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People experiencing food insecurity – not knowing where their next meal will come from – mostly live around downtown Atlanta and south of I-20.

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But that's changing. A new analysis finds that food insecurity will increase more quickly in the suburbs to the east and west as numbers decrease in-town.

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Georgia's music industry generates about $3.7 billion for the economy each year, and a new state law seeks to grow that number.

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Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the June 20 runoff election to succeed Tom Price as the member of Congress from Georgia’s 6th District.  Handel’s margin of victory surprised many political observers and pollsters, who had predicted a neck-and-neck race.

For a look at the factors that contributed to the result, WABE’s Denis O’Hayer spoke with Professor Kerwin Swint on Morning Edition.  Swint chairs the political science department at Kennesaw State University.

Carter Library And Museum Unveils New Solar Energy System

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Former President Jimmy Carter's grandson Jason Carter led an intimate crowd of nearly 20 people onto the roof of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum on Tuesday, June 20 for the first viewing of the building's new solar energy system.

The solar photovoltaic system introduced is 116kW and consists of 324 solar panels on the roof of the building. The panels are projected to reduce the library's annual energy costs by $15,000. It replaces 7 percent of the library's power and could possibly fuel at least 13 homes.

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A large overall turnout helped Republican Karen Handel sweep to victory in the 6th Congressional District runoff election. She defeated heavily-funded Democrat Jon Ossoff by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent.

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Dr. Kerwin Swint, chair of Kennesaw State University's political science department, said that Handel took advantage of a big cluster of support.

Running the Justice Department presents a challenge in any administration. But the Trump era is different.

In just five months, Justice leaders have been under heavy pressure, on everything from the travel ban to the Russia investigation. And one man, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, is bearing the weight.

Here's something you need to know about Rosenstein: He's worked at the Justice Department for his entire career, nearly 27 years.

Last year, Rosenstein told NPR the advice he gives younger lawyers.

Gwinnett Commissioner Tommy Hunter Faces Public Reprimand

Jun 21, 2017
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Gwinnett County commissioners have voted to publicly reprimand Commissioner Tommy Hunter.

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The county's ethics board recommended last month that commissioners reprimand Hunter for calling Congressman John Lewis a "racist pig" on social media. More than 100 people turned out for a commission meeting Tuesday. Several spoke before the commission vote, including Rachel Theus, a Hunter constituent from Lilburn.

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The cheers started early at Karen Handel's election headquarters Tuesday night. They kept coming each time Fox TV updates showed the Republican holding her lead.

 

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After months of frenzied campaigning, 6th District voters decided to send Georgia’s first Republican woman to Congress.

 

Fulton County Property Assessments Might Get A Rollback

Jun 20, 2017
Fulton County officials have searched for solutions to address this year's property assessment hikes that have residents concerned.
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Fulton County's Board of Commissioners will vote Wednesday on whether or not to rescind this year's property assessments.

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Homeowners have been up in arms over spikes in their property values; some higher than 50 percent. These property assessments dictate how much people pay in taxes.

Fulton Commission Chairman John Eaves said his office found an obscure 1880's law that gives Fulton’s Board of Commissioners power to rescind property assessments.

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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp promises voters in today's 6th Congressional District runoff their votes will count.

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"We'll have people at every election headquarters tonight monitoring the sending in of the ballots, and the process for counting,” Kemp said.

In March, an unauthorized source was able to access data from the Kennesaw State University Center for Election Systems for the second time. Kemp said he is confident today's election won't be compromised. 

MARTA Launches Its New Public Art Program

Jun 20, 2017
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MARTA is launching a program that might make its stations a little livelier. 

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The public transportation authority is kicking off its "ArtBound" program this year, which will bring static art and dance and music performances to stations across metro Atlanta. 

Keith Parker, MARTA's CEO, says this program could change up someone's commute and encourage other Atlantans to ride public transit. 

An infant grasps volunteer Kathleen Jones' hand in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
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A group of more than 1,000 mothers has been organizing online to fight for more control over the way they give birth.

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Last month, some of them protested outside a local hospital that had changed its policies on certain kinds of delivery.

With a baby strapped to her chest, Ashley Brown juggles two hand-drawn signs outside DeKalb Medical Center. She’s down by a patch of grass near the road, but five months ago, she was inside, in labor.

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Buckhead Penthouse Condo To Sell For Over $6M

Jun 19, 2017
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The penthouse of the planned 21-story Emerson Buckhead tower is under contract for more than $6 million. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle that price tag could make it possibly one of the most expensive sales of an unfinished high-rise condo in the city’s history.

Sonia Vallabh saw her mother die at age 52 from a rare disease that causes irreversible brain damage. Then Sonia learned she has inherited the genetic mutation that killed her mother. She and her husband quit their jobs and trained to become scientists. They're now racing against time to come up with a treatment that could save Sonia's life.

Amazon Is Growing Its Offices In Atlanta

Jun 16, 2017
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Amazon is expanding in Atlanta.

This week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle reports the Seattle-based Internet services giant quietly opened an Atlanta office for its A9.com subsidiary, following its secretive acquisition of local visual search startup Partpic late last year.

The A9 Atlanta office is located in a 20,000 square foot office at Terminus 200 in Buckhead, which it shares with Amazon’s cloud computing services business, or AWS.

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Downtown Atlanta has struggled for years with the perception that it’s not vibrant.

Now, a group of business leaders in the area hopes an ordinance before the Atlanta City Council on Monday will change that — by bringing in bright lights.

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Gerry Newman buys vanilla by the gallon. He's co-owner of Albemarle Baking Co., in Charlottesville, Va., and vanilla goes into everything from his cookies to pastry cream.

A few years ago, each 1-gallon bottle of organic, fair-trade vanilla set him back $64. Today, it's $245, more than Newman can comfortably stomach.

It's a global phenomenon, hitting pastry chefs and ice cream makers alike. Some have changed their recipes to use less vanilla. Newman has switched suppliers to find a cheaper product.

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This weekend's concert calendar includes some big-name country, a hometown rap icon and half of Fleetwood Mac.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with "Mara's Music Mix."

A Manatee swims at Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, Fla., in this Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006 file photo.
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Scientists are learning more about how manatees travel along the Georgia coast.  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is part of a project tracking the large sea mammals with GPS devices.

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Clay George, a wildlife biologist with the DNR, said they've learned that manatees regularly venture into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine base near the Florida border, where they find "artificial" sources of fresh water to drink from. 

The Plaza Theatre in Atlanta is one of the first to show the movie, The Interview.
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The Atlanta Department of City Planning wants to give a special landmark status to several sites around the city.

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One is the Ponce de Leon Avenue shopping center, including the Plaza Theatre and the Majestic Diner. Built in 1938, the city said it was the first complex in Atlanta to offer off-street parking for visitors.

The Atlanta Urban Design Commission approved that nomination Wednesday, calling it a "no brainer." 

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