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Georgia Aquarium fights in court to acquire belugas

ATLANTA -- Representatives from the Georgia Aquarium appeared in federal court Friday to continue the fight to bring belugas from Russia to the United States.

The aquarium argued that the belugas would thrive at its facility and that bringing the whales to Atlanta will benefit the species.

Tuberculosis drives latest push to close downtown homeless shelter

ATLANTA -- The mayor of Atlanta is vowing to shut down an embattled homeless shelter but for a brand new reason. He says its a breeding ground for a dangerous strain of tuberculosis that's gone nationwide.

Falcons interest in stadium hotel pitched

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The Atlanta Falcons appear to be interested in getting into the hotel business -- and the hotel would be right next to their new one-and-a-half billion dollar stadium, due to open in 2017.

The hotel would be built just a few steps away. The Georgia World Congress Center has been planning the hotel for months. But the partnership with the Falcons is a new wrinkle, revealed when the state quietly issued paperwork seeking proposals from developers to build what the state envisions as a gleaming high rise hotel northeast of the stadium.

Scramble to avoid Falcons traffic nightmare Friday

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The Atlanta Falcons will make their preseason debut Friday night, and they'll play alongside what may be the city's biggest construction zone -- for the new Falcons stadium.

Traffic will be a mess regardless, because both Martin Luther King Drive and Spring Street are closed. The question is what will happen on Mitchell Street. It normally carries a lot of Georgia Dome traffic, but has been closed for months, thanks to stadium construction. It's supposed to open by Friday – unless it doesn't.

A drive from the state capitol to the Georgia Dome has become a circuitous route, with construction blocking access at the stadium site, leading to a meandering detour through the narrow streets of the adjacent Castleberry Hill community.

Fulton County BOC approves funding to improve efficiency of the elections process

Fulton County BOC approves funding to improve efficiency of the elections process

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- At the Aug. 5 board meeting, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the purchase of an election/asset management system and Poll Worker on-line training software system recommended by the county’s Department of Registration and Elections. Both systems will align the department to continue resolving issues that arose during the general election and general election runoff of 2008 as well as the primary and general elections of 2012.

“The approval to implement these two systems should improve our department’s ability to conduct elections more efficiently,” states Rick Barron, Director of the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections. “The 2016 Election Year is fast approaching and having these two systems in place will enable us to be better prepared for the expected increase in turn-out due to it being a Presidential Election year.”

Elderly residents told to return to Friendship Towers despite heat

ATLANTA -- Mayor Kasim Reed got another firsthand look at the issues involving the ongoing fight over living conditions at Friendship Towers.

Reed visited the building and met with residents on Wednesday. He's working to determine what issues still exist with the air conditioning -- and other problems

OSHA: AJC cited for dismemberment, electrocution dangers

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is facing steep federal fines for allegedly putting its workers in harm's way, the U.S. Department of Labor confirmed on Wednesday.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing over $65,000 in fines against the newspaper for "repeatedly exposing workers to amputation, electrocution and other workplace hazards."

"A lack of safety mechanisms continues to be one of the most frequently cited violations and that is unacceptable," said William Fulcher, OSHA's director of the Atlanta-East Area Office. "Management needs to take immediate action to remove these hazards from the workplace."

Inspections were performed in March as part of the agency's national emphasis program on amputations and citations were issued on July 30.