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: Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Peter Aman; Ga. Attorney General Chris Carr; And More

Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: A conversation with Georgia’s Attorney General, Chris Carr. He rejoins Closer Look to talk about Equifax, where the hearing of its former CEO, Richard Smith, is underway, after the credit reporting bureau was hacked, compromising the personal information of at least 143-million consumers. AG Carr also addresses the opioid crisis, sex trafficking in Georgia and his bid for re-election.
  • 22:57: The nation is still learning more details from Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas — the deadliest mass shooting in modern history — where a gunman fired into a crowd of music festival attendees along the Las Vegas Strip, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 500. Prior to that, the nation was focused on natural disasters, like hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as it ravaged parts of the US. Dr. Melinda Page, clinical mental health counseling professor, offers guidance and suggestions to cope with these tragedies.
  • 35:57: Our series of one-on-one conversations with Atlanta mayoral candidates continues with mayoral candidate, and businessman, Peter Aman, who has served under two different city administrations.

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Closer Look: Atlanta Mayoral Candidates Michael Sterling And Rohit Ammanamanchi; And More

Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Last night a gunman fired into a crowd of music festival attendees along the Las Vegas Strip, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 500. The gunman, believed to be 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who authorities say killed himself, fired upon the concert goers from a room inside the Mandalay Bay hotel, which was located across from the festival. The shooting is being called the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Local faith leaders, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Rev. Megan Johnson of the North Avenue Presbyterian church reflect on the events and discuss the role of faith leaders during these tragedies.
  • 15:49: Our series of one-on-one conversations with Atlanta mayoral candidates continues. Michael Sterling, former executive director of the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, talks about his vision for the city.
  • 36:07: Rohit Ammanamanchi is a civil engineer, recent Georgia Tech graduate and a candidate in the race to become Atlanta’s next mayor. Ammanamanchi tells us about his campaign.

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Closer Look: Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Vincent Fort; MARTA Crisis Training; And More

Friday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, Stephanie Mills, is in Atlanta for a concert this weekend. The musical icon talks to Rose Scott about her 40 year career in entertainment. Plus, local musicians Dara Carter and Rahbi, who were featured on our Summer Indie music series, play a tribute to Mills with their rendition of “Ease on Down the Road” from the Broadway musical “The Wiz,” which Mills starred in as Dorothy.
  • 25:50: MARTA’s police department is hosting the region’s largest emergency preparedness exercise this weekend. We learn more about the agency’s crisis training from Lt. Aston Greene, commander of the agency’s emergency preparedness unit.
  • 33:37: We continue our series of one-on-one conversations with Atlanta’s mayoral candidates with former Georgia State Senator Vincent Fort.

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Closer Look: Atlanta Mayoral Candidate John Eaves; Vote on Solar Tariff; And More

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: The U.S International Trade Commission unanimously voted that imported solar products are hurting U.S. manufacturers, after two solar equipment manufacturers, Gwinnett-based Suniva and SolarWorld complained that imported solar products were putting U.S.-based solar companies at risk. We check in with James Marlow, president and co-founder of Radiance Solar, an Atlanta-based solar company, on how this vote affects his company as well as other solar companies in Georgia.
  • 19:58: Rose Scott speaks to DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson, who is in Washington, D.C., along with other members of the National Association of Counties (NACo), a bipartisan coalition, to speak out against Congress, which is potentially looking at modifying the State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT), as part of its tax reform plan. NACo believes this move could result in higher bills for taxpayers, even with a potential increase in the standard deduction, and consequently reduce county and local government revenues which will affect public service delivery.
  • 31:45:  Yesterday the U.S. Department of Justice gave its support to a free speech lawsuit against Georgia Gwinnett College. WABE’s Lisa Hagen reports on the suit, and why it may have drawn federal attention.
  • 33:23: Our series of one-on-one conversations with mayoral candidates continues with former Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves.

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Closer Look: Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms; Affordable Housing; And More

Wednesday on “Closer Look With Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: In Closer Look’s mayoral series, a conversation with city council member, and mayoral candidate, Keisha Lance Bottoms.
  • 21: 28 In our affordable housing series, a look at a report by the Urban Institute, which states that, for every “100 extremely low income households, there are only 29 available rental units.” Erika Poethig, director of urban policy initiatives at the Urban Institute tells us why there’s so much demand, but not enough affordable housing.
  • 33:46: The United States Supreme Court has issued a temporary stay for Georgia death row prisoner, Keith Leroy Tharpe, who was scheduled for execution last night. Yesterday, the state board of pardons and parole denied clemency for Tharpe. Tharpe’s attorneys argued that racial bias played a role in his death sentence. Tharpe was sentenced to death for murdering his sister-in-law, Jacqueline Freeman, in 1990 in a confrontation about his wife leaving him. We get the latest from Tharpe’s attorney, Brian Kammer.
  • 44:23: A look at Atlanta Public Schools graduation rate, which was released today by the Georgia Department of Education. The district had a 77 percent graduation rate for the academic year, which is a new district high. APS superintendent, Dr. Meria Carstarphen talks about how APS has improved graduation rates.

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Closer Look: Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Cathy Woolard; Equifax CEO Retires; And More

Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on Equifax CEO Richard Smith who’s retiring. This come after the credit reporting bureau was hacked, which compromised the personal information of at least 143 million consumers.
  • 5:10: In Georgia, the state board of pardons and parole has denied clemency for death row inmate, Keith Tharpe, scheduled for execution at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. Lawyers for Tharpe had argued that racial bias played a role in his death sentence for murdering his sister-in-law, Jacquelin Freeman, in 1990 in a confrontation about his wife leaving him.
  • 6:16: A look at the opioid use management webinar series by the Morehouse School of Medicine, as Dr. Dominic Mack, director of the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine, talks about methods used to diagnose and treat patients with an opioid use disorder, in health care centers across the U.S.
  • 20:09: There is a push for Atlanta to be become an early adopter of driverless cars, as Georgia Tech Associate Professor Michael Hunter, who is also the Director of the Georgia Transportation Institute, talks about how autonomous vehicles will impact traffic in Atlanta.
  • 40:40: In Closer Look’s mayoral series, a conversation with former city council member and president, Cathy Woolard.

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