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Deliberations continue on day six in the APS cheating trial


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- For six days and a total of 40 hours, jurors in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial have looked at evidence against the 12 educators accused of racketeering in the largest school cheating trial in the nation.

Of course, no one knows what is happening in the jury room, but we know jurors are looking through lots of documents.

Imagine this – there have been nearly 1 million documents presented in this case. The state has all of the CRCT examinations for students for several years in a locked room.

On Monday, jurors asked to look at tests from Dunbar Elementary School. Attorneys had to go into that locked room to get them – four huge binders filled with test pages.

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War of words over Atlanta Nobel Peace Prize summit


ATLANTA -- A 2015 summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Atlanta is moving ahead, despite the tense relationship between organizers and city leaders. Mayor Kasim Reed withdrew the city's participation in planning the event and requested all references to the city's support be pulled from the event's web site and advertising.

The event, scheduled for Nov. 15-19, has promised to bring at least 21 of the 30 living recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize to Atlanta. Heads of state and thousands of students are expected to attend events at the Georgia Aquarium and Georgia World Congress Center. United Parcel Service Inc. and The Coca-Cola Co. have signed on as significant sponsors.

Four more city workers arrested in scrap metal theft ring


ATLANTA -- Four more city of Atlanta workers were arrested in a scrap metal theft ring Monday afternoon.

The thefts were part of an Atlanta Police Department investigation that broke March 23rd when two longtime Watershed Management workers, Charles Edwards and William Spaulding, were arrested. They were charged with stealing more than $65,000 worth of copper and brass parts and selling them at recycling centers.

Spelman College names new president

Spelman College names new president

ATLANTA -- Spelman College will have a new president this summer.

The Board of Trustees announced Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell will take over the reins as the college's 10th's president on August 1.

Campbell has served as dean emerita of Tisch School of the Arts and university professor at New York University.

Current Spelman President Dr. Beverly Tatum will step down at the end of this school year.

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Children’s Museum of Atlanta announces April programming

Children’s Museum of Atlanta announces April programming

ATLANTA -- Spring has sprung! To celebrate the new season, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta is hosting a full month of educational programming, special events and engaging exhibits for families to enjoy. Whether they are making their own Easter bonnets during “Meet The Holidays: Easter,” practicing eco-friendly habits in the “Super Kids Save the World” exhibit or stirring up some culinary cheer in the “Cooking With Colors” series, children can learn through the power of play! Below is a schedule of exhibit information and special programming for April 2015.

 

Feature Exhibit: “Super Kids Save the World”

Available through May 3, 2015

Stars turn out for John Lewis 75th birthday celebration


ATLANTA -- A star-studded birthday gala was held Saturday for local civil rights icon U.S. Congressman John Lewis.

The event was held at the Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta. It began with a a VIP dinner, which was followed by the gala itself.

Guests included Alfre Woodward, singer Dionne Warwick, Oscar winner Jennifer Holiday and and music duo The Indigo Girls.

The celebration comes on what has been a meaningful year for Lewis. He recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Selma march and joined with thousands across the nation including the president and the first lady.

Lewis made that original trek with Martin Luther King Jr. and others demanding voting rights.

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Police Chief Cassandra Jones has announced her retirement effective April 7, 2015. 

“Chief Jones will be greatly missed. Her work was a key part of our crime prevention efforts in this county,” says Chairman John H. Eaves.  “Due to her emphasis on community oriented policing, burglaries in our unincorporated area decreased by more than 22 percent during her tenure.”

Chief Jones has served with the Fulton County Police Department since December 17, 1979. She has served as Police Chief since October 9, 2007.  She is the only female to serve as Fulton County Police Chief.

“We thank Chief Jones for her 35 years of service to the citizens of Fulton County, and extend best wishes to her on her retirement,” said County Manager Dick Anderson.

Assistant Police Chief Gary D. Stiles will serve as Interim Chief until a permanent replacement is named.