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Thursday, May 30, 2013

First Slice 5/30/13: No rail at downtown train terminal?

Freight rail executives say there's simply not enough room to accommodate trains carrying cargo and passenger choo choos that Georgia Department of Transportation officials hope will serve the proposed downtown train terminal. (AJC was first to report the setback, but the piece is behind a paywall. As always with 11 Alive, be sure to turn down your speakers before clicking the link.)

Jim Galloway splendidly broke down a recent poll looking at Georgians' support for background checks for gun ownership. Good news? The majority of respondents support some measures. Bad news? Well, read Galloway's post.

Some motorists are very, very angry that the state is lifting the tolls along Georgia 400.

A federal judge yesterday approved a legal settlement between Georgia and South Carolina environmentalists and the states over the deepening of the Port of Savannah, helping to prevent a delay of the $650 million project. The deal includes the Georgia Ports Authority paying "millions of dollars for conservation efforts" - and transferring approximately 2,000 acres of marshland to the Palmetto State.

The Marietta City Council will hold a public hearing tonight to determine whether the Cobb County city should buy out and raze properties along the Franklin Road corridor, which it's long considered an eyesore. Keep your eyes on this issue.

ICYMI: Atlanta Police are stepping up patrols in East Atlanta, Grant Park, and nearby neighborhoods after two recent fatal shootings and other brazen crimes.

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