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A heat advisory is in effect for most of Georgia through Tuesday.
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The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for most of the state through Tuesday. Temperatures throughout Georgia are expected to reach the mid to upper 90s but in some parts of the state, it will feel like it’s in the triple digits.

Heat index measures are expected to reach 107 degrees in Columbus, 104 degrees in Rome, 105 degrees in Macon and Americus, and a solid 100 degrees in Atlanta.  And that’s just on Monday.


On Nov. 12, 2018, A bald eagle tilts its head while peering down from a branch at the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area in Juneau, Alaska.
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The Trump administration is finalizing major changes Monday to the way it enforces the landmark Endangered Species Act, a move it says will reduce regulatory burden but critics charge will drive more creatures to extinction.

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A lawsuit alleges "negligence in the operation and maintenance of the water systems" caused a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a downtown Atlanta hotel.

Lawyers for Germany Greer say they filed the lawsuit Monday in Gwinnett County State Court. Greer says he tested positive for the disease after attending a conference at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel June 27-July 1.

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President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders are again pointing to mental health as an influence in the nation’s most recent mass shootings, but one Fulton County high school student said he disagrees with the rhetoric and wants more funding for mental health care in public schools.

Ethan Asher, 17, of Roswell, founded the Georgia chapter of March For Our Lives last year after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He was most recently announced as one of the national winners of the 2019 Diller Teen Award, a $36,000 award for teens making positive impacts in their community.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Six of seven Mississippi chicken processing plants raided Wednesday were "willfully and unlawfully" employing people who lacked authorization to work in the United States, including workers wearing electronic monitoring bracelets at work for previous immigration violations, according to unsealed court documents.

Federal investigators behind the biggest immigration raid in a decade relied on confidential informants inside the plants in addition to data from the monitoring bracelets to help make their case, according to the documents.

Macon Woman Wants Mental Health Care Available To All

Aug 10, 2019

It’s 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning just after the Fourth of July, and Nancy Cleveland is on the move.

She joins a group of about 20 Macon residents in Central City Park to help them harness the power of nature as a healing force. They’ve come to participate in a program called Walk With A Doc, bearing ailments from major depression to hypertension. Cleveland — a 2019 recipient of the annual Emerging City Champions (ECC) grant — walks with them.


Ron Harris / AP

Thousands of people planning to travel to Atlanta for Dragon Con are eagerly awaiting word that one of the host hotels — Sheraton Atlanta — will reopen after an outbreak of Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease.

The hotel voluntarily closed July 14. Since then, one person has died, 12 people have lab-confirmed Legionnaires' and 63 more cases are considered "probable," according to the health department.

Sheraton General Manager Ken Peduzzi said Friday the hotel will remain closed until at least Aug. 14.

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A coalition of groups under the moniker of “Hate Free Georgia” is renewing calls for Georgia to pass a hate crimes bill when the legislature returns in January. 

At a press conference Friday, speakers from the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and others urged the state Senate to pass House Bill 426 in next year’s session.

Georgia is one of five states without a hate crimes law.


Mike Stewart / AP

Georgia's secretary of state has certified the new touchscreen voting machines the state is purchasing, saying they meet state law and are secure for use.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office

Today on Political Rewind, as the debate over access to guns rages on, Georgia’s Republican lawmakers remain largely silent even as President Trump declares he’ll support new background check legislation.

La'Raven Taylor

When Jared Yates Sexton’s grandma researched their family tree, she discovered a long line of “scofflaws, debtors, drunkards and out-and-out criminals.”

The working class men he grew up with in Linton, Indiana, could never quite get ahead, especially as industrial jobs dried up.

But at home, their power was absolute. Often maintained by violence, intimidation and a rigid masculinity that was toxic to their families, communities and selves.   


Courtesy of Dad's Garage

Comedian and actor Scott Adsit has been on everything from Friends to The Office, but you may know him best as Pete Hornberger from the sitcom 30 Rock. Or perhaps as the voice of Baymax from Big Hero 6.

This weekend, he's in Georgia. Adsit is doing a two-night, four-show run at Dad's Garage in Atlanta. First, he stopped by On Second Thought to share stories about how improv influenced his acting career, why he never really got into stand-up comedy, and his connection to the Marvel Universe. 


Mary Beth Meehan

If art is supposed to start conversations, then “Seeing Newnan” is working. The project mounted 19 large-scale photographs of residents on buildings around Newnan, Georgia.

Artist Mary Beth Meehan’s large-scale photographs of residents in Newnan have exposed the shifting demographics of the town. A resident, who protested the image of two Muslim schoolgirls in the town square, got more than a thousand responses from others who embrace a more inclusive vision of the town.


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Originally aired on August 21, 2018:

 

This Saturday, thousands of Muslims across Georgia will begin observing one of the most holy days in the religion of Islam.

 

Eid al-Adha is known as the "Festival of Sacrifice" in Islam, commemorating the prophet Abraham and the sacrifice he promised to God.

 

 


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A stop-work order issued has halted demolition of 152 Nassau Street after it began Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Earlier this month, the city of Atlanta approved a demolition permit to tear down the building to make way for a new Margaritaville Resort.

The site briefly served as a recording studio for Okeh Records when music pioneer Ralph Peer came from New York to the South to set up a temporary recording studio.

NOAA

Forecasters now say we could be in for a more active hurricane season than they originally predicted. 

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the El Niño weather pattern, which suppresses hurricane activity, has ended. That means it's more likely this hurricane season will be above normal.

 

Forecasters are now predicting 10 to 17 named storms this season. An average season has 12.

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Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue says he has concerns about “red flag” gun laws that would give judges authority to temporarily remove a person’s guns if they are considered dangerous to themselves or others.

Speaking to a group of reporters in his Atlanta office during a wide-ranging interview, he said he could not comment on any specifics until a bill has been drafted.

Rock Music, Comedy, More Coastal Events August 9-11

Aug 8, 2019
Bay Street Theatre

This weekend in Savannah, there's lots to do from buying beer for a good cause to enjoying a cup of coffee with some comedy. Tanya Milton of the Savannah Tribune has your guide. 


CREDIT MAPPING INEQUALITY, RICHMOND UNIVERSITY

A report by financial news and content company, 24-7 Wall Street, identifies the 25 most-segregated cities in America. Four are in Georgia, and one of those is in the top five.

The area covering Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell is number 22. Columbus comes in at 19. Macon is number 11. Albany, Georgia, comes in at No. 3.


Ross Terrell / Georgia Public Broadcasting

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced on Thursday a nighttime ban on e-scooters and bikes. Starting Friday, the dockless devices won’t be available for rent between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.

The decision comes on the heels of multiple fatal crashes involving scooter riders. Four riders have been hit and killed since May.


Michael Sohn / AP

Authorities say another electric scooter rider has died in a metro Atlanta wreck.

Atlanta police say 46-year-old Quineterry McGriff, clothed in all black, ran a red light during rush hour traffic Tuesday morning and crashed into a truck.

Ross Terrell / Georgia Public Broadcasting

Faith leaders and activists want Fulton County commissioners to deal with overcrowding at the county jail. A small group gathered Wednesday outside of the Fulton County government center, after speaking at the commissioner’s meeting.


On this edition of Political Rewind, the shockwaves reverberating from the massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio dominate the news headlines across the country and here in Georgia.

 


 

Washington Post

Several Georgia communities are involved in one of the largest civil trials in U.S. history. The consolidated case is unfolding in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio, with local governments as the plaintiffs and opioid manufacturers and distributors as defendants.

The case is so complicated a special master proposed grouping the participants into an unprecedented “negotiation class” to try to settle, and participants debated the idea at a hearing Tuesday.  U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, who’s pushed for a settlement in general, showed interest in the novel idea.


John Locher / Associated Press

President Donald Trump is headed to both Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, Wednesday in response to the recent mass shootings in the two cities.

Along with the previous week's shooting in Gilroy, California, there were 34 people killed and dozens injured in a single week.

Rick Rojas is also in El Paso. He's the new national correspondent for the South at The New York Times. He joined On Second Thought to give us an update on the situation — and the sentiment — in the aftermath of the El Paso shooting.


Spc. Tori Miller / U.S. Army National Guard

Gov. Brian Kemp is telling agencies around the state to prepare for spending cuts.

In a letter on Tuesday, Kemp directed government agencies to develop budget proposals with a 4% spending reduction this fiscal year, ending in June of 2020, and a 6% cut in fiscal year 2021, beginning July of next year.


GovTrack

Among the races for U.S. House of Representatives around the country, few are as closely watched and contested as Georgia's 7th Congressional District. After five-term Republican Rob Woodall declared he would not seek re-election, several have considered entering the race. Challengers include Woodall's 2018 opponent, Georgia Legislators, a former NFL star, business executives and a number of first-time politicians. 

Hear from the candidates who hope to represent Georgia's 7th Congressional District. Each candidate was given two minutes to explain the top issue that has driven them to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. 

David Goldman / AP

As federal money pours into Georgia to end new HIV infections, hundreds of people living with HIV and AIDS are being threatened with eviction. Nonprofit providers accuse the city of being chronically late with a total of $41 million in federal HIV funds — money reserved to provide HIV and AIDS clients a place to live. 

On Monday, the Atlanta City Council voted to appropriate $1.5 million in emergency funding to pay for housing and other services that clients of The Living Room depend on. A lawsuit filed by that organization in July accuses the city of withholding funds.


Ron Harris / AP

The first death from Legionnaires' disease related to an outbreak of Legionella at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Atlanta was confirmed Tuesday by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

There are now 12 lab-confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, including one death, and 61 probable cases, DPH spokeswoman Nancy Nydam said Tuesday. That's up from 55 suspected cases and 11 confirmed.

The Sheraton voluntarily closed July 15. The first set of environmental samples were collected four days later and additional samples were collected July 29, Nydam said.

In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, a worker is seen behind the registration window of the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital, in Atlanta. In two years, federal payments to hospitals treating a large share of the nation's poor will begin to evapor
David Goldman / AP Photo

On this Special Edition of Political Rewind, an in-depth look at rural health care in Georgia.

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