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May 22, 2013
Key Lawmaker Says Transit Governance Bill Shelved Until Next Year Atlanta, GA (2012-02-29) A key lawmaker says legislation that would create a new umbrella transit board for metro Atlanta will not come up for a vote this year. Jonathan Shapiro reports.
Bill Attracts First Amendment Concerns Atlanta, GA (2012-02-29) New legislation would place a hefty fine on individuals and organized groups that demonstrate outside of private homes and businesses. It has first amendment attorneys deeply concerned. Jonathan Shapiro reports.
The financial impact (or not) of Black History Month Atlanta, GA (2012-02-29) Some black history attractions see the numbers rise in February. Others don't.
APS Parents Question Random Address Verification Checks Atlanta, GA (2012-02-28) It's not exactly clear when Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Erroll Davis will present his recommendations regarding the district's rezoning plan. The final decision would change where some students currently attend school and may even close or consolidate others. APS students are required to attend school in the zone where they live. But there are recent allegations that some schools are currently conducting address verification checks and targeting only minority students.
Santorum's Georgia Volunteers Look to Seize Opportunity Atlanta, GA (2012-02-28) Since a string of largely symbolic victories in Colorado, Missouri, and Minnesota earlier this month, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has surged in national polls. Now in position as Mitt Romney's chief rival, Santorum has done anything but play it safe. Tonight, the nation's attention will be zeroed in on the Michigan and Arizona primaries, but Santorum's Georgia supporters are quietly laying the groundwork for a strong Super Tuesday. Jonathan Shapiro reports.
Dozens Protest Measure to Ban Undocumented Students from Georgia's Public Colleges Atlanta, GA (2012-02-28) Dozens gathered in front of the state capitol Tuesday to protest legislation that would ban illegal immigrants from all of the state's public colleges and universities.
T-SPLOST Battle Continues: DeKalb NAACP Announces Opposition Atlanta, GA (2012-02-27) In a conversation with WABE broadcast on Friday, Feb. 24th, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed made the case for the regional transportation sales tax, or "T-SPLOST," which goes before voters in July. But also last week, the DeKalb County Branch of the NAACP announced it will campaign for a "no" vote. Branch president, and former DeKalb County Commissioner, John Evans spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.
Mild Winter also Means Less Money Spent on Frozen Roads Atlanta, Ga (2012-02-27) Georgia is in the middle of one of the mildest winters in years. Most of state hasn't even had any icy road conditions. So what does this mean for the money that would have to be spent on hazardous winter roads? Aleck Ragsdale reports
Gingrich Addresses Church in Cumming Ga Atlanta, Ga (2012-02-27) Newt Gingrich was in Georgia again over the weekend. This time at the First Redeemer Church in Cumming. The same church where Rick Santorum held a rally the previous Sunday. Aleck Ragsdale has this report.
Bill Reducing Unemployment Benefits Clears Senate Atlanta, GA (2012-02-24) The Georgia Senate has voted to approve a bill that could cut in half the length of time Georgians are paid for jobless benefits. Jonathan Shapiro reports.
Stalled Solar Bill Gets New Life in Different Committee Atlanta, GA (2012-02-27) A stalled Senate bill that would make it easier for Georgians to finance the installation of solar panels appears to have regained momentum. Jonathan Shapiro reports.
Delta Shifts ATL to LON Service, Expands Codeshare Routes with Chinese Airlines Atlanta, GA (2012-02-26) Delta is discontinuing its Atlanta-London/Gatwick service. Instead, it's adding a second flight to London/Heathrow.
JunctionATL Blog Tackles Transportation Atlanta, GA (2012-02-26) A new blog, JunctionATL.org, looks at different ways transportation affects metro Atlanta. WABE's Jim Burress speaks with Brian Gist, a blogger and senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center.
Interview with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Part 2: Transportation Sales Tax Atlanta, GA (2012-02-24) This July, voters around the state will decide whether they want to tax themselves a penny on the dollar, to pay for regional transportation projects. The "T-SPLOST" is very controversial; polls show it might not pass in the metro Atlanta area. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is a strong supporter of the T-SPLOST. In part 2 of a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, Reed defended the tax, and rejected calls for a delay in the vote.
APS Educators Connected To Cheating Given Ultimatum Part 2 Atlanta, GA (2012-02-24) Resign or be fired. That was the message for more than one hundred educators involved in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal. The district has been paying the employees while they're on administrative leave. This ultimatum for the educators is based on evidence given to APS from Fulton County district attorney Paul Howard's office. WABE's Rose Scott reports on whether these actions will finally legally rid the school system from those connected in the cheating.
Fired APD Officer Who Said Gay Sex is Violent: "I didn't mean anything by it." Atlanta, GA (2012-02-24) Jeremy Edwards is asking the Atlanta Civil Service Board to give him his job back. The Atlanta Police Dept. fired Edwards for lying during an investigation into the botched 2009 raid on the Atlanta Eagle, a Midtown gay bar.
Romney's Georgia supporters promote tax plan Atlanta, GA (2012-02-24) Conference calls in Georgia and across the country came after Romney announced a plan to cut all tax rates by 20%.
Interview with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Part 1: Sewer Tax Vote and Atlanta's Water Future Atlanta, GA (2012-02-23) On March 6th, Atlanta voters will decide whether or not to extend the city's penny-on-the-dollar sales tax, to pay for the major overhaul of the Atlanta sewer system. Mayor Kasim Reed is campaigning hard for a "yes" vote. He took questions about the "MOST" tax, and about Atlanta's water future, in part 1 of a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.
City Council prepares for budget Atlanta, GA (2012-02-23) On the first day of its winter retreat, the Atlanta City Council talked about the upcoming budget.
Air France Brings Cargo Flights Back to ATL Atlanta, GA (2012-02-23) The airline will operate twice-weekly cargo flights between ATL and CDG.