News

News

Watch Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answer questions from the community about everything from electronic scooters to tax revenue and the city's relationship to the rest of Georgia.

Submit your questions for the mayor on Twitter with the hashtag #QuestionsForKeisha, by email at allATL@gpb.org or post questions during the live stream on the GPB News Facebook page on Friday, Aug. 16 beginning at 10 a.m.

Emily Jones

The Charlton County Commission Thursday evening unanimously voted to support the proposal to mine for heavy minerals near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. 


Ellen Eldridge / GPB News

Deaths from opioids have dropped nationally, but fatal overdoses are a top concern in Georgia. One police department is trying something new: instead of locking them up, officers are steering people who overdose into treatment.


Ron Harris / AP

Dragon Con revelers rejoice: The Sheraton Atlanta has been cleared to open Friday after a fatal outbreak of Legionella last month.

One person has died of Legionnaires' disease, which is caused by the Legionella bacteria, according to the state health department.

A statement released Thursday says:

Ted Warren / Associated Press

In May, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed Georgia’s Hemp Farming Act. The legislation legalized the growth and sale of hemp. Federally, hemp contains 0.3 percent of THC or lower. The amount of THC present is what contributes to feeling high.

Leopold's Ice Cream

Don't let the rain keep you in this weekend — in Savannah, there's lots to do from an all-day Star Wars marathon to saying yes to the dress at the Georgia Bridal Show. Mahogany Bowers of Blessings in a Bookbag and Rachael Flora of Connect Savannah have your guide. 


Ross Terrell / GPB News

Scooter-related incidents in Georgia have left four people dead and at least one person injured since May.

While many cities across the state have banned scooters, Atlantans of all backgrounds — pedestrian advocacy groups, city officials, scooter companies — are still arguing about what to do. 

 

Last summer, scooters simply showed up and began dotting the sidewalks and streets in Atlanta. Now, e-scooters are controversial among Atlantans and a burden for the mayor and Atlanta City Council.

 

karenabbott.net

A crafty bootlegger ranking in millions, corrupt feds, early feminists and flappers are the things that made HBO’s Boardwalk Empire a hit.

Karen Abbott's new books is all that plus the real-life murder trial that gripped jazz-age America.


Grant Blankenship/GPB

A federal judge has denied a request to move all of this fall’s municipal elections in Georgia away from “unsecure, unreliable and grossly outdated technology” and toward hand-marked paper ballots that are optically scanned and counted.

The order from U.S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg Thursday also requires the state to cease using its direct-recording electronic voting machines after 2019 and expresses doubts about the state’s ability to roll out its new ballot-marking device system in time for the March 24, 2020, presidential primary election.

24-7 PressRelease

Five Democratic presidential candidates, 5,000 black millennials, and church leaders from around the country are in Atlanta this week for the Young Leaders Conference.

 

They’ll cover everything from diversity in politics to gun violence, mass incarceration and immigration. 

 

 


U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., speaks to constituents during a town hall meeting Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at a senior center in Lithonia, Ga.
John Amis / AP Photo

More than a week after an investigation by Georgia Health News and WebMD uncovered toxic levels of ethylene oxide in parts of metro Atlanta, congressman Hank Johnson wants to know why people in the impacted regions were not notified. 

Kaley Lefevre / GPB News

More than 1,600 names of victims who died in Georgia last year due to gun violence were read one by one Wednesday at a vigil. Dozens of people gathered at Liberty Plaza in downtown Atlanta to say a prayer and call for change.


pexels.com

Georgia farmers are dealing with the news that China plans to end all imports of U.S. agriculture in response to higher tariffs.

This news comes after two years of rough conditions for the farming community, including Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Michael and stalled aid packages.

With farming ranked ninth among professions with high suicide rates by the CDC, recent research from the University of Georgia School of Social Work investigates how those stressors could affect a population already at risk.


GPB

On this edition of Political Rewind, Stacey Abrams’ future plans have been a secret for months ever since she passed on a run for U.S. Senate. Now, her plans are revealed. 

Wiki Commons

This year marks 400 years since the transatlantic slave trade began. On Aug. 20, 1619, a ship carrying the first enslaved Africans to what became the United Stated arrived in Virginia, changing the course of American history.

Todd Chrisley, left, and Julie Chrisley arrive at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas.
Jordan Strauss / Invision/AP

A federal grand jury in Atlanta on Tuesday indicted reality television stars Todd and Julie Chrisley on charges including tax evasion, alleging among other things that they tried to hide their income from "Chrisley Knows Best" from the IRS.

The 12-count indictment also accuses the pair of conspiracy, bank fraud and wire fraud.

Georgia Chamber of Commerce

A strong economy locally and nationally was the central focus of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce's annual congressional luncheon in Macon.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao spoke of streamlined regulations, a focus on rural America and the combination of what she called "pro-growth policies and investments with American ingenuity and initiative" that has boosted the economy, while U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) touched on ways Georgia's economy could serve as a model across the country.

Seth Wenig / AP

Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has announced a multimillion-dollar initiative to staff and fund voter protection teams in battleground states across the country ahead of the 2020 elections.

Abrams said Tuesday that she would focus on that effort rather than run for president herself. She made the announcement during a speech before a labor union convention in Las Vegas.

Emily Jones / GPB News

Close to 150 people turned out Tuesday night for an information session on the proposed Twin Pines Minerals mine near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.


University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Office

Several dogs in southeastern states, including Georgia, have died after coming into contact with a toxic algae growing in ponds in lakes.

The blue-green algae thrive in summer sun and phosphorous runoff from fertilizers commonly used at this time of year. It can appear in lakes, ponds and even ditches. The algae are made up of toxic cyanobacteria.

Stanley Morales/Pexels.com

As students head back to college this month, a large portion will be taking on loans to help cover costs.

At least 1.5 million Georgians — approximately 14% of the state's population — have some amount of student loan debt, totaling to $58.7 billion.

A key consideration for prospective students is the difference between the advertised price of tuition and the actual net price of attending a higher education institution.

GPB

On this edition of Political Rewind, we come to you from Augusta.


Jessica Lowell

Artificial intelligence is changing technology and is already shaping the world we live in, from using Siri and Alexa to choosing the best route home from work. However, there is often a gap between way we use AI and the way we imagine its potential for the future  — whether it's discovering a cure for cancer, taking over our jobs, or even turning on us to overtake the planet.

Charles Isbell was named John P. Imlay Jr. Dean at Georgia Tech's College of Computing on July 1. He joined On Second Thought to talk about that gap in understanding.


YouTube

A Georgia high school graduate has won a $30,000 college scholarship through the “Doodle for Google” competition.

Citing a Google statement, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Arantza Pena Popo’s design was featured on the tech giant’s homepage Tuesday. The nationwide contest asked grade schoolers to redesign Google’s logo based on what they hoped for the future.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left, talks with Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, the ranking member, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 10, 2019.
J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA) are adding their voices those questioning the circumstances surrounding the death of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

RELATED: Jeffrey Epstein Dead By Apparent Suicide At Manhattan Jail

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro listens as Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks during the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
Paul Sancya / AP

The campaign trail has been quiet after the Secretary of State announced Georgia's 2020 Presidential Primary was moving to a later date in March. No candidate has made an official campaign stop since the beginning of June. 

That will change this weekend when five White House hopefuls make their way to Atlanta to headline a candidate forum hosted by the Black Church Political Action Committee (PAC). 

CCSD

As mental health becomes a political talking point, Georgia schools are finding innovative ways to make social and emotional learning part of the curriculum.  

Dr. Debra Murdock is the executive director for Cherokee County School District's Social Emotional Learning initiative. She spoke to On Second Thought on the importance of sustaining mental balance for students.


Gerald Herbert / AP

Gwinnett County police announced Monday they will no longer arrest people or issue citations for misdemeanor marijuana cases.

The decision comes after the county’s Solicitor General Brian Whiteside said his office would no longer prosecute marijuana cases that occurred after May 10.

Private Collection, Georgia Museum of Art

In the 1930s, the government created a package of programs to add new jobs to the faltering economy. One of them was the Works Progress Administration, which hired people to work on a wide variety of public service projects, including public art.

Many famous male artists that came to define American art, such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, got their start through the WPA. But a new exhibit at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens seeks to shed light on a number of female WPA artists.


Andrea Smith / Associated Press

Georgia farmers are facing more uncertainty after China announced last week it has stopped buying U.S. agricultural products.

 

The American Farm Bureau Federation is calling for a quick end to the U.S. trade dispute with China.

 

Tripp Cofield with the Georgia Farm Bureau echoed that call. 

He said some Georgia farmers support the notion of better trading terms with China.

 

Pages