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Elly Yu

Reporter

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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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.
Georgia Department of Corrections

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.

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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.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

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. 

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On an early Saturday morning, Nadia Mwangachuchu headed over to the Tucker Recreation Center to cast her early ballot. She brought her two toddler daughters along to see their mother vote for the first time in her life.

Mwangachuchu, 30, came to the Atlanta area as a refugee more than a decade ago, but became a citizen two years ago. She said she’s been waiting for years to cast her first ever ballot.

“It’s a good experience,” she said. “I’m loving it – because I get to vote here for the first time in my life – voted for anything.”

Students and faculty members at Kennesaw State University join hands in protest Tuesday as former state Attorney General Sam Olens began his first say as university president.
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About a hundred students and faculty members rallied at Kennesaw State University Tuesday as former state Attorney General Sam Olens began his first day as the school's president.

The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents named Olens as president last month without conducting a national search.

Marni Roberts, a drawing and painting major at KSU, said she's concerned about how the decision could affect the university's reputation.

A Google Fiber van in Atlanta
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Google Fiber announced this week it's halting operations in cities where the company was in talks to bring in services, but will continue services in cities where it's already launched, like in Atlanta. 

Despite continued service, Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research said the changes could still affect operations here. 

David Goldman / Associated Press

The key lawmaker behind a plan on November's ballot to overhaul the state's judicial watchdog agency says he hopes people will approve it even if they don't know much about it.

Amendment 3 on November’s ballot would allow the state Legislature to recreate the Judicial Qualifications Commission – the agency that investigates ethics and misconduct complaints against state judges.

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal appointed a new task force on Tuesday to examine how law enforcement officers are trained in the state. The task force is part of an overall law enforcement reform package the governor announced earlier this year.

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Gwinnett County’s been highlighted this election season for its changing demographics. On Jimmy Carter Boulevard, one of the main roads in Gwinnett County, there are stores representing places from around the world. At Global Mall, a shopping center off Interstate 85, store owners sell items like saris and jewelry, and the food court bustles with people grabbing lunch.

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The deadline to apply for a new state program that helps with underwater mortgages is Tuesday.

The program, called Underground Georgia, aims to help homeowners who owe more on their houses than their homes are worth, said Carmen Chubb, deputy commissioner for housing at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Eligible homeowners can get up to $50,000 towards their principal mortgage balances, she said.

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Hospitals on Georgia's coast are now starting to get patients back who had been evacuated due to Hurricane Matthew.

Southeast Georgia Health System had to move about 200 patients from its hospitals in Brunswick and St. Mary's to facilities across the state, said Jacqueline Weder, a spokesperson for the system.

She said 245 additional patients were also moved from the system’s two senior care facilities. She said staff worked around the clock to move patients safely.

David Goldman / Associated Press

Among several ballot measures next month, Georgia voters will be asked whether they want to change the agency that polices judges in the state, known as the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC). If passed, the constitutional amendment would allow state lawmakers to recreate the commission.

Supporters say the changes are needed because the watchdog agency needs more oversight, but critics say the move would strip the agency of its political independence and effectiveness.

What Does the JQC Do?

Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

On Thursday morning, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal ordered mandatory evacuations for part of six coastal counties ahead of Hurricane Matthew. 

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