WABE's Week In Review: Regulations on transgender high school athletes end Georgia's legislative session as campaigns for 2022 ramp up

Legislators celebrate the end of the 2021 legislative session, in the Senate chamber at the State Capitol late Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Georgia’s legislative session came to end this week.

With just minutes left in the session on Monday, Republican lawmakers passed a bill potentially paving the way for restrictions on transgender kids playing school sports.

As the session ends, the campaigns gear up…

Georgia’s primary election is next month, and we can expect an election season at least as intense as the 2020 election. WABE is launching our Georgia Votes 2022 podcast just for the campaign season.

Housing advocates want feds to intervene at Forest Cove…

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A recent WABE investigation documented how government officials stood by as Forest Cove received hundreds of code violations and failed federal inspections. One resident, a woman named Ms. Peaches, still pushed for change. (Alphonso Whitfield/WABE)

Local and national housing advocates are calling for the federal government to investigate the owner of Atlanta’s deteriorating Forest Cove apartments.

Georgia eyes its energy future while dealing with its past…

Regulators are scheduled on Dec. 20, 2022, to decide the company’s request for a 12% rate increase worth $2.9 billion over three years. (AP Photo/Branden Camp, File)

While Georgia Power is planning to retire its coal fleet, the state’s biggest utility still has to deal with coal ash, a byproduct from burning all that coal.

Also in this episode…

–Martha Dalton looks at how Georgia’s childcare facilities are dealing with the higher cost of doing business.

–Emily Wu Pearson hears from Georgia immigration advocates about the federal government’s plan to close a detention facility in Alabama.

–Emil Moffatt looks at how Atlanta artists are using NFTs to support their work in the latest Tech Cast episode.