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Closer Look with Rose Scott

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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. Host Rose Scott knows the ins and outs of covering news important around Atlanta.

She’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.

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.
Branden Camp / Associated Press

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.

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