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Sickle cell anemia is a rare disorder that targets red blood cells. It causes extreme fatigue, physical pain, and an array of infections. Currently there is no cure, but symptoms can be managed.

Lakiea Bailey was diagnosed with it when she was just 3 years old. Now at 38, she has achieved what many might think is impossible for someone with her condition.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, she tells her mother, Doris Bailey, about the power of perseverance and is reminded about her mother’s approach to keeping her healthy following the diagnosis.

A school bus in front of the Georgia Capitol
Alison Guillory / WABE

Georgia lawmakers will be looking at a record $25 billion budget when they hold joint budget hearings Tuesday and Wednesday.

The budget for fiscal year 2018 includes pay raises for state employees, money for autism treatment services for children under Medicaid, and resources for various construction projects.

Atlanta Humane Society Selling West Midtown Headquarters

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Byron Small / Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Atlanta Humane Society has been a fixture on Howell Mill Road since the 1930s. But a lot has changed in that part of town since then. Where there used to be mostly warehouses, the West Midtown area is now chock full of trendy restaurants and shops.

Officials at the Atlanta Humane Society say for two years brokers have been inquiring about their 2.2 acre property. Now, they have decided to sell it.

Alex Brandon / Associated Press

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is likely to become the next U.S. attorney general. While there has been focus on his civil rights record, his stance on waterboarding and the idea of a Muslim registry, there’s another, more regional issue he’s been involved in. It’s an issue that affects all Atlantans: the water wars.

Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been fighting over the water in Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona for decades.  Alabama and Florida say Georgia – especially Atlanta – uses too much water from those reservoirs.

Annual MLK Day Service Looks Towards Trump's Inauguration

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Crowds watched, cheered and stood for the many speakers who took the podium during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on January 16, 2017.
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There was no avoiding the incoming Trump administration during Monday’s Martin Luther King Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, which included speakers from Dr. Bernice King to Sen. Johnny Isakson to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Over the weekend the president-elect criticized Georgia Rep. John Lewis in a series of tweets after Lewis said he would not attend the inauguration, because he does not consider Trump’s presidency legitimate.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in 1964.
AP Photo

This program is a special edition of "Closer Look" reflecting on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Emory University's James Weldon Johnson Institute for the study of Race and Difference.

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

Dimitri Crowder Photography

As a small child, Cassius F. Butts began listening to vinyl records of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. promoting equality in America. At the time, he didn’t know who King was but was still moved by his words. In 1983, the year Martin Luther King Day was first recognized as a national holiday, the 12-year-old boy gave King’s famous "I Have A Dream Speech" at Richmond Elementary school in Orlando, Fla.

Andrew Eccles / Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

When Hope Boykin last visited WABE, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater veteran was starring as Odetta, the woman often referred to as "the voice of the Civil Rights movement," in a world premiere piece by Matthew Rushing.

Now, as Boykin prepares to return to Atlanta, she’s bringing a work of her own to the Fox Theatre’s stage.

Alison Guillory / WABE

As the city where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born, Atlanta is a city with a unique perspective on MLK Day. 

This year's holiday comes just days after the city collectively responded to President-elect Donald Trump, after he tweeted that Rep. John Lewis is "all talk, talk, talk" and that his district, which includes Atlanta, is "in horrible shape and falling apart." Along with King, Lewis was a leader in the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

King's Daughter: Fight 'No Matter Who Is In White House'

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Bernice King, daughter of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., speaks during the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church where King preached, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in Atlanta.
AP Photo/Branden Camp

As civil rights leaders and activists gather at sites across the country to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the slain civil rights leader's daughter is encouraging Americans to fight for his vision of love and justice "no matter who is in the White House."

Bernice King addressed more than 2,000 people gathered at her father's Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta four days before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. She spoke hours before her brother, Martin Luther King III, is schedule to meet with the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York.

In Georgia, 2 Trumps Exist Across Urban, Rural Divide

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A logging truck passes through the Main Street business district as a cross stands in a flower shop window in Lula, Ga., in Hall County, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.
AP Photo/David Goldman

Patti Thomas owns a flower shop in the north Georgia town of Lula. Xavier Bryant runs an independent pharmacy just outside Atlanta. Looking toward the inauguration of an entrepreneur as president, the two share this expectation: Donald Trump will be good for business.

"He's already proven he can turn things around," the 52-year-old Thomas says, crediting Trump with Ford Motor Co.'s recent announcement that it would scrap a planned Mexico plant while expanding in Michigan. "Just his business enthusiasm, we've been lacking that."

Developer Holds First Underground Atlanta Public Meeting

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Community members wait for WRS's public meeting to start.
Miranda Hawkins / WABE

More than 100 people, including Atlanta’s planning commissioner Tim Keane and Councilmember Kwanza Hall, gathered at Underground Atlanta’s atrium Saturday morning for a public meeting hosted by WRS Inc.

It’s the first meeting WRS, the developer that wants to buy Underground Atlanta, has hosted since it entered into a contract to buy the property from the city of Atlanta more than two years ago.

Georgia To Get First New Bank Established Since 2008

Jan 16, 2017
Byron Small / Atlanta Business Chronicle

During the economic downturn, Georgia had one of the nation's highest levels of bank failures. But the financial sector seems to be turning an important corner. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle plans have been filed for Georgia’s first new bank in nine years.

John Amis, Pool / Associated Press

Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of a Georgia megachurch, has died, his church announced Sunday. 

Long, who headed New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, had been battling cancer, the church said in a statement to multiple media outlets. He was 63 years old. 

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When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was at his height, he fought tirelessly against poverty, racism, and militarism.  Though 2017 marks the 49th year since his assassination, his ideals are still represented through many organizations here in the southeast.

Civil rights activist and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. is introduced before speaking at the unveiling of a U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Friday, Aug. 23, 213, at the Newseum in Washington.
Charles Dharapak / Associated Press

On Saturday morning Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Georgia Congressman John Lewis and the district he represents, which sweeps through Atlanta. The president-elect's comments are drawing ire from all corners. 

Trump tweeted on Saturday that Lewis, D-Ga., "should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results." 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up during a South Carolina Republican primary night event in Spartanburg, S.C., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.
Paul Sancya / Associated Press

Donald Trump is lashing out at a Georgia congressman who described the Republican as an illegitimate president.

Trump tweeted on Saturday that Democrat John Lewis "should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results."

Christina Marshall-Valdez is the CEO of Taelur, a web and mobile platform that connects plus-size women to clothes that fit them.
Alison Guillory / WABE

Downtown Atlanta is home to one of the first programs in the U.S. dedicated to funding and developing startups founded by black and Latino women.

It's called the BIG incubator and on Saturday, four teams are graduating from the three month bootcamp.


Christina Marshall-Valdez is the founder of the start-up called Taelur, the French word for tailor. On her computer, she selects images of clothing, styles and body parts.

"The quiz is what's informing our artificial intelligence, so that's the engine for our site," she explained.

Claude "Tex" McIver
Fulton County Sheriff's Office via AP

A Fulton County judge has denied a request from District Attorney Paul Howard to stop a prominent Atlanta lawyer from selling his late wife's assets.

Claude “Tex” McIver faces involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct charges in the shooting death of his wife, Diane, in September.

Last month, McIver held a sale of her clothing and jewelry. An auction of more items is planned for this weekend.

On Friday afternoon, Judge Constance Russell denied Howard’s emergency motion to stop McIver from auctioning her belongings.

APD, APS Police Chiefs Agree To Share Information

Jan 13, 2017
Atlanta Public School police Chief says there's no need for the Atlanta City Council to pass a resolution.
Alison Guillory / WABE

The police chief for the Atlanta Public Schools system says there will be no need for a city resolution to get his department to share information with the Atlanta Police Department.

Atlanta City Council members introduced a resolution earlier this month asking the school police force to provide the APD with regular updates on truancy and crime statistics in the school district.

They pointed to a recent crime spree at gas stations that city police say is largely the work of juveniles.

Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

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

Sabina Begum counts her money at her milk collection center in Bangladesh. Krishi Utsho is one of the CARE teams selected for its first accelerator program.
Akram Ali / CARE

The Atlanta-based global humanitarian aid group, CARE, is taking a page from the startup world.

CARE employees will get a chance to pitch their ideas in Atlanta next week as part of its inaugural Scale X Design Accelerator to get $150,000 in funding to implement their ideas.

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Chief Innovation Officer Dar Vanderbeck says the goal of CARE is to “save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice,” and there are always lots of new ideas on how to do it.

8 Things You Might Not Have Known About MLK

Jan 13, 2017
Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

There are some parts of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s story that we know by heart. We know about the dream he had for the country, about the bridges he fought to cross, about the words he shared from his pulpits. 

And we know how he left us -- from the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, and far too soon. 

But even 48 years after his death, these facts don't tell us the whole story. There's plenty more to learn about King's life and legacy. 

Here, eight lesser-known facts about one of the most well-known figures in American history. 

City Lights: Alvin Ailey Dance; Matisyahu; And More

Jan 13, 2017
Paul Kolnik / Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Friday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Pixabay Images

Atlanta's music scene is legendary, and recording studios are a big part of it.  But, some studios have caused noise complaints.  A few have seen deadly shootings.

That prompted a proposed city ordinance to regulate new recording spaces.  It's set for a full council vote on Tuesday.

If the ordinance passes, new studios would have to be sound proof and have a special use permit.  They also couldn't open within 300 feet of homes. 

David Goldman / Associated Press

It was a busy first week of the Georgia Legislature's 2017-18 session.  Governor Deal delivered his State of the State message, with a focus on failing schools; supporters of a "campus carry" bill took their first steps toward reviving it; and there were quiet, high-level meetings about possible casino legislation.

Courtesy of Matisyahu

When your art is rooted in your religious faith, how does your work evolve along with your beliefs?

Matthew Paul Miller could tell you.

The hip-hop and reggae singer is better known by his Hebrew name: Matisyahu.

He emerged in the mid-2000s, clad in a long beard and traditional garments, weaving themes of Orthodox Judaism into his lyrics.

Claude "Tex" McIver
Fulton County Sheriff's Office via AP

A prosecutor wants to keep a prominent Atlanta attorney accused of fatally shooting his wife from selling her assets.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said in a news release that he filed two emergency motions on Thursday in the matter of Diane McIver's death. Claud "Tex" McIver faces a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter and a misdemeanor charge of reckless conduct in his wife's death. He is free on bond.

In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
File / Associated Press

Beloved civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. lived much of his life in the Sweet Auburn district of Atlanta. He graduated from Morehouse College, served as co-pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and his final resting place lies at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta.

David Goldman / Associated Press

The fight over whether guns should be allowed on the campuses of Georgia’s public colleges and universities is coming back to the state legislature, with questions about Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2016 veto of a gun measure, known as the “campus carry” bill, and what he might do this year hovering around the debate.