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The U.S. economy is being celebrated as healthy, with many people working.

 

State economists say Georgia continues to show consistent year-over-year revenue growth, an indicator of a good economy.

 

And according to the Georgia Department of Labor, 2,600 jobs were created in May with unemployment hovering around 3.9%.   

 

But things aren’t as positive for black workers. 

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Georgia will see more days of extreme heat as the climate continues to warm.

A study by the advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists finds that if nothing changes, the state will see an average of 77 days each year with a heat index over 105 degrees by the end of the century.

That's compared to an average of four days a year from 1971 to 2000.

Erika Spanger-Siegfried, one of the report's authors, said that's more heat than most people can get used to.

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Gov. Brian Kemp has nominated a veteran lawyer to serve as the judge on a new court designed to handle complex business matters. 

Walt Davis, a partner at Atlanta firm Jones Day, has been tapped to head up the new statewide business court. Georgia voters approved the court last November and the legislature codified it with bipartisan support.  

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The song "Daisy Bell" wasn't a hit in 1961, but it was a triumph. The singer? The IBM 7094, the largest, most expensive computer available at the time. And thanks to James Carmon, professor in the University of Georgia's School of Agriculture, the school purchased one in 1964.

 

Not only could the computer sing, it helped put man on the moon.

 

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An Alabama company wants to mine for heavy minerals near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Georgia.

 

The proposal from Twin Pines Minerals called for mining on more than 2,414 acres of land in Charlton County. The land is home to gopher tortoises and frogs, which are endangered, but Twin Pines said it'll move them.

Plant McDonough-Atkinson in Smyrna, Ga is a natural gas plant capable of producing in excess of 2,500 MWs, enough energy to power approximately 625,000 homes.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, the Public Service Commission is preparing to vote on a power plan that will determine how the state generates power and how much they will produce in the years ahead. A move away from coal is a mainstay of the plan.


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Marshae Jones, an Alabama woman charged with manslaughter for allegedly starting a fight that led to her getting shot and having a miscarriage, will not face prosecution after all. The prosecutor has decided not to pursue the charge, but the incident started a conversation about negligence and culpability for pregnant women in an era of increasingly restrictive abortion laws. 

With the potential increase to the liability pregnant women face, legal questions arise surrounding when a pregnant woman is addicted to drugs. On Second Thought looked at how current and pending laws converge with Georgia’s opioid crisis.


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The University of Georgia's Richard B. Russell Library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with an exhibit of rare items collected during the Apollo 11 mission. The collection includes the Georgia state flag, which traveled to the moon on the Apollo 11 spacecraft. Part of a spaceship is also on view.

On Tuesday, visitors can see the star of the show: a rock.  Specifically, it's a moon rock, which was given to the state of Georgia in 1972.


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Georgia wants to encourage more students to seek agriculture jobs by offering new educational courses.

Some of the courses begin as early as kindergarten, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported .

The goal is to better acquaint students with one of the state's oldest industries. Georgia's agriculture industry adds about $75 billion to the economy each year and provides jobs for more than 400,000 people, the newspaper reported.

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For Latinos, living through current events in modern-day America can be incredibly stressful.

 

Sources of stress include the Trump administration's practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border and the ever-looming threat of deportation for many undocumented migrants.

 

 


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Cooperative solar allows customers who couldn’t normally participate, those with shady yards or rental properties, to take advantage of solar.  Walton Energy Membership Corporation, which serves northeast Georgia, is attracting some big industry players with its cooperative solar program.

Facebook chose Walton EMC for a proposed 100% renewable energy data center in Newton County.

Depending on who’s talking, Freaknik was a notorious public safety hazard or an annual lovefest that solidified Atlanta’s status as America’s “Black Mecca.”

Documentary filmmaker Chris Frierson joined On Second Thought to discuss the event's rise and fall, which is further detailed in his new podcast series, Freaknik: A Discourse on a Paradise Lost.


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The town of Eatonton, Georgia, will honor one of its own this weekend: prolific poet, Pulitzer prize winning novelist and activist Alice Walker. The Georgia Writers Museum will celebrate Walker's 75th birthday with a now sold-out day of festivities.

 

One highlight at Saturday's celebration is a conversation with Walker and University of Georgia professor Valerie Boyd. Boyd is the curator and editor of a forthcoming collection of Walker's journals. Boyd spoke with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about the life and legacy of Walker. 

 


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A study published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics found that African American children under the age of 12 are taking their lives at roughly twice the rate of their white counterparts.

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Barbara C. lives in a modest, one-story, three-bedroom home in Washington, Georgia. She’s 73 years old and has lived there since 1976 when she had the house built.

It’s sits on a plot of land across from a cemetery, separated by a tree covered chain link fence. The house is decorated with older, worn furniture. And inside those walls, she’s raised her two kids and sometimes her four grandkids.  

Barbara is retired and on a fixed income, but she has a pretty big problem. 

“Sometimes my utility bill be half of my income coming in on the 30th,” she said sifting through months of utility bills, pondering why they’re so high. But she simply doesn’t know.

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The network of rail lines and canals that gave Waycross its name now act as dividing lines for the community.

For a century, the canals carried runoff from the rail yard and other local industries. Generations of kids roamed along the banks and swam in the southeast Georgia heat. In 2015, four area children were diagnosed with rare cancers within the span of two months.


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The University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell library is celebrating Tuesday the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, with an exhibit of rare items collected during the Apollo 11 mission.

The exhibit includes moon rocks given to the state of Georgia, archival photos and pieces from Sen. Richard B. Russell’s collection.

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It’s nesting season for alligators in Georgia.

Female alligators can lay up to 40 eggs in nests that are typically 6 to 7 feet in diameter. The nests are often built in remote grassy areas, near the edge of a river bank or near a marsh.

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Fatal drug overdoses in Cobb County dropped year over year according to new data, but  officials aren’t comfortable calling the drop a trend. 

According to the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s annual report, 2018 drug deaths dropped by nearly a quarter from 2017. Opioid related fatalities dropped by more than half. But overdose deaths were almost twice as common as deaths from car crashes.


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This weekend there is lots to do in Savannah, whether that means watching an old film, adopting a cat — or doing yoga with them. Bevin Valentine Jalbert of Paprika Southern has your guide. 


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Carolyn Bordeaux, John Eaves, Renee Unterman.

 

These are just a few of the high profile names running for Congress in a red hot part of metro Atlanta.

 

Georgia's 7th Congressional District includes large sections of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties.

 

Republican Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) retained the seat last November by a only a few hundred votes, staving off a challenge from Bourdeaux.


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If there’s one thing Georgia has a ton of — actually a billion tons — it’s trees. The state leads the country in acres of private timberland and volume of timber harvested. Some in the timber industry think we should turn more of that wood into electricity. 


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Cloudy with a chance of cash. That's what Dunwoody police officers posted on Facebook after an armored car accidentally spilled about $175,000 onto I-285 West near Ashford-Dunwoody Road Tuesday evening.

But, believe it or not, some people came forward Wednesday to return the would-be boon.

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The mayor of Atlanta has signed legislation banning smoking and vaping in enclosed areas such as bars, restaurants and the smoking rooms in one of the world's busiest airports.

The legislation signed by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will go into effect on Jan. 2.

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The millennial mayor of one of Georgia’s most diverse cities is promising to “bring courage back to Washington” if elected to the U.S. Senate.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry becomes the latest to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate in 2020. 

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MARTA is considering renaming five train stations in Atlanta. It's an effort to keep up with changes in the city and to reflect surrounding neighborhoods.

One station proposed to be re-christened: Bankhead. The area was named after the highway that ran through it, which was in turn named after an Alabama family. But the Bankhead name is perhaps more closely associated with the torrent of rap and hip hop that grew from Atlanta's Westside and nearby neighborhoods. So, what's in the name "Bankhead"?


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The 2018 election for governor between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams may be over, but second quarter fundraising numbers show healthy war chests for parts of their political futures.

Kemp raised more than $726,000 from April to June and is sitting on more than $1.2 million just a few months into his term as governor. He raised close to $21 million in the race against Abrams, and this quarter's haul will go towards a potential rematch in 2022.

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A wildfire burning on Cumberland Island is 85% contained, according to the National Park Service. A June 29 lightning strike started the Whitney Fire. 

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It might be hard to live within them, but most people have budgets. And, sometimes budgeting means tough spending choices like deciding between buying medicine or food.

For GPB’s energy seriesreporter Ross Terrell got a close look at just how hard it can be for people on tight budgets to pay their utility bills. He met a woman named Barbara C., who talked about working at a factory for 35 years and, upon retiring, found herself struggling to keep her lights on.


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