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Immigration Showdown In Washington

Jun 18, 2018
(U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP)

On this edition of Political Rewind, immigration takes center stage in Washington this week.  Outrage over the Department of Justice policy of separating children from parents at the border is growing and it’s spreading across partisan lines. 


  • Report Says Cagle Got No Money From Walton Family Foundation
  • Chattahoochee Now Safe For Recreational Use
  • Hands-Free Phone Use Mandate Goes Into Effect July 1st

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The Hands-Free Georgia Law takes effect July 1, and will change the way drivers are allowed to use their devices while they drive.

Officers plan to pull drivers over for holding or supporting their phones with their bodies, Atlanta police Major Elder Dancey told GPB News.


The Department of Health and Human Services kicked off a campaign Monday to help prevent opioid addiction through education.

Nationwide, Georgia is near the top — just out of the top 10 at 11th place — in the number of overdose deaths.


GPB Morning Headlines For Monday, June 18, 2018

Jun 18, 2018


GPB Evening Headlines For June 15, 2018

Jun 15, 2018
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  • Walmart heirs deny involvement in Georgia governor's race
  • Civil rights leaders protest at Waffle House headquarters in Norcross
  • Letter by Christopher Columbus stolen from Vatican found in Atlanta 


Today: Georgia's U.S. Senators go their separate ways over President Trump's tariffs. Johnny Isakson wants Congress to approve them while David Perdue says the President has the power to act on his own. We'll look at that split, and at Perdue's apparent unwavering loyalty to the Trump agenda. 


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A group of activists and organized civil rights leaders gathered Friday at Waffle House headquarters in Norcross to protest what they call the wrongful arrests of black patrons earlier this year.

Chikesia Clemons was arrested at a restaurant in Alabama and Anthony Wall was arrested in North Carolina. Both believe the police were only called because of the color of their skin.


  • Cagle Purchased Downtown ATL Condo From Lobbyist For Below Market Value
  • Flannery O'Connor's "Andalusia" To Re-open Next Week
  • Hundreds Of American Airlines Flight Cancellations Impact Georgia Travelers

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue talked trade in Canada Friday. The former Georgia governor met with his Candian counterpart, Lawrence MacAulay, on Prince Edward Island. Perdue’s trip comes after President Trump imposed tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

GPB Morning Headlines For Friday, June 15, 2018

Jun 15, 2018

  • CDC Says Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Kellogg's Honey Smack Cereal
  • ATL Mayor Offering Bonuses To Help Retain Police Officers
  • Georgia Sets New Jobs Record In May


  • Georgia Sued Over Congressional District Lines
  • Proposed Camden Spaceport Under Scrutiny
  • 125-Year-Old Church Building Moved In Augusta

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There's a little something for everyone in Savannah this weekend. Connect Savannah's Anna Chandler has some suggestions.


  • Atlanta One Of 23 Finalists To Host World Cup Games In 2026
  • Cobb Residents Push Back Against Potential Closures Of Pools And Libraries
  • Stacey Abrams Endorsed By Former Ga. Gov. Roy Barnes


  • Georgia Coast Could Get Own Rocket Launch Site
  • Future of Georgia's Voting System Disscused at Commision Meeting
  • Cobb County Residents Protest Possible Pool Closures


Thursday, June 14, 2018, is the last day for people to comment on Camden County’s plans to launch rockets off Georgia’s coast. 

The County wants to build a launch site for small and medium-size rockets.


  • Atlanta Could Play Big Role In 2026 World Cup
  • Audit Uncovers Overtime Overruns During Reed Administration
  • UGA Football Season Tickets More Expensive To Get

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An ambitious historic preservation project in Augusta achieves a major milestone Wednesday.  Trinity CME Church is being moved to a new location.

 

“Mother Trinity”, as it is affectionately known, is considered the birthplace of the Christian Methodist Episcopal denomination. The stately brick structure, with its twin spires and multiple stain glass windows, has occupied the corner of 8th and Taylor Streets for more than 125 years.

Environmental contamination from a 19th century manufactured gas plant made it necessary for the congregation to sell the building in 1997.  It's been empty ever since. There was talk over the years of demolishing it, but the leadership of the Augusta Canal National Heritage area, which owns land adjacent to the church, thought it was worth saving. Engineers, contractors and donors, came with up a plan to move the church to a new location a few hundred yards away.

Work began early this year excavating under the church and installing a lattice of massive steel beams. Then came the task of getting it on wheels. Dayton Sherrouse, executive director of the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, said 12 dollies and 96 tires will roll the church to its new home.

In Georgia, 91% of non-custodial parents who owe child support are men.

 

For fathers who can’t afford to make those payments, that could mean a drivers license suspension, loss of visitation, or even jail.  

 

 


  • New Airport Interim GM Talks About Priorities At Hartsfield Jackson
  • Savannah Harbor Will Receive $85 Million For Deepening Project
  • Falcons Star Julio Jones Sits Out Of Mini Camp, Seeking New Deal


GPB Evening Headlines For Tuesday June 12, 2018

Jun 12, 2018

  • Atlanta Lawyers Tackle Backlog Of Cases After Court Computers Restarted
  • Kennesaw State University Gets New President
  • Voter Rights Groups Withdraw Challenge To Georgia's Voter Purge Process


Grant Blankenship / GPB

A little trove of Georgia’s biological treasures once without homes now have them.

 

They were preserved animals, mammals and birds, that instructors and staff in the Science Department at Mercer University found while moving to their new building. Mercer biologist Craig Byron said they needed a better home than a dumpster out back.

 

 


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District (licensed via Creative Commons)

The Army Corps of Engineers this week announced additional funding for the expansion of the Savannah harbor, bringing this year’s total to about $85 million. Officials say the money will keep the project on schedule.


  • Atlanta Municipal Court Back In Operation
  • New Study Says Georgia 9th Ranked State Economy In U.S.
  • Andrew Young Health Update

ATLANTA FALCONS

As tensions between football players and National Football League owners continue to build over national anthem protests, some Atlanta Falcons are trying to build a positive relationship with the police.

Team owner Arthur Blank, along with coaches and players, recently participated in ride-alongs with Atlanta police, the team said on Twitter.

 

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