Tuesday is again Election Day in Georgia with runoffs for secretary of state and a spot on the Public Service Commission. Voters will choose between Democrat John Barrow and Republican Brad Raffensberger for Brian Kemp's replacement as secretary of state and between Republican Chuck Eaton, the incumbent, and Democrat Lindy Miller for the Public Service Commission's third district.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is now caught up on processing a backlog of sexual assault kits. These so-called "rape kits" preserve evidence that can be critical to prosecuting rapists. In 2016, the Georgia legislature passed a bill requiring faster submission of kits to the state crime lab.
That law followed the discovery of more than 1,300 untested kits at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and subsequent revelations of nearly 10,000 untested kits statewide. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations finished testing those kits last month. Ann Burdgess from End Violence Against Women Inernational joined "On Second Thought" to speak about the investigation and the latest developments.
Are you looking to diversify your reading list? Look no further. Anthony Grooms is an author and creative writing professor at Kennesaw State University. He gave "On Second Thought" his recommendations for our "Southern Reading List" series on books that define and reflect the south. Grooms' recommendations include Patrick Phillips' "Blood at the Root" ; Gray Stewart's "Haylow"; and Ernest Gaines' "A Lesson Before Dying."