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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Wednesday signed an executive order mandating face masks in Georgia's largest city in an attempt to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control. 

The decision defies the governor's executive order that stops short of such a mandate.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says she has tested postive for COVID-19, although she is asymptomatic. 

In a tweet Monday, the mayor said "COVID-19 has literally hit home."

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has lifted the evening curfew for the city of Atlanta, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Hours after a peaceful protest against police brutality filtered through downtown Atlanta and hours before the National Guard was deployed to curb a splinter group’s looting and vandalizing, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms had one message: Go home.

“This is not a protest, this is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.,” she said, emotion filling her voice. “This is chaos. A protest has a purpose.”

As night fell on the city of Atlanta Friday, a smaller group of demonstrators remained in the area near CNN Center and agitation filled the air.

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Gov. Brian Kemp called out as many as 500 National Guard troops shortly after midnight, hours into violent and destructive protests across Atlanta and Buckhead.

Fires damaged several restaurants including Del Frisco’s Grille across from Lenox Mall and Atlanta Fire Rescue crews reported fire and heavy smoke near The Tabernacle and called in help from Cobb County firefighters.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced on Thursday a five-phase plan for opening the city. The announcement comes about a month after the mayor created an advisory council to help her plan the city’s eventual reopening.

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In the hours after Gov. Brian Kemp announced the plan to reopen parts of Georgia’s economy, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told CNN’s Chris Cuomo she was “at a loss” trying to understand the governor’s decision.

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Atlanta's hospitals could reach capacity by May 3 if the current rate of coronavirus infection continues,  Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Monday. 

The Atlanta mayor spoke on a public online conference call from her home where she is self-quarantining with her husband and four children.


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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has issued an executive order directing Atlanta police officers not to enforce laws prohibiting selling alcohol to-go from bars and restaurants. 

It's the latest in a series of emergency measures she's taken to both limit the spread of the coronavirus and support those who have been impacted economically by the pandemic.


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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued a state of emergency Sunday as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia ticked to 99.  

The declaration bans gatherings of more than 250 people and gives Bottoms the authority to close roads, impose curfews and shut down businesses. 

Shortly after the mayor's announcement, the CDC updated its recommendations to limit gatherings to 50 people. The mayor later said she might revise her order. 

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms issued an executive order Tuesday to create the Office of Inspector General.

“The Inspector General will serve as an independent set of eyes, ears and teeth to root out misconduct and waste in a manner that is completely separate from any political influence,” Bottoms said in a news release.

The mayor's office started looking last year at ways to evaluate its legislative and administrative policies related to ethics and transparency.

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How can the city of Atlanta become a leader in mental health reform? Will the city institute an anti-idling law to improve air quality? How have pay raises affected the city's police force?

In the October installment of our Ask: The Mayor series with GPB's Rickey Bevington, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answers these questions amd more submitted by our listeners.

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HIGHLIGHTS This conversation has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

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A spokesman for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says a recent audit into city hiring practices is "contradictory."

Atlanta City Council commissioned the internal audit earlier this year. It came after an investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which found that eight staffers were issued checks through the city's payroll system weeks before they received official job offers using funds from the airport and public works. 

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Whether you live in the city of Atlanta, commute to work there or only pass through occasionally, getting around Atlanta can be a hassle. 

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms talked about redesigning how Atlanta moves people through its streets during our monthly Ask The Mayor show with GPB's All Things Considered Host, Rickey Bevington.


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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a memorial for victims of the Atlanta Child Murders will be placed outside of Atlanta City Hall.

During her Ask: The Mayor monthly conversation with GPB’s Rickey Bevington, Bottoms said the memorial will be in a green space on the Mitchell Street side of City Hall and there will also be an exhibit at Atlanta’s airport.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during the I Will Vote Fundraising Gala Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Atlanta.
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is hitting the campaign trail to stump for former Vice President Joe Biden.

Bottoms announced on Twitter she will travel to South Carolina, an important early primary state, to appear at events and fundraisers for the Biden campaign.

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How is Atlanta keeping pedestrians, bicyclists and scooter riders safe? Why are solid waste bills suddenly so high? Will the city build more parks? 

In the August installment of our Ask: The Mayor series with GPB’s Rickey Bevington, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answers those listener questions and more.

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Watch Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answer questions from the community about everything from electronic scooters to tax revenue and the city's relationship to the rest of Georgia.

Submit your questions for the mayor on Twitter with the hashtag #QuestionsForKeisha, by email at allATL@gpb.org or post questions during the live stream on the GPB News Facebook page on Friday, Aug. 16 beginning at 10 a.m.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced on Thursday a nighttime ban on e-scooters and bikes. Starting Friday, the dockless devices won’t be available for rent between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.

The decision comes on the heels of multiple fatal crashes involving scooter riders. Four riders have been hit and killed since May.


Live stage productions and plays can frustrate the deaf community. That’s why a pair of UGA alumni decided to create their non-profit, Hands In! It’s a theater company in Athens that produces original plays in American Sign Language. The co-founders and directors want to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds by spreading awareness of ASL in dramatic media.

Beach and Ede spoke with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about their latest production, Wanderland. They also talked about their plans to expand on arts and culture for members of the deaf community. 


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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is headed to Washington D.C. Wednesday to testify in front of a Senate committee about the city’s plans for climate change.

Other Georgia municipalities across the state are dealing with higher temperatures and extreme weather. Southern leaders, regardless of politics, are now taking actions to mitigate local effects of climate change, all while the federal government continues to roll back protections.


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Atlanta's jail task force held its first meeting Tuesday afternoon.  

The 25-member group will help determine the future of the city's detention center and how the space will be repurposed.  

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The mayor of Atlanta has signed legislation banning smoking and vaping in enclosed areas such as bars, restaurants and the smoking rooms in one of the world's busiest airports.

The legislation signed by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will go into effect on Jan. 2.

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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.

 

 


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Atlanta is launching a new comprehensive plan to address affordable housing in the city, but one expert thinks it doesn't go far enough.


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In this month's edition of Ask: The Mayor with Rickey Bevington, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answers your questions on issues ranging from redeveloping the Gulch, preserving the city's tree canopy, attracting and retaining police officers and where to put a statue of hometown sports hero, Evander Holyfield.


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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed legislation Tuesday aimed at closing the city's jail. 

Standing outside the city's detention center, surrounded by community advocates, Bottoms approved forming a task force to determine how to close and repurpose the facility.  


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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined Rickey Bevington live on 88.5 FM GPB at 10 a.m. Tuesday to answer your questions and discuss Atlanta's most pressing issues.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined GPB's Rickey Bevington live on 88.5 FM GPB at 10 a.m. Tuesday to answer your questions and discuss Atlanta's most pressing issues. 

Watch the Facebook Live video below.

This will be a monthly conversation so submit your questions for the mayor on Twitter with the hashtag #QuestionsForKeisha or by email at allATL@gpb.org.

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Vice President Mike Pence had strong words for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms during a stop in Atlanta Thursday. 

Speaking to a crowd of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at an Atlanta-area office, Pence said he had just heard about Bottoms' 2018 decision to move detainees from the city jail and not accept any new ones. 

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