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Can casinos deliver on their promises?
The $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor casino resort, shown in this artist’s rendering, will feature restaurants by celebrity chefs, luxury shops, a 3,000-seat theater and a hotel with 308 rooms and suites. The project is expected to open late this year in Maryland. MGM hopes a change in law will allow it to operate in Georgia, where opposition to casino gambling remains strong.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Undaunted by this year’s failed effort in the state Legislature, casino gaming interests are setting up to pitch lawmakers in next year’s session on putting a constitutional amendment on the ballot allowing gambling in Georgia.In August, the Committee to Preserve HOPE Scholarships, an education coalition backed in part by gaming ...
Metro Atlanta races on the November ballot
Metro Atlanta voters will decide a slew of local races and issues on Nov. 8.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

The contentious presidential race has attracted most of the attention this election cycle. But in metro Atlanta, a slew of important local contests are on the Nov. 8 ballot.Atlanta and Fulton County transportation sales tax referendums could affect commuters throughout the region. Gwinnett voters will consider a sales tax for ...
Police: baby was in car for five hours
An 18-month-old was found in a car Friday evening. (Credit: Atlanta Police Department)

9:09 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Atlanta police are looking for the parents of an 18-month-old who was in a car for five hours Friday evening.According to police spokesman Officer Donald Hannah, the girl was left on the corner of Lee Street and Oglethorpe Road in southwest Atlanta near a Bank of America parking lot.The child ...
Atlanta officer trapped in car during crash
An APD officer was trapped in a car in a crash at Forsyth and Marietta streets. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Updated: 8:17 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

An Atlanta police officer and two prisoners were trapped in their vehicle Friday morning after it was struck by a taxi, officials said.Atlanta fire officials used the Jaws of Life to free the officer and prisoners, police spokeswoman Kim Jones said.The crash happened at Forsyth and Marietta streets. The officer’s ...
Roswell councilman Igleheart accused of 4-year relationship with teen
Roswell City Councilman Kent Igleheart was elected to the council in 2001. (Credit: City of Roswell website)

Updated: 6:52 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Roswell City Councilman Kent Igleheart has been arrested in DeKalb County following an alleged four-year sexual relationship with an underage girl, starting when she was 13.Igleheart was arrested Thursday during an undercover sting operation after police say he rented a hotel room at the Days Inn on Northlake Parkway to ...
Roswell councilman Igleheart accused of sexual relationship with teen
Roswell City Councilman Kent Igleheart was charged with sexual exploitation of a child and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

6:44 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

When a 53 year-old Roswell city councilman arrived at Northlake Mall on Thursday, he expected to meet the teenage girl he’d had a sexual relationship with for four years, since she was 13, DeKalb County Police said. Instead, Kent Igleheart was met by officers who had controlled the girl’s phone ...
Fugitive on the run after injuring U.S. Marshal
A U.S. Marshal was struck by a car near the West End Mall. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Updated: 6:11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

A U.S. Marshal was injured Friday after a fugitive pinned him between two cars. And that man remains on the run.According to U.S. Marshal Supervisory Inspector Jim Joyner, the officer and other undercover agents arrived at a business along West Whitehall Street in southwest Atlanta in a silver van. The ...
Bill Torpy at large: McIver feared crime but he was the menace
Claud “Tex” McIver confers with his lawyers. (Image courtesy of Channel 2 Action News)

5:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Claud “Tex” McIver has carved out a successful career as a prominent lawyer and behind-the-scenes force in the Republican Party. He is “extremely achievement-oriented,” “optimistic,” “energetic” and, according to an old psychological report, “capable of exerting control.” Yet he’s the type of person who shouldn’t have a gun, because for ...
Morehouse College changes cost students, stirs critics
Morehouse College changed housing regulations, requiring more students to live on campus and pay the $13,000 yearly room and board fee, stirring some criticism. Here, the statue of Martin Luther King Jr. stands in front of King’s Chapel on Morehouse College campus. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

4:48 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Changes in housing policy at Atlanta’s historically black Morehouse College means students must live on campus until they are seniors and pay more than $13,000 a year in room and board.Morehouse is requiring all freshmen, sophomores and juniors to live on campus. Previously, a student could move off campus after ...
Are driverless vehicles the future of North Ave?
The city of Atlanta is seeking manufacturers of driverless cars with whom to partner in a test of “smart street” technology planned in the coming years for North Avenue.

4:24 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Driverless vehicles may soon make their way down one of Atlanta’s busiest streets.The city plans to turn North Avenue into a “smart street” over the next few years and it issued an RFI or “Request for Information” for companies that manufacture or promote autonomous vehicles to help.Leaders want to use ...
Atlanta schools to add security after football game shooting
AJC file

3:46 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

The Atlanta school district will increase security around high school football games after a student was shot after a game last weekend.District police officers will now escort teams and bands traveling to and from home and away games. Officers will also be stationed at school parking lots where parents are ...
Teen who crashed stolen SUV on top of house dies

3:31 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

The teen who was ejected from a stolen SUV after crashing it on top of a house in southwest Atlanta has died, officials said.Terrell King, 16, of Stone Mountain, died from his injuries Wednesday, officials with the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office said.King was driving a Dodge Journey at a ...
More than 21K turn out for early voting in north Fulton County
A line of residents participating in early voting snakes outside to the steps of the Roswell Public Library at Norcross Street on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. 

2:21 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

As the first week of early voting in Fulton County wraps up, election officials say they like the momentum they’re seeing.   Unofficial results show that more than 54,000 people across Fulton County have participated in early voting as of Thursday evening.   Click below to see voter turnout in each of the ...
MARTA, roads on ballot with Clinton, Trump
MARTA said it plans to expand bus routes and extend hours in Atlanta if city voters approve a half-penny sales tax increase on the Nov. 8 ballot.

12:33 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Atlantans will give more than their input on who should be the next president of the United States when they go to the polls Nov. 8.They’ll also choose whether to bump up the city’s sales tax by almost a penny to pay for improvements to MARTA train stations, synchronize traffic ...
Driver killed in crash with MARTA bus
A car was traveling west on Campbellton Road when it veered into the east lane and hit a MARTA bus. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Updated: 12:09 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

A driver was killed when his car crashed into a MARTA bus Friday morning in southwest Atlanta.Police responded to a call about an accident in the 2500 block of Campbellton Road just before 7:50 a.m., Atlanta police Lt. Dorian Graham said. A 2011 Chevy Malibu was headed west on Campbellton ...
MARTA’s expansion, BeltLine completion on November ballot
Visitors walk along the Atlanta beltline by Ponce City Market in Atlanta. The city has two transportation-related amendments on the upcoming November 8 ballot. A yes vote would raise sales taxes by four-tenths of a penny for the city T-SPLOST, that would include buying the rest of the Beltline right of way, and half a penny for MARTA respectively. (DAVID BARNES / DAVID.BARNES@AJC.COM)

11:26 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Four years after a regional transportation referendum went down in flames, Atlanta residents will decide next month whether to go it alone to raise millions for city roads, sidewalks and bike trails and billions for what boosters say is the biggest expansion of MARTA in a generation. There’s a lot ...
City makes housing affordable in Mechanicsville
The Mechanicsville Cityside community south of downtown Atlanta features 74 detached houses in the community near Turner Field. The public-private venture between the state, city and private sector developers is a first of its kind, offering homes at rents affordable for households earning 60 percent of the area median income. Residents can obtain the homes through a lease-purchase arrangement. J. Scott Trubey/strubey@ajc.com

8:21 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Low-income residents looking for affordable housing in Atlanta got a boost recently with the construction of new homes in Mechanicsville.Builders Summech Community Development Corporation and Columbia Residential teamed up with the city and the state of Georgia to construct 66 single family homes and renovate eight existing houses for people ...
’We’re going to find you’: Activists search for child’s attacker
Atlanta police released a sketch of a man accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl on her way to school. KELLY LAWSON / GBI

Updated: 7:54 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Community leaders on Thursday increased efforts to find a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl walking to school.The girl was heading down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard about 9 a.m. Sept. 29 when a man dragged her into a wooded area in Mozley Park in southwest Atlanta, forced ...
Close to Home for Oct. 22
“Fall Family Fun Days” is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and each Saturday through Nov. 7. $15, free for children 2 and under. The Rock Ranch, 5020 Highway 36, Barnesville, founded by the late Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy. Today’s “Great Outdoor Adventure” will include canoe racing, archery and reptile shows. “Not-So-Spooky” Halloween is Oct. 29 and National Pumpkin Destruction Day is Nov. 5. Continuing attractions include zip lines, pony rides, pedal karts, carousel, locomotive train, hay rides, petting zoo, corn maze and Tiny Town. TheRockRanch.com. Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC

12:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Church Yard Sale in AtlantaChurch Yard Sale to benefit youth programs. 8 a.m. to noon today. Front parking lot, Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-875-7591, dhpc.org.Hipster Yard Sale ATL in DecaturHipster Yard Sale ATL. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Free. Chapel Hill Park, ...
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