Passengers wait for power to be restored on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.  The outage began after 1 p.m. and lasted until about midnight.

Three big stories worth checking out provides in-depth coverage of the top stories affecting metro Atlantans. Here are three of the big stories from this past week and the array of perspectives provided by AJC journalists.

Aftermath of the airport electrical outage 

Ahead of this weekend’s hectic time for holiday travelers, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport suffered a major meltdown last Sunday when the electrical power was out for several hours. On the day of the outage and in its aftermath, there were plenty of questions. 

REVISIT | Our reporting from the airport.

Aviation experts say Atlanta’s massive blackout shows airports are vulnerable to accidental or intentional failures of critical infrastructure. Experts fear it also shows how unprepared airports are for such scenarios. 

READ | Blackout a lesson for others

BEHIND THE COVERAGE| Editor Kevin Riley reflects on reader concerns. 

Plant Vogtle project clears hurdle

The construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle has fallen three years behind schedule and is over budget by $3 billion. On Thursday, Georgia’s Public Service Commission voted unanimously to allow construction of the troubled project to push ahead. 

FIND OUT | What Georgia Power agreed to as part of deal with state.

Tax reform: What it means for Georgians

The Republican plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code became law on Friday with President Donald Trump’s signature. The legislation generally lowers rates across income levels. Trump tweeted on Friday afternoon: “Today, it was my great honor to sign the largest TAX CUTS and reform in the history of our country.”

WHAT IT MEANS FOR BUSINESSES | Bonuses for workers being announced

HOW FAMILIES LIKELY WILL FARE | A national perspective

DEEP INTO THE DATA | The AJC’s “From the Right” columnist Kyle Wingfield explores what you may not know about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and “the rich.”  Click here for his column and data tables

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