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Reed says he will seek reelection

Reed says he will seek reelection

ATLANTA -- During his fourth State of the City address, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced his intention to seek a second term in the mayor's office.

Reed began his remarks by teasing the audience about his future plans. Later in the speech, he said he had given his future considerable thought and that he would be with President Barack Obama during his visit to metro Atlanta on Thursday.

As the crowd held its collective breath, Reed laughed and said he would run again.

The audience broke into a cheering standing ovation as Reed laughed and said, "Fooled you!"

Local artist, 11, pays tribute to Obama as country celebrates inauguration

Today, Barack Obama is sworn in as the nation’s 44th president. And throughout the country, citizens ready for a new administration as the country faces a continuing economic crisis, impassioned conversations and more.

In Atlanta, one young artist encourages people to focus on the positive. Yung Mieo, a budding hip-hop/pop phenom, recognizes President Obama in his song “Hero” and pays tribute to the leader’s influence in his life.

“Hero” uses inspirational imagery in its music video, showcasing Obama on the campaign trail, speaking on the country’s future and mobilizing the nation. Through his lyrics, Yung Mieo assures listeners that he will stand up for them and be their voice when they encounter struggles, as he feels Obama has done for him.

Mary Norwood nominated to Fulton Elections Board

Mary Norwood nominated to Fulton Elections Board

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Republican Party nominated former Atlanta mayoral candidate and Atlanta City Council member Mary Norwood to the Fulton County Elections Board.

She would replace William F. Riley, who resigned.

"With the resignation of our County Party stalwart and former judge, William Riley, from the Board of Elections and the ongoing investigation by the Secretary of State's office, we had to act quickly to find someone with the high caliber of intellect and ability to effect change," Fulton County Republican Party Chairman Roger Bonds said in a statement.

"Mary Norwood is just that kind of person," Bonds added. "Her background as a small business owner, community activist and former elected official gives her the political savvy and professionalism that makes her the ideal person to continue the clean-up work Riley started."

The vote on Norwood's nomination is Jan. 23.

Thousands of Fulton residents vote early

Thousands of Fulton residents vote early

ATLANTA -- More than 100,000 Fulton County residents have already cast their votes for the Nov. 6 election.

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, 117,130 people have voted early at the county's six advance voting locations, according to unofficial data from the county's Department of Registration & Elections.

RELATED | Where can I vote early in Fulton County?

So far, the South Fulton Annex in College Park has received the most early voters, with 27,182 people queuing up to make their voices heard. That location also recorded the longest wait times in the county, with some people standing in line for up to two hours to vote.

The Fulton County Government Center on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta has both the shortest wait time -- at 11 a.m., voters could walk right up to the polls -- and the fewest total number of voters, at 13,073.

City of Atlanta hosts 1st Bicycle Expo!

City of Atlanta hosts 1st Bicycle Expo!

ATLANTA -- Bicycle commuters often look at me sideways for not riding my bicycle to work because I live closeby.  And I must confess, I'd save a lot of money, time and get some exercise to boot if I rode my new 10-speed to work.  During the month of October, the city of Atlanta is hosting its first Cycle Expo at City Hall in the atrium.

Make plans to join the Department of Planning and Community Development, Office of Sustainability and several of our transportation partners for a fun and informative event.

The city of Atlanta has seen a significant increase in the number of bicycle commuters and is committed to adding new bike lanes and routes where feasible.

Over the next three years, the city of Atlanta is poised to construct 34 miles of high-quality bicycle facilities

These projects include:

Sen. Albers debates welfare act with GSU law students

Sen. Albers debates welfare act with GSU law students

ATLANTA -- Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) recently engaged in a discussion and debate with a Law and Social Welfare class at Georgia State University's College of Law.

The topic: House Bill 861, which requires welfare recipients to undergo a drug test before receiving benefits.

Albers has been a staunch supporter of the bill since the beginning. It was signed into law in April.

"This legislation offers families in need a 'hand-up' rather than a 'hand-out,'" Albers said. "HB 861 will help to break the cycle of poverty and drug abuse, and ensure that government tax dollars are not being used to purchase illegal narcotics."

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."