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The acclaimed author Pat Conroy endeared himself to many readers, perhaps southerners most of all. His love for Charleston and the Low Country provided ongoing inspiration for his work. Shortly before he died last year, Conroy wrote the forward for “The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston” by Atlanta-native Michele Moore.

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Metro Atlanta officials say they’ll continue work on climate change initiatives, regardless of what the federal government does.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at dismantling the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era climate change law.

“Now more than ever I think it's important that cities are leaders on climate change and climate action,” said City of Atlanta Chief Resilience Officer Stephanie Stuckey.

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The Atlanta Opera's production of "Don Pasquale" sets the comic opera gem in the golden era of Hollywood. The title character, played by Burak Bilgili, is an aging silent film star at the sunset of his career.

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As Braves Games Start, Expect More Traffic On I-75

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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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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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The Georgia State Senate voted Tuesday to let licensed gun owners carry concealed weapons on most places on public college campuses.

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The state Senate voted 32-22 on the bill, which needs final agreement by the state House before being sent to the Governor for his signature.

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

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Private colleges that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities would lose state funding for scholarships and research under a bill approved by Georgia lawmakers.

The state Senate passed the measure Tuesday on party lines, sending it to Gov. Nathan Deal.

Advocacy groups say it sends an anti-immigrant message.

Former DeKalb Commissioner Sues Chief Ethics Officer

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Former DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton is trying to disband the county's ethics board again as she faces several complaints before that same board. 

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Barnes Sutton is suing DeKalb's chief ethics officer, Stacey Kalberman, alleging she broke the law when she went to the Georgia state capitol to support legislation that would change how ethics board members are appointed. 

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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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Keeping Up The Fight In The Face Of Chemo

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Just before the Thanksgiving holiday of 2014, Scott Davis found out he had colorectal cancer. On New Year's Eve he underwent surgery that led to a series of unforeseen events. 

Today he speaks with his wife of 17 years as they look back on a pretty trying time. 

This story was recorded in partnership with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

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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.

 

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Gov. Nathan Deal said he's exploring Georgia's health care options now that Congressional efforts to repeal ObamaCare have stalled.

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Deal had asked state lawmakers to wait and see what happened to health care at the federal level before making any big policy changes in the state.

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":

The 18 Candidates Running To Fill Tom Price's Former Seat

Mar 27, 2017
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Tom Price in now President Donald Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services, which leaves a big vacancy in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. There are 18 candidates vying to fill it. 

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Troy Tribble, 41, turned to “dry needling’’ to ease his back pain and spasms.

He’s had several sessions. Each time his physical therapist works on a different area.

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For Tribble, of Suwanee, it has made a world of difference.

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For his 14-year long career as a special education teacher, Andy Jones was also involved with Atlanta's improv and theater scenes. Now Jones has married his former double lives in a new career, offering improv classes to children and teens with learning disabilities and other learning differences. 

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City Lights: Kasim Reed; Improv Classes; And More

Mar 27, 2017
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, moderates a discussion during a town-hall style meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C., during the second day of the Democratic National Convention.
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Monday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Author Peter Heller's latest novel focuses on the title character Celine, a detective in the twilight of her life.

She takes on the case of Gabriela, who tragically lost her mother as a child. Now as an adult, her father is presumed dead, but his body was never found.

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Celine is extraordinary, drawn a vividly drawn character, and the novel might as well be a family biography tucked into a bit of fiction.

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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Casey Cagle at the Georgia Senate.
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Gov. Nathan Deal may be looking forward to signing one of the bills that will soon make its way to his desk. The state Senate approved his plan to turn around low-performing schools Friday in a vote of 37-18.

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House Bill 338, also called the ‘First Priority Act,’ would create turnaround specialists to work with struggling schools. They would evaluate students and provide resources to help them improve.

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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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