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Tasnim Shamma


Tasnim Shamma joined WABE 90.1 FM as a reporter in November 2014. She comes to Atlanta from Charlotte, where she spent more than two years at the NPR member station WFAE. 

Prior to that, she was a Kroc fellow reporting, writing, editing, blogging and producing for NPR’s Digital News Desk, Weekends on All Things Considered, the National Desk in Washington, D.C. and the NPR member station WLRN, based in The Miami Herald newsroom.

She graduated from Princeton's Class of 2011, where she was executive editor for multimedia for The Daily Princetonian. She worked as a video intern, copy editor and reporter at The Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek in New York City and The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. She grew up in Queens, New York and now lives in Lilburn with her husband.

A 'vote here' sign near Smitha Middle School in the city of Marietta. The city voted July 12 to impose term limits of three consecutive four-year terms on council members and the position of mayor.
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Marietta is now one of seven cities in Georgia where city council members have term limits.

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On July 12, council members voted 6-1 to approve the term limits.

Term limits are popular campaign promises, but Georgia State political science professor Jeff Lazarus said it doesn’t live up to the hype.

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Both of Georgia’s senators are expected to vote in favor of the latest version of the Senate health care plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which was released Thursday.

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If there's a universal truth in politics, it's that no elected official wants to say they raised taxes. 

But town hall meetings to discuss property tax increases are especially popular this summer.

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Political Science professor David Shock specializes in local tax policy at Kennesaw State University. Shock said the improving economy and pressure to raise wages is partly to blame.

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MARTA is working to roll out a mobile ticketing system on trains and buses over the next few years.
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Starting this weekend, blue Breeze Cards will no longer work on MARTA buses and at rail stations. They’re being replaced by silver Breeze Cards, which the transit agency says are more secure because of their embedded computer chips.

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Meanwhile, MARTA is working on a mobile payment system so you can get rid of cards altogether and use a smartphone to pay for your ride.

Georgia Tech engineering professor Chuck Zhang shows off the multi-material 3D-printer that uses several different materials to make the 3-D printed heart valve.
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Heart valves are the tubes that carry blood through your heart. As we age, sometimes they get clogged and need to be replaced.

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To help cardiologists pick the right size of prosthetic valves, researchers at Georgia Tech teamed up with scientists at the Piedmont Heart Institute to develop 3-D-printed heart valves.