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Some state corrections employees are getting thousands of dollars in back pay following a federal investigation. 

 


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When Hip-Hop hit big in the early '70s, classics flooded out from New York and Los Angeles. Then came Atlanta, and we had A3C, a hip-hop music festival and conference for all three coasts.

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The U.S. Senate plans to vote this Friday on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Given his record, predictions are that Kavanaugh will shift the court to a conservative majority. That got us wondering about what cases are on the docket for the term that began on Monday. We spoke with Fred Smith, Jr. about cases to watch during the 2018-2019 term. Smith is an associate professor of law at Emory University School of Law.

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It’s the biggest game of the NFL season- the Super Bowl.  In February, the 53rd chapter of the game in will be played in Atlanta.

With hundreds of millions of people tuning in to watch, Atlanta will also host the largest concert of the year- the Super Bowl halftime show. This year’s performer is L.A.-based Maroon 5.


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Transparency, utility rates and the future of Georgia’s behind-schedule and over-budget nuclear power plant construction were all big topics during the Oct. 2 Atlanta Press Club Debates for Public Service Commission District 3 and District 5.

Singer-songwriter John Legend poses for a group photo with students at a Stacey Abrams campaign event.
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The Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia is hoping that a little star power will provide the boost she needs to win in November. Stacey Abrams' campaign enlisted the help of singer-songwriter John Legend to speak to students in Atlanta on Tuesday.

The award-winning artist was invited by student-led college groups to encourage young adults to register to vote and to support the Democratic candidates on the ticket.

Legend spoke to enthusiastic crowds at college campuses throughout the day ahead of a sold-out private fundraising event Tuesday evening.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, the battle over education plans between the candidates for governor in Georgia heats up on the campaign trail. 


Lisa Yaszek, professor of science fiction studies, in front of a bookshelf seated at a table.
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Women have historically been erased from science fiction storytelling, but Lisa Yaszek is working to change that. Her new anthology “The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin” showcases female pioneers in the genre since the 1920s.

We spoke with Yaszek, who is a professor of science fiction studies at Georgia Tech, about how women have shaped our understanding of technology and identity.

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Next Monday, public schools and state offices across Georgia close to mark Columbus Day. Five states, more than 50 cities and dozens of universities no longer observe the federal holiday. Most instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.


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Savannah schools are partnering with the University System of Georgia to help more students apply for financial aid for college.

 

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — or FAFSA — is a key step for students and families trying to figure out how to pay for college.

The Governor's Mansion in Atlanta Georgia is a a three-floor, 30-room, Greek Revival style home built in 1967, stands on approximately 18 acres in northeast Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, as candidates prepare for another week of fundraising and campaign speeches, a new poll from Landmark Communications shows Georgians are evenly divided on which candidate they vote into office on Nov. 6.


Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.
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Georgians are divided and somewhat more in favor of Brett Kavanaughs' Supreme Court nomination than those who oppose it, after hearing from both Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of sexual assault, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.  A new poll done by Landmark Communications shows that Georgians currently support the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme court by a margin of 49 percent to 43 percent. 

Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp.
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A new poll released Monday by Landmark Communications shows no clear leader in the race for governor in Georgia. Republican Brian Kemp currently leads Democrat Stacey Abrams by a margin of 48 to 46 percent.

The statewide poll asked 964 likely voters who they would vote for if the election were today. Although Kemp leads by 1.7 percentage points, the poll has a 3.2 percent margin of error, meaning the race is a virtual tie.

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Some survivors of sexual assault have chosen to tell their stories through creative mediums. Jessica Caldas is an Atlanta-based artist and activist who tells women’s stories through her artwork. She wants her art to create space for her audience to have difficult conversations about trauma and healing.

We spoke with Caldas about the role of art in processing her own sexual assault.

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The FBI is currently investigating allegations of sexual assault made against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Tens of millions of Americans watched testimony from Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh.

Responses to the hearings and the #MeToo Movement make clear sexual violence is something that must be addressed in the public sphere. We spoke with University of Georgia psychology professor Isha Metzger and Sally Sheppard, executive director of The Cottage, a sexual assault center and children's advocacy center. We discussed how we talk about sexual assault in our communities.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, education becomes a forefront issue on the campaign trail in Georgia. What will each candidate offer and how will their proposals improve rural education without causing large tax increases? 


Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh meets Sen. David Perdue on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, our panel recaps the latest updates from a contentious week on capitol hill. How are Republican politicians in Georgia responding to the emotional testimony from both Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh?


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Several of Georgia's top elected officials have weighed in on Friday's Senate Judiciary Committe hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

People across the country watched the testimony of Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who has accused him of sexual assault when they were both in high school in the early 1980s. 

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An Atlanta nonprofit is using running to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.

Participants agree to train three times a week with volunteers. Those who stick with it get help with education, employment and housing.


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Metro Atlanta's transit authority has unveiled its billion dollar plan to expand transit in the area. On Thursday, it sent a letter to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms outlining some proposals. 

The $2.7 billion plan is part of the transit authority's "More MARTA Atlanta" program.

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After a number of meetings and several deadline delays, the construction of the controversial Plant Vogtle will continue.  Oglethorpe Power voted yes on Wednesday to keep building the nuclear plant. A 90 percent agreement between the project's co-owners was needed to continue construction of the plant. The vote was triggered after projected costs to complete Vogtle skyrocketed by $2.3 billion.

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Georgia’s most populous county is changing the way it uploads election results to the state’s server for the Nov. 6 midterm election.


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Christina Ham's play "Nina Simone: Four Women" follows the activism and creative legacy of the fiercely talented Nina Simone.

 

The woman known as "The High Priestess of Soul" aspired to be America's first black classical pianist, and left a lasting impression on music that resonates today.

 

We spoke with director Michele Shay and actors Adrienne Reynolds, Wendy Fox-Williams, Jordan Frazier, and Regina Marie Williams on the way the characters each represent a different aspect of Simone's life.

 


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In June, Atlanta’s iconic Hotel Clermont reopened after an extensive renovation, a matter of concern for fans of the dingy strip club in the hotel basement called the Clermont Lounge.

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the proceeding live about 10 a.m.

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The U.S. Coast Guard is hosting a public hearing Thursday about a proposed rocket launching facility on Georgia's Coast.
 

GOP candidate for governor Brian Kemp.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp hopes to give public school teachers in Georgia a raise. The Republican candidate for governor says he will give teachers a permanent $5,000 annual pay raise, a plan that would cost taxpayers around $600 million a year.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, after running three years behind and several billion dollars over budget, partners in Georgia Powers Plant Vogtle Nuclear Plant vote to continue funding the expansion project. Critics have fought against Vogtle's expansion, citing cost and safety concerns. We discuss whether or not the future of the project is in danger. 


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The late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain changed the way a lot of people think and write about food. He traveled the world for his CNN show, Parts Unknown. From Nairobi to Atlanta, he brought us along for the ride. Bourdain took his life in June. On Sunday night, CNN debuted the final season of Parts Unknown. We look back on Bourdain’s legacy in the culinary world. 

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The federal Farm Bill making its way through Congress could dramatically reduce the availability of free school meals. Those meals offer significant help for the nearly 20 percent of Georgia households with children that struggle to afford quality food for their families, according to the Food Research and Action Center. So many students qualify for the free meal program in Macon's Bibb County School District that free breakfast and lunch are available district-wide. To put that in perspective, the district served 18,000 lunches last year alone. 

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