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Georgia imports and exports shipped through the Georgia Ports Authority Garden City terminal, in Savannah, Ga.
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Experts say a trade war between the U.S. and China could negatively affect Georgia, which exports billions of dollars in products to the country each year and has been investing in business ties with China.

“It would hurt Georgia because you've got 1.3 billion Chinese people with rising incomes and a great demand for our agricultural products,” said Jeff Rosensweig, associate professor of international business and director of the John Robson Program at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

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Politics are behind where Georgia builds new roads, according to a majority of local officials surveyed in a state audit critical of the Georgia Department of Transportation’s planning division for failing to effectively review major infrastructure projects before they’re selected for construction.  

GDOT “lacks initial selection criteria” the audit said, and “projects are scored after” GDOT has already decided to build them. The audit says GDOT’s analysis criteria “are not well aligned” with the agency’s goals.

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For the fourth time in as many months, Georgia's jobless percentage went up.

Georgia's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for December was 5.4 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

That's a hike of one-tenth of a point from November.

Commissioner Mark Butler says the reason the number has been going up recently is because more people are looking for work in Georgia, and they haven't found a position yet, which means they're unemployed.

Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Tom Compton (76) walks of the field after an NFL football divisional football game against the Seattle Seahawks , Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Atlanta.
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The Atlanta Falcons are one win away from heading to Super Bowl LI.

On Sunday afternoon, the Falcons will host the Green Bay Packers at the Georgia Dome.

This will be the second time these two teams have met, with the Falcons having beaten the Packers in October.

"Both teams are different, and I think both teams from when they played before are a better version of what they were at that time," said Falcons head coach Dan Quinn.

He expects a nail-biter.

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President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, answered questions during a sometimes fiery Senate committee hearing Tuesday. DeVos has been criticized by Democrats and teachers’ unions for her support of school choice, vouchers and charter schools.

DeVos and her husband, David, are billionaires who have invested heavily in charter school advocacy in their home state of Michigan. Some critics have viewed that as an attempt to “privatize” public schools.

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When President-elect Donald Trump blasted Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed supported Lewis.

But former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young sees it differently.

Young, also a former U.N. Ambassador, told  U.S.A. Today that Lewis made a "mistake" with his comments about the president-elect.

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Last week, President Barack Obama announced the sudden end of a decades-old immigration policy which granted special privileges to Cubans entering the United States.

 

It was called the “wet-foot, dry foot” policy. It meant Cubans who set foot on U.S. soil, could stay and would be fast-tracked to citizenship. It’s termination is the latest step by the Obama administration toward more normal relations with the island nation.

 

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Sickle cell anemia is a rare disorder that targets red blood cells. It causes extreme fatigue, physical pain, and an array of infections. Currently there is no cure, but symptoms can be managed.

Lakiea Bailey was diagnosed with it when she was just 3 years old. Now at 38, she has achieved what many might think is impossible for someone with her condition.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, she tells her mother, Doris Bailey, about the power of perseverance and is reminded about her mother’s approach to keeping her healthy following the diagnosis.

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Georgia lawmakers will be looking at a record $25 billion budget when they hold joint budget hearings Tuesday and Wednesday.

The budget for fiscal year 2018 includes pay raises for state employees, money for autism treatment services for children under Medicaid, and resources for various construction projects.

Atlanta Humane Society Selling West Midtown Headquarters

Jan 17, 2017
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The Atlanta Humane Society has been a fixture on Howell Mill Road since the 1930s. But a lot has changed in that part of town since then. Where there used to be mostly warehouses, the West Midtown area is now chock full of trendy restaurants and shops.

Officials at the Atlanta Humane Society say for two years brokers have been inquiring about their 2.2 acre property. Now, they have decided to sell it.

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Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is likely to become the next U.S. attorney general. While there has been focus on his civil rights record, his stance on waterboarding and the idea of a Muslim registry, there’s another, more regional issue he’s been involved in. It’s an issue that affects all Atlantans: the water wars.

Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been fighting over the water in Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona for decades.  Alabama and Florida say Georgia – especially Atlanta – uses too much water from those reservoirs.

Georgia To Get First New Bank Established Since 2008

Jan 16, 2017
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During the economic downturn, Georgia had one of the nation's highest levels of bank failures. But the financial sector seems to be turning an important corner. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle plans have been filed for Georgia’s first new bank in nine years.

Sabina Begum counts her money at her milk collection center in Bangladesh. Krishi Utsho is one of the CARE teams selected for its first accelerator program.
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The Atlanta-based global humanitarian aid group, CARE, is taking a page from the startup world.

CARE employees will get a chance to pitch their ideas in Atlanta next week as part of its inaugural Scale X Design Accelerator to get $150,000 in funding to implement their ideas.

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Chief Innovation Officer Dar Vanderbeck says the goal of CARE is to “save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice,” and there are always lots of new ideas on how to do it.

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Atlanta's music scene is legendary, and recording studios are a big part of it.  But, some studios have caused noise complaints.  A few have seen deadly shootings.

That prompted a proposed city ordinance to regulate new recording spaces.  It's set for a full council vote on Tuesday.

If the ordinance passes, new studios would have to be sound proof and have a special use permit.  They also couldn't open within 300 feet of homes. 

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It was a busy first week of the Georgia Legislature's 2017-18 session.  Governor Deal delivered his State of the State message, with a focus on failing schools; supporters of a "campus carry" bill took their first steps toward reviving it; and there were quiet, high-level meetings about possible casino legislation.

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The fight over whether guns should be allowed on the campuses of Georgia’s public colleges and universities is coming back to the state legislature, with questions about Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2016 veto of a gun measure, known as the “campus carry” bill, and what he might do this year hovering around the debate.

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Aging punk rockers and frontmen gone solo are on the bill this weekend and contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at what's going on in Atlanta's music venues with "Mara's Music Mix."

Former President Jimmy Carter speaks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer about his efforts to eradicate Guinea worm disease.
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On Jan. 20, former President Jimmy Carter will be at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. When the two men meet, the former president says he'll talk to the new one about the Carter Center's three-decade effort to eradicate Guinea worm disease, which has long plagued parts of Africa. The parasite, which people get from drinking contaminated water, can disable victims for months.

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On Wednesday, Governor Nathan Deal gave the next to last State of the State address of his term. He’s running out of time in office, with only the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions before his second consecutive four-year term ends.

There’s a lot left to do: an education overhaul, combating the opioid crisis, securing funds for a state court complex and more.

But Deal’s power to get those things done is waning said Charles Bullock, a University of Georgia political scientist. Bullock said the same thing happens to every governor.

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Georgians can help in the battle against a potentially fatal disease while picking up groceries.

Atlanta-based Kroger and the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance are once again holding their "Round Up" campaign.

That's when customers round up their grocery bill to the next dollar.

The goal is to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and to raise money for the Alliance. 

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During his State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal said developing a new plan to help struggling schools will be a priority this Legislative session. In November, voters said "no" to Deal's original plan to turn those schools around.

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In his farewell address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama talked about some of the campaign promises that he fulfilled during his eight years in office. But the checkers at PolitiFact found some went unfulfilled too, while others ended with compromises on what the president originally intended.

On "Morning Edition," PolitiFact Georgia editor Jim Tharpe looked at the fate of a few of the president's promises, in a conversation with Denis O'Hayer.

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Consider this scenario: You’re a worker, who lives paycheck to paycheck. Then, your child gets sick and you miss three days at your job. And that means rent will be three days late.

According to a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, what happens next may depend on who your landlord is.

Tess Yaney, a volunteer at the Botanical Garden, feeds frogs in the frogPOD.
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A famous frog died at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in September.

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The Atlanta Falcons host the Seattle Seahawks at the Georgia Dome Saturday in NFL postseason action.

The winner of the game gets one step closer to Super Bowl LI.

But Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said it's just another day at the office for the team.

"We're into the same routine that we're always in," Ryan said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Ryan also said the past is a plus when it comes to the playoffs.

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There will soon be more "eyes in the sky" for one part of Gwinnett County.

The Duluth Police Department will be able use drones for official police business. This means officers will be able to use drones as they search for suspects, missing people and suspicious devices.

Drone training in Duluth starts Wednesday afternoon and officials say there will be one drone proficient officer on each shift, should one be necessary.

 In this June 30, 2009 file photo, Tylenol Extra Strenth is shown in a medicine cabinet at a home in Palo Alto, Calif.
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In this "Medical Minute" segment, WABE senior correspondent Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox talk about how even some of the most common drugs in your medicine cabinet can have unexpected side effects. The growing evidence that drugs like Tylenol and common NSAIDS like Aleve can contribute to hearing loss serve as a reminder that you’ve always got to keep in mind everything you take has a potential cost. Make sure any drug is your best option before you take it, and make an effort get off it whenever the benefits aren’t clear.

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StoryCorps Atlanta

Anne Peterle realized her love for puppeteering back in college as a theater major. Since then, her passion has made for some pretty memorable experiences.

One such occasion was auditioning in New York City and subsequently spending a month workshopping in one of the industry’s most coveted environments. Here she is talking with her daughter, Margaret Brooks.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps Booth.

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Conventional wisdom says for-profit employees work for paychecks, and nonprofit employees want to make a difference.

Two Atlanta companies have turned that wisdom on its head. They made philanthropy a part of their business model and found it has paid off.

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On Monday, the Georgia Legislature convened for its 2017-2018 session.  

From old battles like guns on college campuses and "religious freedom" bills, to responding to the new administration's decision on Obamacare, state lawmakers will face some big and complicated issues this new year.  On "Morning Edition," WABE reporters Elly Yu and Johnny Kauffman talked with Denis O'Hayer about what to expect.

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