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Most American cities celebrate LGBTQ Pride in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots. In 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a bar in New York's Greenwich Village. The raid led to organizing and demonstrations by activists like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.

 

Atlanta and Savannah both celebrate pride in October, which is national LGBTQ history month. We spoke with Jamie Fergerson, executive director of the Atlanta Pride Committee, and Dusty Church, festival director for Savannah Pride. They discussed the past, present, and future of pride in Georgia.

 


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History will take place inside Atlanta's new Mercedes Benz stadium next year when the city hosts Super Bowl 53. We don't know which teams will face off, but the halftime entertainment has already made headlines and several unhappy fans on social media. 

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has extended the state of emergency he declared as Hurricane Michael made its way toward the state. 

Deal first announced the state of emergency on October 9 before Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida. The 108 counties included in the declaration cover much of South and Central Georgia. 

The state of emergency will now run through November 6 as communities across Georgia recover.

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Today on Political Rewind, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams discusses her campaign plans with less than a month ahead of the 2018 Election.


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It could take years for some of Georgia's pecan crops to recover after Hurricane Michael tore through the southwest part of the state on Wednesday.  

Tim Brown is with Apollo Pecan Nursery and Groves in Preston, Ga., about halfway between Columbus and Albany. 

He says many of their trees are younger, which means they were more flexible in withstanding high winds and heavy rains. But other nurseries in the area weren't as lucky. 

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More than 200,000 utility customers remain without power after Hurricane Michael.

Most of these residents are in the southwestern part of the state.

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Georgia Power expects to restore power in Central and West Georgia this weekend. But the Albany area will have to wait until Monday, and the Bainbridge area until Wednesday at midnight.

Ron Shipman with Georgia Power said it's a long process.

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Some of Georgia's cotton and pecan farmers had their worst fears realized after Hurricane Michael tore through the southwestern part of the state.

The damage didn’t stop there as chicken farmers weren’t able to escape the storms the wrath.


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Many Georgia women are left unprotected when it comes to their pregnancies and their babies' lives, according to a report released this week by the March Of Dimes.

The nonprofit's president, Stacey Stewart, said lack of accessible maternity care constitutes a "real health crisis" nationwide.


Jim Crow laws gave rise to horrific violence, humilitation and race-based terror, which makes "The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America," a new examination of segregation as a means of protecting African-American culture all the more provocative. 


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Florida and Georgia are left picking up the pieces following Hurricane Michael.

The storm claimed the lives of at least 11 people, including an 11-year old girl old girl who died after a tree fell on her home in Seminole County. Michael also has left damages amounting to billions of dollars, which will affect Georgia's agriculture activities. Utility crews around the state were still working to restore power to thousands on Friday.


Utility companies estimate as many as a quarter-million Georgians were without power Friday morning, and the lights won't be back on in some places until Tuesday, Georgia Power estimates.

Georgia Electric reported 137,598 outages and Georgia Power reported 1,277 outages about 12:30 p.m.

The slow and tedious process of restoration means residents must pay attention to safety advisories.

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On Sunday, thousands of people will march in the 48th annual Pride Parade in Atlanta.

 

Pride has come a long way over the years in Atlanta and across the country.

 

Nowadays, there’s no shortage of TV shows and entertainment that focuses on LGBT life, shows like "Queer Eye," "Ru Paul’s Drag Race" and "The L Word."

 

But before all those shows, back in 1999, there was "Out TV Atlanta."

 

 


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Central Georgia continues to clean up following Hurricane Michael. Damage was widespread and hit some communities harder than others. GPB’s Josephine Bennett reports.


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On the final day of voter registration in Georgia, a report from The Associated Press found the Georgia Secretary of State’s office has more than 53,000 voter registrations on hold under the state’s “exact match” law.

 

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Thursday morning was the first chance for Georgians to assess the damage done after Hurricane Michael made its way through the state Wednesday evening.


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The destruction from what was Hurricane Michael left thousands of people in Georgia without power, officials said Thursday.

But as some take solace in starting up a gas-powered generator, experts warn of associated dangers such as carbon monoxide poisoning and risk of electrocution.

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A historic hurricane ripped through Florida's Panhandle and into southwest Georgia late Wednesday, killing two people in its path.

Gov. Nathan Deal held a news conference online at 10:30 a.m.

President Donald J. Trump declared a state of emergency in Georgia and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts. FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.

Vice President Mike Pence at a 2017 campaign fundraiser for Karen Handel. Pence has had to cancled two fundraisers for Brian Kemp due to strong storms.
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Vice President Mike Pence has canceled a planned trip to Atlanta to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp.

According to the VP's press secretary, Pence postponed his trip after being briefed on the impact of Hurricane Michael late Wednesday evening.

Michael is now a tropical storm near the Georgia/South Carolina border.  Strong winds, heavy rain, and tornadoes are expected across portions of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina today.
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Officials in Seminole County say what is now Tropical Storm Michael is responsible for the death of an 11-year-old girl.


Cat 3 Hurricane Michael Arrives In SW Georgia

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Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 early Wednesday afternoon and moved into southwest Georgia as a Category 3 storm, officials said.

You can follow updates from GEMA here.

A tornado watch was issued until 2 a.m. Thursday for most of the state and tornado warnings have been issued as far north as Cobb County.


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"Wildsam" is not your typical travel guide. Created by LaGrange, Georgia, native Taylor Bruce, the highly-designed, pocket-sized Wildsam Field Guide has no starred ratings or glossy photos. Described as existing between a magazine and a guidebook, each Wildsam is instead filled with illustrations and longform essays, interviews with locals and essential knowledge about a place's history as well as critical issues it faces today. The aim, Bruce said, is to give travelers a true sense of place, regardless of where they're from or where they're going. This time, Wildsam is sending travelers across the American South with its newest Road Trip guide.


Left: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., during a town hall event, in Natick, Mass. Right: Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a rally in Orlando, Fla.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, new polls continue to predict that Democrats will make strong gains in the United States House of Representatives and potentially take a majority after the 2018 Midterm Elections. Are Georgia’s Democratic congressional candidates going to follow the national trend or will the state’s voters keep incumbent Republicans in office?


A new oral history project reaches back over the decades for stories of black queer people in Atlanta. It highlights shifting sites of connectedness across the city.

Ashley Coleman Taylor is the principle investigator for the oral history project as well as an instructor of women's studies at Agnes Scott College. She spoke about the importance of centering black queer stories in Atlanta. We also spoke with Rev. Duncan Teague, from Abundant LUUv Unitarian Universalist Church, who worked with Taylor on the project.


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Hurricane Michael makes landfall in Florida on Wednesday. The hurricane is expected to later hit Southwest and Central Georgia, according to the National Weather Service.

We spoke with Marshall Shepherd, the program director for atmospheric sciences at the University of Georgia, about tracking the hurricane over the week and how meterologists convey the severity of storms. We also spoke with Gwen Cooper, an author and pet rescue expert about what to do with pets during extreme weather.


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Donald Trump Jr. stumped in Athens Tuesday evening for Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp.

About a hundred supporters were on hand at the Classic Center to hear from the president’s son.


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Dozens of supporters packed into a converted office in a Jonesboro strip mall Tuesday to catch a glimpse of Georgia's Democratic gubernatorial nominee on the campaign trail.

Behind a curtain and equally enveloped by the 90 percent humidity permeating the space, Stacey Abrams, Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley were calling voters in Clayton County to help knock on doors ahead of the Nov. 6 election.


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