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It’s been three weeks since Gov. Brian Kemp signed one of the toughest abortion laws in the country, the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act that outlaws most abortions.

Since that time, there have been calls to boycott Georgia’s film industry, including a recent statement from Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos, who claimed that the streaming giant would fight to oppose the bill and rethink its relationship with the state if the bill becomes law. 

GPB political reporter Stephen Fowler spoke with Leah Fleming to recap the latest developments.


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Drive through almost any neighborhood in Macon-Bibb County and you're apt to spot some houses with crumbling facades, shuttered windows and overgrown lawns. They're among the county's nearly 4,000 unoccupied properties. Most of them are only in poor or fair condition, but more than 400 are in such bad shape they need to be demolished.

Samantha Max just wrapped a series and a podcast on blight for The Telegraph, where she covers health. She joined On Second Thought from Macon to explain the roots of the problem and what residents and local leaders are doing to fix it. 


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The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation (all times local):

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  • Netflix Says It Will Help Fight Georgia's Abortion Bill
  • $19 Billion Dollar Storm Aid Package Delayed In House
  • The Georgia Ports Authority Elects New Commissioner


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According to the Georgia Food Bank Association, one in six Georgians is food insecure, meaning they don't know how or where they'll get their next meal. This week, as GPB reports on new approaches to food access, On Second Thought turns to a young Georgian who works on solutions to food insecurity on a national level.


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The Georgia Ports Authority has elected a new chairman. Augusta Construction company executive William D. McKnight will begin a term July 1. 


  • Atlanta Mayor Signs Legislation Aimed At Closing City Jail
  • Netflix Will 'Rethink' Investment In Georgia If Abortion Law Takes Effect
  • Georgia Ports Authority Elects New Leader


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Food insecurity is a pressing issue nationwide — particularly in Georgia, where one out of every four children live in food insecure households. It's a dire picture for seniors, too, with the latest estimates putting Georgia in the top ten worst states for food insecurity among aging populations. 

Residents and officials across Georgia are working to address the problem. GPB's Full Plates series is taking listeners around the state to learn about creative local solutions to food access problems.


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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed legislation Tuesday aimed at closing the city's jail. 

Standing outside the city's detention center, surrounded by community advocates, Bottoms approved forming a task force to determine how to close and repurpose the facility.  


Sweet Auburn Works

Alonzo Franklin Herndon founded what would become the Atlanta Life Insurance Company more than a century ago. A former sharecropper, Herndon started his business with a $140 investment – and went on to become the wealthiest black man in Atlanta.

A new public art project and history exhibit called Windows Speak brings Herndon, along with other leaders of the institution, back to Atlanta Life's historic office building on Auburn Avenue. Exhibit curator Amalia Amaki stopped by On Second Thought for a conversation about Atlanta Life's lasting legacy.


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Entertainment giant Netflix says it may "rethink" its investment in Georgia if a controversial abortion law survives legal challenges. 

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement the company will work with the American Civil Liberties Union to fight the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act in court.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, a federal judge has blocked the Mississippi abortion bill that closely resembles Georgia’s new “fetal heartbeat” measure. It is the latest judicial action halting new state laws that severely restrict abortion. What would this mean for Georgia’s new law?

 


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More than 93 million Americans — nearly 40% — are considered obese and Georgia ranks 38th on a list of “fittest” to “fattest” states, according to a recent study.

Lack of access to healthy food, inadequate transportation and inactivity contribute to the rise of obesity, but state policies could help reduce and even prevent obesity, according to Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit organization that contributed to a Georgia profile report on obesity.

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Bobby Akins lives on Auburn Avenue in downtown Atlanta. He lives in a high rise and has a fixed income, but finds himself in a food desert.

That's an urban area where the closest supermarket or grocery store with fresh produce is more than a mile away.  In fact, more than a third of Atlanta is considered a food desert.


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  • Record Breaking Heat Continues Across Georgia
  • 19 Die In Drownings And Traffic Accident During Holiday Weekend
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Food insecurity is a pressing issue nationwide, particularly in Georgia. The latest estimates put Georgia among the ten worst states for food insecurity among aging populations, and 1 in 4 children in the state lives in a food insecure household. 

Josephine Bennett is assistant news director for GPB News. She found that Georgia is the first in the country to create a state plan for addressing hunger among seniors. She joined On Second Thought from our Macon bureau. 


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Leon Brown is trusted enough to drive a tractor-trailer inside one of the nation's busiest seaports more than six years after being released from prison. But he's not allowed to vote in Georgia because of a law rooted in the years after the Civil War, when whites sought to keep blacks from the ballot box.

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Tuesday’s forecast is calling for another hot day after record breaking temperatures swept across Georgia over the holiday weekend.

Forecasters say the heatwave is expected to continue in the state over the next few days as part of a larger warm up across the Southeast.

 

 

 

Savannah reached 100 degrees on Saturday, tying a record and marking the city's earliest triple-degree day since 1953.

 

Atlanta also set temperature records on Saturday and Sunday.

The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra

The Atlanta Jazz Festival gets underway this weekend. The annual event is one of the country's largest free jazz festivals. Among the featured is Atlanta-based band, The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra. Trumeter Russell Gunn leads the group. 

He stopped by On Second Thought to talk about the band's latest album, Get It How You Live and the group's natural mashup of traditional jazz, rhythm and blues and southern hip-hop. 


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We’re just a few weeks into the harvest for Georgia’s most famous crop, peaches, and farmers are already calling it one of the best they’ve had in years.


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  • Heatwave Continues In Georgia After Record Breaking Temps 
  • 5 Drownings, 14 Traffic Accident Deaths Over Memorial Day Weekend. 
  • Farmers Say Georgia's Peach Crop Should Yield 70 Million Pounds Of Peaches


  • Georgia Farmers Say Signs Point To Best Peach Season In Years
  • Georgia Tech To Host Opening Round In NCAA Baseball Tournament
  • Georgia Sees Record-Breaking Highs Over Memorial Day Weekend


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As Georgia's beaches fill up for Memorial Day, advocates are reminding people: respect sea turtles.


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In Rome, a men’s homeless shelter has been cultivating a backyard farm with a variety of veggies to feed its residents.

The shelter has been so successful, they’re looking to share, bringing fresh food to the northwest Georgia community in a tricked-out school bus.


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It’s going to be hot Memorial Day weekend, and forecasters are expecting record-breaking temperatures.


  • Forecasters Predict Record-Breaking Temperatures For Holiday Weekend
  • Wildfire Almost Totally Contained At Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
  • Coastal Police Seeking Information On Hit-And-Run Accident


Alchemy Sky Foundation

State officials say more than 100,000 service members from Georgia were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2012. Nationally, about 20 percent of veterans coming back from those conflicts have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

Alchemy Sky Foundation is an Atlanta organization that helps people heal through music. It recently worked with a group of metro Atlanta veterans to create a song called "Adjust Fire."

 


The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra

The Atlanta Jazz Festival gets underway this weekend. The annual event is one of the country's largest free jazz festivals. Among the featured is Atlanta-based band, The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra. Trumeter Russell Gunn leads the group. 

He stopped by On Second Thought to talk about the band's latest album, Get It How You Live and the group's natural mashup of traditional jazz, rhythm and blues and southern hip-hop. 


Texas GOP Rep. Chip Roy objected to speeding the measure through a nearly empty chamber and complained that it does not contain any of President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request for border wall funding.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, after months of delay, the U.S Senate approved a disaster relief package that would send relief money to Georgia and other states hit by natural disasters. However, in the House of Representatives, Texas Rep. Chip Roy blocked the measure.


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