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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 Wednesday to greenlight the nation's first new nuclear reactors in more than 30 years. The two new reactors will be based outside of Augusta at Plant Vogtle, which is already home to two existing nuclear units. 

At a press conference after the vote, Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning said the $14 billion dollar project will bring more than 5,000 jobs to the region 

"These two new units will set the standard for safety and efficiency in the nuclear industry in America," said Fanning. 

Southern Company officials Wednesday appeared at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission offices in downtown Atlanta to update regulators on the progress of the proposed reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta. 

Protestors gathered outside the offices to voice their opposition.

Representatives of several anti-nuclear organizations beat drums, raised placards, and motioned to cars to honk in support. 

Many of the protestors say regulators aren't taking into account the lessons learned from last year's Fukushima meltdown. 

Council Approves Airport Contracts

Jan 4, 2012

Mans Best Friend

Jun 20, 2011

Why do people have such a close bond with dogs?

Laura Miller, a dog agility instructor, told us. “There’s a connectedness between humans and dogs that you just don’t get with other animals. I have had horses, I have had cats but the connection is not the same.”

Today, April 4, is a date that forever holds significance not just for Atlanta but throughout the world. 43 years ago on this day, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

One of the few people to see Dr. King before he left Atlanta was Xerona Clayton. She was working with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

As WABE's Rose Scott reports, now at the age of 81 Clayton vividly recalls that rainy night in Atlanta.

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