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Elly Yu


Elly Yu is a reporter at WABE, where she first got her start in public radio as an graduate student intern in 2013. Since then, she’s reported for WNYC, NPR, and Marketplace among others.  In 2014, Elly was awarded with an immigration reporting fellowship from the Institute for Justice and Journalism.

Elly holds a bachelor’s in international relations from the University of Southern California, and a master’s in journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she co-hosted a podcast. 

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The former DeKalb County school board chairman is fighting to get his elected seat back. Eugene Walker testified in a reinstatement hearing on Wednesday, the third board member to do so.

The governor removed Walker and five other members in February after a state board recommendation, but Walker and his attorney argued that the report that led to his removal was biased and lacked evidence.

The report by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, also known as SACS, said the board was dysfunctional. But Walker disagreed with its findings:

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In wake of the Supreme Court’s decision, the NAACP said Tuesday they will soon push Congress to pass voting protections for minorities.  

Edward DuBose, the president of Georgia’s NAACP says he was appalled by the Court’s decision. 

“Medgar Evers died for that right to vote. Dr. King was killed for the right to vote. The four little girls in Birmingham were killed for the right to vote,” DuBose said at a press conference.

The U.S. Supreme Court justices said the law was based off of old data and didn’t reflect racial progress.

A section of the Atlanta BeltLine.

Expect to see more police officers on the BeltLine starting this week. 

The new Path Force Unit of the Atlanta Police Department begins its patrol this week, said Lt. Jeff Baxter, unit commander of the Path Force Unit. 

Since the Eastside Trail opened in October 2012, a number of armed robberies along the BeltLine has raised public safety concerns.

In response, the Atlanta Police Department has created a specific unit of about 20 officers who will patrol the trail.

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 The U.S House of Representatives voted against its own version of the farm bill Thursday. That raises questions about funding the nation’s farm and nutrition programs this year.

The house bill would have cut more than 20 billion dollars over 10 years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as foods stamps.

Bill Bolling is the executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which distributes more than 30 million pounds of food a year.

Georgia unemployment rate May 2013

Georgia’s unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3 percent in May, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

That’s one-tenth of a percentage point higher from the 8.2 percent in April. However, the rate is eight-tenths of a percentage point lower from 9.1 percent in May last year. 

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the increase comes from more people entering the workforce.