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Some Atlantans needing help to pay rent will have a rare chance to sign up for housing assistance Wednesday.

The city's housing authority is re-opening its wait list for Section 8 vouchers for the first time in more than two years.

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However, for some low-income residents, like Athena Robinson, past experiences applying for the wait list have left them with low expectations.

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As U. S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson begins a trip to Asia this week, the emerging nuclear threat posed by North Korea will likely be a major subject of his talks in Japan, South Korea, and China. 

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However, Russia remains the U.S. adversary with the largest nuclear capability by far, and the chance of a conflict with Russia--especially one caused by lack of communication--continues to worry former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn.  

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Gregg Allman will not be a on the road this year.

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A statement on the Georgia-based musician’s website says “It has been determined that Gregg will will not be touring in 2017.”

Those who bought tickets for shows that were scheduled in June are advised to collect a refund at the place of purchase.

Last year Allman canceled a number of shows due to health concerns.

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Ishbir Singh and Maithili Appalwar talked about Singh's experience studying abroad in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth.
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This past summer, Ishbir Singh, an international student from India, returned from a 5-month study-abroad program in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is now back at Georgia Tech working on his degree in Computer Engineering.

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When he met up with his close friend and fellow Yellow Jacket, Maithili Appalwar, he told her a little bit about how he grew as a person as a result of his experience, especially after he set a personal challenge for himself.

Georgia Craft Beer Bill Passes House Vote, Heads To Senate

Mar 13, 2017
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Georgia’s breweries and distilleries got one step closer to being able to sell their products directly to customers as Senate Bill 85 passed through the House today.

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Right now, breweries have to go through alcohol wholesalers to sell their product to retailers. Senate Bill 85 would change that, letting distilleries sell up to 500 barrels per year and craft breweries to sell up to 3,000 barrels per year to their customers.

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Schools in impoverished areas face enormous challenges. Kids often come to school hungry, tired or troubled. Now, Georgia lawmakers are trying to address some of those issues through a new plan to turn those schools around.

A new bill would target schools on a list published yearly by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. One of the lowest-performing schools on this year’s list is DeKalb County’s Flat Shoal’s Elementary School, which is trying to meet the needs of its impoverished student population.

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Former Senator Sam Nun of Georgia talks in his downtown Atlanta office.
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This week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson begins a trip to Asia, with scheduled visits to Japan, South Korea, and China.  Tensions have increased in the a region after North Korea recently conducted new tests of missiles, which North Korea says could carry nuclear warheads.

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Georgia Tech researchers have found it's not just car emissions sending people to emergency rooms in Atlanta, but all that dust coming off brakepads and tires.

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Last year, researchers suspended monitors near I-75 in Atlanta to measure air pollution including the acidity in the air.

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A metro Atlanta park has been re-named to honor a local Marine killed in a 2015 ambush.

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Bells Ferry Park is now named Marine Lance Cpl. Squire "Skip" Wells Park.

Cobb County officials made that change official yesterday, according to the foundation named after Wells.

New Legislation Could Bring Tiny Houses To Atlanta

Mar 10, 2017
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Tiny houses are gaining popularity across the country in cities like Seattle, San Francisco and New York.

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In Atlanta, current zoning laws prohibit tiny houses. A new proposed piece of legislation could change that fact.

Tiny homes are usually 750 square feet or less. To some, they are the perfect solution for affordable and sustainable housing in urban areas.

But others fear tiny homes would bring down the property values of bigger homes next to them.

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This weekend is about comebacks, with some classic acts taking the stages of Atlanta's clubs and concert venues. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with Mara's Music Mix.

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At the state Capitol in Atlanta, and in the nation's capital, it was a busy week, to say the least.  

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U.S. House Republicans unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act; Georgia Republican Gov. Nathan Deal said he might look at a revised version of the "campus carry" bill he vetoed last year; and a stampede of candidates from both parties charged into the final weeks of campaigning for the 6th District U.S. House seat.

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In today's  "Medical Minute," reporter Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox talk about the American Health Care Act currently under committee debate in the House. The bill is under attack from the right and the left for different reasons.

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Vox explains why he joins the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and other stakeholders in criticizing this legislation.

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The city of Atlanta is  considering requiring police to release any videos of officer-involved shootings.

But a city council work session Thursday showed there’s disagreement over one key detail: how soon after the incident the police should make the video public.

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Activists want recordings released within seven business days.

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Ready or not, we are going to "spring ahead" this weekend.

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Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday at 2 a.m., so make sure to push clocks an  hour ahead Saturday night.

The idea of daylight saving was first thought of by Benjamin Franklin in 1784.

Supporters  say the time change helps reduce electricity usage because daylight hours are extended.

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In this "Medical Minute," reporter Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr Ford Vox talk about the Nordic import of pole walking, also known as polestriding.

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Buress and Vox talk about how the activity changes the way you walk and the growing body of research that says it's beneficial for a variety of medical conditions, ranging from simple arthritis to peripheral artery disease, and even Parkinson's disease.

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Georgia's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in January was 5.5 percent, according to the state's Department of Labor.

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That's down only one-tenth a point from the same time a year ago.

But state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Georgia companies added more positions, and more people entered the work force.

U.S. House Republican leaders have launched a drive to push their new healthcare bill through House committees.  

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The measure, which would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), has run into pushback from some Republicans who claim it doesn't go far enough.  

A man accused of holding eight women against their will in a multimillion-dollar mansion is scheduled to appear in court later today. 

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Kenndric Roberts is charged with false imprisonment and trafficking of persons for labor.

Authorities say the 33-year-old lured the women to his Sandy Springs house, promising either modeling jobs or some sort of financial backing.

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Older Georgians would get hit with higher costs under the new Republican health care plan, especially those in rural areas, according to some health care analysts.

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Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies can charge older Americans only three times as much as they would younger Americans. Under the new plan, companies could charge five times as much.

Decatur Gets Help From Ga.'s Senate To Purchase Land

Mar 8, 2017
The City of Decatur needs help to possibly purchase the United Children's Methodist Home.
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The city of Decatur is getting help from the state legislature to buy the United Children's Methodist Home. But that doesn't guarantee a sale.

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Lawmakers passed a bill that would create the Decatur Public Facilities Authority, which the city needs to buy the 77-acre property. It would enable Decatur to purchase any property not within city limits.

Group Working To Get Historic Status For East Atlanta

Mar 8, 2017
A map of the area of East Atlanta that residents want to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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There's a push to get East Atlanta placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The East Atlanta Community Association is sponsoring the nomination, and Georgia State graduate students are working on the draft to submit for the application.

Stephanie Cherry-Farmer, a historic preservationist and the project coordinator with the community association, lives the area. With all the development in the area, now is the time to apply, according to her. 

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Atlanta is among the cities taking part in "International Women's Day," an annual event that shines a light on the achievements women have made.

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U.S. House Republicans have unveiled a pair of bills laying out what repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act could look like.

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According to Cindy Zeldin, with healthcare consumer advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future, one of the biggest impacts this state would feel is from a major shift in the way Medicaid works.

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Thousands of metro Atlanta voters would find themselves in different state House districts under a Republican plan that Democrats allege reduces the influence of minority voters.

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Similar moves in other states have been challenged in federal courts, according to experts in voting law. If the Georgia plan is approved by the Republican dominated legislature, and Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, it could also be open to legal challenges.  

Eagles Landing Fights for Cityhood in Henry County

Mar 7, 2017

There’s the city of Stockbridge, and then there’s the proposed city of Eagles Landing next to it.

Currently, Eagles Landing is a small, upscale neighborhood that sits between Stockbridge and McDonough in an unincorporated part of Henry County. Some members of that neighborhood want to create their own town called Eagles Landing. But to have enough land to qualify as a city, they must borrow some from Stockbridge. That idea doesn’t sit well with some Stockbridge residents.

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President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week that would begin dismantling one of the Obama administration’s key climate change rules.  

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