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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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In late January, Hassan, his wife and his two young daughters were ready to start a new life across the globe in Atlanta. They’d been living in Jordan for about four years after Hassan and his wife fled Syria. Hassan didn't want to use his real name because of family members still living in Syria. 

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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 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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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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Temperatures fell below freezing throughout much of the state this week, and that could cause havoc with fruit crops.

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“That’s the life of a farmer, you know, when they’re dealing with those contingencies that all they can do is pray for, it makes it very difficult,” Andy Lucas, with the Georgia Farm Bureau, said.

He said fruit farmers are seeing the most damage because their buds started to bloom over the past few months due to the warmer weather.  

Astronaut Mark Kelly Shares His New Mission With Atlanta

Mar 15, 2017
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Retired astronaut Mark Kelly was in Atlanta Tuesday night as part of a new mission. The goal: Get younger generations excited about space.

Kelly gave a talk at the Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church in Emory Village to kick off the Atlanta Science Festival. He was met by a sea of fans, most of them children.

Austin Valencia, 6, said he was nervous to meet Kelly.

"It's just because I never met an astronaut before and this is, like, my first time doing this,” Austin said.

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Paper ballots are needed to improve voter confidence in Georgia. That's the main message 20 professors with the national Verfied Voting organization had for Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

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In a letter sent to Kemp's office yesterday, the tech experts recommended voting the old-fashioned way for the upcoming special election for Georgia's 6th District congressional seat.

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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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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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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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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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A noted jewel thief who discussed her six-decade criminal career in a documentary has been arrested after authorities said she failed to appear in court.

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The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office says 86-year-old Doris Marie Payne was arrested Monday at her Atlanta home. She was taken to the DeKalb County Jail.

 

It was not immediately clear whether she has an attorney who could speak for her.

 

I-285, Ga. 400 Interchange Overhaul To Take At Least 2 Years

Mar 13, 2017
I-285 conncector on GA400 outside Atlanta
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The Georgia Department of Transportation said the big overhaul of the interchange at I-285 and Georgia-400 is on schedule – but that doesn’t call for it to be finished for at least two more years.

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Natalie Dale, Georgia Department of Transportation’s Media and Government Relations Liaison, said the project will take time to complete and asks for patience from Georgia drivers who will have to sit through traffic.

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Atlanta was dressed in green on Saturday for the city's 135th St. Patrick's Day parade. 

Parade watchers filled Peachtree Street in Midtown as the parade moved south on the city's iconic street from 15th to 5th Streets. 

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Congressman John Lewis of Georgia's 5th Congressional District led the parade as Grand Marshal. 

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Thankfully, this won't be a case of déjà vu all over again. On this date in 1993, the infamous "Blizzard of 1993" hit Georgia and other parts of the country.

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That won't happen today, but a blast of chilly weather is coming.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other top Republicans in the state frequently complain about government spending, but they have quietly spent more than $237 million on private lawyers to advance and defend their agendas, an Associated Press investigation has found.

 

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Florida taxpayers also have been forced to reimburse nearly $16 million for their opponents' private attorney fees.

 

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Atlanta
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Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is hammering Georgia Republicans for what he calls a "power grab" as the lawmakers try to redraw several legislative districts to benefit sitting lawmakers.

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It's the first time Holder has weighed in on a state redistricting fight since he launched a national political organization intended to help Democrats in upcoming redistricting battles.

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Are you one of those shoppers who gets paralyzed in the grocery aisle?

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Not only are there a zillion types of crackers, cookies or chips to choose from, but if you check labels, you can fixate on calories, grams of fat and sugar, or ingredient lists that will make you second-guess your eyeglass prescription and your ability to read English.

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Early Monday morning, streets around the Georgia State Capitol were blocked off after a suspicious package was reported by the Jimmy Carter statue near the northwest corner of the building.

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About five hours after the discovery, Atlanta officials say the area is clear of hazardous material, according to the DPS Public Information Office. DPS said there was no direct threat made with the package. 

There were no injuries reported.

The package is under investigation.

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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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