0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how, earlier this morning, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting to vote on whether or not to approve a contract with MARTA, and whether the issue of joining the transit agency should be placed as a referendum on this November’s ballot. The commission approved letting voters decide on the matter, but it will be during a special election next March in 2019. The contract will now head to MARTA’s Board of Directors for final approval, which is expected to come during Thursday’s board meeting.
2:35: Students around metro Atlanta are preparing to head back to school, and that includes the young men of Morehouse College. The college recently underwent several leadership changes, before electing Dr. David A. Thomas as its 12th president last fall. Dr. Thomas joins us in-studio to talk about his priorities for the upcoming school year and the future for the historically black institution for men.
27:10: Emory’s Proton Therapy Center is set to begin treating its first patients this December and construction on the project, which includes a 90-ton cyclotron, is almost complete. In part one of our visit to the center, we go behind-the-scenes to learn more about proton therapy treatment and the importance of this center, which is only the second of its kind in the southeast.
39:56: A new report from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute looks at the negative financial consequences of voluntary immigration enforcement in our state. It finds that Georgia’s local governments have spent $88 million in the last decade on requests from ICE to arrest and hold a person. It also finds the 287(g) program cost Gwinnett County taxpayers roughly $9.8 million between 2009 and 2016. We dig deeper into these numbers and their implications with Wesley Tharpe, research director for the GBPI.
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.