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We spoke today by phone to people from McRae, Plains and Valdosta about how Hurricanes may be the new normal for south Georgia. 


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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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South Georgia residents are recounting the fear of having to ride out Hurricane Michael as the powerful storm made its way across the state.

Nicole Kirksey in Plains, Thor Ott in McRae, and Kippy Tift and her son, Ray Moody, in Valdosta, shared their experiences, including having to take refuge in a shelter built during the Cold War.


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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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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.

Josephine Bennett / GPB News

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.

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

Oct 10, 2018

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.

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?


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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.


Stephen Fowler | GPB News

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.


Political Rewind: Campaign Fundraising Breaks Records

Oct 9, 2018
Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, candidates for governor in Georgia continue to break campaign finance records. Reports show that Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp have collected more than $20 million in campaign contributions just this summer. With less than a month until Election Day, how will the candidates spend their cash?


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A startling number of children eligible for Medicaid or PeachCare in Georgia still don’t have insurance coverage, a recent study has found. Another reason kids don’t see doctors as often as they should is also a factor for adults: access. It’s not just cost, but the lack of physicians, especially in rural Georgia.


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On a recent sunny Monday, joggers on their morning stroll in Fayetteville's McCurry Park  might have been surprised to hear thumps, clicks and whirrs coming from the elections trailer next to the parking lot.

Over the course of several days, that trailer 20 miles south of Atlanta was where officials tested close to 300 voting machines to ensure they operated smoothly and accurately. Those machines would go out to 36 precincts across the county for the Nov. 6 midterm election.


Gigi Kwan

Students of the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia Athens took over the GPB News Instagram Saturday, Oct. 6 from the Georgia National Fairgrounds.

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Several counties and school districts in Georgia have received federal grants aimed at improving school safety.

 

The Department of Justice last week announced more than $70 million in grants through the STOP School Violence Act, signed earlier this year.

 

Savannah-Chatham County schools will get nearly $500,000. They’ll use it to improve school security and prepare teachers and counselors to handle mental health issues.

 

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

School safety and teacher compensation were two topics discussed during the Oct. 2 Atlanta Press Club Debates for State School Superintendent.

The moderator for the debate was Dale Russell, senior investigative reporter for Fox 5 in Atlanta, and the panelists were WABE education reporter Martha Dalton and AJC education reporter Eric Sturgis.

The candidates are Democrat Otha Thornton and incumbent Republican Richard Woods.

Left, Brian Kemp poses with supporters in Middle Georgia. RIght, Stacey Abrams poses with singer-songwriter John Legend
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On this edition of Political Rewind, it's Hollywood versus Hawkinsville on the campaign trail. Democrat Stacey Abrams hopes support from celebrity names will energize young voters while Republican candidate Brian Kemp looks for votes closer to home during his rural county bus tour. Which strategy will prevail? 

The Senate voted Friday to end debate on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. What impact will the bitter fight over the nomination process have on the midterm elections?

Panelists:

Stacey Evans -- Former Gubernatorial Candidate

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The National Park Service is working on a plan to protect vulnerable nesting animals from predators.

 

Lots of what the Park Service calls “species of concern” hang out at National Park sites throughout the southeast, including loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley, green and leatherback sea turtles; snowy and piping plovers and the southeastern and Perdido Key beach mice. Some are federally listed as endangered or threatened, while others are listed at the state level.

 

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Last year, more than 900,000 people across the country were hospitalized with the flu, and 80,000 people died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of influenza hospitalizations last season was the highest recorded in 40 years, officials said, and they’re urging Georgians to get a flu shot.


Cindy Hill

Sea turtle nesting season is officially over. Scientists and volunteers counted 1,742 nests this year. That’s nearly half as many reported in 2016.


Aerial view of the United States Capitol building.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, we ask whether the spectacle playing out in the U.S. Senate tarnished its reputation. This week, the United States Supreme Court began a new term with eight justices sitting on the bench. As the battle over who will fill the next seat continues, how will the court proceed to preserve its reputation and act as a non-partisan arbiter of justice?


Georgia Department of Corrections

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

 


Stephen Fowler | GPB News

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.

Rebecca Hammel / U.S. Senate Photographic Studio

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.
Rob Felt / Georgia Tech

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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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.
Andrew Harnik / AP Photo

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. 

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