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Mayor Kasim Reed has given United Consulting until this upcoming Monday evening to make a decision.
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City officials say Mayor Kasim Reed stands by his letter asking United Consulting, one of the city's vendors, to address what Reed calls Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter's "unacceptable" behavior.

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In January, Hunter called Rep. John Lewis a "racist pig" on social media. Now Hunter faces a county ethics complaint and he's stopped attending public comment at commission meetings because his constituents keep calling for his resignation.

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The attorney for a black man shot by Atlanta police last month says the officer had no reason to fear for his life and a video released today proves it.

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Surveillance footage shows DeAundre Phillips sitting in the passenger seat of a car at the Atlanta Public Safety Annex.

Two plain-clothes officers approach him. They talk with Phillips and then there's a struggle.

Phillips crawls into the driver's seat to drive off, when one officer jumps through the passenger door.

White House Bars Major News Outlets From Briefing

Feb 24, 2017
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News organizations including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing on Friday.

The Associated Press chose not to participate in the gaggle following the move by White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

"The AP believes the public should have as much access to the president as possible," Lauren Easton, the AP's director of media relations, said in a statement.

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Dan Kamin is on a mission to remind audiences of the genius of Charlie Chaplin. In his one-of-a-kind program at Spivey Hall, Kamin screens a newly-restored version of Chaplin’s 1916 movie “The Pawnshop,” complemented with storytelling, film clips and live performance.

Colin Hay Brings Songs And Stories To City Winery

Feb 24, 2017
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Colin Hay started his musical career in the wildly popular Australian band Men at Work. They sold millions of records and won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1983. A few years later, they split up, but Colin continued on with a solo career, going from international stardom to relative obscurity. 

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City Lights: Colin Hay; Colin Mochrie; And More

Feb 24, 2017
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Friday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Matthew Terrell

The long-running TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” may arguably account for the expansion of improv comedy, especially in the U.S. and Canada.

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Two tiny, newborn puppies squeak as they feel out their surroundings; their eyes haven’t opened yet, but once they find each other with their little paws, they immediately get into position to cuddle. They find comfort in each other’s warmth, and they stop yipping as they rest on the soft pad of a towel.

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Their mother is nearby, being looked over by Dr. Charron Bryant, a veterinarian who takes his practice to the homes of the animals, rather than having the animals come to him.

Ian Palmer

Traveling while black in America was once a perilous endeavor. Jim Crowe and rampant prejudice meant many public accommodations weren't open for those citizens. The Green Book was a travel guide, published between 1936 and 1966, which listed establishments where black travelers would be welcome.

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This week, an internal fight among Democrats about the future of their party culminated in Atlanta, with the election of a new party chair.  Meanwhile, Republican members of Congress were trying to decide whether to hold town hall meetings in their districts -- meetings that might be filled with voters who are angry about the policies of the new Trump administration.

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Dr. Ford Vox

In these "Medical Minute," WABE senior correspondent Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox discuss homeopathy – more specifically a line of homeopathic teething tablets and gels produced by Hyland’s Homeopathic. 

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A huge development around the Brookhaven MARTA station may still happen.

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That's after plans recently hit a dead end.  

MARTA has been pursuing transit-oriented development throughout metro Atlanta.

Those are mixed-use developments located at or near MARTA stations.

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A bill that would require college victims of sexual assault to report the incidents to police cleared a key house panel Thursday. House Bill 51 was unanimously approved by the higher education appropriations subcommittee. 

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The bill applies to all crimes committed on college campuses. 

Alpharetta Is Building Its Own BeltLine

Feb 24, 2017
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The Atlanta BeltLine is still being built, but it’s already attracting millions of dollars in urban redevelopment. Now Alpharetta says it’s creating its own version of the beltLine in the North Atlanta suburb.

It is called the Alpha loop, according to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle – an approximately 8-mile trail that would connect the city’s downtown to big projects including Avalon and the Big Creek Greenway. It would include lighting, bicycle service areas and pocket parks for people to gather.

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Schools in Dade County are closed for a second day after 20 percent of students called in sick this week, making Dade the second North Georgia school district this year to close due to outbreaks of influenza and norovirus.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports classes in the district were canceled Thursday and Friday.

Dade Middle School was missing 42 percent of its students Wednesday. Superintendent Jan Harris says more than 20 percent of bus drivers and 10 percent of faculty were also out sick.

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Big names from classic rock radio are hitting the city this weekend, including a man from down under and everyone's favorite Police.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at the concert calendar with "Mara's Music Mix."

In this June 2, 2015 file photo, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks to reporters following a ceremony announcing a $300 million expansion of Google's data center operations in Lithia Springs, Ga.
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Gov. Nathan Deal scored a Legislative win Thursday when the House Education Committee approved his new plan to turn around low-performing schools.

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Tens of millions of dollars collected by the state through small fees on things like new tires, prepaid cell phones and police fines aren’t spent how Georgia lawmakers intended, creating a system critics call a scam on taxpayers.

The piles of dumped tires along roadsides and behind abandoned lots throughout Georgia may be the most visible symbol of how environmentalists, county officials and conservatives say the state’s accounting process deceives taxpayers.

Atlanta Regional Commission

February is African-American History Month, and Atlanta has been the site of a number of important events in that history. From the political and social legacy of the local civil rights movement, to the institutional history of the Atlanta's historically black colleges and universities, to the innovations of the city's music and art scenes, Atlanta has become known over the decades as an unofficial "capital of black America."

DeKalb CEO: Water Billing Crisis Not An Easy Fix

Feb 23, 2017
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Progress is slow on solving DeKalb County's water billing problem, and CEO Mike Thurmond admits it is not an easy fix.

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For the last several months, some DeKalb residents have seen a water bill in the thousands of dollars while some haven't seen a bill at all.

Thurmond says those who still haven't gotten a water bill may start to see one within the next 30 days.

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About a hundred people rallied outside a constituent event with Sen. David Perdue’s staff at the Henry County Farm Bureau in McDonough on Thursday.

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Many demanded a face-to-face meeting with Perdue, some holding signs that read, “You work for us” or “Where are you?”

Perdue’s staff say they hold mobile office hours routinely around the state to help constituents with issues like veterans’ affairs and social security.

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Authorities announced Thursday they arrested a man on murder charges in the disappearance of a high school teacher in rural south Georgia more than 11 years ago.

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Ryan Alexander Duke was being held in the Irwin County jail days after investigators received a tip linking him to Tara Grinstead, a teacher and former beauty queen missing since October 2005.

Watch: Teens Make A Video About Racial Profiling By Police

Feb 23, 2017
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We are students at The Paideia School in Atlanta, and our eighth grade class is currently studying the various issues related to race in today’s society. For our class project, we chose to create a video that shows how racial profiling affects people of color, regardless of his or her economic background.

Closer Look: Carl Lewis; Affordable Housing; And More

Feb 23, 2017
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Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Georgia has become the opioid treatment program capital of the South as loose regulations have led to an explosion of new clinics opening around the state.

But Senators are working to tamp down the booming business with a licensure program that will require new clinics to demonstrate a need in the community before being allowed to open.

"We wanna make sure we have quality treatment facilities in all of Georgia and help run off the riffraff," said Sen. Jeff Mullis, R- Chickamauga, sponsor of the legislation.

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This story is part of WABE's project called "Atlanta Asks," in which we invite our audience to ask us questions so we can find the answer.

Shannon J Gilliam asks: "Is Atlanta a friendly city towards active-duty military? I know there is a sizeable amount of reservist in the metro area but few active."

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Democrats from around the country are in Atlanta to set the focus and direction of the party as they vote on the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, but leading Georgia Democrats are not united in who they support.

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The race for the DNC chair is attracting a lot of attention, as the party looks to rebound after the November election.

City Lights: James Baldwin; Tropical Music; And More

Feb 23, 2017
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Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Mark Creasy

Despite the unseasonably warm winter, an event this weekend is bypassing the rest of it all together and spring as well. It’s called Sweater Summer, a tropical light art party, and it will transform the Mammal Gallery into a summer escape featuring music, light art installations and plenty of tiki and tropical decor.

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Richard Skoonberg

Tonight, the Atlanta Photography Group is opening its gallery to anyone with work to hang ... or pin up, to be more precise.

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“The Push Pin is an opportunity for anybody and everybody to bring in their work and put it up on the walls,” APG Executive Director Beth Lilly says.

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