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Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress

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This is a newsmagazine featuring the key stories of the day that are relevant to you.  It’s a community forum for and about metro Atlanta. Hosts Rose Scott and Jim Burress know the ins and outs of covering news important around Atlanta.

They’ll lead discussions on the issues that impact where we live. WABE’s news team is going into metro Atlanta neighborhoods to provide context, storytelling and a sense of place. You’ll hear not only from the biggest newsmakers, but also from folks who don’t often get a voice.

"Closer Look" features a mix of local national and international stories and interviews. It’s an interactive space to share ideas and dig deeper into issues. It’s not just about Atlanta; it’s a program for Atlanta.

United States' Abby Wambach, left, fights for the ball with Brazil’s Bruna Benites, right, during a final match of the International Women's Football Tournament at the National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014.
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An investment group is looking to start a new professional women’s soccer team in Atlanta. Atlanta has seen one women’s soccer team fold twice, so what makes this different?  

Atlanta already has a women’s soccer team. They’re called the Lady Silverbacks. But what Atlanta doesn’t have is a major league women’s soccer team.

Trey Brantley is trying to change that.

Wednesday, Jan. 14, sixty-six year Andrew Brannan is set to be executed for the 1998 murder of Laurens County Deputy Sheriff Kyle Dinkheller during a traffic stop.

22-years old at the time, the deputy was shot to death by Brannan and it was captured on the dash board video of the deputy’s patrol car.

WARNING: The video contains graphic scenes of a shootout.

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), speaking to a breakfast meeting of Cobb County Republicans at the county GOP office in Marietta; Saturday, Jan. 10, 2014
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This past November, American voters gave Republicans control of both houses of Congress.  After President Obama said he had his veto ready for GOP bills he doesn't like, there were dire predictions that the Washington gridlock of the past few years will get even worse.  

But Georgia Republican Senator Johnny Isakson insists the divided government has a chance to work, even as he promises to take on the President and campaign for his own re-election in 2016.

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston at the state Capitol, Jan. 8, 2015
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Yesterday, Rep. David Ralston talked with Denis O'Hayer about upcoming transportation proposals facing the Georgia General Assembly. 

Ralston also defended law enforcement officers, stating that he would not allow them to become "Enemy Number One" in discussions about body cameras and other surveillance tools. 

The speaker shared his views on controversial bills on religion and the fight over which schools should receive state money.

Ga. House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams
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WABE's Rose Scott interviewed House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams on a number of hot topics facing the Georgia General Assembly in the 2015-2016 legislative session that began this week. 

In this two part interview, the conversation begins with Abrams talking about education.

In part two of the interview, the conversation begins with Abrams talking about Republican Representative Sam Teasley's religious freedom bill.

Christopher Martin attending a computer class at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, taught by librarian Charles Young.
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State Sen. Valencia Seay, D-Riverdale, is asking Comcast to offer discounted Internet to low-income seniors. The company already provides cheaper service to poor families with school-age children. Seay says, older folks would benefit from it, too.

“We have some seniors who are on fixed incomes who cannot afford it. Affordability should not be a disconnect,” Seay says.

A Comcast spokeswoman says the program is staying focused on students, though it could evolve.

For seniors, cost isn’t the only barrier.

Georgia House Speaker Rep. David Ralston at the state Capitol, Jan. 8, 2015
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This is day one of the new legislative session in Georgia.  Representatives from across the state have convened under the Gold Dome to take on the issues that voters are concerned about. 

In the first part of an interview with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, House Speaker David Ralston acknowledges that transportation may top the list. During the long conversation, he told O'Hayer about the upcoming transportation proposals facing the Georgia General Assembly.

Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a press conference, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Atlanta.
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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is set to begin his second term in office today with an inaugural ceremony in Atlanta.

An afternoon ceremony is planned inside the State Capitol.

The governor and first lady Sandra Deal plan to started the day at a 9 a.m. prayer service at Mt. Paran Church in Atlanta.

An inaugural gala is scheduled for Thursday night with entertainment by country music artist Alan Jackson and other Georgia musicians.

Prime 50-yard line seats at the Georgia Dome will go on sale for $45,000 on Monday.
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Lifelong Falcons fan Terry Whitehead’s done the math, and she estimates her four season tickets will cost her over $94,000 at the new stadium.

“94? That’s out of our reach, and that’s out of our intelligence. Who does that?” said Whitehead.

Someone will, the Falcons hope. The new Personal Seat Licenses, or “PSLs,” mean you own your seat for 30 years. Right now the best spots, near the 50-yard line, are going for $45,000.

C.T. Vivian
Maynard Eaton

  On November 20, 2013, Atlanta civil rights leader C.T. Vivian received the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama, in a White House ceremony.  

In part two of a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, Dr. Vivian talked about how the movement's strategy changed the world, and about the future of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where he now serves as president.

Maynard Eaton

Atlanta civil rights leader Rev. C.T. Vivian recently received the nation's highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama.  

In part one of a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, Dr. Vivian talked about the influence of the civil rights movement on Nelson Mandela, and vice versa.