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Sources Say APS Judge To Modify Sentences: You Have To Follow The Will Of The People

April 30th is when reports indicate that Fulton County Judge Jerry Baxter will re-sentence some of the Atlanta Public School cheating trial defendants. Expectations are that the harshest sentences will be modified. The three former […]

WAOK-AM–04/21/2015

The Thomas family follows the casket of Nicholas Thomas. He was laid to rest on April 18, 2015. (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)

Nicholas Thomas Buried What’s Next: Today We Mourn Tomorrow We Fight

“Today, I don’t come as an attorney, I don’t come as an activist, I don’t come as a revolutionary, I come as a believer in God”. Attorney Mawuli Mel Davis, addressed mourners during Saturday’s funeral […]

WAOK-AM–04/20/2015

Congress Hank Johnson stands to the right of Nicholas Thomas' casket (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)

Spring To Action For Positive Change: Congressman Hank Johnson Speaks At Funeral For Nicholas Thomas

Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) was among the speakers at the funeral for Nicholas Thomas. The 23 year old was shot and killed by a Smyrna (GA) police officer on March 24, 2015. Thomas’ funeral was […]

WAOK-AM–04/20/2015

Steel blue casket of Nicholas Thomas is pushed out of Ebenezer Baptist Church (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)

Young Black Men Being Shot Has Got To Stop: Funeral Held For Nicholas Thomas

Albert Johnson held tightly to the sign that bore the name of his nephew Nicholas Thomas. A praise team performed during the Saturday funeral service for Thomas. The sign, among several used during the performance, […]

WAOK-AM–04/18/2015

Nicholas Thomas is shown with his daughter London. (Photo courtesy of the Thomas Family)

Nicholas Thomas To Be Laid To Rest: Shot By Smyrna Police Officer

Nicholas Thomas will be laid to rest this weekend. He is the 23 year old shot by a Smyrna police officer last month. While officers said that Thomas tried to run over them with a […]

WAOK-AM–04/17/2015

Gov. Deal signs HB 1 which permits the use of medical cannabis oil to treat certain conditions. Among those looking on are State Rep Gloria Fraizer (far left) State Rep Allen Peake (yellow tie) and State Rep Patty Bentley (far right) (Photo courtesy of Andrea Briscoe/ Office of Governor Nathan Deal)

Wait Is Over For Georgians Suffering Pain: Medical Marijuana Bill Signed Into Law

“For the families enduring separation and patients suffering pain, the wait is finally over,” said Governor Nathan Deal. Today, Governor Deal signed House Bill 1 into law. It allows the use of medical cannabis oil […]

WAOK-AM–04/16/2015

Participants in the 2015 Sickle Cell Foundation Race and Walk in East Point, Ga (Photo courtesy of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia)

Sickle Cell Patients Excited As Medical Marijuana Bill Is About To Become Law In Georgia

Patients with Sickle Cell Disease will be among those covered when Georgia’s medical marijuana bill becomes law. Governor Nathan Deal’s office says that he will sign the bill tomorrow. It would allow patients with sickle […]

WAOK-AM–04/15/2015

State Representative Allen Peake tells Maria Boynton that getting a medical marijuana law in Georgia has been "an emotional and difficult journey" (Photo courtesy of Tamara Nelson)

An Emotional And Difficult Journey: Georgia Governor To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill

A stroke of the pen will be the final step as Georgia is about to get a medical marijuana law. Governor Nathan Deal’s office says that he will sign the bill tomorrow. It allows patients […]

WAOK-AM–04/15/2015

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Former State Representative Tyrone Brooks Pleads Guilty To Tax And Fraud Charges

Thursday morning, longtime Atlanta State Representative Tyrone Brooks submitted a letter of resignation to Governor Nathan Deal. A few hours later Brooks was in federal court where he pleaded guilty to fraud and tax charges. […]

WAOK-AM–04/09/2015

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New Civil And Human Rights Group Says It’s Time For A New Generation Of Leaders

They’re calling it A Modern Collaborative for Civil & Human Rights Activism. It is MovementForward made up of religious leaders, attorneys and activists. It is officially launching today at the Atlanta Press Club. They say […]

WAOK-AM–04/09/2015