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Several of Georgia's top elected officials have weighed in on Friday's Senate Judiciary Committe hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

People across the country watched the testimony of Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who has accused him of sexual assault when they were both in high school in the early 1980s. 

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An Atlanta nonprofit is using running to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.

Participants agree to train three times a week with volunteers. Those who stick with it get help with education, employment and housing.


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Metro Atlanta's transit authority has unveiled its billion dollar plan to expand transit in the area. On Thursday, it sent a letter to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms outlining some proposals. 

The $2.7 billion plan is part of the transit authority's "More MARTA Atlanta" program.

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After a number of meetings and several deadline delays, the construction of the controversial Plant Vogtle will continue.  Oglethorpe Power voted yes on Wednesday to keep building the nuclear plant. A 90 percent agreement between the project's co-owners was needed to continue construction of the plant. The vote was triggered after projected costs to complete Vogtle skyrocketed by $2.3 billion.

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Georgia’s most populous county is changing the way it uploads election results to the state’s server for the Nov. 6 midterm election.


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Christina Ham's play "Nina Simone: Four Women" follows the activism and creative legacy of the fiercely talented Nina Simone.

 

The woman known as "The High Priestess of Soul" aspired to be America's first black classical pianist, and left a lasting impression on music that resonates today.

 

We spoke with director Michele Shay and actors Adrienne Reynolds, Wendy Fox-Williams, Jordan Frazier, and Regina Marie Williams on the way the characters each represent a different aspect of Simone's life.

 


There are a lot of film and television projects being produced right now in Georgia. We got a rundown of some of what’s in production from Kalena Boller. She works as a location manager in Georgia’s film industry. She also gave us a preview of her upcoming GPB podcast, "The Credits." It focuses on the stories of the people who work behind the scenes.

 

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In June, Atlanta’s iconic Hotel Clermont reopened after an extensive renovation, a matter of concern for fans of the dingy strip club in the hotel basement called the Clermont Lounge.

The Man Behind The Predator Mask

Sep 27, 2018
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This month, the movie The Predator came to theaters. In the new remake of the 1987 film, the actor wearing the alien mask is Georgia-native Brian Prince. Brian was a student at SCAD when he plunged into the gravity defying stunts of parkour. He told us how he got involved in the film industry as a stuntman.

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the proceeding live about 10 a.m.

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The U.S. Coast Guard is hosting a public hearing Thursday about a proposed rocket launching facility on Georgia's Coast.
 

GOP candidate for governor Brian Kemp.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp hopes to give public school teachers in Georgia a raise. The Republican candidate for governor says he will give teachers a permanent $5,000 annual pay raise, a plan that would cost taxpayers around $600 million a year.


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There are a lot of film and television projects being produced right now in Georgia. We get a rundown of some of what’s in production from Kalena Boller. She works as a location manager in Georgia’s film industry. She also gives us a preview of her upcoming GPB podcast, "The Credits." It focuses on the stories of the people who work behind the scenes.

 

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On this edition of Political Rewind, after running three years behind and several billion dollars over budget, partners in Georgia Powers Plant Vogtle Nuclear Plant vote to continue funding the expansion project. Critics have fought against Vogtle's expansion, citing cost and safety concerns. We discuss whether or not the future of the project is in danger. 


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Pressure is ratcheting up on U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). She’s considered a swing vote in the confirmation of federal judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Collins’ office has been deluged with calls, threats, and a crowdsourcing campaign to unseat her if she votes for Kavanaugh has raised more than a million dollars. On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott talks with Sen. Collins at the ‘Constitutionally Speaking’ series event at  Saint Anselm College.


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The late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain changed the way a lot of people think and write about food. He traveled the world for his CNN show, Parts Unknown. From Nairobi to Atlanta, he brought us along for the ride. Bourdain took his life in June. On Sunday night, CNN debuted the final season of Parts Unknown. We look back on Bourdain’s legacy in the culinary world. 

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The federal Farm Bill making its way through Congress could dramatically reduce the availability of free school meals. Those meals offer significant help for the nearly 20 percent of Georgia households with children that struggle to afford quality food for their families, according to the Food Research and Action Center. So many students qualify for the free meal program in Macon's Bibb County School District that free breakfast and lunch are available district-wide. To put that in perspective, the district served 18,000 lunches last year alone. 

Amy Ray, left, standing with producer Elena Rivera, right.
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Now we add some more songs to our essential Georgia playlist from Amy Ray. We ask artists to pick two songs written or performed by another Georgian that best represent the state.

Amy Ray is part of the seminal folk group Indigo Girls. Her sixth solo studio album, "Holler," is out this Friday.


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One morning during the second week of the school year, Principal Shandrina Griffin-Stewart was about to walk the halls of Appling Middle School in Macon. She'd just stepped outside her door when she saw a class of rambunctious sixth graders. She quickly got them in line.

"Raider Pride!" she intoned.

The students responded immediately, if less than enthusiastically.

"Gear up, work hard and do right," they said in a loose unison. Griffin-Stewart tried again.

"Raider Pride!"


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Augusta may be best known for the Masters Tournament, but this Georgia city has more than one claim to fame. For starters, "Godfather of Soul" James Brown grew up in Augusta. More recently, the city has made a name for itself as a national hub for cybersecurity. Sharon Collins took her GPB television series "Hometown Georgia" to Augusta to learn more about the city and joined "On Second Thought" with some of the stories she brought back.


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The federal Farm Bill making its way through Congress could dramatically reduce the availability of free school meals. Those meals offer significant help for the nearly 20 percent of Georgia households with children that struggle to afford quality food for their families, according to the Food Research and Action Center. So many students qualify for the free meal program in Macon's Bibb County School District that free breakfast and lunch are available district-wide. To put that in perspective, the district served 18,000 lunches last year alone.


Watch Live: Trump Address to UNGA

Sep 25, 2018
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President Donald Trump is addressing the United Nations General Assembly. Watch his remarks live Tuesday, Sept. 25 around 10:15 a.m. ET

The deadline to register to vote in Georgia is Tuesday, Oct. 9.
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The midterm elections are 42 days away and Tuesday, National Voter Registration Day, serves as a timely reminder to submit your registration information to be eligible to participate in the November contest. 

If you haven't registered to vote yet, you still have two weeks before the Tuesday, October 9 deadline. 

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The Atlanta Hawks begin training camp this week ahead of the upcoming NBA season, and they'll be doing so with the oldest player in the league on their roster.

 

At 41 years of age, Vince Carter is the oldest active player in the NBA on a team with many young players and new faces. He spoke Monday about his role at a media event held at Emory's Sports Medicine Complex.

 

 


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Two key players in the construction of Plant Vogtle have decided to continue on with the project. 

Georgia Power and the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia have each agreed to move forward in  building the nuclear power facility, but Oglethorpe Power, which has a 30 percent stake in the project, only offered a conditional yes.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden's trip to Georgia to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams has been postponed until October. 

The Abrams campaign said Monday afternoon Biden had a scheduling conflict. 

Biden is not the only national figure making or 2020 presidential hopeful making a stop in Georgia ahead of the Nov. 6 midterms.

Brett Kavanaugh appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the third day of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, as Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court faces a make or break week, Sen. David Perdue (R-Georgia) urges his colleagues to take its time in vetting the allegations of sexual assault.


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County elections officials across the state are getting ready for the Nov. 6 election.

That includes testing Georgia’s 27,000 touch-screen voting machines.

On a humid Monday morning, Fayette County elections director Floyd Jones and his team begin the logic and accuracy testing process for the direct-recording electronic voting machines – nearly 300 of them.

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The Fair Housing Act is 50 years old this year. Former President Lyndon Johnson implemented this landmark piece of civil rights legislation days after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. King often said housing was a key victory in the struggle for African-American equity in the United States. 


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Fifty years after the Fair Housing Act, we took a look at the state of fair housing and affordable housing in Georgia today.


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