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As federal money pours into Georgia to end new HIV infections, hundreds of people living with HIV and AIDS are being threatened with eviction. Nonprofit providers accuse the city of being chronically late with a total of $41 million in federal HIV funds — money reserved to provide HIV and AIDS clients a place to live. 

On Monday, the Atlanta City Council voted to appropriate $1.5 million in emergency funding to pay for housing and other services that clients of The Living Room depend on. A lawsuit filed by that organization in July accuses the city of withholding funds.


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The Atlanta City Council has passed a ban on smoking and vaping at the world's busiest airport, as well as a number of public places.

Councilmembers Andre Dickens and Matt Westmoreland spearheaded the proposal, which passed by a majority vote on Monday.

The ordinance bans smoking at Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, which will shutter the smoking rooms inside the airport, as well as the indoor areas of most bars and restaurants.

 

 


 

Atlanta residents on the Westside elected Antonio Brown to be their new city councilman during a runoff on Tuesday night.

Brown, a 34-year-old businessman, defeated former Atlanta Public Schools board member Byron Amos in the runoff for the District 3 post.

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The city of Atlanta will no longer ask how much applicants made at their former jobs when hiring employees.

Last week, mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the question was removed from job applications for city positions in order to level the playing field.

In an interview with WSB-TV, Bottoms said the move isn't meant to specifically target one group of applicants, but the entire potential workforce of the city.

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On Monday, the City of Atlanta agreed to a $1.2 million settlement with former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, who was fired after he wrote a book that compared homosexuality to bestiality.

In 2013, while serving as fire chief, Cochran wrote and distributed a religious book, "Who Told You That You Were Naked," which called homosexuality "vulgar" and a "perversion."

He was then suspended and fired in 2015.

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Transportation is a major issue on the minds of many metro Atlantans.

Several counties will be voting in the coming months on a Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax, or TSPLOST, that could expand public transit beyond Fulton and DeKalb Counties. The municipality of Atlanta has its own decisions to make regarding transit.


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Atlanta’s second-most-powerful elected official has a lot on her plate.

Felicia Moore took over as Atlanta City Council president in January amidst an ongoing federal investigation into City Hall that’s netted several bribery indictments of both employees and contractors.

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There's a measure before the Atlanta City Council that would impose tougher restrictions on newly built music recording studios.

Supporters say it addresses problems with noise in residential areas. Studio owners are calling it misinformed and harmful to Atlanta's $4 billion music industry and 80 privately-owned studios.