Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a press conference, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Atlanta.
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Tuesday is the last day for Gov. Nathan Deal to act on legislation, and several bills still await action from him, including "campus carry" and measures that would mean big changes to the state's court system.

Deal has sent signals to Republican legislators he'll veto the campus carry bill they passed, said Brian Robinson, Deal's former deputy chief of staff. Right now, the bill would allow licensed gun holders to take guns on college campuses, except in student housing or at athletic events.

6 Atlanta Museums For Locals, Transplants And Visitors

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Atlanta has museums to satisfy everyone from the aspiring numismatist to the puppet fancier to the seasoned airplane pilot. Here are six museums to experience in Atlanta, whether you're a native, a transplant or just passing through:


Delta Flight Museum

The sky's the limit with this Atlanta museum. Delta Air Lines, which has had its headquarters in Atlanta since 1941, has been a major contributor to the city's reputation as an air transportation hub.


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Friday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Gwinnett County’s population will be more than a third Hispanic by 2040, according to recent forecasts by the Atlanta Regional Commission, a regional planning and intergovernmental agency.

Census figures show the county’s Hispanic population now is around 20 percent, but the commission projects that will rise to about 37 percent.

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One of America’s most influential choral musicians is Robert Shaw. The late leader of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus would have turned 100 years old on April 30, and the music world will remember him with a concert at Carnegie Hall on that date. /


As if what actually happened this week in Georgia politics were not enough, much of the time was spent wondering about what might happen.  

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal continued to deliberate whether to sign or veto the "campus carry" bill, which would allow permit holders to carry concealed weapons in many places on college campuses.

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Friday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental health records with the federal background check system.

Smart guns use various technologies to prevent an accidental shooting or help track down a missing gun.

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The Coca-Cola Co. will turn 130 years old on May 8, and there’s no company that brands Atlanta more than the beverage giant. As goes Coke, so goes Atlanta – and vice versa.

So holding this year’s annual meeting at the World of Coca-Cola for the first time was symbolic. The company was bringing its shareowners into the home they built. Not only was the meeting held there, the company opened the doors of the attraction for a special Shareowners Day at the World of Coca-Cola.

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This story is part of WABE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ArtsATL’s The Shaw 100th series. For more stories, click here.

What distinguishes the "Shaw Sound?" What makes the late conductor's choral recordings so peerless, so unsurpassed?

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It pains Nigerian princess Modupe Ozolua every time she hears about the suicide bombings, killings and kidnappings by the Boko Haram militant group in her ancestral homeland.

But Ozolua feels just as troubled when the plight of survivors dealing with the aftermath of the attacks goes unheard. The princess, a member of Benin Empire in southern Nigeria, doesn't want those victims to be forgotten.

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In 1916, 25 refined African-American women formed the Utopian Literary Club. They were housewives, usually married to professionals like businessmen or professors.

“The wives were left at home, but they were intelligent women who became intellectually curious about their community,” said Zelma Payne, a former nutrition professor and current member of the group. At that time, there was also a growing trend of women forming literary societies.

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A group of immigrants is suing the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services, saying the agency discriminated against them by denying them licenses.

The six plaintiffs are all immigrants waiting for their green cards, according to the lawsuit that was filed this week. According to the suit, they say the department illegally denied them licenses based on their not being able to show a history of being in the country lawfully in the past. 

The University of Georgia arch in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech)
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The mourning process continues at the University of Georgia.

Multiple vigils were held in the Athens area, including the UGA campus, to remember the victims who died in a two-vehicle accident in Oconee County on Wednesday night.

"The loss of any student is very difficult, a tragedy of this magnitude is truly devastating," said UGA President Jere Morehead, who has been at the university for more than 30 years.

The four victims are: Kayla Canedo, 19, of Alpharetta; Brittany Feldman, 20, of Alpharetta; Christina Semeria, 19, of Milton and Halle Scott, 19, of Dunwoody.

A report issued by a Georgia Legislative Study Committee on Mental Health shows one in five children have a diagnosable mental health problem. The study shows few of those kids receive appropriate treatment.

In addition, a recent "Kids Count" report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Georgia 37th among states when it comes to child wellness.

Now, state officials and child advocates are trying to figure out how to address the problem.

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Just a week after nearly breaking the internet with her new album "Lemonade," Beyoncé will be performing in Atlanta this weekend.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at that show and many more in "Mara's Music Mix."

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Stone Mountain Park officials say they're looking at ways to control public protests better, after a "pro-white" demonstration and counter-protests shut down part of the park last weekend.

John Bankhead, a spokesman for the Stone Mountain Park’s public safety department, said officials have been speaking with the state Attorney General’s office to explore options, but the park can only do so much because of First Amendment issues.

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Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Fulton County Chairman John Eaves said he wants to bring more venture capital investments to Fulton.

At his State of the County address Thursday, he outlined plans to create a “special technical advisory council” to help build on the tech industry that’s already established in Georgia.  

“This council will help make Fulton County more attractive for investments in technology companies and make South Fulton a destination for economic ingenuity,” he said.

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Nearly 200,000 Georgia children have been separated from a parent due to incarceration, according to a new report released this week.

The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says 189,000 kids, or about 8 percent of the state's child population, have had a parent in jail or prison at some point in their childhood. The state’s average is slightly higher than the national average of 7 percent.

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Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Paste Magazine, based in Decatur, has launched "The Archive", a new podcast which features historic music performances and audio interviews from the past few decades.

Among the artists that will be featured: John Lennon, Keith Richards, James Brown and Tina Turner.

John Lorinc sat down with Paste Magazine's editor-in-chief and host of "The Archive," Josh Jackson, to talk about the new program.

A Georgia couple is suing Snapchat, claiming that the social media app's "speed filter" tempted a woman to drive too fast and to cause a crash that injured the husband.

Media outlets report Wentworth and Karen Maynard filed a lawsuit in Spalding County State Court against Snapchat and the 18-year-old driver, Christal McGee.

Comcast said it will bump up data limits from 300 GB to 1 TB for customers in the nine states it serves in the Southeast.
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Starting in June, Comcast internet customers in metro Atlanta will no longer have to deal with 300 GB data caps.

This move affects heavy users in its Southeastern market, which includes nine states from Virginia to Florida.

The Philadelphia-based company said it plans to increase its data caps from 300 gigabytes to 1 terabyte. The company said most customers only use about 60 gigabytes of data per month, but that’s changing.

Zip Line Courses Planned For 9 Georgia State Parks

Apr 28, 2016
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Visitors to Georgia state parks will soon have a new way to enjoy the outdoors, from hundreds of feet in the air.  

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources plans to install zip lines at nine state parks. 

Companies interested in managing the daily operations and maintaining the zip line courses will submit a bid to the state by this summer. Once the zip lines are up and running, Georgia will get a portion of the gross receipts.

UGA Community Members Rally Against 'Campus Carry'

Apr 28, 2016
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More than 60 professors, students, staff and community member gathered at the University of Georgia Wednesday evening in protest of a bill that would allow concealed guns on their campus and public college campuses around the state.

Passing cars honked support as protesters held signs around UGA’s Arch reading “Dawgs Against Campus Carry” and “Books Not Bullets.” Representatives from national and local organizations that oppose gun violence and guns on campuses spoke out against the bill while UGA staff and students chanted.

Boys’ High was one of Atlanta’s first public high schools.

It closed almost 70 years ago, in 1947, and became Grady High School. But the students who attended Boys’ High never forgot it, even as some approach a hundred years old.

The alumni gathered recently for a reunion, including all of the classes that are left. The earliest graduating year among the more than hundred men who came out was 1935. The last group to walk the campus of Boys' High finished in 1949, after two years at Grady.

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Updated at 1:15 p.m. Thursday

Prescription drugs were discovered with Prince when he was found dead in his Paisley Park home in suburban Minneapolis, several news organizations reported.

ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN, citing unidentified law enforcement sources, reported that prescription painkillers were found on the 57-year-old musician and in his home. The Star Tribune, also citing unnamed sources, reported that prescription pills were found but that it wasn't clear whether they had been prescribed to Prince.

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A group of students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children is suing each member of Georgia's Board of Regents. The group is fighting to pay in-state college tuition rates. The students say they have a "legal presence" in the U.S. through a federal program that temporarily shields them from deportation.

In February, the state Supreme Court rejected a similar case filed by the same students against the board as a whole. The Court said the board had "sovereign immunity" and couldn't be sued.

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Poet and writing professor Jericho Brown says that if you see a poet this month, give them a hug, because they’re busy. He’s referring, of course, to National Poetry Month. Brown was just on a whirlwind of readings and classes in New York last week and is heading back out on the road soon.