First Slice 4/21/15: Will the Beltline help close Atlanta’s giant gap between the rich and poor?

Plus, APS educators to be re-sentenced in cheating case


Atlanta doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to income inequality and economic mobility. But Georgia Tech professor Michael Dobbins says the city needs to create a jobs program for Beltline construction projects and build more infrastructure in low-income neighborhoods to address its wealth disparities.

Convicted former Atlanta Public Schools administrators Tamara Cotman, Sharon Davis Williams, and Michael Pitts will be re-sentenced later this month after initially receiving 20-year sentences, hefty fines, and community service hours.

APS has approved a $685.5 million budget that includes central office and administration cuts; more funding for IB programs; and increased cash for individual schools.

What else might Atlanta developer Jeff Fuqua bring to his Glenwood Park project aside from a Kroger and Chick-Fil-A? Starbucks and Chipotle, plus more than 200 apartments and some senior housing.

All signs point to Georgia’s “religious freedom” bill returning to the Gold Dome during next year’s legislative session.

ISIS in Georgia? The Federal Bureau of Investigation says that there’s ongoing cases into individuals with potential links to the terrorist organization.

Baltimore Police have suspended six officers following the death of a man who suffered a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed its guidelines to encourage Ebola survivors to either abstain from sex or use condoms during sex “until more information becomes available” about whether the virus can be sexually transmitted.

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