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Each summer as the temperatures and humidity increase, the mountains of western North Carolina offer Atlantans relief from the heat amidst beautiful scenery.

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For music lovers, the perfect complement to the awe-inspiring vistas is the annual Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. The festival is a summer-long celebration of jazz and classical music, often in informal and intimate settings.

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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Good actors are good communicators, and no actor may understand that more thoroughly than Alan Alda.

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In his new book, "If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures on the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating," Alda shares fascinating and powerful lessons on communication, written with his trademark ease and humor.

Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena, vs. Brooklyn Nets, Jan. 28, 2015. Hawks won 113-102.
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A $192.5 million renovation of Philips Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, has begun a day after funding was approved by the Atlanta City Council.

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About $110 million for the renovation will be generated from the car rental tax collected at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and other sites. An additional $32.5 million will come from the city's sale of Turner Field, the former home of MLB's Braves, to Georgia State University.

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—In a hidden room in a house near Argentina's capital, police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country's history, including a bust relief of Adolf Hitler, magnifying glasses inside elegant boxes with swastikas and even a medical device used to measure head size.

Some 75 objects were found in a collector's home in Beccar, a suburb north of Buenos Aires, and authorities say they suspect they are originals that belonged to high-ranking Nazis in Germany during World War II.

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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp promises voters in today's 6th Congressional District runoff their votes will count.

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"We'll have people at every election headquarters tonight monitoring the sending in of the ballots, and the process for counting,” Kemp said.

In March, an unauthorized source was able to access data from the Kennesaw State University Center for Election Systems for the second time. Kemp said he is confident today's election won't be compromised. 

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Republican Karen Handel has won a nationally watched congressional election in Georgia, avoiding an upset that would have rocked Washington ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Her narrow victory Tuesday over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District allows Republicans a sigh of relief after what's being recognized as the most expensive House race in U.S history, with a price tag that may exceed $50 million.

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As the most expensive House race in in U.S. history goes into voters' hands, President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter again to weigh in on the closely watched election.

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In one early Tuesday tweet, Trump criticizes Democrat Jon Ossoff, saying he'll raise taxes, is weak on crime and "doesn't even live in district."

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A second suspect has been indicted in connection with the death of a Georgia teacher and former beauty queen who vanished nearly 12 years ago.

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Media outlets report a Ben Hill County grand jury on Monday indicted 32-year-old Bo Dukes on charges of concealing a death, tampering with evidence and hindering the apprehension of a criminal in 30-year-old Tara Grinstead's death.

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Researchers are starting an environmental monitoring program in the Georgia community of Shell Bluff. 

The community is south of Augusta on the Savannah River, near a nuclear power plant and a federal nuclear facility. Some residents are worried about the potential for contamination.

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MARTA Launches Its New Public Art Program

Jun 20, 2017
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MARTA is launching a program that might make its stations a little livelier. 

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The public transportation authority is kicking off its "ArtBound" program this year, which will bring static art and dance and music performances to stations across metro Atlanta. 

Keith Parker, MARTA's CEO, says this program could change up someone's commute and encourage other Atlantans to ride public transit. 

An infant grasps volunteer Kathleen Jones' hand in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
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A group of more than 1,000 mothers has been organizing online to fight for more control over the way they give birth.

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Last month, some of them protested outside a local hospital that had changed its policies on certain kinds of delivery.

With a baby strapped to her chest, Ashley Brown juggles two hand-drawn signs outside DeKalb Medical Center. She’s down by a patch of grass near the road, but five months ago, she was inside, in labor.

Stephanee Stephens and her students use tablets during an eighth grade Spanish class at Autrey Mill Middle School in Johns Creek, Ga. on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
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A federal law known as the "Every Student Succeeds Act" requires states to come up with comprehensive education plans. ESSA asks states to outline how they'll hold schools accountable, support teachers, and spend federal money--among other things. their own accountability systems. Part of Georgia’s plan changes how the state evaluates schools.

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Shakespeare’s plays are often accepted as works of historical fact. In the case of "Richard III," many believe we’ve been deceived all these years.

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The show is the Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s current production and runs through July 2.

As far as historical accuracy goes, artistic director Jeff Watkins insists that it doesn’t matter.

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In 2016, "Eclipsed" was the first Broadway play with an all-female cast, writer and director. The setting is Liberia in 2003 during that country’s second civil war, and tells the stories of five women struggling to make sense of the brutality around them.

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The show is onstage at Synchronicity Theatre now through June 25.

Closer Look: Ramadan; Fulton County Taxes; And More

Jun 19, 2017
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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Monday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Buckhead Penthouse Condo To Sell For Over $6M

Jun 19, 2017
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The penthouse of the planned 21-story Emerson Buckhead tower is under contract for more than $6 million. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle that price tag could make it possibly one of the most expensive sales of an unfinished high-rise condo in the city’s history.

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As Georgia's 6th District voters get ready to decide between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel, H. Maxine Daniels, the director of voter registrations and elections for DeKalb County, is making the final preparations for tomorrow. 

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“There’s a little bit of concern about security with some of the things that have happened in recent times, and so we are beefing up security throughout the district,” Daniels said. 

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Candidates in the tight, hard-fought race to replace Tom Price in Georgia's 6th Congressional District have one more day to sway voters.

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The millennial generation (those of us born after 1980) have grown up with the wonders (and horrors) of the internet only a few clicks away. 

Though parents and teachers are quick to caution against creating a negative online presence after the onset of the internet age, only in the past few years have we begun to truly see what kind of an effect the internet can have on our future prospects.

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Georgia's highest court on Monday rejected a challenge to a state law banning most abortions after 20 weeks, saying the courts are barred from considering lawsuits against the state without the state's consent.

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The 2012 law bans doctors from performing abortions five months after an egg is fertilized, except when a fetus has a defect so severe it is unlikely to live. The law also makes an exception to protect the life or health of the mother, but not for cases of rape or incest.

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President Donald Trump is attacking Democrats and promoting the Republican running in this week's House runoff election in Georgia.

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In a tweet Monday, Trump said that Democrats "want to stop tax cuts, good healthcare and Border Security." He also said "their ObamaCare is dead."

A Look Inside LGBTQ Teen Homelessness In Atlanta

Jun 19, 2017
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Imagine not having a bed to sleep in every night, not having food to eat, not knowing when your next meal is or not having family who supports — let alone a family who loves you.

Imagine feeling like you have nothing.

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A historical marker was unveiled for a church in southeast Georgia.

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The Civil Rights Trail historical marker was unveiled for Savannah's First African Baptist Church, the Savannah Morning News reported. The memorization took place last week outside the church, which is one of the oldest continuously operating African-American churches in North America.

Former President Jimmy Carter speaks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer about his efforts to eradicate Guinea worm disease.
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An auction raising money for the human rights organization founded by Jimmy Carter will include a four-poster bed designed by the former president.

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The annual event raises money for The Carter Center, which is based in Atlanta. The auction is part of a four-day retreat to be held this year near Lake Tahoe, California from Wednesday to Sunday.

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Dr. Nadine Becker wasn't politically involved until she saw Donald Trump elected president, but the suburban Atlanta gynecologist didn't know how to engage, given her traditionally Republican surroundings.

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"I was yelling at the TV and throwing things at the TV," recalls the 55-year-old mother of three. Then she found her cause in 30-year-old Democrat Jon Ossoff, who is aiming for a major upset in Georgia's 6th Congressional District runoff Tuesday against Republican Karen Handel.

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As the U.S. Senate works on a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, voters in Georgia's 6th Congressional District are paying attention.

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The issue of health care has loomed over the race between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff, who face each other in a runoff on Tuesday. First, the reason there is a special election in the 6th District is because former Congressman Tom Price resigned to become the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Rep. Tommy Benton (R - Jefferson) is the sponsor of a resolution memorializing Georgia's Confederate history.
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Georgia Rep. Tommy Benton drew national headlines in 2016 when he said the Ku Klux Klan, “was not such a racist thing, but a vigilante thing to keep law and order.”

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Lawyers For I-85 Bridge Fire Suspect Claim Alibi At Hearing

Jun 16, 2017
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Lawyers for Basil Eleby, the homeless man accused of setting the fire that led to the I-85 overpass collapse in March, said Friday they have an eyewitness who can give Eleby an alibi. 

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Eleby was indicted in April for arson and criminal damage to property in the first degree. 

On Friday, Eleby had a status hearing, during which his lawyers stated they have a polygraph test, along with a witness, that can prove their client's innocence.

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