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A notorious 86-year-old jewel thief has pleaded guilty to a felony shoplifting charge.

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The charge stems from Doris Payne's December arrest at Perimeter Mall in Atlanta. Police said she put a $2,000 necklace in her back pocket and tried to leave a Von Maur department store.

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

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Japan's embattled Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection, marking a key step in its struggles to stop the flow of massive red ink.

Toshiba said in a statement that it filed the Chapter 11 petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of New York. The move had been largely expected.

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Just like the sun, Georgia's solar jobs are rising by the day.

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Georgia now has nearly 4,000 employees working in solar.

That's a 23 percent hike from 2015, according to the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit group that promotes solar energy.

These workers have a variety of jobs ranging from installation of solar panels to design of new products.

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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.

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

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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.

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Licensed gun owners could carry concealed handguns on public college campuses under legislation set for a vote in the Georgia Senate.

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If senators approve the bill Tuesday, it returns to the House. Both chambers would have to pass the measure before adjourning Thursday to send the bill to Gov. Nathan Deal.

 

Deal vetoed a similar measure last year but hasn't taken a firm stance on this year's version.

 

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.
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If you're worried about traffic near the new Atlanta Braves stadium on game nights, you're not alone.

But stadium officials and business leaders are telling people not to fret: officials say they're ready.

At its final transportation update before the new Atlanta Braves stadium opens to the public on Friday, team officials advised people 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.

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

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.
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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.

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A civil rights group sued Georgia over the state's refusal to allow a couple to officially name its 22-month-old child "Allah."

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia filed the lawsuit recently in Fulton County Superior Court on behalf of the couple, Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk.

At issue is the young girl's proposed last name of Allah.

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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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Police have identified the pilot who was killed in a fiery crash of a small plane in suburban Atlanta.

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Cobb County Police told local news outlets that 78-year-old Robert George Westlake died in the crash Friday evening. The Cessna Citation I crashed in a subdivision, setting a house ablaze.

 

FAA spokesman Rick Breitenfeldt said it happened about 3 miles from an airport in Cobb County.

 

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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.

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Atlanta Falcons football star Julio Jones is among investigators in what backers describe as a massive business and entertainment project planned northeast of Atlanta.

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The company that's building two new nuclear reactors in Georgia is reportedly heading for bankruptcy. And that could mean trouble for Georgia Power, whose new units at Plant Vogtle are already behind schedule and over budget.

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Westinghouse, the contractor building the two new nuclear units, could file for bankruptcy as early as next week. The units at Plant Vogtle, near Augusta, and others in South Carolina are the first new nuclear reactors being built in the United States in decades.

Was 'House Full Of Girls' A Business Or Criminal Enterprise?

Mar 24, 2017
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A Georgia man forced women he held at a million-dollar mansion to get gang-related tattoos, collected all the money they made at a strip club and threatened them if they wanted to leave, a prosecutor said Thursday.

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But a lawyer for Kenndric Roberts, 33, said his client simply "had grand designs to become a very wealthy person," never held the women against their will, showered them with lavish gifts and promised to share profits from his entertainment company.

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Georgia has the highest rate of people on probation in the country. That rate is nearly four times the national average.

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After years of criminal justice reform, the state has seen its prison population drop, but the rate of people under state supervision has stayed stubbornly high. A bill that could get a vote in the Georgia House is aimed at changing that.

MARTA Wants To Hear From You

Mar 24, 2017
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Is the closest MARTA station more than 30 minutes from you? Want to change that? MARTA wants to know.

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Last year, voters approved a half penny sales tax to give MARTA $2.5 billion for expansion projects. The list is called More MARTA. But there's not enough money to fund everything.

So MARTA officials have spent the last month conducting what they call "listening sessions," asking people what changes they would like to see.

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On Saturday, Dad's Garage is hosting Baconfest, its annual fundraising event, which raises money for the theater company in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward.

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Spokesman Matthew Terrell said the 21-and-up Baconfest allows people to "pig out" for a good cause.

“A literal ton of bacon. We’ve cooked more than 2,000 pounds of bacon. All the bacon you can eat," he said.

But it's not just food and drink.

The University of Georgia arch in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech)
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University of Georgia officials say they plan a public talk about human remains found during a campus construction project, and about the history of slavery at the institution.

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Workers on a campus construction project discovered the first of the remains from more than 100 burial sites in late 2015, on land that was once part of Athens' main burial ground. The remains were reinterred at an Athens cemetery.

 

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Georgia's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for February fell to 5.3 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

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That's down two-tenths of a point from January.

"Our job growth is doing better than most of the rest of the nation," Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said.

Georgia gained nearly 12,500 jobs last month and 114,000 jobs over the last year, according to the Labor Department.

A section of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area on Cobb Parkway called the Paces Mill/Palisades facility is about to get major facelift and a new name.
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Off Cobb Parkway near Paces Mill Road, is a tucked-away section of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area that's about to get major facelift and a new name.

The recreation area currently known as the Paces Mill/Palisades facility has more than a few problems

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Atlanta was named by a trade publication as America's best big city for people working in the film industry in 2016.

As productions flourish around the city, so do calls for extras, actors participating in non-speaking roles for the purpose of world-building and atmosphere in films and television shows.

House members work during the House's session on the final day of the 2015 legislative session, Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Atlanta.
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The Georgia General Assembly passed a $49 billion budget Wednesday. House Speaker David Ralston said it’s possibly the earliest point in the legislative session lawmakers have agreed on a budget.

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Under the plan, teachers would get a 2 percent raise; state workers who handle child welfare cases would see a 19 percent pay increase; and state law enforcement would receive a 20 percent salary boost.

More Bike Lanes Are Headed To Downtown Decatur

Mar 22, 2017
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Decatur's City Commission has approved $1 million to build more bike lanes downtown. It's part of the Decatur PATH Foundation Connectivity and Implementation Plan, which is a long-term cycling and walking connectivity plan for the city.

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