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Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to improve Georgia’s failing schools faces one final hurdle: passage of an amendment to the state constitution.


Georgians will vote on that in November.  In the meantime, education policy analysts still have questions about the proposal.


Georgia Lawmakers Push To Help Kinship Caregivers

Dec 28, 2015
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The story of how Bernice Smith’s grandson became her son is a story told by documents.

Some of the ones she flipped through in the living room of her Decatur, Georgia home were official looking, covered with stamps and seals. Others were more informal.

“This is his autobiography that Stephen wrote himself,” Smith said, holding a printed page. “It says, ‘God Works In Mysterious Ways.’”

Gullah Geechee File Suit To Stay On Sapelo Island

Dec 9, 2015
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Members of Sapelo Island’s Gullah Geechee community are suing local and state governments for practices they say are threatening their ability to live on land they've called home for generations.

Reed Colfax is an attorney representing the group and says many are descendants of slaves.

“When those slaves were freed after the Civil War, many started creating their own communities, had their own lives,” he says. “It was an extraordinary thing, and it's being ignored now.”


One Year Of The Atlanta Streetcar

Dec 9, 2015
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Bright blue streetcars roll up Auburn Avenue in Downtown Atlanta every 15 minutes or so, but from inside Condesa Coffee, you can't always hear them over the sounds of conversation and grinding beans.

Octavian Stan is one of the co-owners of the coffee shop. He said, so far, he’s pretty happy with the streetcar.

“Overall, I think it’s a great addition,” Stan said.

Friendsgiving: Taking Holidays Back From The Holidays

Nov 23, 2015
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Most holidays have some kind of baggage. Christmas has commercialism. Thanksgiving has travel headaches.

But one holiday celebrated this time of year seems, so far, to remain free of any such entanglements.

Speaking Up About Turner Field's Future

Nov 13, 2015
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On a recent Monday night, it was standing room only at the Martin Street Church of God in Summerhill. Neighborhood residents had come to the church, which sits less than a mile from Turner Field, to voice their concerns about the stadium's future.


Breaking The Cycle Of Generational Poverty

Oct 29, 2015
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The first thing you need to know about Lucille Perry is that she has a great laugh. The second thing is that she works…a lot.

“I got here at 7:00 a.m., and I’ll leave at 4:30 p.m. I have to be to my next job at 5:45 p.m., and I’ll probably get off at 10:00 p.m. tonight,” she said.

Making Designers Out Of Everyone With 3-D Printing

Oct 28, 2015
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3-D printing has been used for years to solve all kinds of problems. Ford Motor Company has been using the technology since the 1980s for prototyping, and, recently, scientists have even used it to print custom skin grafts for burn victims.

One Atlanta art museum is working to make sure 3-D printing and the problem solving it enables stays in the hands of regular people.

Where Transit’s Going In Gwinnett County

Oct 19, 2015
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It was Monday morning rush hour at the Gwinnett Transit Center, and Yvette MacPherson had missed her bus.

“What happened was we got to Doraville Train station, and the 10 we take was late getting us to the Gwinnett Transit County Center, and the 30 left before the 10 got here,” MacPherson said.

She was one of the smattering of people gathered at the modest transit center, which is just a few bus shelters in a parking lot next to Gwinnett Place Mall.

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Daufuskie island's population peaked in the 1940s with more than a thousand residents, mostly descendants of freed slaves brought to the coast to harvest rice and sea cotton.

Today, this quiet community has less than 100 people and is nestled between Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head, South Carolina. Once, Daufuskie Island was a home to Gullah people from all over the low country but when Daufuskie Island's booming oyster industry came to an end in the 1950’s after the beds were poisoned by pollution in the Savannah River, the population began to dwindle.