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At least four people were held at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Saturday following President Donald Trump's executive actions restricting immigration, according to a local immigration attorney. 

Sarah Owings, who chairs the Georgia-Alabama chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said the original four people who were reported detained Saturday afternoon have since been released. She added that others were in custody, though it was unclear how many.

Hundreds packed Atlanta City Hall on Friday, Jan. 27 for a Falcons pre-Super Bowl pep rally.
Alison Guillory / WABE

Hundreds packed Atlanta City Hall today for a Falcons pre-Super Bowl pep rally.

A sea of red, white and black filled the ground floor and lined all four levels of the atrium.

Atlanta City Council member Andre Dickens was just one city official to show support.

"The Falcons are going to win because the fans are on our side and plus, most importantly, our players are ready," Dickens said. "They've had their time in New England. Now it's the Atlanta Falcons' time to shine."

Advocates Call For Atlanta To Be A Sanctuary City

Jan 27, 2017
Azadeh Shahshahani speaks out against President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration.
Miranda Hawkins / WABE

Immigrant advocates gathered near the state capitol on Thursday in protest of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.

Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that will stop federal funding for sanctuary cities or cities that don't cooperate with federal immigration officials.

Azadeh Shahshahani is a human rights attorney in Atlanta. She was one of Thursday's advocates.

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A Georgia lawmaker is recovering from a gunshot wound after he says he was shot while traveling with several thousand dollars in donations for storm relief efforts.

State Rep. Gerald Greene, 69, had stopped for gas in Columbus when he was shot in the leg Thursday, a spokesman for Georgia House Speaker David Ralston told statehouse reporters.

Passengers move through the line at a security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 in Atlanta.
David Goldman / Associated Press

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was again the busiest airport in the nation in 2016.

It had nearly 900,000 arrivals and departures last year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. That’s a two percent rise from 2015.

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport came in the runner-up slot, followed by Los Angeles International, Dallas-Fort Worth and Denver International respectively.    

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The D.C.-based policy group, the Alliance for Transportation Innovation, kicked off a month-long cross-country roadtrip in Austell on Thursday with an Easy Mile electric autonomous shuttle. The group is pushing for less government regulation of self-drivi
Tasnim Shamma / WABE

Coming soon? Self-driving cars on Atlanta roads as the city gets ready to make its streets "smarter" to accommodate these new vehicles.

The D.C.-based policy group, the Alliance for Transportation Innovation, kicked off a month-long cross-country roadtrip in Austell on Thursday with an Easy Mile electric autonomous shuttle.

The group said it's pushing for less government regulation of self-driving cars and more public acceptance.

Faye DiMassimo is general manager of Atlanta’s transportation projects.

Georgia Department of Transportation

The I-75 South Metro express lanes are scheduled to make their debut Saturday. 

The Georgia Department of Transportation says the lanes will head northbound toward Atlanta on weekends.

On weekdays, they will reverse from northbound to southbound at 11 a.m. and return back to northbound at 10:30 p.m.

Drivers need a Peach Pass to ride on these lanes.

A Teen's Perspective On The Atlanta Women's March

Jan 26, 2017
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Today I had the pleasure of attending one of the most uplifting events I’ve ever been to in my life. This was the Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women. The Atlanta Police Department estimated 60,000 people were there, covering the streets of downtown Atlanta. It was just one of many marches planned across the world in response to Donald Trump becoming the nation’s 45th president.

David Goldman / Associated Press

Widespread rain is gradually relieving the Deep South's ongoing drought, leaving only a handful of counties in Alabama and Georgia with extremely dry conditions, a new report shows.

Rain drenched a large part of an area that has been abnormally dry, from northern Louisiana to the Carolinas and Virginia, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday.

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

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There are plenty of things to do in Atlanta this weekend to give you a taste of the city’s culture, and Atlanta PlanIt is here to help guide you. There are theater and museum exhibits for those who like a more traditional arts experience. Alternatively, those looking to step out of the box may be interested in a world music concert or a special outdoor event at Georgia’s oldest operating craft brewery. These are all things to do in Atlanta this weekend, Jan. 27 through 29.

Friday, Jan. 27

ATLANTA, GA: Public Broadcasting Atlanta is pleased to announce that Paul Buckner will be the new General Manager of PBA30. As General Manager, Buckner will oversee and coordinate the operational activities, programming strategies, and administrative and business functions for PBA’s TV division. He starts February 6 and will report to Wonya Lucas, President and CEO.

Buckner has more than 20 years of broadcasting experience in both commercial and public television, most recently as Senior Vice President, Content for South Florida PBS.

A woman holds a child while walking through a farm that was damaged by a tornado, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Adel, Ga.
Branden Camp / Associated Press

President Donald Trump has declared a federal disaster in southwest Georgia for a severe storm that caused extensive damage nearly three weeks before another round of tornadoes and thunderstorms devastated the same area.

A statement the White House issued Wednesday says the declaration makes federal aid available for damage inflicted Jan. 2. Assistance for individuals is available for residents of Dougherty County, while aid for government and nonprofit response efforts has been approved for Baker, Calhoun, Early, Mitchell, Turner and Worth counties.

Fifty refugees have resettled in Georgia since President Donald Trump's immigration ban.
Denis O'Hayer / WABE

As President Donald Trump this week moved forward with his campaign promises to restrict immigration, those in Atlanta's refugee community are bracing for any executive actions that would ban refugees from resettling in the United States. 

According to multiple media reports, Trump is expected to sign an order that would stop the resettlement of refugees from Syria indefinitely and pause total resettlement from other countries for at least 120 days. The order would also pause the issuance of visas from several Muslim-majority nations. 

Todd Stone / Associated Press

President Donald Trump is pushing to get the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines permitted and built. Meanwhile, a controversial pipeline in Georgia is already moving forward.

The Sabal Trail Pipeline will carry natural gas from Alabama, through the southwest corner of Georgia, down to central Florida.

Environmental groups oppose it, saying it could threaten people’s health and access to clean water.  

The city wants to turn 77-acres into green space and use buildings for after-school and senior programs.
Al Such / WABE

The city of Decatur wants to buy the 77-acre United Methodist Children's Home property on South Columbia Drive.

Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett says the city wants to use the land for greenspace and some of the buildings for after-school and senior programs.

"It is the intention to preserve the property and sort of honor the mission of the Methodist church in the same vein," Garrett says. The home was founded in 1873 to care for the children orphaned by the Civil War.

Atlanta Could Get A Pre-Arrest Diversion Program

Jan 25, 2017
David Goldman / Associated Press

The city of Atlanta is working on a new program that would offer an alternative to jail.

It's called the Pre-Arrest Diversion program. It would only apply to certain crimes, like carrying less than an ounce of marijuana.

It's part of a program that Xochitl Bervera helped to design. She's the director of the Racial Justice Action Center.

"There would be no handcuffs," Bervera said. "The officer will stop that person for a moment and let them know they had probable cause to make an arrest. But if the person chooses the program that arrest will not take place."

John Amis, Pool / Associated Press

People paid their final respects during a service to celebrate the life of Eddie Long, a Georgia megachurch pastor who died Jan. 15 after battling cancer.

Long had been senior pastor at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church outside Atlanta since 1987. In 2010, four young men filed lawsuits accusing him of sexual misconduct. Long later settled the cases out of court for an undisclosed amount and never admitted any wrongdoing.

Butch Trucks helped form the Allman Brothers Band in 1969 with guitarist Duane Allman and keyboardist-singer Gregg Allman.

They were all from Jacksonville, Florida, but they set up a home base in Macon, Georgia, and recorded some of their most famous songs at Capricorn Records there.

Trucks continued to play drums with the band until it broke up in 2014.

In addition to his time with the Allmans, Trucks also led the Freight Train Band.

No word yet on cause of death.

Trucks was 69 years old.

Branden Camp / Associated Press

Georgia's insurance commissioner says the weekend's deadly storms wreaked at least $100 million worth of damage on the state.

Ralph Hudgens tells WXIA-TV that the southwest Georgia city of Albany and associated Dougherty County suffered $40 million in damage.

Hudgens says damage estimates are likely to rise because not a lot of people had insurance.

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For the second week, about a hundred protesters showed up to a Gwinnett County Commissioners meeting. They're demanding a commissioner resign after calling U.S. Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis a racist pig.

Tommy Hunter was shouted down as the meeting began, while announcing an event in his district.

Later, for more than an hour during public comment, protestors voiced their anger that hunter was still in office.

City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta University Center Consortium leaders announced the launch of a new camera surveillance program. The president of Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, is pictured right.
Al Such / WABE

The Atlanta University Center Consortium and the Atlanta Police Department unveiled $700,000 worth of security cameras and license plate readers on Tuesday.

During Dr. John Wilson Jr.'s first week as president of Morehouse College in January 2013, there was an armed robbery on campus, and a few days later, a student was shot near the campus. Since then, Wilson says he's been asking the city of Atlanta for help.

Georgia Looks To Recovery After Devastating Storms

Jan 24, 2017
Branden Camp / Associated Press

Georgia is cleaning up after storms tore through the southern part of the state this weekend, killing a reported 15 people. 

The National Weather Service said 39 possible tornadoes were reported over the weekend, according to the Associated Press. The Red Cross has deployed teams to help those affected. 

Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency in 16 Georgia counties: Atkinson, Baker, Berrien, Brooks, Calhoun, Clay, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Dougherty, Lowndes, Mitchell, Thomas, Turner, Wilcox and Worth.

David Goldman / Associated Press

Atlanta's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has canceled a summit next month on climate change and health.

According to the Associated Press, CDC officials have told other people involved in the meeting that the Trump administration did not ask or order that it be canceled.

Instead, the agency said it took the step because of concern about how the new administration would view the summit.

Georgia Supreme Court building
Nick Nesmith / WABE

A years-old lawsuit challenging Georgia’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks went before the state Supreme Court Monday.

But the main question during oral arguments didn't have much to do with the controversial procedure.

Instead, it focused on “sovereign immunity,” a law that protects state agencies from being sued.

Georgia’s attorney general claimed it prevents the gynecologists, who are challenging the abortion law’s constitutionality, from even bringing the case against the state.

A woman holds a child while walking through a farm that was damaged by a tornado, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Adel, Ga.
Branden Camp / Associated Press

Sixteen south Georgia counties are under a state disaster declaration after strong storms killed at least 15 people and wrecked neighborhoods over the weekend.

The storms came in three phases, each one stronger than the previous one, said Georgia Emergency Management Agency director Homer Bryson.

“The last one had a tornado that was on the ground for over an hour – massive tornado – that covered four counties,” Bryson said. “A lot of damage, a lot of devastation.”

Beagle Brigade Sniffs Out Trouble In Atlanta Airport

Jan 23, 2017
Hardy, a member of the Beagle Brigade, works in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's International Terminal.
Alison Guillory / WABE

Travelers to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's International Terminal will find that their luggage are not the only things making rounds in baggage claim.

Since the mid-1990's, a crew of beagles has been circling the baggage claim searching passengers and bags for illegal agriculture, weapons and drugs. Recently "Joey," a four-legged member of the Beagle Brigade, gained some notoriety after he discovered a large roast pig in luggage.

Mike Gonzalez / Wikipedia

Tuesday is an important deadline for Florida and Georgia in the Water Wars. A representative of the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the states to meet by that date to try to reach an agreement on how to share water, instead of having the court decide for them.

Florida is suing Georgia, saying the state uses too much water from the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers for Atlanta and for south Georgia's farms. The special master, who is handling the case on behalf of the court, has told the states several times that they probably won't be happy with what he recommends.

Mark Humphrey / Associated Press

The Atlanta Falcons will meet the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.

This comes after Sunday's convincing 44-to-21 win over the Green Bay Packers at the Georgia Dome Sunday afternoon.

The Falcons have only been to one Super Bowl in team history, losing to the Denver Broncos in 1999.

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David Goldman / Associated Press

While the raucous beats of "Welcome To Atlanta" blared through the Georgia Dome, the Falcons partied like it was 1999.

How appropriate.

That was the last time they made it to the Super Bowl.

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones teamed up for another dynamic performance, leading the Falcons to the big game for only the second time in franchise history with a 44-21 rout of the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game Sunday.

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