This is a newsmagazine featuring the key stories of the day that are relevant to you.  It’s a community forum for and about metro Atlanta. Host Rose Scott knows the ins and outs of covering news important around Atlanta.

She’ll lead discussions on the issues that impact where we live. WABE’s news team is going into metro Atlanta neighborhoods to provide context, storytelling and a sense of place. You’ll hear not only from the biggest newsmakers, but also from folks who don’t often get a voice.

“Closer Look” features a mix of local national and international stories and interviews. It’s an interactive space to share ideas and dig deeper into issues. It’s not just about Atlanta; it’s a program for Atlanta.

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Closer Look: BeltLine Creator; Rural Hospitals; And More

Friday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress”:

  • 0:00: Ryan Gravel, Beltline Creator talks about housing along the Beltline in our Affordable Housing series;
  • 17:49: Elly Yu of WABE takes us to Ocilla hospital in Georgia. Since 2013, at least five rural hospitals have closed down;
  • 21:54: Alex Sanz, AP Reporter talks about a North Carolina church that reportedly exorcized demons out of their church members, by being physically abusive;
  • 34:04: Dr. Baker Hubbard, Ophthalmologist, Professor at Emory University and Morgan Micheletti, Ophthalmologist, Emory eye center talk about a bill that would allow optometrists to inject patients in and around the eye. Ophthalmologists believe that this legislation could increase the number of procedural complications.

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Closer Look: ‘Love & Vets’; Fighting Trachoma; And More

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott and Jim Burress give news briefs and updates on local news stories, including on how all schools in the Griffin-Spalding County School System were on lockdown;
  • 3:01: Paul Emerson, director of the International Trachoma Initiative for the Taskforce for Global Health, explains how technology can help eradicate the eye disease, trachoma;
  • 13:50 Veterinarians Dr. Will Draper and Dr. Fran Tyler talk about their new show “Love & Vets” on Nat Geo WILD;
  • 34:27: As part of “Closer Look’s” series on affordable housing, Atlanta resident Laura Wright talks about how she had to move out of her apartment because her rent doubled after the BeltLine came through her neighborhood.

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Closer Look: Dr. Cedric Alexander; SXSW; And More

Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress”:

  • 0:00: Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Kate Atwood, executive director of the chamber’s ChooseATL campaign, talk about why the chamber has several of their initiatives connected to the South by Southwest tech festival;
  • 15:51: Author Marjorie Spruill discusses about her book ‘Divided We Stand’ on International Women’s day;
  • 31:15: Dr. Cedric Alexander, outgoing DeKalb County public safety director, talks about the legacy that he leaves behind.

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Closer Look: HBCU Presidents; Revised Travel Ban; And More

Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress”:

  • 0:00: News brief of the White House issuing a revised travel ban order for those seeking new visas from 6 Muslim-majority countries, excluding Iraq;
  • 1:02: Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Executive Director of CAIR-Georgia speaks about threats of violence received by Georgia mosques;
  • 8:34:  Dr. David S. Weiss, Director of Emory Antibiotic Resistance Center talks about what a world without antibiotics looks like;
  • 22:35: Atlanta United’s debut sees over 55, 000 soccer fans coming out in support of the team;
  • 27:04: Dr. Ronald Johnson, President of Clark Atlanta University, Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr., President of Morehouse College and Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President of Dillard University discuss executive orders for funding historical black colleges and universities.

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Closer Look: 3-D Printing; ‘Campus Carry’; And More

Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress”:

  • 0:00: Jessica Caldas, a survivor of sexual assault, talks about HB 51, which if passed could change the way campus sexual assault allegations are handled in Georgia;
  • 18:18: Dr. Marilyn Black, vice president, senior technical advisor and fellow of Underwriters Laboratory, talks about its first Safety Science Leadership Summit, which is ensuring 3-D printers are a safe and healthy part of the environment in the future;
  • 31:09: Democratic State Rep. Keisha Waites and Jerry Henry of Georgia Carry discuss HB 280, a bill which would allow those with a lawful gun permit to have their gun on publicly-owned technical school, vocational school, college or university property.

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Closer Look: PATH400; Isakson Demonstration; And More

Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress”:

  • 1:00: Linda Meredith, one of the organizers demonstrating to demand a meeting with Sen. Johnny Isakson, talks about why they’d like to meet with Isakson about health care, public education, voting rights and economic policy;
  • 12:45: Jim Burress takes a tour of the halfway-finished PATH400 project, which is trying to connect the BeltLine to northern suburbs;
  • 24:36: Michole Washington, a recent graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology speaks with Rose Scott about being  the ninth African-American woman to receive a B.S. in applied mathematics from the institute;
  • 31:00: Scott and Burress read a statement from Sen. Johnny Isakson’s office about the demonstration created by local residents who would like to meet with him.
  • 32:48: Aly Clift, executive director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia, discusses an upcoming program designed to support those living with epilepsy by providing services that includes vocational training.

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