0:00: Rose gives a news brief on a press conference that took place earlier today, at the national headquarters for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where civil and voting rights leaders announced a plan to file a lawsuit against Secretary of State Brian Kemp over what they allege is voter information purging. The plaintiffs claim that Kemp is using a quote “faulty and racially biased method” to remove voters from the rolls. We hear more from Dr. Charles Steele, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and journalist Greg Palast, a plaintiff in the suit.
14:30: Urban Creek Partners, an Atlanta-based real estate development company, has released new renderings for Quarry Yards, a 70-acre mixed-use development being built on Atlanta’s west side. The renderings help kick off the first phase of the project, which involves office and retail space, as well as “adaptive re-use buildings.” The project will also include Westside Park and Bellwood Quarry, which is projected to be the city’s largest park, and Parkside at Quarry Yards, a 177-unit quality workforce and affordable housing community. The development is expected to break ground in the second quarter of 2019. We hear from Joel Bowman with Urban Creek Partners.
31:09: October marks the beginning of flu season and, last year, the U.S. saw a record-breaking number of cases. An estimated 80,000 Americans died from flu-related illness during last year’s flu season, the highest number of deaths in at least four decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We speak to Ashley Fowlkes, Epidemiologist in CDC’s Flu Division, about the importance of vaccines.
40:40: Atlanta City Council voted unanimously to rename Confederate Avenue and East Confederate Avenue yesterday. We speak to Arthur Breland, pastor at Woodland Hills Baptist Church on East Confederate Avenue, about what this change represents for the area.
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Grace Walker.