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Republicans are pushing to prevent a major upset in a conservative Georgia congressional district where Democrats stoked by opposition to President Donald Trump have rallied behind a candidate who has raised a shocking amount of money for a special election.

 In this Sept. 29, 2014 file photo, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announces a March 6, 2012 date, as Georgia's 2012 presidential primary at a news conference in Atlanta.
David Goldman / Associated Press

On a day when Georgia is taking part in a special election that has national implications, news of voting equipment being stolen is likely the last thing most want to hear.

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But Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp found out about just that two days after equipment was stolen from a car in Cobb County and issued a statement saying that was "unacceptable."

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Clive, Iowa.
Evan Vucci / Associated Press file

President Donald Trump attacked Democrat Jon Ossoff in a series of tweets Tuesday, including one where the president pointed out that Ossoff doesn't live in Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

Atlanta Woman Witnessed History During Cuban Election

Apr 18, 2017
StoryCorps Atlanta

Connie Alonso was living in Cuba, when a chance encounter made her a witness to history. It was 1952, an election year in Cuba, but a coup left Fulgencio Batista in power until the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

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At the time, Connie worked overnight as a switchboard operator at the National Hotel in Havana before heading to her part time job with the Carlos Hevia, the Cuban foreign minister who was running for president.

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Atlanta commuters caught a break Tuesday morning: Repair work on Interstate 20 was completed a few hours ahead of schedule.

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Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale originally expected I-20 to be reopened around noon, but shortly after 6 a.m., all westbound lanes of the roadway were repaired.

All westbound lanes around Candler and Gresham roads were shut down for hours after part of the roadway buckled Monday.

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The sea level is already rising on American coasts. In Georgia, the sea level has gone up more than nine inches in the last 75 years. Globally, it could go up another one to four feet in the next 75 years.

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Some places and people will be able to adapt to rising tides. But a lot of people in the United States will have to move, and many could end up in Atlanta, according to a new study.

James Martin

Monday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Congress Holding Up Bill To Create MLK Jr. National Park

Apr 17, 2017
Martin Luther King Jr.'s childhood home on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta has been closed for several months for repairs, and on Tuesday visitors were allowed to tour only the first floor.
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The U.S. Congress keeps holding a bill that would reclassify the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site as a national park. 

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U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Atlanta) has been introducing the Martin Luther King Junior National Historic Park Act since 2013. The bill passed the House last year and this year, but it remains stuck in a Senate committee. 

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A section of Interstate 20 Westbound near Flat Shoals Rd. is closed after a portion of the highway buckled. 

DeKalb County police say an underground gas leak is causing the defect in the roadway, and advise motorists to seek alternate routes.

A motorcyclist was hurt when the road buckled, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution

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

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Two lanes of Interstate 20 westbound between Candler and Gresham roads have reopened after part of the highway buckled Monday morning.

State transportation officials say they're hoping to get all lanes of I-20 fixed by Tuesday at noon.

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Natalie Dale, a spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Transportation, said in a news conference Monday afternoon that the agency was assessing the stability of lanes near the buckling in preparation for the reopening of some lanes.

The Atlanta Police Department is investigating the accident that caused a chemical spill early this morning.
John Bazemore / Associated Press

Atlanta traffic keeps taking a hit, two weeks after the collapse of the I-85 bridge.

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Early Monday morning, several hours before Interstate 20 was closed after buckling near the Gresham Road exit, the Downtown Connector was shut down due to an accident that spilled toxic chemicals onto the road.

photo of Kenny Leon (left) courtesy True Colors Theatre Company, photo of Paul Conroy credit Tyler Ogburn

Earlier this year, ArtsATL columnist Gail O'Neill launched a 12-part series recognizing the artists elevating our city's arts and culture landscape. It's called the Legacy Series, and the latest profile is of True Colors Theatre Company co-founder and artistic director Kenny Leon.

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How often do students miss school? Are they ready for college? Are they physically fit? Is their school a welcoming place?

 

States are beginning to outline new ways to evaluate their schools, rather than relying just on traditional measures such as test scores.

 

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The plans are required under a federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which was signed by former President Barack Obama in 2015 and takes effect in the coming school year.

President-elect Donald Trump calls to media from the entryway of Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 in Bedminster, N.J..
Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

President Donald Trump on Monday attacked his political enemies seeking an upset in Georgia's special congressional election, blasting the leading Democratic candidate as a "super liberal" who "wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!"

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An attorney is calling for the two Georgia police officers who were fired after being caught on camera having a violent confrontation with a motorist to face criminal charges.

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Johnny Kauffman / WABE

The special Congressional election Tuesday in Georgia's 6th District, one of the first contests since Donald Trump took office, has been billed by some as a referendum on the new president. But many Republican voters in the district don’t see it that way.

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MARTA Chief Operating Officer Richard Krisak says $700 million in funding has been identified and approved for 250 new rail cars.
Alison Guillory / WABE

The collapse of an interstate in the heart of Atlanta has more than 2 million metro residents sitting in even more traffic in the already congested city, and mass transit advocates hope the headaches will spur new interest in expanding rail and bus routes.

 

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Many commuters come from surrounding counties that have long resisted mass transit, creating a car-centric region shaped by issues of race and class for more than four decades.

 

Benjamin G. Brawley Hall on the Morehouse College campus.
Alison Guillory / WABE

New leaders at Morehouse College say the past is behind them. Conflict within the school’s ranks led to the recent ouster of President John Wilson and the shuffling of leadership positions on the board of trustees, including chairman.

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"Part of the change is: how do we move from some levels of dysfunction to a higher level of collaboration in terms of working together?" said Trustee Dale Jones.

Katja Ridderbusch

It's a normal day for Harry Wood, a hairdresser at Van Michael Salon in Buckhead, as he casually discusses his client's styling routine.

Nothing was normal for Susan Webster 13 years ago, when she sat in the same salon chair and told Wood, her longtime hairdresser and friend, the sad news. She had just been diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer and was about to lose her hair. The two immediately went together to pick out a wig.

A few weeks later, as she stood in front of her bathroom mirror one morning, Webster held a clump of hair in her hands.

Teen Novelist Emily Ross Shares Her Tips For Writing Your First Book

Apr 17, 2017
Billy Howard

Editor’s Note: Marietta teen Emily Ross, 13, is the youngest author signed by Title Town Publishing for a multi-book contract. Her sci-fi/fantasy book, Blue’s Prophecy, is the first of three in the Canis Chronicles, a series about robotic and genetically enhanced dogs, who turn on their creators. She started the book when she was in fourth grade, writing and illustrating it at school.

Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

U.S. Rep. John Lewis has been named this year's recipient of the Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award for his decades-long work on human rights and civil liberties.

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The award and $125,000 prize are given biennially by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School.

Lewis will receive his award at a public ceremony on Tuesday.

 

Updated 8:30 a.m. Monday

Lanes on both sides of the Downtown Connector are now open after they were closed around 3 a.m. today due to a crash and chemical spill.

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The southbound lanes reopened around  6:30 a.m. today, and the northbound lanes opened around 7:30 a.m., WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News reports. 

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Georgia is rolling out an expensive eligibility determination system for Medicaid, food stamps and other public benefits.

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According to Georgia Health News, state officials are hoping to avoid the massive problems with a similar set-up in Rhode Island, operated by the same vendor.

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Advocates in Atlanta's Somali community are speaking out against recent immigration arrests reported in the Atlanta area, including in Clarkston, Georgia.

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About 10 Somalis were arrested this month, according to Omar Shekhey, president of the Somali American Community Center in Clarkston. He said some have been in the United States for decades and said he fears it will be dangerous to deport them to Somalia.

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The consolidation between Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia State University could cause some students to lose their chance at college.

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Delta Can Now Offer More To Customers Who Give Up Seats

Apr 14, 2017
David Goldman / Associated Press

Delta is letting employees offer customers almost $10,000 in compensation to give up seats on overbooked flights, hoping to avoid an uproar like the one that erupted at United after a passenger was dragged off a jet.

In an internal memo obtained Friday by The Associated Press, Delta Air Lines said gate agents can offer up to $2,000, up from a previous maximum of $800, and supervisors can offer up to $9,950, up from $1,350.

One of Basil Eleby's four attorneys working pro-bono, Lawrence Zimmerman, spoke at a press conference Friday and said Eleby would plead not guilty.
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Attorneys for the homeless man accused of setting the fire that caused the I-85 bridge to collapse last month said he will plead not guilty next week.

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A 36-year-old man is in custody in connection with the shooting death of another man riding a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit train and wounding of three others.

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MARTA police Friday arrested Chauncey Lee Daniels in the Thursday death of Zachariah Hunnicutt at the West Lake MARTA Station. He faces charges of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and is being held at the Fulton County Jail.

It was unknown if he's represented by an attorney.

Atlanta Business Chronicle

Pinewood Atlanta Studios is teaming up with Atlanta-based virtual reality studio Trick 3D to bring its plans to life.

This week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle reports Pinewood Forrest, a 234-acre project underway in Fayetteville, will include 600 single family homes, 100 attached townhomes, 600 multi-family homes, a wellness and health center, two hotels and 250,000 square feet of retail space, including 15 restaurants and 25 boutiques.

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