0:00: Officials from the Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department responded to reports of smoke and flying manhole covers in the Midtown area this morning. Sergeant Cortez Stafford with the Fire Department said the cause of the problem was the explosion of a transformer on Peachtree street, which caused the manhole covers to fly up. As a result, parts of Peachtree Street were closed in order to allow for investigations and repairs. Georgia Power has refuted the description of explosions, adding that the incident was isolated to one transformer. In a statement to Closer Look, spokesperson Holly Crawford said, “We have confirmed that a transformer failed this morning at 550 Peachtree Street, resulting in smoke coming from a grate positioned to ventilate the underground area where the transformer is housed.” No injuries were reported.
3:11: On Feb. 11, the Georgia Latin American Association will bring together researchers, elected officials and other stakeholders for the state of Latinos Conference. The conference will focus on the topic of civic engagement and explore the growing role of Latino advocacy groups and voters in future statewide and national elections. Anibal Torres, Executive Director of the Latin American Association, and David Schaefer, Managing Director of Advocacy at Latin American Association, join Rose in studio to discuss the conference and the future of the growing Latino voting bloc.
24:12: Over 120,000 pounds of food, beverages and supplies were “rescued” from the Super Bowl, thanks to the work of Goodr, an Atlanta-based company that works to reduce food waste. Goodr worked through a partnership with the NFL and NFL Green, the organization’s environmental branch, to distribute the food to local communities in need. Goodr CEO Jasmine Crowe explains how her business model works year-round, using Blockchain technology.
39:30: Last night, President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union. In an 82 minute speech, the president touched on issues ranging from immigration to the economy to rising drug costs. Afterward, former Georgia Minority House Leader and Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams gave the Democrat’s response. What are the biggest takeaways? Emory University assistant professor of political science Andra Gillespie and political strategist Fred Hicks give their analysis of both of the two speeches.