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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. 

Dekalb World Refugee Day
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DeKalb County on Tuesday honored thousands of refugees who’ve made the county their new home.

Some dozen refugee families and several Atlanta-based service organizations attended the proclamation in commemoration of World Refugee Day on June 20.

Joshua Htu William came from Burma, also known as Myanmar, three years ago with his wife and two kids after living in a refugee camp. He says he’s happy to be recognized and acknowledged by the community.

Georgia DOL
Georgia Dept. of Labor

The state of Georgia is trying to collect millions of dollars of unemployment benefits. A federal audit shows Georgia’s labor department made overpayments due to outdated systems.

From 2008 to 2011, the state overpaid by $58.7 million in unemployment checks, according to the audit.

“To be quite frank, in a lot of instances, we saw people getting unemployment benefits that did not qualify,” said Mark Butler, Georgia’s Labor Commissioner.

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A report by a Georgia State University researcher found the Clean Air Act of 1970 actually caused more rainfall in metro Atlanta by decreasing pollution.

Jeremy Diem, an associate professor of geography at Georgia State, collected data from nine weather stations around Atlanta dating back to 1948.

He found that in the 1950s and 1960s, heavy summer rainfall decreased in urban Atlanta compared to rural parts of Atlanta.

Georgia License Plate
Georgia Department of Revenue

An Atlanta man who filed a lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Driver Services for rejecting his request for a personal license plate had his case settled Wednesday.

James Cyrus Gilbert submitted an application requesting one of three options for his new license plate: GAYPWR, GAYGUY and 4GAYLIB.

The Georgia Department of Revenue, which manages vanity license plates, denied all three requests.  He and his attorneys filed a lawsuit against the department in January.

PulteGroup Pulte Homes logo

One of the nation’s largest homebuilders is moving its corporate headquarters from the Detroit area to Atlanta.

PulteGroup is expected to bring more than 300 jobs when it arrives here next summer.

The company decided to move as more of its customers have been based in the Southeast over the past several years, said Valerie Dolenga, a spokeswoman for PulteGroup.

“Atlanta is a great hub for us to office our operations, and gives us easy access to a lot of the major markets that we build in,” she said.