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Al Thurman, a former Powder Springs City Council member, will become the first African-American mayor of any city in Cobb County.

He won a run-off election Tuesday -- a sign, experts say, that demographics in the city are changing.

Al Thurman defeated Powder Springs physician and councilman Chris Wizner, by 179 votes, or more than 14 percent.

Changing Demographics

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday on a 1987 death penalty case from Georgia. The issue is how lawyers consider race when choosing juries.

Nearly 20 years after Timothy Tyrone Foster was sentenced to death, defense attorneys found evidence that suggests prosecutors had eliminated potential black jurors because of their race.

Beacon Municipal Center in Decatur
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Decatur residents are concerned. Home prices are rising, and the city is losing its African-American population.

On Monday night, city commissioners voted to approve a $109,000 contract to hold public meetings about how to keep the city diverse, welcoming and affordable over the next six months. The goal is to come up with a Community Action Plan document for city commissioners to adopt. 

Recently, fliers from the Ku Klux Klan passed out in several Atlanta neighborhoods have been causing a stir.

Residents found the fliers on their cars.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports an official with the KKK confirmed it was from a North Carolina chapter.

The fliers reportedly were passed out in the Candler Park and Cabbagetown neighborhoods.

The messaging indicated crime statistics involving blacks as perpetrators.

Atlanta wasn’t specifically targeted, but instead it’s part of a national initiative to recruit potential new members.

NPR's Michele Norris, during her interview with WABE's Denis O'Hayer about "The Race Card Project."  The conversation took place at Georgia State University on April 3, 2014.
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NPR's Michele Norris, former regular host of "All Things Considered," just won a Peabody Award from the University of Georgia for her self-funded work, "The Race Card Project."  It invites people to submit 6-word phrases or sentences, describing their experiences and impressions of race in America.  

In a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, Norris talked about how the project has grown, and about the effects it is having on people who take part in it.