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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.


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

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Wolf asks: “Why do school children on buses not have seat belts?”

As it turns out, this is a question that spans the entire country, and has to deal with the decisions of lawmakers from a multitude of different organizations, from the federal to state  levels.

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The Georgia Senate honored Killer Mike on Friday morning. And the Atlanta rapper, businessman and political activist took the opportunity to speak not just about his involvement with Atlanta’s water infrastructure, which was the reason for the honor, but also about education, equity and opportunity in Georgia.

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On a recent afternoon, the emergency room at Irwin County Hospital is empty except for one patient. He’s propped up on a bed and strapped to a machine that monitors his heart rate. Nurse Jason Baxley works the shift.  

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“Our ER is not very large. It’s only four exam rooms, a cardiac room and trauma room,” Baxley said.

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The city of Atlanta is  considering requiring police to release any videos of officer-involved shootings.

But a city council work session Thursday showed there’s disagreement over one key detail: how soon after the incident the police should make the video public.

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Activists want recordings released within seven business days.

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.
David Goldman / Associated Press

Workers grooming the infield dirt at the Braves' new SunTrust Park on Thursday wore hardhats that cast a misleading image.

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Most of the hard work is complete.


"We are completely through with the major elements of the construction of the ballpark," Braves president of business Derek Schiller said.


an employee of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga., waiting for the front gate to be opened so she can enter.
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A lawyer for a Gwinnett County woman say she was held in immigration detention for a month even though she has claims to U.S. citizenship.

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A proposal to replace the Obama health care law would cut out a pillar of funding for the nation's lead public health agency, and experts say that would likely curtail programs across the country to prevent problems like lead poisoning and hospital infections.

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Ready or not, we are going to "spring ahead" this weekend.

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Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday at 2 a.m., so make sure to push clocks an  hour ahead Saturday night.

The idea of daylight saving was first thought of by Benjamin Franklin in 1784.

Supporters  say the time change helps reduce electricity usage because daylight hours are extended.

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A task force hoping to commemorate the exploitation of a group known as “comfort women” is looking for a new home for their planned memorial in Atlanta. That’s after the National Center for Civil and Human Rights pulled out of an agreement to erect the memorial outside its building.

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Alison Guillory / WABE

Georgia's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in January was 5.5 percent, according to the state's Department of Labor.

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That's down only one-tenth a point from the same time a year ago.

But state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Georgia companies added more positions, and more people entered the work force.

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News organizations are challenging a judge's gag order in a case involving the slaying of a South Georgia high school teacher who vanished nearly 12 years ago.

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Three separate groups of newspapers and television stations have filed motions before Superior Court Judge Melanie B. Cross to lift the order.


Ryan Alexander Duke, 33, was charged with murder Feb. 23 in the slaying of Tara Grinstead, an Irwin County High School teacher who disappeared in 2005.


Centerview Capital Technology, a venture capital firm focused on cybersecurity, is opening its first office outside of Silicon Valley in Atlanta.

WikiLeaks just released thousands of pages it says details how the CIA spies on people using their smartphones, smart TVs and other devices.

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In Georgia, a hub for cyber security companies and the U.S. military's cyber command operations, experts say it’s the new normal.

A man accused of holding eight women against their will in a multimillion-dollar mansion is scheduled to appear in court later today. 

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Kenndric Roberts is charged with false imprisonment and trafficking of persons for labor.

Authorities say the 33-year-old lured the women to his Sandy Springs house, promising either modeling jobs or some sort of financial backing.

Decatur Gets Help From Ga.'s Senate To Purchase Land

Mar 8, 2017
The City of Decatur needs help to possibly purchase the United Children's Methodist Home.
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The city of Decatur is getting help from the state legislature to buy the United Children's Methodist Home. But that doesn't guarantee a sale.

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Lawmakers passed a bill that would create the Decatur Public Facilities Authority, which the city needs to buy the 77-acre property. It would enable Decatur to purchase any property not within city limits.

Group Working To Get Historic Status For East Atlanta

Mar 8, 2017
A map of the area of East Atlanta that residents want to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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There's a push to get East Atlanta placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The East Atlanta Community Association is sponsoring the nomination, and Georgia State graduate students are working on the draft to submit for the application.

Stephanie Cherry-Farmer, a historic preservationist and the project coordinator with the community association, lives the area. With all the development in the area, now is the time to apply, according to her. 

A voter takes a "I'm a Georgia Voter" sticker after voting during Georgia's primary election at the polling station at South Lowndes Recreation Complex in Lake Park, Ga., Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
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Election officials in Georgia's sparsely populated, overwhelmingly black Hancock County agreed Wednesday to settle a lawsuit alleging denial of voting rights to dozens of African-American registered voters just ahead of a racially divided local election.

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About three-quarters of the people they removed from the voting rolls — nearly all of them black — remain eligible and will be restored to the county's registered voter list under the agreement.


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A coalition of legal organizations is launching an initiative to provide free legal representation for people held in immigration detention centers in the Southeast.

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 The Southern Poverty Law Center on Tuesday announced that it is starting the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative along with other legal organizations. The effort is to begin at the Stewart Detention Center in southwest Georgia, with plans to expand to other detention centers in the region.


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A recent collaborative study between Care.com and Zillow found that the cost of living in some urban areas can be more than $10,000 dollars higher per year than suburban areas.

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Atlanta is among the cities taking part in "International Women's Day," an annual event that shines a light on the achievements women have made.

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U.S. House Republicans have unveiled a pair of bills laying out what repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act could look like.

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According to Cindy Zeldin, with healthcare consumer advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future, one of the biggest impacts this state would feel is from a major shift in the way Medicaid works.

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One of downtown Atlanta's most historic houses is temporarily closed.

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A public safety evaluation on Martin Luther King Jr.'s  childhood house on Auburn Avenue starts today. The National Park Service says a "comprehensive condition assessment" will be done during the closure.

The park service says this will ensure public safety as well as protection of the historic site.

Eagles Landing Fights for Cityhood in Henry County

Mar 7, 2017

There’s the city of Stockbridge, and then there’s the proposed city of Eagles Landing next to it.

Currently, Eagles Landing is a small, upscale neighborhood that sits between Stockbridge and McDonough in an unincorporated part of Henry County. Some members of that neighborhood want to create their own town called Eagles Landing. But to have enough land to qualify as a city, they must borrow some from Stockbridge. That idea doesn’t sit well with some Stockbridge residents.

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The poultry industry in Georgia is on alert after avian influenza hit a facility in Tennessee

“When there is a discovery of avian influenza anywhere in the United States, and especially in a neighboring state, it causes the poultry industry to go on higher alert and make sure that biosecurity practices are tightened,” Georgia Poultry Federation president Mike Giles said.

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Ann Marie Quill / The City of Brookhaven

Brookhaven city officials are looking for input on what the Ashford-Dunwoody corridor should look like in the future.

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The goal is to improve traffic flow and increase safety on Ashford-Dunwoody Road, starting at Interstate 285 and running through the northern part of the city.

"It is a major traffic thoroughfare and is subject to some congestion, particularly in peak traffic times, and we want to make sure that we plan for it in the future," said Brookhaven spokesman Burke Brennan.


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

The city of Atlanta is set to put a big chunk of money toward affordable housing.

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On Monday, the Atlanta City Council voted to approve $40 million for housing programs. The city will borrow the money from Wall Street through bonds.

Council member Andre Dickens said the goal is to help people stay in the city.