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This marks the first full week for Atlanta commuters trying to get around town following last week's fiery collapse of a bridge on Interstate 85.

Crews are working non-stop removing debris from the 350-foot section of the bridge that crumbled after a major fire erupted underneath.

That section is closed and some side roads in the area are blocked off, forcing commuters to take detours, clogging surface streets.

New Community House Opens In English Avenue

Mar 31, 2017
The Mattie Freeland Community House is officially open in English Avenue.
Miranda Hawkins / WABE

It was a clear, warm day as English Avenue residents came together on Friday to honor a longtime member of the neighborhood. A red ribbon draped across the porch of a little home with purple pillars and a yellow door.

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The Mattie Freeland Community House was officially open.

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If you have to work in town today, leave early and expect to wait in traffic.

A massive fire Thursday caused a bridge on Interstate 85, a heavily traveled interstate, to collapse.

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This weekend's concert calendar includes a pair of bands who've gone from 1990s alt-rock weirdos to indie rock elder statesmen.

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

Manuel Cuevas moved to the U.S. from Mexico in the late 1950s to pursue his calling as a tailor.

He started sewing when he was 7 when most kids were occupied with other things, such as playing.

"The guys at school were more about playing ball and the slingshots," 78-year-old Manuel explained to his daughter, Morelia, at StoryCorps in Nashville. "That never interested me. I was really an outcast. I'd go to bed and I'd dream about fabrics and leathers and about the things that I'm going to make the next day."

Donald Trump won the backing of the National Rifle Association and many gun owners by opposing limits to the Second Amendment's right to bear arms. But since his election and in the early months of his presidency, Trump has not been good for the gun business.

Shares of publicly traded firearms companies have fallen. The pro-gun president nicking the fortunes of the industry he vowed to protect may seem illogical on its face.

SunTrust Park Pedestrian Bridges Not Ready For Exhibition

Mar 30, 2017
Braves officials advised fans to buy their tickets and parking spots in advance, use its mobile apps to get to SunTrust Park and follow the signs when they arrive.
Tasnim Shamma / WABE

SunTrust Park, the new Atlanta Braves stadium, will have three pedestrian bridges leading to parking areas. But as the Braves' first exhibition game kicks off tomorrow, those bridges aren't ready for pedestrian traffic. 

At Emory University, several students said they support the University adopting sanctuary policies even if it means losing state funding.
Tasnim Shamma / WABE

State lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that would strip state funding from private colleges in Georgia that adopt "sanctuary policies," meaning the schools limit cooperation with immigration officials. 

So far, no colleges have said they won't cooperate. 

At Emory, students have protested, trying to get the university to declare itself a sanctuary campus.

Al Such / WABE

Thursday is the final day – this year, anyway – for bills to pass in the state Legislature. With a deadline set at midnight, lawmakers will work through the day, and probably well into the night.

On "Morning Edition," Denis O'Hayer stopped by the State Capitol, where he talked with WABE's Johnny Kauffman and Elly Yu in an anteroom just off the House floor. The two reporters, who've covered this session from the beginning, gave a preview of what could happen to the high-profile bills still hanging in the balance.

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Steen Miles has died at the age of 70. The cause of death was lung cancer, according to various media reports.

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Miles, an Indiana native, was a reporter at 11Alive from 1984 to 1999 in various roles both in front of and behind the camera.  

In the heart of Beirut, architect Mona El Hallak herds a group of students together outside a monumental mansion — a vast, elegant building whose yellow walls and graceful pillars are ravaged by thousands of bullet holes.

"We are," she shouts over the cacophonous traffic, "at the intersection of Damascus Road and Independence Avenue."

Jeff Chiu / Associated Press file

News broke in Canada this week that the nation’s leading Liberal party plans to legalize marijuana throughout that country by the summer of next year.

Clayton County Cities Will Not Be Districted

Mar 29, 2017

Some state lawmakers want to redistrict five cities in Clayton County because they believe there is not equal representation. But their bill appears to be dead for this legislative session.

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The bill seeks to establish geographic voting districts in the cities of Morrow, Jonesboro, Lovejoy and Lake City. Right now, those four cities elect their council members at-large. It also would change the city of Riverdale's already-established districts.

Peter Dejong / Associated Press

In this "Medical Minute," senior reporter Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox talk about the growing research backing the use of psychedelics in psychiatry.

Drop out and tune in to this mind-altering segment.

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The Atlanta Braves make their debut at SunTrust Park Friday, but a team legend makes his debut a little sooner. 

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A new statue of Hank Aaron will be unveiled Wednesday night at SunTrust Park. It's part of an exclusive fundraiser for Aaron's "Chasing the Dream Foundation."

The 9-foot, bronze sculpture of Aaron was made by Atlanta-based artist Ross Rossin.

As Braves Games Start, Expect More Traffic On I-75

Mar 28, 2017
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A huge construction project on Interstate 75 is nearly 75 percent complete, but the rest of the work is going to cause traffic problems for a while, especially for Atlanta Braves fans.

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On Friday evening, the Braves play their first exhibition game in their new home, SunTrust Park, located off I-75 near Interstate 285 in Cobb County.

Stephannie Stokes / WABE

In Atlanta, the buzzing of dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles grows loudest on Sundays. That's when a loose group of riders called ATL Bike Life gets together.

“It’s going to get bigger and bigger,” said Quint, one of the riders with the group, standing outside a park in Atlanta’s Oakland City neighborhood.

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Former DeKalb Commissioner Sues Chief Ethics Officer

Mar 28, 2017
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Former DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton is trying to disband the county's ethics board again as she faces several complaints before that same board. 

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Barnes Sutton is suing DeKalb's chief ethics officer, Stacey Kalberman, alleging she broke the law when she went to the Georgia state capitol to support legislation that would change how ethics board members are appointed. 

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Georgia breweries could soon be able to sell directly to their customers. That’s thanks to a new bill passed by the state legislature. And while the bill still needs Governor Deal’s signature, craft breweries around Atlanta are already celebrating.

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David Goldman / Associated Press

The state representative who introduced a resolution honoring the confederacy in Georgia blames the media for backlash against the measure.

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Keeping Up The Fight In The Face Of Chemo

Mar 28, 2017
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Just before the Thanksgiving holiday of 2014, Scott Davis found out he had colorectal cancer. On New Year's Eve he underwent surgery that led to a series of unforeseen events. 

Today he speaks with his wife of 17 years as they look back on a pretty trying time. 

This story was recorded in partnership with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

Al Such / WABE

Atlanta's annual Resident Satisfaction survey is now taking comments from the public.

Most of the questions on the survey focus on development, infrastructure and safety.

According to a press release on Mayor Kasim Reed's web page, the results are confidential and will be used to help make future decisions on matters like economic development and government efficiency.

Gabrielle Mecca has spent her whole life around the metro, moving inside the city limits two years ago.

Ahmed Kathrada spent decades in jail with Nelson Mandela, then spent the first years of democracy helping to shape the country's government after the fall of apartheid. Kathrada, 87, died in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning.

According to a statement posted by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, he "passed away peacefully after a short period of illness, following surgery to the brain."

GSU Class Gives Back By Focusing On Atlanta's History

Mar 27, 2017
Pratt-Pullman Yard is part of the Kirkwood National Register of Historic Places listing.
Dan Raby / WABE

Atlanta is full of history. And a graduate class at Georgia State University has been successful in preserving some of it.

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Each year, Richard Laub, Director of the Heritage Preservation Master's Degree Program, picks a neighborhood in the metro-Atlanta area for his students try to get onto the National Register of Historic Places.

It's an idea that started in 2001.

David Goldman / Associated Press

The Atlanta Braves play the first game in their new stadium Friday, and the City of Sandy Springs will be paying close attention to how traffic flows to SunTrust Park. The stadium sits in Cobb County, but Sandy Springs is just over the nearby Fulton County line.

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More than a dozen candidates are running for the seat previously held by Republican Tom Price, who is now the Trump Administration's Health and Human Services secretary.

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Early voting began Monday and will run through April 14, with Saturday voting on April 8. The actual election will be held on April 18.

The 6th District includes parts of Atlanta, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Dunwoody, Doraville, Tucker, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Mountain Park.

When Kathleen Muldoon had her second child everything was going smoothly. The delivery was short, the baby's APGAR score was good and he was a healthy weight.

"Everyone said he was amazing," says Muldoon.

Micaela Delgado is a beautiful dark-eyed baby girl with a ready smile. She's 8 months old. She's one of more than 1,000 babies already born in Puerto Rico to mothers with Zika.

Her mother, Yalieth Gonzalez, 22, says despite all her worries, so far Micaela's development appears normal. "She's very active, she's up on her own now, she's crawling," Gonzalez says. "She's saying, 'mama' and 'papa' already. She's a very happy baby. She has a lot of energy." But Gonzalez is on alert for signs of trouble.

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This weekend's concert offerings include indie rock at the Variety and hip-hop at Phillips Arena.

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

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

As U.S. House Republican leaders scrambled to win enough votes to pass their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), Georgia's Republican officeholders were still trying to find out how the plan would affect the state – especially its Medicaid program.  

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