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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. 

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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.

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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.

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A psychiatrist selected by the state said that a Georgia death-row inmate who's scheduled for execution Wednesday night doesn't want to die, but doesn't want to live the rest of his life in prison.

Steven Frederick Spears, who was sentenced to death for killing his ex-girlfriend Sherri Holland in 2001, has refused to appeal his pending execution.

Spears would be the first person in Georgia to refuse to appeal his death sentence since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, said Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center.

A haze hovers over the downtown skyline from a wildfire burning in the northwest part of the state, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in Atlanta.
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State health officials said they've seen an increase this past week in emergency room visits because of asthma and other respiratory issues as wildfires continue to burn in parts of north Georgia. 

"The likelihood is strong that smoke is causing at least part of this," said Dr. Patrick O'Neal, director of health protection at the Georgia Department of Public Health. "It's not uncommon to see some increase in respiratory issues that show in November, December every year but this has been higher than normal."

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city will continue to be a welcoming place for immigrants despite President-elect Donald Trump's plans to deport millions of those without legal status.

Trump has vowed to withhold federal funding from “sanctuary cities,” – jurisdictions that limit law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration officials.

“I’m not prepared to make a judgment about us being a sanctuary city, but we are going to be a welcoming city and we’re going to continue all of our outreach efforts to foreign-born individuals,” Reed said.

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Atlanta airport officials have announced plans for a new hotel and conference center that would be connected to Hartsfield-Jackson International.

The 440-room hotel and meeting space will be built near the airport’s Domestic Terminal. Officials said construction will start in 2018, for the hotel to be completed by 2020.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the idea builds upon former mayor and UN Ambassador Andrew Young’s vision for a hotel at the airport.

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President-elect Donald Trump has said he would end President Barack Obama's "unconstitutional" executive actions, including on immigration, once he takes office.

Obama’s deferred action programs have given temporary protection from deportation to thousands of young people who were brought to the country illegally as children, and now those in Georgia say they’re worried about their future.

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Georgia Democrats expressed shock Tuesday night as news came in of Donald Trump's leading in the race to the White House. 

At the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta, Clinton supporters gathered to watch the election results, but many party leaders were absent from the main hall as the night progressed. 

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Georgia voters Tuesday decided to amend the state’s constitution to overhaul the state’s judicial watchdog agency. The changes would allow the state Legislature to abolish and recreate the Judicial Qualifications Commission and give lawmakers more power over the body. 

The watchdog agency, which was created by constitutional amendment in 1972, investigates ethics complaints against state judges. The commission's investigations have led to the resignations or removals of dozens of judges in Georgia over the past decade for misconduct. 

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Two new political allies have spent the past few days traveling around Georgia to oppose Amendment Three on next week's ballot.

The constitutional amendment, if passed, would allow the state legislature to recreate the state agency that investigates judicial ethics complaints, also known as the Judicial Qualifications Commission. 

State Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, has teamed up with Lester Tate, a Democrat and former chairman of the commission to campaign against the measure.