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City hopes for federal funds to expand streetcar project


ATLANTA -- Atlanta is fighting for millions in federal funding in hopes of expanding its streetcar project.

On Tuesday, the city held its last public hearing on the overall $3.6 billion, 25-year transportation plan. A part of that is to expand the Atlanta Streetcar to the city's BeltLine. To do it, the hopes to win nearly $30 million in federal grant money.

To make their case, city officials have to prove the streetcar's success and importance. Right now, the downtown loop covers 2.7 miles.

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Judge: Friendship Towers tenants won't pay rent in July


ATLANTA – Tenants of Friendship Towers won't have to pay rent for the month of July, a judge ruled on Friday.

Residents of the high rise complex have had weeks of air conditioning problems.

Judge Jerry Baxter's order came a day after a visit to the apartments. The judge said that while conditions aren't horrible, they are not ideal.

Any tenants that can prove they have a health condition that is negatively affected by the heat will be relocated to a hotel paid for by Friendship Baptist Church, which owns the building.

King's daughter reacts to Charleston church massacre


ATLANTA (WXIA) – An image that was shared on television and across the internet all day on Thursday was one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speaking at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church in 1962.

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More than 50 years later, that same church, once again, finds itself at the center of a battle against hate.

"It's a shame that you can't go to a church – to give God all the praise without an incident like that occurring," said James Johnson, visitor to Atlanta's National Center for Civil and Human Rights. "It kind of takes me back to four little girls."

The Centennial Park fountain is usually a good spot to beat the heat


ATLANTA (WXIA) – The Fountain of Rings in Centennial Olympic Park is usually a cool spot with wet screaming kids running around, delighted to run through the water that shoots-up from the ground. But the famous fountain has been closed for two days maintenance.

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The famous Olympic rings are dry and hot.

Friendship Towers residents sweltering as air still doesn't work


ATLANTA (WXIA) – The summer's scorching temperatures have been especially hard on the residents of the federally subsidized Friendship Towers apartment community on Northside Drive.

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The community has been plagued with broken air conditioning for the past month – and according to some residents, for as long as five or more years.

Residents there go back to court on Friday as part of their lawsuit, which alleges that living conditions there are unacceptable. One of their charges is that the air conditioning does not work properly.

Friendship Towers AC issue lands in court


ATLANTA -- A judge heard community concerns Friday about why deadlines haven't been met to fix air conditioning at Friendship Towers in Atlanta.

Several residents of the complex have complained that they've been without relief from the heat for weeks. Lawyers asked the judge to find Friendship Towers in contempt of court for failing to comply with Judge Gail Tusan's orders to provide residents with additional cooling units.

Attorneys for Friendship Baptist Church, which owns the complex, argued that they weren't required to provides units for all residents -- only those who requested them.

Suspect steals beer and cigarettes from Atlanta store


ATLANTA -- A man is accused of smashing a convenience store's window in order to steal Bud Light and cigarettes.

The break-in happened shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday at International Peach Mart in the 200 block of Peachtree Street NE.

Police responded to an alarm call at the store and discovered someone had used a cinder block to break a window and get inside. The store owner reported beer and 20 cartons of cigarettes stolen.

About 30 minutes after the break-in, an Atlanta Police officer witnessed a fight between two men at the intersection of Mitchell and Broad streets. One of the men ran when he saw the officer.