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Tasnim Shamma


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.

Several thousand visitors are in Lilburn this month to celebrate the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha temple’s tenth anniversary.
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One of the tallest buildings in the city of Lilburn, Georgia is a Hindu temple.

The BAPS (Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam) Swaminarayan Sanstha temple in Lilburn takes up about 30,000 square feet on nearly 30 acres of land. It looks a bit out of place in the suburbs of metro Atlanta and more like it belongs in ancient India.

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Cobb County said it’s able to afford an oversight in the budget for traffic control because of nearly 30 unfilled officer vacancies in the Cobb police department.
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Getting ready for the grand opening of SunTrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves, earlier this year kept Cobb County officials pretty busy. So busy that the county didn’t include a key item in its last fiscal budget: traffic control around the stadium.

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Cobb County Chairman Mike Boyce has a weekly YouTube series where he talks about what he's been up to. His last video ended this way:

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Fewer people are popping open a can of Coca-Cola compared to a decade ago.

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The company has seen a decline in net revenue and profit growth has slowed. In April, Coca-Cola announced impending job cuts to yield “productivity savings.”

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When it came time for college, Kayla Weathers said she thought she was prepared.

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She attended public school for most of her educational career, graduating from the Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon. Weathers, who is blind and uses a white cane to get around, said her first semester at Dalton State College in North Georgia was difficult.  

At the Gwinnett County Board of Ethics hearing of a complaint against Commissioner Tommy Hunter, attorney Christine Koehler cross-examined him, but Hunter decided not to testify, invoking Georgia Code 24-5-505 13 times within four and a half minutes.
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The Gwinnett County Ethics Board is considering whether to reprimand Commissioner Tommy Hunter.

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Gwinnett residents have been calling on Hunter to resign for months after he posted controversial comments on Facebook, including calling Atlanta U.S. Rep. John Lewis a "racist pig."