Mercedes-Benz Stadium opening delayed until Aug. 26 for Falcons preseason game

The opening of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium has been delayed again.

The new stadium is now scheduled to open with two Atlanta Falcons preseason games – one against Arizona on Saturday, Aug. 26, and the other versus Jacksonville on Thursday, Aug. 31.

The revised schedule will have the greatest impact on previously-scheduled matches in August of the Atlanta United soccer team. It is not known when or where those two games will be played.

Top Atlanta mayoral candidates busy raising dollars, filings show

This story has been updated twice.

Two Atlanta city councilmembers are leading the race for fundraising to become the next mayor of Atlanta, according to the most recent filing of campaign fundraising.

Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood, the front-runner in the polls in this year’s race for mayor; and City Councilman Kwanza Hall were leading the pack with the most money raised during the last two months among the candidates.

Atlanta Press Club’s Loudermilk-Young debate series breaks new ground with 6th district race

From the outset, I must disclose that I co-chair the Atlanta Press Club Debate Committee, a role I’ve held for the past two decades.

On Wednesday night, we had a couple of firsts when we put on a debate with the candidates running for the 6th Congressional District seat most recently held by Tom Price, who was named by President Donald Trump to become the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Morehouse College: Trustees and alumni speak out on power struggle

The back-and-forth leadership struggle continues at Morehouse College, one of the best known historically black colleges in the United States.

The rift bubbled to the surface when the Morehouse Board of Trustees decided in January to not renew the contract of President John S. Wilson, who has been in office for the past four years.

After the faculty passed a vote of no-confidence in the College’s Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Davidson last month, the board issued a statement in response earlier this week.

The Local Take: Westside development with Maria Saporta of SaportaReport

This interview originally aired on The Local Take on April 1, 2017.

This week on The Local Take I speak with Maria Saporta founder of Saporta Report, an in depth journalistic news service with a focus on metro-Atlanta. I speak with Maria about several recent reports on the Westside including her conversations with Authur Blank (Owner Atlanta Falcons) and Dan Cathy (Owner Chick-Fil-A). She shares with our listeners her reporting on the Westside redevelopment master plan that was led by Dhiru Thadani and a project involving the Atlanta University Center and the Federal Government to address flooding on the Westside.

As a native of Atlanta, Maria also shares her desires for the Westside including the former Paschal’s Hotel and the Herndon Home. She explains that change is coming and that residents should harness the change to benefit the community as well as the city. 

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