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In the summer of 2017, the wreckage of U.S.S. Indianapolis, a Navy cruiser, was discovered some 18,000 feet under the Philippine Sea.


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Dozens of people gathered in downtown Atlanta during Wednesday’s rush hour to create a human protected bike lane.

The move came just a week after William Alexander was hit and killed by a bus while riding a scooter on West Peachtree, where the makeshift bike lane was assembled. The sidewalk on that road has been blocked due to construction.

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The Leesburg Stockade is a squat, block brick building where about 15 girls were imprisoned in the 1960s for their role in integrating a movie theater in Americus.

Surrounded by buses overflowing from the Lee County Schools bus barn, it's easy to miss. That will change in September when the stockade gets its own state historical marker, making it a part of the Georgia Historical Society’s Civil Rights Trail.

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The newest Ken Burns series premiering in September follows the vast and varied evolution of country music over the 20th century. The eight-part series begins not in Nashville, nor Bristol, but Atlanta.

That's because, in 1923, OKeh Records music pioneer Ralph Peer came from New York to the South and set up a temporary recording studio smack dab in downtown Atlanta at 152 Nassau Street. That's where he recorded early country, blues, jazz and gospel artists, including what is known as country music's first hit, "The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane" by Fiddlin' John Carson. 

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The first launch is scheduled for late 2019 for one of two cube satellites made by the Small Satellite Research Laboratory at the University of Georgia.

Cube satellites, otherwise known as CubeSats, weigh less than three pounds and are approximately the size of a loaf of bread. Catching a ride on a rocket from a “launch provider,” each satellite plans to be in orbit between two and two and a half years.


In this June 19, 2013, file photo, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. When special counsel Mueller testifies before Congress it will be a moment many have been waiting for, but it comes with risk for Democrats.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Robert Mueller will give his highly anticipated testimony on Capitol Hill tomorrow. With four members on the House Judiciary Committee from Georgia, what roles will they play during the hearing? 


Reconstructing Youth Foundation

Many kids look forward to seeing their friends, learning new skills and playing sports when the school year starts back up. However, some children might be anticipating something else — having more food to eat again.

The summer learning gap is a familiar pattern, but some children are also suffering from a summer hunger gap.

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A coalition of groups in opposition to the state's tighter abortion law have filed a motion to block it from taking effect.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights requested a preliminary injunction Tuesday in federal court. 

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Georgia has been given the green light by the U.S. Department of Education to experiment with leaving high stakes, year-end testing behind.

But now Georgia and three other states — New Hampshire, North Carolina and Louisiana — have permission to find other federally compliant ways to assess students.

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Georgia residents in Smyrna and Covington are just now learning that their neighborhoods have an elevated cancer risk because of exposure to airborne toxins.

In August 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency published a report showing 109 census tracts with high concentrations of ethylene oxide, a gas used to sterilize medical equipment. Two use before, the agency placed the chemical on a list of those that “definitely cause cancer.”

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Georgia’s energy supply is getting greener. Every three years, the Public Service Commission votes on Georgia Power’s overall strategy, detailed in its Integrated Resources Plan.

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In North Atlanta, where the perimeter meets the Chattahoochee River, there’s a little building just off the highway with a bright red sign that says, “Bar B Que.” That building is Heirloom Market BBQ run by chefs Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, a newly released poll offers clues about Georgian’s opinions on how Gov. Brian Kemp is performing in office, their feelings towards President Trump, and which Democratic presidential candidate is their current top choice. 


Pilot Whales Safe After Rare Georgia Beaching

Jul 22, 2019
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Summer fun quickly devolved into a rescue operation July 16 when a pod of short-finned pilot whales stranded on St. Simon’s island. Bystanders rushed into the ocean to push the frantic animals back out to sea, saving all but three. 

Georgia’s Department of Wildlife Resources provided an update Wednesday, stating that the pod had been spotted heading east to deeper waters. DNR’s Clay George said he is “cautiously optimistic” that the rescue mission was successful. 

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Atlanta based Equifax announced a $671 million settlement Monday as a result of the 2017 data breach.


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A house fire spread to a house of worship next door, all but destroying the First Metropolitan Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia.

Savannah Fire Rescue firefighters responding to a two-story house fire late Sunday found the flames had already spread to the First Metropolitan Baptist Church and another nearby home. Reports say the homes and church were vacant at the time of the fire, and no injuries have been reported.

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For many kids, summer reading has taken up a big chunk of their vacation.

 

But for second-grader Nicholas Buamah of Snellville, people all across the country are busy reading his book.

 

Nicholas, who is 8 years old, is the author of "Kayla & Kyle The Walking Dictionaries: Election Day," which came out last year.

 

 

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared in Atlanta Friday to accept an award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Clinton was given the organization’s Recognizing the Dream award.


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All week, On Second Thought has shared stories about people whose unsung contributions to the Apollo 11 mission 50 years ago. 

One of those pioneers is 85-year-old Ed Dwight. The Kennedy administration was focused on winning the space race, while integrating the South. Former President John F. Kennedy chose Dwight — handsome, charismatic and skilled Air Force officer to be the first African American astronaut. 


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The federal government on Thursday awarded one South Georgia hospital authority funding from $20 million distributed to 27 organizations nationwide to develop new rural residency programs.

In South Georgia, the Hospital Authority of Colquitt County received a $750,000 award from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Rural Residency Planning and Development Program grants. That money will be used to develop new rural residency programs while achieving accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

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Long before blockbuster cookbooks, community recipe collections were go-to references for recipes. These compilations were fundraising tools for church and junior league groups, Girl Scout troops and 4-H clubs.

Matthew Terrell is an artist and writer living in Atlanta. His book, The Magnolia Bayou Ladies Auxiliary Country Club Cooking and Entertaining Book, picks up the spiral-bound, D.I.Y Southern tradition, but this time there is a twist. This cookbook is fiction. While the recipes are real, everything else — the stories, the characters, the commentary, the ads — are fake.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, a state commissioned study shows Georgia faces a major challenge in providing health coverage to its poorer residents. The report will be used by officials to draft waivers for expanding medicaid and insurance protections.


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British astronomer Fred Hoyle first used the term "Big Bang Theory" on a BBC radio program in 1949. Here in the U.S., Americans were hitting their stride on a massive bang of their own.

The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics or NACA laid the groundwork for what would become NASA a decade later and sent a manned rocket to the moon 10 years after that. Before that successful mission, Vicky Graves and her husband, Barry, started working for NACA.


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A private room that breastfeeding mothers can use to pump breast milk has opened in a state building near Georgia’s Capitol.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports the lactation room in the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Building — which houses state agencies and a cafeteria — is the second in state offices in downtown Atlanta.

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The Army Corps of Engineers is extending the deadline for public comments on a proposal to mine for minerals near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

The new deadline is Sept. 12, an additional 30 days from the original deadline of Aug. 13.

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What do you get when you take a strip mall in a north Atlanta suburb, add a real estate developer with over a quarter-million pieces of computing and technology history and sprinkle in a region brimming with tech talent and company headquarters?

As you drive past the Big Lots and Shoe Gallery at Roswell Town Center and park around back, tucked between the outdoor mini golf and indoor laser tag, you'll see there is no punchline, just the newly-opened Computer Museum of America.

For now, it's more than 44,000 square feet dedicated to tech big and small, from the earliest microcomputers to the innovation that took us to the moon. But founder Lonnie Mimms and the CMoA team envision a world in the near future where the museum is an anchor for a revolution of sorts that unites the region's colleges, corporations and community to capitalize on technology's role in our society.


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The Apollo 11 rocket NASA that launched into space 50 years ago this week was also the blast-off point for things now commonly used on Earth. The first moonwalk created the foundations for technology that moves people and products around every day. 

The lunar laser retroreflector used by astronaut Buzz Aldrin was critical to developing global positioning systems or GPS. Todd Jaegar is global director of commercial optics for Haraeus, which helped produce the reflector. Jaegar visited On Second Thought from Haraeus' quartz glass facility in Buford. 


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This week the federal government said it's encouraged by a decline in overdose deaths from opioids. But, while the Georgia Department of Public Health and other state leaders said they are encouraged by the drop in deaths, they are not ready to call the decline a trend as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar did.

“We are cautiously optimistic; however, it is too soon to know definitively if these decreases will continue over time,” DPH spokeswoman Nancy Nydam said.

Protesters Gather In Macon Under Threat Of ICE Raids

Jul 18, 2019
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A crowd of protesters bowed their heads as Pastor Daniel Medina led them in a bilingual prayer on the steps of Macon City Hall as locals joined a worldwide candlelit vigil in protest of America’s immigration policies as part of the Lights for Liberty movement. 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were set to conduct raids Sunday in major U.S. cities, including Atlanta, over the weekend. Although the raids never happened, protestors raised awareness about the conditions in migrant detention centers — two of which are in Georgia.

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A newly-released survey detailing Georgia's health care landscape is the latest step in Gov. Brian Kemp's plan to expand access to some of the estimated 1.5 million residents who don't have health insurance.

The Georgia Environment Scan Report combines demographic, business, employment and health-related data to help inform consultants hired under the Patients First Act craft potential waivers to the state's Medicaid and Affordable Care Act plans. 

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