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Tasnim Shamma

Reporter

Tasnim Shamma joined WABE 90.1 FM as a reporter in November 2014. She comes to Atlanta from Charlotte, where she spent more than two years at the NPR member station WFAE. 

Prior to that, she was a Kroc fellow reporting, writing, editing, blogging and producing for NPR’s Digital News Desk, Weekends on All Things Considered, the National Desk in Washington, D.C. and the NPR member station WLRN, based in The Miami Herald newsroom.

She graduated from Princeton's Class of 2011, where she was executive editor for multimedia for The Daily Princetonian. She worked as a video intern, copy editor and reporter at The Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek in New York City and The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. She grew up in Queens, New York and now lives in Lilburn with her husband.

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More than half of Georgia’s representatives condemned the deadly violence that took place following a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.

Both U.S. senators, Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, tweeted about the terrorist attack by James Alex Fields Jr, a 20-year-old white man. He was charged with second-degree murder for crashing his car into a group of counter-protestors.

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The Cobb County School District plans to give all school employees, from teachers to janitors, wearable panic buttons.

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Employees at three Cobb schools will be carrying panic buttons this year, giving them the power to communicate the type of emergency to the central office, which can then put a school on lockdown.

Officer Phillip Bradford handles emergency response for the Cobb County School District's police force. He said the new system can cut response time down to seconds. 

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The way Kennesaw's city ordinance concerning purchasing is currently written City Councilman Jim Sebastian said he could legally get permission to use his city-issued credit card to buy a Mercedes.

"I could tell them I want 10 $3,000 charges to buy my vehicle,” Sebastian said. “And why do I need this vehicle? Because I have to visit a constituent to take them out to lunch."

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Cobb and Gwinnett commuters now have a new way to get to one of metro Atlanta's largest office districts.

The State Road and Tollway Authority has launched two new Xpress bus routes headed to Perimeter Center. 

Matt Markham with the State Road and Tollway Authority said it's doubling service because demand for service to the Perimeter area is going up. 

Venezuelan-Americans living in the Atlanta area joined international protests against the socialist government last fall.
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Starting this fall, Delta Air Lines will suspend direct weekly flights from Atlanta to the Venezuelan capital of Caracas.

According to the International Air Transport Association, the Venezuelan government owes airlines $3.8 billion. These airlines have been prevented from converting their earnings from bolivars, the currency in Venezuela, into dollars, because of a hold by the government. 

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