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This past weekend marked the start of National Nurses Week, and with that, StoryCorps bring you the story of Brandi Lowe.

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For most of Lowe's career, she’s been both a nurse and a patient. At 22 she was diagnosed with an autoimmune deficiency. Because of the deficiency that last summer she contracted a very rare – and potentially fatal – fungal infection in her lungs and respiratory system.

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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Welcome To The High Museum, Where Life Is Impermanent

Mar 16, 2017
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Visitors taking in “Hourglass,” artist Daniel Arsham’s new exhibition at the High Museum of Art, will note that Arsham, until recently, was colorblind, and apparently shied away from shades other than black and white in his art until new innovations in ocular technology exposed him to the full array of the color spectrum.

In this Sept. 9, 2016, file photo, basketball Hall of Fame inductee Shaquille O'Neal speaks during induction ceremonies in Springfield, Mass. Krispy Kreme announced on Oct. 24, 2016, that O'Neal is now a part-owner of one of the company's locations in Atl
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Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal has bought new furniture for the family of a 5-year-old Atlanta girl who survived a dog attack that left another child dead.

 

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Council Gets Feedback On Ashford-Dunwoody Corridor Plan

Mar 16, 2017
More than 100 people filled Brookhaven's City Council room to hear about the Ashford-Dunwoody Corridor plan Tuesday night.
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Some Brookhaven business owners aren't happy about the city's new traffic plan for the Ashford-Dunwoody corridor.

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The plan, for example, includes medians that start at the intersection of Ashford-Dunwoody and Johnson Ferry roads. One median would extend to Blair Circle. The other down Johnson Ferry.

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There were no green beers or gaudy T-shirts when Savannah first celebrated St. Patrick's Day, just a solemn procession of immigrants seeking to honor their Irish roots more than 3,800 miles from their homeland across the Atlantic.

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Gauging Trump's Emissions Standards Delay On Atlanta

Mar 15, 2017
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President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he’s delaying a plan to require improved emissions standards for car fuel efficiency. As a city filled with cars, Atlanta could be affected by this decision.

The White House says it wants to revisit the fuel efficiency standards set forth by the Obama administration that are scheduled to go into place by 2025.

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Taxi drivers argue a new age limit for cars picking up from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is hurting their profits--at a time when they're already facing steep competition from companies like Uber and Lyft.

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The Atlanta City Council passed the seven-year-age limit for cabs serving the airport last fall. It went into place at the start of this year.

Atlanta Police Department's Twitter Account Hacked

Mar 15, 2017
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The Atlanta Police Department was one of hundreds of corporate and government agency Twitter accounts hacked across the globe on Tuesday evening.

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The attack is the result of Turkey's diplomatic feud with Germany and the Netherlands, the Associated Press said.

Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods in his office at the state Capitol, Feb. 13, 2015.
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Gov. Nathan Deal has said his top priority this year is to address struggling schools. That's what House Bill 338 aims to do. The plan creates a "Chief Turnaround Officer" to oversee low-performing schools. But there's disagreement on who that person should report to.

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The bill calls for the person in that new position to report to the state board of education.

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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Georgia State Patrol trooper took three canine vagrants into custody — and then he and a few of his colleagues adopted the abandoned puppies as their own.

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The Georgia Department of Public Safety posted on its Facebook page Tuesday that trooper Jordan Ennis found three puppies while patrolling a southwest Atlanta subdivision on Monday. He was driving in the abandoned subdivision known as a dumping site for stolen cars when he spotted the puppies in a briar patch.

 

Deal Supports Alternative To ACA … If It’s Fair To Georgia

Mar 15, 2017
In this June 2, 2015 file photo, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks to reporters following a ceremony announcing a $300 million expansion of Google's data center operations in Lithia Springs, Ga.
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Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday that he supports congressional Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but also said he wants more details on the GOP plan to replace the law -- and its potential effects on Georgia.

 

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Israeli filmmaker Nitzan Gilady is spending this semester at Emory University as a filmmaker-in-residence. As a documentarian, he’s explored conflict throughout his career between Jerusalem’s gay and Orthodox community in “Jerusalem Is Proud to Present” and within his own family in “Family Time.”

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More than 120 Georgians died last year in domestic violence incidents, and one-third of those deaths were murder-suicides. Those findings are from a new report by the Georgia Fatality Review Project.

 

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The report looked at more than 100 separate incidents of homicides involving domestic violence and also noted that in nearly 40 percent of those cases, the perpetrators had threatened or attempted suicide.

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American Airlines said Tuesday that it plans to offer free meals to everyone in economy on two cross-country routes starting May 1.

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The decision by the world's biggest airline comes a month after Delta Air Lines announced that it would restore free meals in economy on a dozen long-haul U.S. routes this spring.

 

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Unable to move her throttle, the pilot of a small plane found herself over the world's busiest airport with the flashing lights of fire trucks gathering on the runway below, preparing for the worst.

 

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Fearing calamity, Cathy Lewan asked Atlanta's air traffic controllers to call her husband and request immediate prayers.

 

But air traffic controllers guided her to a safe landing at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Feb. 14, 2016.

 

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Tuesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Sidney Lanier’s seminal poem was “The Song of the Chattahoochee.” So, perhaps he would have enjoyed the gesture of being the namesake for Lake Lanier, which dams part of the Chattahoochee.

Lanier was born in Macon, Ga. in 1842. He did not make it to 40, but left a profound impact on American poetry. And first and even foremost, he was a musician, composing songs and playing flute.

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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.  

Hartsfield-Jackson Flights Affected By Winter Storm

Mar 14, 2017
Credit Bill Ruhsam (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/ / flickr.com/photos/bruhsam/)

It’s cold in metro Atlanta, but there’s none of the snow that other parts of the U.S. have right now.  

However, hundreds of flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport were canceled or delayed on Tuesday, due to weather problems, especially in the Northeast.

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The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta made history with the selection of Raphael Bostic as its new president and CEO on Monday.

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He will be the first African-American to lead a Federal Reserve Bank in the agency's 104-year history.

In a recorded video statement, Bostic admitted he feels overwhelmed.

The University of Georgia arch in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech)
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Linda Davis is more than disappointed in how the University of Georgia has handled the excavation and reinterment of likely slave remains unearthed during an expansion project at a UGA building.

 

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It's evidence a "plantation" mentality is still with us, she said.

 

But she's hopeful that good can come out of the episode.

 

In this May 9, 2015 file photo, pipes for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline are stacked at a staging area in Worthing, S.D.
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Caterpillars crawl where Tim Denson's horses once grazed in northwest Georgia.

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Big yellow Caterpillars, their steel blades slicing through the red clay, shoving anything green into a heap of dead vegetation.

Denson's land is in the path of a pipeline being constructed to carry natural gas through northwest Georgia, The Daily Tribune News reported.

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The daughter of an inmate who died of pneumonia in the Gwinnett County jail is suing the sheriff, health care employees and the private health provider in charge of her care.
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Oprah Winfrey had long been looking for something that would keep OWN viewers from switching to other channels. The answer to her prayers turned out to be a juicy drama series set in a house of worship.

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"Greenleaf," which co-stars Winfrey in a recurring role, premiered last year as the most-watched debut in the six-year history of her network and has given the media mogul a boost of confidence.

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