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Georgia Tech Computer Science Assistant Professor Bistra Dilkina worked with three student interns during this summer's Data Science for Social Good internship program. She helped students develop an online tool for New American Pathways.
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It can take a while for refugees to get the paperwork they need to get a driver’s license or be able to afford a car. So they need easy access to public transit, supermarkets, schools and low rents. So the city of Clarkston, just outside Interstate-285 in DeKalb County, is an ideal location.

But Clarkston is just 1.4 square miles and it’s running out of space as refugees decide they actually want to stay there.

The resettlement agency New American Pathways helps place more than 500 refugees in metro Atlanta each year. Many end up in Clarkston.

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Local No. 7, the only bar on Tucker's Main Street, was packed Tuesday night with regulars as well as politicians, business owners, families and even some uniformed boy scouts. The rest of the country might have been talking about the Super Tuesday elections, but the main topic of conversation at the center of this newly-formed city was the local election of one mayor and six city council members.

In the crowd, the candidates were almost indistinguishable from the voters. Tucker citizens from multiple generations greeted one another by name as they awaited the election results.

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Last week, some DeKalb County voters cast ballots on whether or not to create the cities of Tucker and LaVista Hills. Now, supporters of incorporation in the Southern part of the county say it's their turn for a referendum, which needs state legislative approval. 

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Friday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Georgia Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Office

After winning a referendum to incorporate earlier this week, residents in Tucker now face the prospect of creating metro Atlanta’s newest city.

Officials with the cityhood movement, though, say they've got some time to figure out the finer details.  

Voters Tuesday approved the measure for Tucker to incorporate by nearly 3-to-1, or 3,937 votes to 1,389 votes. Population estimates for the planned city stand at around 30,000.