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Some people read the local paper for news and sports. Others head straight to the columns. That's where you'll find Dick Yarbrough, who has never run short of opinions. The iconic opinion-wielder enters about 600,000 homes across Georgia and addresses more than one million readers each week.

The Georgia Press Association named Yarbrough's column "most humorous" several times — although some politicians don't appreciate his sense of humor at all. Yarbrough spoke with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about his career writing columns for more than 20 years.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Democratic incumbents in Georgia's congressional delegation who are also running for seats in 2020 show no unanimity on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.


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Augusta’s economy is booming bigtime.  The metro area’s GDP has increased more than $1.5 billion since 2015.  It’s outpacing national growth and on track to eclipse the statewide rate.

That good news follows decades of struggle.  Sea Stachura has been reporting on the turnaround for GPB.  She told On Second Thought the growth is tied to the city’s emerging cyber security field.  


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This week, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta will host the ‘Ending Mass Incarceration’ Conference.


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  • Voting Machines Could Delay Georgia's Primary Date In 2020 Election
  • City Of Atlanta Approves 2020 Budget
  • 'Ending Mass Incarceration' Conference Begins In Atlanta


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Georgia could be one of the last states to set its date for the 2020 presidential preference primary, which is one of the first elections to be held on a soon-to-be-selected new voting system. 

In years past, Georgia has joined a number of states in holding the presidential primary on the first Tuesday in March known as "Super Tuesday," or what then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp dubbed the "SEC primary" in 2016.

But this year elections officials are holding off on a date until the dust has settled on the procurement process to replace Georgia's 27,000 outdated direct-recording electronic voting machines. 


Marchers unfurl a huge rainbow flag as they prepare to march in the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, Sunday, June 11, 2017.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, as Pride Month continues across the country, we will take a look at the progress made by the LGBTQ Community in the decades long effort to gain equal protections and fair treatment in Georgia and across the nation. 


Organizers and city leaders are still puzzling out why a job fair at the Anderson Conference Center in Macon recently saw an unexpectedly large turnout.

More than 3,500 job hunters stood in a line a mile long, and some continued to wait hours after the fair technically closed.  This all happened amidst reports of low unemployment rates for the county and state.

 


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"Recreational Genetics" are a thing. Apparently, an estimated 26 million people worldwide have dug into their ancestry with the help of at-home DNA kits such as Ancestry or 23andMe. But finding your family story requires more than learning ethnic percentages from a DNA swab. 

That's where genealogist Kenyatta Berry comes in. She's a lawyer and co-host of PBS' Genealogy Roadshow. Berry visited On Second Thought to talk about her new book, The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy.


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Organizers and city leaders are still puzzling out why a job fair at the Anderson Conference Center in Macon recently saw an unexpectedly large turnout.

More than 3,500 job hunters stood in a line a mile long, and some continued to wait hours after the fair technically closed.  This all happened amidst reports of low unemployment rates for the county and state.


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Billboards, telling stories of recovery from addiction, are now live across the state. The campaign was announced earlier this month by Georgia Recovers.

The money for the billboard campaign comes from Congress’s response to the opioid crisis, and the funds were distributed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Georgia Council on Substance Abuse Executive Director Neil Campbell said.

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In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses a reason why people with obesity and diabetes have higher rates of cognitive decline as they age. 

The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPB Augusta SoundCloud page.

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In this month's edition of #QuestionsForKeisha with Rickey Bevington, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answers your questions on issues ranging from redeveloping the Gulch, preserving the city's tree canopy, attracting and retaining police officers and where to put a statue of hometown sports hero, Evander Holyfield.


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  • Georgia Sees Increase In Mosquitos After Week Of Rain


  • Study: Georgia's Uninsured, Lack Of Health Care Access Rank State 42nd Nationwide
  • 21 Savage Donates $25K To Legal Aid For Detained Immigrants
  • Georgia Sees Increase In Mosquitos After Week Of Rain


Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the official end of slavery in the U.S. in 1865, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation. Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the American Civil War to the last group of enslaved people in the country.

The day itself is June 19, but celebrations kick off across Georgia this weekend, from big festivals to more intimate evening conversations.

 


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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday the city is looking for 100 men to serve as mentors as the city aims to increase participation in the “My Brother’s Keeper” program.

The mentors would work with young boys, ages 6 to 14, who are currently on a waiting list with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta.


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Today on Political Rewind, with two recent appointments Gov. Brian Kemp looks to broaden and diversify Republican leadership in the state. 

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Georgia ranks 42nd for state health care system performance, according to a recent study by the Commonwealth fund, a private U.S. foundation that supports independent research on healthcare issues.

 

The state’s biggest downfall is the affordability and accessibility of its healthcare, which is measured through factors like the number of adults who are uninsured or go without care.

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Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the official end of slavery in the U.S. in 1865, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the American Civil War to the last group of enslaved people in the country.

The day itself is June 19, but celebrations kick off across Georgia this weekend, from big festivals to more intimate evening conversations.


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The Atlanta-based rapper held in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention earlier this year has donated $25,000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

21 Savage, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, spent nine days in custody in February after ICE said the U.K. national overstayed a visa when he was a minor. He was released on bond and attorneys now say he is working with immigrations officials to secure legal residency.

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  • Atlanta Restarts President Obama's 'My Brother's Keeper' Initiative
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  • Atlanta Mayor Launches 'My Brother's Keeper' Mentorship Program
  • Atlanta Police Begin Enforcing E-Scooter Regulations
  • Kemp Talks Jobs, Disaster Relief At White House Roundtable


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Gov. Brian Kemp took part in a bipartisan roundtable of governors, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, President Donald J. Trump and other administration officials Thursday.

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Gov. Brian Kemp announces his first international trade mission to South Korea.
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Gov. Brian Kemp will be taking his first international trade mission to South Korea at the end of the month.

The trip will include visits to companies that currently have a presence in Georgia, in addition to courting potential new investors.

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