Closer Look: Investigation Finds ‘Airborne, Cancer-Causing Toxin’ In Ga. Counties; Local Reaction To Weekend’s Mass Shootings; West End Residents Weigh In On Proposed Mall Redevelopment

Andy Miller, editor and CEO of Georgia Health News, and Brenda Goodman, senior news writer at WebMD, joins Closer Look in studio to discuss their latest join report, which found residents in Smyrna and Covington were unaware of airborne toxins in their region.
Andy Miller, editor and CEO of Georgia Health News, and Brenda Goodman, senior news writer at WebMD, joins Closer Look in studio to discuss their latest join report, which found residents in Smyrna and Covington were unaware of airborne toxins in their region.
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Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose begins with a news brief with reaction from state and local leaders on the two mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas that took place over the weekend.
  • 4:30:  A joint report from Georgia Health News and WebMD found residents in Smyrna and Covington were largely unaware of an ‘airborne, cancer-causing toxin,’ called ethylene oxide. Andy Miller, editor and CEO of Georgia Health News, and Brenda Goodman, senior news writer at WebMD discuss their findings.
  • 29:05: Former Atlanta City Councilmember Mary Norwood discusses a list of “active gangs” in Atlanta that she posted on Facebook over the weekend. She joins us by phone after the accuracy of the post was called into question, to discuss where the list came from.
  • 41:36: “Closer Look” recently visited the Mall West End to hear from developers Ryan Gravel and Donray Von, who have proposed a multimillion-dollar plan to redevelop the area with restaurants, storefronts and office space. Today, we hear residents’ thoughts on the development. Terry Ross, chair of NPU-T, Lyndon Greene, president of the Atlanta University Center Neighborhood Association, Myrna Fuller, President of the West End Merchants Coalition and Kon Maiwan, an AUC resident and recent Morehouse College graduate, join “Closer Look” in studio.
Top left to right: Lyndon Greene, president of the Atlanta University Center Neighborhood Association Kon Maiwan, an AUC resident and recent Morehouse College graduate. Bottom left to right: Myrna Fuller, President of the West End Merchants Coalition and Terry Ross, chair of NPU-T. (Photo credit: Grace Walker)

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.