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Elly Yu


Elly Yu is a reporter at WABE, where she first got her start in public radio as an graduate student intern in 2013. Since then, she’s reported for WNYC, NPR, and Marketplace among others.  In 2014, Elly was awarded with an immigration reporting fellowship from the Institute for Justice and Journalism.

Elly holds a bachelor’s in international relations from the University of Southern California, and a master’s in journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she co-hosted a podcast. 

Fans turned out to the Falcons pep rally at Atlanta City Hall on Friday, Jan. 27 to pump up for Super Bowl LI, in which the Falcons will take on the New England Patriots.
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The Super Bowl may be about two teams going head-to-head, but this year, each team’s fans bring their own separate motivation to the match-up.

For Atlanta Falcons fans, the big game against the New England Patriots, is about bringing home the city’s first-ever Super Bowl ring. Atlanta has only won one major sports championship in the past, the Braves’ World Series win in 1995.

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Areen Lukman Hussein tries to quiet her baby, who’s not even a month old. She just fed him with a bottle, but he’s still squirming in her arms.

She’s at the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta with her family on Monday, where refugees have been gathering to hear more about President Donald Trump’s executive actions on immigration.

Another man from Syria in the room, also a refugee, chimes in about the baby.

“Maybe the baby misses his dad,” he says in Arabic through an interpreter.

The expected arrival of a family of four refugees from Afghanistan in Atlanta Monday follows protests at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and around the country against President Donald Trump's immigration order.
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A local refugee resettlement organization said they're expecting a family of four refugees from Afghanistan to arrive in Atlanta Monday evening, after President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily halting refugee resettlement.

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At least four people were held at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Saturday following President Donald Trump's executive actions restricting immigration, according to a local immigration attorney. 

Sarah Owings, who chairs the Georgia-Alabama chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said the original four people who were reported detained Saturday afternoon have since been released. She added that others were in custody, though it was unclear how many.

Fifty refugees have resettled in Georgia since President Donald Trump's immigration ban.
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As President Donald Trump this week moved forward with his campaign promises to restrict immigration, those in Atlanta's refugee community are bracing for any executive actions that would ban refugees from resettling in the United States. 

According to multiple media reports, Trump is expected to sign an order that would stop the resettlement of refugees from Syria indefinitely and pause total resettlement from other countries for at least 120 days. The order would also pause the issuance of visas from several Muslim-majority nations. 

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Thousands of people gathered in downtown Atlanta, despite pouring rain and thunderstorms Saturday morning and early into the afternoon in response to the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

It was a sea of colors in front of the Center for Civil and Human Rights as people brought their handwritten signs, some wrapped in plastic for the rain.

Georgia imports and exports shipped through the Georgia Ports Authority Garden City terminal, in Savannah, Ga.
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Experts say a trade war between the U.S. and China could negatively affect Georgia, which exports billions of dollars in products to the country each year and has been investing in business ties with China.

“It would hurt Georgia because you've got 1.3 billion Chinese people with rising incomes and a great demand for our agricultural products,” said Jeff Rosensweig, associate professor of international business and director of the John Robson Program at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

A school bus in front of the Georgia Capitol
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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.

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Gov. Nathan Deal pushed for more access to mental health care services, called for changes to education and warned against big healthcare policy changes during his annual State of the State address Wednesday.

Deal proposed a 19 percent pay raise, on average, for caseworkers with the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), which handles foster care cases in the state.

He also announced that his proposed budget would include money to expand healthcare coverage for children with behavioral issues, as well as for people diagnosed with autism.

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State Republican leaders indicated Thursday they are not prioritizing religious exemption bills that have headlined legislative sessions in years past.

Republican House and Senate leaders spoke about their legislative agendas Thursday for this year’s General Assembly which starts Monday. The Senate GOP Caucus’s priorities included topics ranging from health care to education funding, but did not include religious exemptions bills.  

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who presides over the state Senate, said it’s a different environment today because of the recent election.

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When Ivan Morales heard about a Fulton County Superior Court judge’s ruling that would allow immigrant students who have temporary permission to stay in the country to pay in-state tuition at Georgia’s public colleges, he was thrilled.

Injectable and nasal forms of Naloxone, which can be used to block the potentially fatal effects of an opioid overdose, are shown Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at an outpatient pharmacy at the University of Washington.
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Drug prevention advocates in Georgia say they’re concerned about the rising cost of a drug that’s used to reverse an overdose from opioid use. 

Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this month took action to make naloxone available over the counter without a prescription. In 2014, he signed an amnesty law that extended protections for people who reported overdoses and allowed more people to administer naloxone.

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Tybee Island's city council is scheduled to consider a plan that would restrict alcohol consumption during the spring months.

Councilmember Julie Livingston said the measure would ban open containers on the island's beaches and parking lots from March through May.

Tybee Island has been a popular spring break destination, where people gather for the annual Orange Crush party.

The security line at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is expecting more than 4.2 million passengers to travel through the airport during the holiday period that runs from Dec. 16 through Jan. 3, airports officials said. 

Travelers leaving out of Atlanta, however, shouldn't have to worry too much because the bulk of the passengers will be from connecting traffic, said Reese McCranie, the airport's director of policy and communications.

 Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga.
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A new 780-bed immigration detention center is scheduled to open in South Georgia next year. The GEO Group, a private corrections company, said it signed a five-year contract last week with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Charlton County to run a new center in Folkston, Georgia.

The Folkston ICE Processing Center will be at a facility next to the D. Ray James Correctional Facility, which The GEO Group currently owns and operates.

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Cindy Jones still can’t help but think about the timing of things. Stewart-Webster Hospital, the place she and her family had gone to for years, closed in March of 2013. A month later, her husband Bill suffered a heart attack.

“He came in from a day of farming and ate supper, and then sat down to watch David Letterman,” Jones said. “And all of a sudden he got quiet, and we knew something was wrong because he wasn’t laughing at David Letterman anymore.”

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials said Friday what Georgia's Secretary of State has called "failed cyberattacks" by the department were not nefarious.   

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp sent a letter last week to DHS seeking an answer about an incident his office detected that occurred a week after the election. Kemp said the agency’s firewall detected a “large unblocked scan event,” and the “attempt to breach” their system was unsuccessful.

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DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis returned to work Wednesday where he’ll finish out his term until the end of the year.

Ellis had been suspended from office for more than three years after he was indicted on corruption charges. After two trials, he was convicted in July 2015 and spent about eight months in prison. The Georgia Supreme Court last month overturned his conviction.

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The Wall Street Journal reports the Department of Homeland Security has tracked an attempt to hack into Georgia's election computer system to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says it will take at least six years to process the thousands of rape kits that the agency has received if moving at its current rate. 

In a report released this month, the agency said there are more than 4,200 kits, which could contain DNA evidence in sexual assault cases, waiting to be tested.

William Sallie will be the 9th person executed in Georgia in 2016.
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Georgia is scheduled to execute a death row inmate Tuesday evening for the murder of his father-in-law.

William Sallie is convicted of killing John Lee Moore, in 1990, in Bacon County. If executed, Sallie will be the ninth person executed in Georgia this year.

Sallie is currently the only death row inmate who has had their appeals exhausted, according to the state attorney general’s office. There are currently 59 people on Georgia’s death row, including Sallie.

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A Fulton County judge heard arguments on Thursday over whether some immigrant students without legal status should get in-state tuition at Georgia’s colleges.

This isn’t the first time the students have brought their case before state court. Last year, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled against the students, finding the Board of Regents was immune to being sued. A lawyer representing some students tried again, filing a lawsuit against each individual member of the Board of Regents.

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In November, Georgians voted to abolish and recreate the state’s judicial watchdog agency, but questions remain about the future of the new Judicial Qualifications Commission.

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A Georgia lawmaker says he's looking to pursue a measure to block state funding to universities that declare themselves "sanctuaries" for students without legal status. 

In this June 13, 2014, file photo, construction continues on a new nuclear reactor at Plant Vogtle power plant in Waynesboro, Georgia. An analyst for the Public Service Commission, Steven Roetger, said the timeline for finishing two nuclear reactors at Pl
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The state Court of Appeals has ruled a lawsuit against Georgia Power over whether or not the company is overcharging customers on fees can move forward.

The lawsuit, which has asked for class-action status, claims Georgia Power has been improperly calculating what’s known as “municipal franchise fees” on ratepayers’ bills.

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While President-elect Donald Trump in a video address said he'll withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership once he takes office, economists have said quitting the trade agreement could affect Georgia's economy.

The security line at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
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Air travel is already up this year compared to last year for the Thanksgiving holiday, Atlanta airport officials said.

As of Tuesday, officials said travel was up nearly 4 percent over this time last year. They are expecting nearly 3 million passengers to pass through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport this week.

Airport officials said they've increased staff and opened more lanes to manage security lines. They're also keeping construction, part of the airport's expansion plan, at a minimum.

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Two Georgia public universities that had barred students without legal status will now admit them if they’re qualified, according to a spokesperson with the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

Georgia State Capitol gold dome.
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Some Georgia business leaders are bracing for a possible resurrection of religious exemption legislation in the upcoming state legislative session.

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About 100 immigrant families with their kids trickle into a community center in Carrolton, Georgia. It’s the Friday after Election Day, and they’ve come to hear how Trump’s win could affect them and their families.  

Gyla Gonzalez, executive director of Latinos United of Carroll County, leads the group in prayer before the information session begins.

“Our Lord, thank you for everything that you give to us, your love, your mercy,” she prays.