July 1 of next year.“The qualifying activities include employment, or on-the-job training, participation in job readiness activities, vocational education,” Kemp said.Those who qualify would be enrolled in Medicaid or an employer-sponsored...

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South Asian Voters Seek More Representation, Work To Flip Georgia's Suburbs | 90.1 FM WABE

South Asian Voters Seek More Representation, Work To Flip Georgia's Suburbs | 90.1 FM WABE

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Georgia Voting: What The 'Dedication Of Fees' Ballot Question Means | 90.1 FM WABE

Georgia Voting: What The 'Dedication Of Fees' Ballot Question Means | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentOne of the issues Georgia voters will decide on in November is about amending the state constitution to allow lawmakers to specify how money from fees gets spent.As it stands now, lawmakers can create fees — and the funds that the money from those fees flows into — but they can’t prevent that money from going to the state’s general fund instead.The first question listed under the proposed constitutional amendments section on Georgia ballots would change that.A “yes” vote is a vote to allow Georgia lawmakers to dedicate money from fees to...

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Oct 9
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A Travel Analyst On The State Of The Industry And How Long A Recovery Could Take | 90.1 FM WABE

A Travel Analyst On The State Of The Industry And How Long A Recovery Could Take | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentOct. 1 marked the expiration of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act money — and, with it, the end of $25 billion in support for U.S. airlines. Airlines that took the stimulus money were barred from furloughing employees until that date.Now airlines, like Atlanta-based Delta, will be forced to pay 100% of their employee wages without that support or a clear end to the coronavirus pandemic.American Airlines and United Airlines . Delta officials say the airline is holding off on the pink slips, at least through...

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Group Prays For Change At Stone Mountain As Board Postpones Meeting Again | 90.1 FM WABE

Group Prays For Change At Stone Mountain As Board Postpones Meeting Again | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentThe organization attempting to spearhead change at Stone Mountain Park made its case again Tuesday morning – this time, in the form of prayer.“We thank you for giving us the strength to walk up these few steps of this mountain and to be in a place, once upon a time, that we were not welcome,” said Chianti Harris of Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, the first to speak in front of a few dozen supporters at the Stone Mountain Action Coalition’s “Prayer for Our Park.”The coalition continues to push for change at the state park, where...

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Georgia Tech Creates New School Of Cybersecurity And Privacy | 90.1 FM WABE

Georgia Tech Creates New School Of Cybersecurity And Privacy | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentMillions of Americans have been working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts say more companies conducting business online has led to a rise in cyberattacks.On the first day of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month last week, the United States Treasury Department issued two warnings against cybercrime. Here in Atlanta, the Georgia Institute of Technology recently announced plans to launch a new school dedicated to training the next generation of cybersecurity experts.On Monday’s edition of “Closer Look,” host Rose Scott spoke...

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Some Georgia Hospitals Are Reporting A Rise In Trauma Cases | 90.1 FM WABE

Some Georgia Hospitals Are Reporting A Rise In Trauma Cases | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentThis story was originally published at .From car accidents to gunshot wounds to bicycle crashes, some major Georgia hospitals are reporting an increase in trauma cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began.Grady Memorial Hospital has seen a 25% rise in trauma cases. Such injuries have reached the highest level that CEO John Haupert has seen since he arrived at the Atlanta safety-net hospital in 2011.Haupert said recently that almost every day since early June, Grady has treated at least one gunshot wound.Increases in ‘‘blunt force trauma,’’...

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Pair Of Endorsements Adds More Fuel To Georgia Senate Race | 90.1 FM WABE

Pair Of Endorsements Adds More Fuel To Georgia Senate Race | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentUpdated at 4:56 p.m. TuesdayA pair of new high-profile endorsements are adding fuel to an already contentious special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia.Former Gov. Nathan Deal endorsed Republican Rep. Doug Collins on Monday, backing his bid to unseat Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a fellow Republican. That puts Deal on opposing sides from current Gov. Brian Kemp, who appointed Loeffler to the seat and has become one of her best assets in the campaign.“I know that the Governor had to make a tough choice, but I’ve made my choice too, and...

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Georgia Voters Favor Biden On Health Care Issues, Poll Finds | 90.1 FM WABE

Georgia Voters Favor Biden On Health Care Issues, Poll Finds | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentThis story was originally published at .A poll of likely Georgia voters found that a large majority believe former Vice President Joe Biden will do a better job than President Donald Trump on protecting coverage for pre-existing health conditions and on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.The findings are part of  on health care issues in what the nonprofit organization calls 10 battleground states, including Georgia.Likely voters nationally were evenly concerned when expressing their top health issue: addressing public health needs and...

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How To Request And Cast Your Absentee Ballot In Georgia | 90.1 FM WABE

How To Request And Cast Your Absentee Ballot In Georgia | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentWith concerns about in-person voting being less safe this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Georgians may opt to vote by absentee ballot instead.Nearly 1.1 million absentee ballots were recorded in the state of Georgia during the June 9 primary.Here is a guide to requesting and sending in your absentee ballot:Many people in metro Atlanta complained in the June 9 primary that they never received their absentee ballots. Follow the steps above and keep checking your ballot’s status at the .If your ballot has not come by the time early...

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Secretary Of State Details Voting Rights For Georgians In Legal Debt | 90.1 FM WABE

Secretary Of State Details Voting Rights For Georgians In Legal Debt | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentFollowing legal pressure from civil rights groups, the Georgia Secretary of State has published details about the voting rights of people who still owe the government money after doing their time for felony convictions.In letters to lawyers for the Secretary of State, lawyers for the Campaign Legal Center and the Southern Center for Human Rights Georgia may be violating the National Voter Registration Act by failing to “clearly and fully inform eligible voters of the state’s eligibility requirements.”Georgia’s state constitution bars people...

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When City Code Feels Like A Weapon Against Atlanta’s Low-Income Homeowners | 90.1 FM WABE

When City Code Feels Like A Weapon Against Atlanta’s Low-Income Homeowners | 90.1 FM WABE

Annie Kate Walls kept visiting her old house in the months after she moved.She’d drive to this street in Atlanta’s Pittsburgh neighborhood, a couple miles southwest of downtown, and she checked on the outdoor cats she used to feed.“That’s the hurting part about it,” Walls said. “I’ve always been an animal lover.”Sponsored ContentWalls said her family lived on this block for 45 years. It was peaceful. She didn’t just keep pets. In the early days, her dad maintained a garden. In an old photo she holds, her dad poses with a shovel among rows of collards and turnips. He’s wearing a tie. His...

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How Investors And Homeowners Compete For Wealth In Atlanta’s Gentrifying Neighborhoods | 90.1 FM WABE

How Investors And Homeowners Compete For Wealth In Atlanta’s Gentrifying Neighborhoods | 90.1 FM WABE

Wahid Malik Shakur is aware of the criticism of investors like him.“At 50 now, I realize people gonna always have something to say,” he said.Investors like him are called wholesalers. They buy homes that aren’t for sale. As in, the homes have no sign out front. They’re not listed for sale online. It’s possible even the owners themselves haven’t decided to sell.As these investors have swept through south and west Atlanta, in search of rising property values, housing advocates warn they’re predatory. They say the investors try to convince homeowners to sell for less than their properties are...

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Clayton County Sheriff: Deputy On Video Punching Black Man Fired | 90.1 FM WABE

Clayton County Sheriff: Deputy On Video Punching Black Man Fired | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentA Clayton County sheriff’s deputy has been fired after being captured on video repeatedly punching a Black man during a traffic stop, authorities said Sunday.The deputy was being let go for “excessive use of force,” the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. It did not identify the deputy, but said a criminal investigation has been turned over to the district attorney’s office.Roderick Walker, 26, was arrested and beaten after Clayton County sheriff’s deputies pulled over the vehicle he was riding in Friday with his...

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Atlanta City Council Member Proposes Ban On Short-Term Rentals In Single-Family Neighborhoods | 90.1 FM WABE

Atlanta City Council Member Proposes Ban On Short-Term Rentals In Single-Family Neighborhoods | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentAn Atlanta City Council member introduced a proposal last week that could change the way short-term rentals operate in Atlanta.The ordinance, proposed by District 7 council member Howard Shook, would ban short-term rentals in “residential” neighborhoods.On Monday’s’ edition of “ Shook, whose district includes Buckhead, told host Rose Scott he introduced the proposal after community members voiced concerns about noise and large parties.In a statement sent to “Closer Look” via email, an Airbnb representative wrote, “The vast majority of...

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Georgia Slips Even Lower Among States On New Health Scorecard | 90.1 FM WABE

Georgia Slips Even Lower Among States On New Health Scorecard | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentGeorgia slipped to No. 46 among the states in a new ranking of health system performance, down from 42nd the previous year.The new 2020 Commonwealth Fund report on states’ health system performance, released Friday, noted that Georgia performed well by certain measures.Those include a high rate of diabetic adults having an annual hemoglobin A1c test, and improved mobility for home health patients. Georgia also improved in measures tracking children getting needed mental health care; and preventing catheter-associated bloodstream...

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$300-A-Week Jobless Benefit To Be Paid Next Week, Georgia Labor Commissioner Says | 90.1 FM WABE

$300-A-Week Jobless Benefit To Be Paid Next Week, Georgia Labor Commissioner Says | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentMany people collecting unemployment benefits in Georgia will get up to $1,800 in extra federal assistance over the next two weeks, Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced Thursday.The amount represents up to six weeks of $300-a-week emergency federal payments that President Donald Trump announced last month using $44 billion in federal disaster money. The president announced the plan after an additional $600 a week that was paid on top of other jobless benefits expired on Aug. 1To be eligible, Georgia recipients must already be getting at...

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Kemp Doesn't Plan On New Lockdown, Touts Economic Development Investment Statistics | 90.1 FM WABE

Kemp Doesn't Plan On New Lockdown, Touts Economic Development Investment Statistics | 90.1 FM WABE

Sponsored ContentSponsored ContentSponsored ContentGov. Brian Kemp said at this rate, he does not plan to increase coronavirus restrictions on Georgia or lock the state down again.“I don’t see us imposing any new restrictions with the numbers we’re seeing right now,” he said at an economic development event Tuesday. “I do not want to go back and start shutting things down again.”This week Kemp renewed his executive order maintaining coronavirus restrictions on businesses and a shelter-in-place mandate on vulnerable populations through mid-September.He said Georgia has “made great progress”...

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How Georgia Protected Its Salt Marsh 50 Years Ago, And Why That's Important For The Future | 90.1 FM WABE

How Georgia Protected Its Salt Marsh 50 Years Ago, And Why That's Important For The Future | 90.1 FM WABE

Listen: Part one above and part two belowGeorgia doesn’t have a very big coastline; it’s only about 100 miles. But the coast it does have is lined by salt marsh, the muddy expanse of tall grass and meandering creeks between the mainland and the barrier islands.“I don’t know that anybody could look out across the Georgia salt marsh, the Golden Isles, and not be filled with ecstasy,” said Georgia writer Janisse Ray, sitting on the edge of the marsh looking towards Sapelo Island.“And what is so amazing is that we’ve protected so much of it,” she said.This year marks the 50th anniversary of the...

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