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On this edition of Political Rewind, free speech issues.  Students in Georgia and across the country walk out of classes to show support for passage of gun safety laws?  Will they have an impact on the legislature here or in the halls of Congress?  What about students who were denied permission to walk?  Then, Governor Deal reverses a state order denying gun protestors access to a free speech area at the State Capitol.  What led him to overrule the Georgia Building Authority decision?  Plus, Georgia’s Attorney General launches an investigation into an apparent effort by staffers for former

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On this edition of "Political Rewind," the Public Service Commission is about to make a momentous decision that will hit Georgia Power customers in the pocketbook and influence the future of nuclear power across the country. Will the PSC uphold Georgia Power’s plan to continue construction of the troubled Plant Vogtle? Will the commission approve a power company proposal to increase the surcharge customers are already paying for building the nuclear plant? Plus, we’ll look at the fallout from the blackout at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

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The race to become Atlanta’s next mayor is at a bit of a standstill.

Here’s where things stand after yesterday’s runoff election between two Atlanta City Councilwomen.

Democrat Keisha Lance Bottoms leads Independent Mary Norwood by 759 votes. Norwood says it’s not over and is calling for a recount.

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The cool, crisp air of an Atlanta fall dipped the temperature into the 30s, but inside the Vision Cathedral, the congregation is armed with paper fans to stave off the heat and sweat of hundreds of bodies in motion and in worship.

The predominantly-black Pentecostal church sits at the intersection of Confederate Avenue and Ormewood Avenue.

But Bishop O.C. Allen and the rest of the church only recognize one of those names.

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A new Atlanta ordinance eliminating jail time and reducing penalties for having small amounts of marijuana will allow officers to focus on eliminating violent crimes instead of petty ones, the city's police chief said.

Marijuana remains illegal in Georgia, and the ordinance addresses only the penalties associated with marijuana offenses, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields told WSB-TV.

The Atlanta City Council on Monday approved the ordinance that reduces the fine for possession of an ounce or less of pot from up to $1,000 to a maximum of $75.

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For more than forty years, the city of Atlanta has been led by an African-American mayor.


Maynard Jackson started the trend in 1974, becoming the first black mayor elected in a major southern city.

The man who preceded Jackson was Sam Massell, who made history of his own in 1970 when he became the first Jewish mayor of Atlanta.


Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed promised a comprehensive new plan to address homelessness in his State of the City address in February. The mayor promised a new $50 million program, co-funded by the city and United Way. Yesterday, Atlanta’s city council approved its share of the funding as Reed’s office released details on the expansive plan.

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Federal prosecutors are investigating bribes paid to Atlanta city officials in exchange for business contracts. Two contractors have already plead guilty to dishing out these bribes--though it is not clear who accepted them. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has exclusive new info on the situation. We talk with reporter Scott Trubey, who has been covering the bribery scandal at City Hall.

Investigative Reporters and Editors

Government transparency helps a democracy function, but many communities have a long way to go. One journalism organization is singling out the most secretive government agencies and officials with the Golden Padlock Award. The award, given out by Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), is not much of an honor. This weekend, it went to U.S.

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Over the past couple decades, Atlanta has become a regional hub for arts and culture. Mayor Kasim Reed is seeking state approval to provide a consistent source of funding for the arts throughout the city. In an editorial board meeting with the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Tuesday, Reed said that many of Atlanta’s arts organizations are unable to acquire the funding necessary to stay afloat.