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American Airlines said Tuesday that it plans to offer free meals to everyone in economy on two cross-country routes starting May 1.

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The decision by the world's biggest airline comes a month after Delta Air Lines announced that it would restore free meals in economy on a dozen long-haul U.S. routes this spring.

 

Astronaut Mark Kelly Shares His New Mission With Atlanta

Mar 15, 2017
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Retired astronaut Mark Kelly was in Atlanta Tuesday night as part of a new mission. The goal: Get younger generations excited about space.

Kelly gave a talk at the Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church in Emory Village to kick off the Atlanta Science Festival. He was met by a sea of fans, most of them children.

Austin Valencia, 6, said he was nervous to meet Kelly.

"It's just because I never met an astronaut before and this is, like, my first time doing this,” Austin said.

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Paper ballots are needed to improve voter confidence in Georgia. That's the main message 20 professors with the national Verfied Voting organization had for Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

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In a letter sent to Kemp's office yesterday, the tech experts recommended voting the old-fashioned way for the upcoming special election for Georgia's 6th District congressional seat.

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Unable to move her throttle, the pilot of a small plane found herself over the world's busiest airport with the flashing lights of fire trucks gathering on the runway below, preparing for the worst.

 

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Fearing calamity, Cathy Lewan asked Atlanta's air traffic controllers to call her husband and request immediate prayers.

 

But air traffic controllers guided her to a safe landing at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Feb. 14, 2016.

 

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

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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Sidney Lanier’s seminal poem was “The Song of the Chattahoochee.” So, perhaps he would have enjoyed the gesture of being the namesake for Lake Lanier, which dams part of the Chattahoochee.

Lanier was born in Macon, Ga. in 1842. He did not make it to 40, but left a profound impact on American poetry. And first and even foremost, he was a musician, composing songs and playing flute.

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Some Atlantans needing help to pay rent will have a rare chance to sign up for housing assistance Wednesday.

The city's housing authority is re-opening its wait list for Section 8 vouchers for the first time in more than two years.

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However, for some low-income residents, like Athena Robinson, past experiences applying for the wait list have left them with low expectations.

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As U. S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson begins a trip to Asia this week, the emerging nuclear threat posed by North Korea will likely be a major subject of his talks in Japan, South Korea, and China. 

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However, Russia remains the U.S. adversary with the largest nuclear capability by far, and the chance of a conflict with Russia--especially one caused by lack of communication--continues to worry former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn.  

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It’s cold in metro Atlanta, but there’s none of the snow that other parts of the U.S. have right now.  

However, hundreds of flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport were canceled or delayed on Tuesday, due to weather problems, especially in the Northeast.

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The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta made history with the selection of Raphael Bostic as its new president and CEO on Monday.

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He will be the first African-American to lead a Federal Reserve Bank in the agency's 104-year history.

In a recorded video statement, Bostic admitted he feels overwhelmed.

The University of Georgia arch in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech)
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Linda Davis is more than disappointed in how the University of Georgia has handled the excavation and reinterment of likely slave remains unearthed during an expansion project at a UGA building.

 

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It's evidence a "plantation" mentality is still with us, she said.

 

But she's hopeful that good can come out of the episode.

 

In this May 9, 2015 file photo, pipes for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline are stacked at a staging area in Worthing, S.D.
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Caterpillars crawl where Tim Denson's horses once grazed in northwest Georgia.

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Big yellow Caterpillars, their steel blades slicing through the red clay, shoving anything green into a heap of dead vegetation.

Denson's land is in the path of a pipeline being constructed to carry natural gas through northwest Georgia, The Daily Tribune News reported.

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The daughter of an inmate who died of pneumonia in the Gwinnett County jail is suing the sheriff, health care employees and the private health provider in charge of her care.
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A bill that would bar Georgia’s private colleges from becoming sanctuary campuses passed a key Senate panel Monday.

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Sanctuary campuses are schools that adopt policies that protect undocumented immigrants. No Georgia colleges have such policies right now. Under a bill sponsored by Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, schools that adopt such policies in the future would lose state funding.

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Gregg Allman will not be a on the road this year.

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A statement on the Georgia-based musician’s website says “It has been determined that Gregg will will not be touring in 2017.”

Those who bought tickets for shows that were scheduled in June are advised to collect a refund at the place of purchase.

Last year Allman canceled a number of shows due to health concerns.

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Oprah Winfrey had long been looking for something that would keep OWN viewers from switching to other channels. The answer to her prayers turned out to be a juicy drama series set in a house of worship.

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"Greenleaf," which co-stars Winfrey in a recurring role, premiered last year as the most-watched debut in the six-year history of her network and has given the media mogul a boost of confidence.

Ishbir Singh and Maithili Appalwar talked about Singh's experience studying abroad in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth.
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This past summer, Ishbir Singh, an international student from India, returned from a 5-month study-abroad program in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is now back at Georgia Tech working on his degree in Computer Engineering.

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When he met up with his close friend and fellow Yellow Jacket, Maithili Appalwar, he told her a little bit about how he grew as a person as a result of his experience, especially after he set a personal challenge for himself.

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Agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue says he will step down from several positions at companies bearing his name, restructure family trusts and create blind trusts to avoid a conflict of interest if he is confirmed.

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In a written agreement with a government ethics agency, the former Georgia governor said he will also step down from positions at the National Grain and Feed Association and the Georgia Agribusiness Council.

 

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A noted jewel thief who discussed her six-decade criminal career in a documentary has been arrested after authorities said she failed to appear in court.

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The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office says 86-year-old Doris Marie Payne was arrested Monday at her Atlanta home. She was taken to the DeKalb County Jail.

 

It was not immediately clear whether she has an attorney who could speak for her.

 

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The Alliance Theatre will bring down the house — quite literally — as it soon begins a major, year-long renovation. The work should result in a theater space that's more accessible as well as acoustically refined.

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But, as "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes noted, "the show must go on," and she spoke with the Alliance Theatre's artistic director Susan V. Booth about the company's upcoming nomadic season.

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

I-285, Ga. 400 Interchange Overhaul To Take At Least 2 Years

Mar 13, 2017
I-285 conncector on GA400 outside Atlanta
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The Georgia Department of Transportation said the big overhaul of the interchange at I-285 and Georgia-400 is on schedule – but that doesn’t call for it to be finished for at least two more years.

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Natalie Dale, Georgia Department of Transportation’s Media and Government Relations Liaison, said the project will take time to complete and asks for patience from Georgia drivers who will have to sit through traffic.

Georgia Craft Beer Bill Passes House Vote, Heads To Senate

Mar 13, 2017
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Georgia’s breweries and distilleries got one step closer to being able to sell their products directly to customers as Senate Bill 85 passed through the House today.

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Right now, breweries have to go through alcohol wholesalers to sell their product to retailers. Senate Bill 85 would change that, letting distilleries sell up to 500 barrels per year and craft breweries to sell up to 3,000 barrels per year to their customers.

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Atlanta was dressed in green on Saturday for the city's 135th St. Patrick's Day parade. 

Parade watchers filled Peachtree Street in Midtown as the parade moved south on the city's iconic street from 15th to 5th Streets. 

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Congressman John Lewis of Georgia's 5th Congressional District led the parade as Grand Marshal. 

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Two longtime collaborators who happen to have the same first name, Raymond Carr and Raymond Wade Tilton, have created a show about contrast. Divided into vignettes, the show looks at contrast in a variety ways from relationships to religion to their own artistic partnership.

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Schools in impoverished areas face enormous challenges. Kids often come to school hungry, tired or troubled. Now, Georgia lawmakers are trying to address some of those issues through a new plan to turn those schools around.

A new bill would target schools on a list published yearly by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. One of the lowest-performing schools on this year’s list is DeKalb County’s Flat Shoal’s Elementary School, which is trying to meet the needs of its impoverished student population.

‘They Come With Baggage’

City Lights: Irish Music; 'Exit Strategy'; And More

Mar 13, 2017
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Monday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Former Senator Sam Nun of Georgia talks in his downtown Atlanta office.
Al Such / WABE

This week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson begins a trip to Asia, with scheduled visits to Japan, South Korea, and China.  Tensions have increased in the a region after North Korea recently conducted new tests of missiles, which North Korea says could carry nuclear warheads.

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Thankfully, this won't be a case of déjà vu all over again. On this date in 1993, the infamous "Blizzard of 1993" hit Georgia and other parts of the country.

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That won't happen today, but a blast of chilly weather is coming.

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