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Help arrives for Atlanta seniors without AC


ATLANTA -- Residents of a low income high rise apartment building near the Georgia are finally getting relief from the heat.

Residents at the Friendship Towers on Northside Drive had been told that their air conditioning wouldn't be fixed until May or early June. However, the facility's management company was able to secure a temporary unit on Thursday.

Workers have begun the unit's installation, but residents say it's just the latest chapter in a frustrating and potentially dangerous saga.

David Perkins is wheelchair bound and disabled. Like many residents of the facility, he lives on Social Security payments of less than $1,000 a month. He said this week's air conditioning problems are nothing new.

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Locals angry over possible three week heat streak at senior complex


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ATLANTA -- A well-known senior facility is without air conditioning and now community leaders are urging management to get it fixed or make arrangements for residents to stay elsewhere.

11Alive was in downtown Atlanta at Friendship Towers at Northside Dr. and Mitchell St. Wednesday afternoon. The apartment building is owned by Friendship Baptist Church, which used to be located across Northside Dr. -- until 2013 when the Atlanta Falcons bought the church buildings and the property they were on for $19.5 million, to make way for the new Falcons stadium.

Convenience store clerk shot during robbery


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ATLANTA -- Atlanta police are looking for a gunman who shot a store clerk early Wednesday morning.

The entire incident was caught on surveillance camera.

Officers said a man walked into the Vine City Supermarket on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard -- and got into a scuffle with the clerk.

The footage shows a brief struggle after which the man shoots the clerk in the leg.

The clerk then hobbles behind the counter and gives the suspect all of the money out of the register.

Police are now searching for that gunman.

Fulton County holds 'Food Talk' sessions to teach about nutrition

Fulton County holds 'Food Talk' sessions to teach about nutrition

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- SNAP-Ed Food Talk sessions offered by Fulton County Cooperative Extension are designed to teach healthy eating on a budget for low-income parents (and other low-income individuals) who receive SNAP benefits. As the cornerstone of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition assistance programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) plays a vital role in helping to improve nutrition in the Nation among low-income individuals.

The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.

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Gov. Deal signs $21.8 billion state budget


ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law the bill establishing Georgia's 2016 budget.

Deal said the $21.8 billion budget will keep the state competitive in certain key areas, including education, public safety, healthcare and economic development.

"Our decisions on what to fund each year carry a great deal of weight," Deal said in a statement. "I commend the general assembly for working with me to produce a balanced budget that reflects the needs of our agencies and the people of this great state."

More than half a billion dollars of the budget will go to K-12 education. Deal said the money will help restore instructional days, eliminate furloughs and raise teachers' salaries. Part of the budget will also expand the number of strategic industries where the full cost of tuition is covered for students at the state's technical colleges.

FAA head announces Pathfinder program for drones


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The Federal Aviation Administration made two major announcements on Wednesday about the future of unmanned aircraft, or drones, in the United States. The announcement came at the Unmanned Systems Conference, being held at the Georgia World Congress Center.

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Most people at the conference this week are here to see drones and other unmanned devices that can fly in the air and do all sorts of tricks and tasks. But the star of the show was a regular old human being, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, who has his eyes on the future.

Woman shot by APD had long arrest record


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ATLANTA -- The woman shot and killed by Atlanta Police near the Fulton County Courthouse had been arrested multiple times, most recently in March 2015. One of those arrests included stealing a police patrol car.

Twenty-five-year-old Alexia Christian was in the back of a patrol car Thursday evening when she somehow escaped her handcuffs and began firing a weapon of her own. Atlanta Police said she was arrested for driving a stolen car.

Police say she fired at least twice, officers fired back, and she was shot and killed.