Closer Look: Insect Venom Shortage; National Book Club Conference; And More

In this photo taken Monday, April 18, 2016, beekeeper Roger Garrison holds a container with a queen bee inside on the roof of the W hotel in San Francisco. Aware of the well-publicized environmental threats to honeybees that have reduced numbers worldwide, several San Francisco hotels have built hives on their rooftops. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
In this photo taken Monday, April 18, 2016, beekeeper Roger Garrison holds a container with a queen bee inside on the roof of the W hotel in San Francisco. Aware of the well-publicized environmental threats to honeybees that have reduced numbers worldwide, several San Francisco hotels have built hives on their rooftops. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on several civil rights groups that are threatening lawsuits against Cobb and Gwinnett Counties. The organizations, which include The ACLU of Georgia and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, say some voters reported receiving “purge notices,” suggesting they will become “inactive voters” and removed from voter rolls if they don’t take steps to maintain their registration.
  • 2:00: It’s peak insect bite season, and there is a shortage in a vital extract used for fatal insect allergic reactions in humans. It’s causing doctors and allergists to ration antidote injections  the vital extracts in these injections include honeybee, hornet and wasp venom. Dr. Stanley Fineman talks about how the shortage has affected Atlanta.
  • 14:55: Ray Summerour is the owner of Brenda’s Grocery Store in the Baptist Town neighborhood located in Marietta. He’s been in a seven-year long dispute with the city of Marietta about a property he refuses to sell to the city, where it wants to build a park. We learn more about the case, which has reached the Georgia Supreme Court from Summerour and his attorneys, Harry Camp and Don Evans.
  • 36:47: This year marks the 15th anniversary of the National Book Club Conference, which highlights African-American authors and readers. We speak to its founder, Curtis Bunn, about the mission and legacy of the conference as well as the literary and publishing industry for African-American authors.

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