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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.
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The work and achievements of civil rights leader and longtime Congressman John Lewis of Georgia have been recognized by Time magazine. He made its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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The 2017 list, released Thursday, recognizes artists, activists, athletes, leaders and executives who have worked to change and influence the world.

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The term "affordable" can take on different meanings depending on whom you ask. Also, quality and affordability are not always one in the same. That's something Mechanicsville Cityside is trying to change. It's an entire neighborhood in Southwest Atlanta designed to provide low-income families with the chance to own their own home. 

In this installment of "Closer Look's" affordable housing series, co-host Jim Burress visits the neighborhood to learn how public-private partnerships and tax credits, make this possible.

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Winter pretty much stood up South-Central Texas this year, and the neglect is showing in this season's scanty crop of Hill Country peaches.

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"Some things bloomed really extended and long, and some didn't take, so it's been really an interesting year," peach grower Russ Studebaker said. "We'll have, I think, about a 30 percent crop, which is better than nothing. So we're happy about that."

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A coalition of civil rights groups is challenging a Georgia law that doesn't allow new voters to register before a closely watched runoff election in the 6th Congressional District.

 

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The Washington, D.C.-based Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in Atlanta on behalf of the groups.

 

The registration deadline was March 20.

 

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed refused to answer questions about the lawsuit and walked away from reporters.
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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has named a new city attorney.

 

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In a news release Thursday, Reed announced that Jeremy Berry will assume the position of the city's top legal officer, replacing Cathy Hampton who plans to step down May 19.

 

Reed didn't say when he would begin the new job.

 

Interfaith Group Opposes 'Campus Carry' Bill

Apr 20, 2017
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Outcry, an interfaith anti-violence group is asking Gov. Nathan Deal to veto House Bill 280, commonly known as the "campus carry" bill.

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"I, myself, am a supporter of the Second Amendment. My father and my grandfather spent some of their careers in law enforcement. However, campuses don't need more guns," said James Lamkin, pastor of Atlanta's Northside Drive Baptist Church.

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PARIS—An attacker with an automatic weapon opened fire on police in Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees shopping district Thursday night, killing one officer and seriously wounding two others before police shot and killed him.

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Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told The Associated Press that the attacker targeted officers guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station at the center of the avenue popular with tourists. She said he appeared to be acting alone.

Atlanta City Council Begins Hearings On FY 2018 Budget

Apr 20, 2017
City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta University Center Consortium leaders announced the launch of a new camera surveillance program. The president of Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, is pictured right.
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Atlanta City Council members on Thursday began examining outgoing Mayor Kasim Reed's budget proposal for fiscal year 2018.

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The first draft of the budget was $2.5 billion, already $30 million more than the current year. The general fund portion of Reed's proposed budget is $637 million.

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

City Lights: Hari Kondabolu; Colin Hay; And More

Apr 20, 2017
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Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Metro Atlanta and Georgia continue to show improvements in air quality, a new report says.

The American Lung Association’s 2017 “State of the Air” report shows Georgia has improved on the three most common forms of hazardous air pollution.

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A Starbucks barista has taken to social media hoping to make orders for the coffee chain's much buzzed about Unicorn Frappuccino disappear.

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Georgia has issued a birth certificate for a toddler with the last name "Allah" after initially declining to do so because that doesn't match either of the parents' last names, a civil rights group that sued on behalf of the parents said Thursday.

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The 42-year-old rapper Killer Mike, of Run The Jewels, and the 75-year-old funk legend George Clinton, founder of Parliament and Funkadelic, may be from different generations, but it turns out they have a few things in common: They've both created music that seemed commercially risky at first, yet ended up transcending genres and creating a new audience.

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.,  July 23, 2013.
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The federal government is giving states $500 million to combat the nation's opioid abuse epidemic. 

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U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price made the announcement Wednesday at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in downtown Atlanta, where thousands gathered. The funds will come from the 21st Century Cures Act, he said, which passed Congress last year and was signed by President Barack Obama. 

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The last orca has been born in captivity at a SeaWorld park in San Antonio just over a year after the theme park decided to stop breeding orcas following animal rights protests and declining ticket sales.

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The Orlando-based company said the orca — the last in a generation of whales bred in confinement — was born Wednesday afternoon. SeaWorld did not immediately name the calf because the park's veterinarians had not yet determined whether it was male or female.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the new March jobless metro Atlanta was 5.9 percent. That is down from 6.1 percent in February and 7 percent from March 2014.
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Good news for job seekers in Georgia.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in March, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

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Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says this is the lowest that rate has fallen to since December 2007.

How 6th District Residents Feel About The Runoff Election

Apr 20, 2017
Al Such / WABE

The congressional election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District has garnered international attention over the last few months. But after the election last night ended with a call for a runoff election, some 6th District residents have mixed feelings about the campaigning that will inevitably continue for the next two months.

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Maureen Coleman lives in Milton, towards the northern part of the 6th District. She says she's not looking forward to the next two months. 

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March for Science organizers in Atlanta are preparing for thousands of people to turn out this Saturday in a movement that’s coalesced since President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

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The main march is in Washington, D.C., but like the Women’s March in January, satellite events are happening all over the country. Here, people are gathering in Candler Park to hear speakers, to march, and to express their support for what they say should be a non-partisan issue: science.

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President Trump is weighing in on the 6th Congressional District race. And that could have mixed results for the Republican candidate.

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In a tweet, the president congratulated Republican Karen Handel for making it into a runoff with Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Handel, also on Twitter, thanked the president for calling her this morning.

Officer Jacob Mach stands with Chief Erika Shields at the swearing in ceremony on Tuesday.
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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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The Temple, Atlanta's oldest Jewish congregation, turns 150 years old this year. Cellist Matt Haimovitz will join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tonight to celebrate the occasion.

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Haimovitz’s performance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is tonight at 8 p.m. at Symphony Hall.

Kaitlin Kolarik

More than 40 percent of all registered voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District cast ballots on Tuesday, a high figure for a special election. 

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Wednesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Atlanta Expands Its Relay Bike Share Program

Apr 19, 2017
New bikes part of the bike share expansion.
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More blue bikes are hitting the streets of Atlanta.

The blue bicycles are part of Atlanta's Relay Bike Share program. And as of Wednesday, there are 500 Relay bikes available in the city, which is up from just 100. 

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For the past two decades, Anne (who chose not to give her last name because she fears retribution from her landlord) has lived in the same two-bedroom apartment in Buckhead. It's a brick building just off of Peachtree Street. In 1995, Anne began renting her apartment for just $600 per month. Now, 22 years later, her rent has increased and she is concerned about her ability to stay there.

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The man accused of starting a fire that caused a section of Interstate 85 in Atlanta to collapse has been released from jail after posting bond.

WSB-TV reports that Basil Eleby was released from Fulton County Jail on Wednesday. Eleby was issued a $10,000 signature bond by a judge during a hearing Tuesday.

The judge told Eleby not to go near the collapsed overpass except with his attorneys.

Eleby faces charges of arson and criminal damage to property. He was jailed March 31, the day after the collapse.

Former Johns Creek City Council member Bob Gray hosted an election night party at Ippolito's Italian Restaurant in Roswell.
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At the end of the night, it’s about keeping the Atlanta suburbs conservative by supporting Republican front-runner Karen Handel in the runoff for Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

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That was candidate Bob Gray’s message in his concession speech Tuesday night to nearly 200 supporters at Ippolito's Italian restaurant in Roswell.

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Bill O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations.

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21st Century Fox issued a statement Wednesday that "after a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel."

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A wildfire that's been burning for weeks in South Georgia might not be contained for months, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, which is coordinating firefighting efforts.

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At least 31 square miles have burned near the Georgia-Florida line and the blaze keeps growing. South Georgia residents on the western edge of the Okefenokee Swamp were warned to prepare for potential evacuations.

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