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Mining below the surface of ordinary lives has made Joshilyn Jackson a multiple New York Times best-selling novelist.

Her newest book, Never Have I Ever, ratchets things up to thriller level when a new neighbor knocks at Amy’s door. The sultry and charming stranger, Roux, hijacks the agenda at book club, and soon moves onto Amy’s life with a blackmail scheme to expose a long buried secret.


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Now we add some more songs to our essential Georgia playlist from Avery Gipson. We ask artists to pick two songs written or performed by another Georgian that best represent the state.

At 18 years old, Avery Gipson is already an award-winning singer-songwriter. Her first single, “Look What You’ve Done,” came out earlier this year.


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A report from leading environmental advocates in Georgia describes how the toxins left over from burning coal for power are being stored by Georgia Power in direct contact with groundwater.  

  

The report from the Southern Environmental Law Center, the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, The Altamaha Riverkeeper and the Coosa River Basin Initiative, and based on analysis of Georgia Power data, came one day before the only chance for Georgians to tell the federal Environmental Protection Agency what they think about plans to handle the management of those toxins, called coal ash, to Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division.   

 

 

Rene Aguilar and Jackie Flores pray at a makeshift memorial for the victims of Saturday's mass shooting at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019.
(AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

On this edition of Political Rewind, President Trump speaks out about the gun massacres in El Paso and Dayton. What did he say about solutions to an ongoing crisis of deadly shootings?


Georgia's 6th Congressional District includes Cobb County, Northern Fulton County and parts of Dekalb County.
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With every U.S. House seat on the ballot in 2020, candidates across Georgia are fine-tuning their messaging to court voters. Hear from the candidates who hope to represent Georgia's 6th Congressional District north of Atlanta.

Each candidate was given two minutes to explain the top issue that has driven them to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. 

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Eleven confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been linked to the Sheraton Atlanta, with another 55 cases considered “probable” according to the Georgia Department of Health.

The hotel voluntarily closed its doors for testing on July 15, with a proposed reopening on Aug. 11 at the earliest. That places the reopening very close to Dragon Con scheduled for Labor Day weekend.


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"Squidbillies" is Atlanta-based Adult Swim’s third longest-running animated series. It’s based on the show creators’ experiences here in Georgia – and features a cast of anthropomorphic redneck squids. The 12th season of "Squidbillies" premieres Sunday on Adult Swim. Hear from the co-creators Dave Willis and Jim Fortier who recently joined us on On Second Thought


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It’s where The Walking Dead roam the earth.  It’s Black Panther’s home away from Wakanda, and it’s the only spot where Donald Glover’s Atlanta rightfully could be made.  It’s Y’allywood!

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A system of cameras is being set up in north Georgia in hopes of capturing images of coyotes and learning more about them.

Researchers with the Atlanta Coyote Project are working with partners across the nation to study the effects of coyotes and urban wildlife in metro Atlanta, according to the Associated Press.

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A handmade flag that pranksters stole from Jekyll Island more than 40 years ago has been returned to the state park.

The Brunswick News reports the flag featuring a crest of a seashell and a cotton ball was handed over to its executive editor and president, Buff Leavy, recently along with a handwritten note explaining that it had been swiped by Georgia Tech fraternity pledges in 1975. Leavy returned it to the Jekyll Island Authority.

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Two former NFL players with ties to Georgia were inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame over the weekend in Canton, Ohio.

(L) Georgia Silk /Life Magazine / (R) Beth Cogswell/The National Portrait Gallery

Saturday morning, 44 baseball prospects from around the country will take the field at SunTrust Park as part of the first ever Hank Aaron Invitational showcase game. 

 

The event is part of a week long celebration of the Braves’ legend, known as Hank Aaron Week.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, competing visions for creating a better future for Americans are being showcased in Atlanta this weekend.


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On Monday of last week, Andy Miller shared breaking news discovered by Georgia Health News and WebMD. Their investigation revealed that two facilities, one in Smyrna and one in Covington, have been releasing high levels of ethylene oxide, a gas that causes cancer. These facilities have been releasing airborne toxins in Cobb County for decades.


Jeff Hagerman

Jeff Hagerman is into ruins. The Atlanta-based photographer is an urban explorer who squeezes through cracked windows or unhinged doors to access what remains after natural disasters, economic shifts and the churn of urban development.


a man parks his rented dockless scooter outside of a restaurant in Atlanta
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Another electric scooter rider has been fatally hit by a vehicle in Atlanta, the third such death since the e-scooters arrived in the city last year.

News outlets report Atlanta police say 34-year-old Amber Ford died Thursday after being hit by a car over the weekend. A witness told police the driver fled the scene.

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Just above the Florida border, there’s a vast — and famous — swamp: the Okefenokee. It’s more than 400,000 acres of wilderness, with black water, pine and cypress trees, endangered woodpeckers and more.


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Rescue crews continue to search for one of two construction workers who fell off a boat after it struck a barge Wednesday at a Georgia port on the Savannah River.

One of the workers made it back to the boat, but the other remains missing.

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Barbecues, festivals, music and more — these are the hallmarks of summer we all savor but are, bittersweetly, coming to an end.

This weekend, Savannah is ringing in August with a bang, from offering jazzy brunches on the waterfront to equipping kids with school supplies. Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar and Claire Sandow of the Tourism Leadership Council have your guide. 


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Has America become more racist? Earlier this year, The Pew Research Center attempted to answer that question and found that roughly two thirds of adults do think it is more common for people to express racist views since Donald Trump became president. Other long-term trends, however, suggest an overall decline in both racist views and racist acts.


Phil Jones / Augusta University

When people get hurt or are victims of violence, they often get not only medical attention, but counseling, too. That is to help with mental trauma. 

Often overlooked is the trauma felt by those who help victims. So, where do emergency response personnel turn for help? 


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The Atlanta Falcons will play Thursday night in the first matchup of the NFL preseason, known as the 'Hall of Fame’ game.

 

After Atlanta played host to Super Bowl 53 in February, the Falcons will kick off the 2019 preseason in Canton, Ohio, against the Denver Broncos.

 


Astronaut Ricky Arnold, from aboard the International Space Station, shared this image of Hurricane Florence on Sept. 10, taken as the orbiting laboratory flew over the massive storm.
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As Hurricanes Erick and Flossie weaken in the Pacific, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are monitoring two weather disturbances in the Atlantic Ocean. They say there is a low to medium chance the storms could become cyclones in the next five days.

Storms like this only get names once they reach the level of a tropical storm, which have sustained wind speeds of 39 to 73 miles per hour.

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What started as a tribute to the greats, has taken on a life all of its own.

Yacht Rock Revue harnesses the nostalgic soft rock vibes of the ‘70s and ‘80s, taking the term “tribute band” to a whole new level. Whether on the road, or at their own venue Venkman’s in Atlanta, Yacht Rock Revue take their audiences on a voyage to sounds of the past.

Singer Nick Niespodziani joined On Second Thought to add a couple of songs to the Georgia Playlist, our tribute to songs written and performed by Georgians.

Niespodziani chose “Moonlight Feels Right” by Starbuck and Washed Out’s “Eyes Be Closed.”


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On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott has been a judge at three of the semi-annual singer-songwriter shoot-outs at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur.  (Full disclosure: her partner hosts the weekly open mic contests there.)

At the 48th bi-annual shoot-out, then 10-year-old Ansley Oakley stepped up to the mic – all of 4-foot-8 and wearing a vintage maxi dress – and started to sing.  The resulting performance was so jaw-dropping that Virginia invited her to sing at Grocery on Home, an occasional, bring-your-own-everything listening room that she and her partner run out of the old grocery store where they live in Grant Park.   


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The median home price in Georgia is on track to nearly double from 2012 prices in the coming years, and wages haven’t kept up. Georgia cities can be especially expensive. Atlanta rents have spiked in the past decade at the same time the number of units classified as affordable have been dropping.

GPB’s Ross Terrell recently discussed housing costs with U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson when Carson was in Atlanta for a conference on emerging strategies to address affordable housing.

There’s a new report from the federal government that has some surprising data about last fall’s election.

According to the latest Election Administration and Voting Survey, Georgia led the nation in automated voter registration and accepted a higher percentage of absentee and provisional ballots than previous years.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office says that’s proof that voter suppression does not exist in Georgia, but those numbers are only part of the story.

Political reporter Stephen Fowler joined GPB’s Rickey Bevington in the studio to explain.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, warning signs emerge that Gov. Brian Kemp’s plans for a partial expansion of Medicaid in Georgia may not win full support from the federal government and could cost far more than the state may be able to pay.

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“Shut it down!”

These words echoed through the auditorium at Campbell Middle School in Cobb County, where more than 200 concerned residents crammed in for a meeting Tuesday night with Sterigenics and elected officials.


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South Georgia's Colquitt County has its first four-year medical school in Moultrie and Gov. Brian Kemp will speak during the Aug. 6 ribbon cutting.

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is designed to help meet physician workforce needs in rural Georgia, President Jay Feldstein said in a release.


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