0:00: Rose gives a news brief on Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Georgia today, where he’ll visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s Atlanta field office accompanied by U.S. Sen. David Perdue. Also, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced earlier today that the Atlanta Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will re-examine evidence in the Atlanta Child Murders Cases. The Fulton County District Attorney’s office will also look at evidence in its possession. While speaking at the media briefing Fulton District Attorney Paul Howard announced the creation of the “Conviction Integrity Unit” — the Atlanta Child Murders cases will be the first for the new unit.
3:37: In other news, a bill that would ban abortions at six weeks, known as the so-called “Heartbeat Bill” or HB 481, has been approved by the Georgia House and has received verbal support from Gov. Brian Kemp. This week, the measure made additional progress and was approved by a state Senate committee However, the bill has also received considerable opposition. WABE health reporter Sam Whitehead talks the latest updates on the legislation.
16:35: Tuesday was the first official day of spring, and for many farmer’s markets around the state, that means opening day is coming soon., but not everyone has access to farmer’s markets, or fresh and healthy food options. That’s something the Georgia Farmer’s Market is aiming to address with Food Justice Week. Throughout the week, the Georgia Farmer’s Market Association is hosting events to raise awareness of the issues surrounding food justice in anticipation of the opening of the “Just Food Market”, which launches this summer at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The market will sell fresh produce on a sliding scale and will accept SNAP/EBT cards. To learn more, it’s a round table discussion on the food justice movement with Sagdrina Jalal, founding Executive Director of the Georgia Farmers Market Association, James Carr, founder of Longleaf Media and Kevin Mobley, chef at Anna Bell’s Mac.
40:00: Airbnb and the NAACP announced a new partnership today that aims to bring more of the economic benefits of home-sharing to communities of color. A conversation with Janaye Ingram Director of National Partnerships for Airbnb and Elliot Jones, Airbnb Southern Regional Community Organizer and Jacquelyne Ward-Richardson, National Fair Housing Manager.
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker.