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UGA is using underwater gliders, a kind of autonomous robot, to collect data to help better predict hurricanes. Previous models based on satellite data could easily see water temperature at the surface, but glider data now adds important measures from below the surface that can impact the strength of hurricanes. On Second Thought talks to Catherine Edwards, assistant professor at UGA’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.

Churches, synagogues, temples and mosques are all places of worship where people go to pray and find peace.  

But as we’ve seen in places like Charleston and Pittsburgh, even those spaces are not safe from gunfire and hatred.

Greenforest Community Baptist Church in East Atlanta is just one of the places preparing for a potential mass shooting. 

Coutinho and Tormenta FC players
Tormenta FC

A south Georgia soccer player remains in the hospital after a serious head injury. 

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The downtown skyline in Atlanta, Monday, June 25, 2018.
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On this special edition of Political Rewind, gentrification in Georgia. How does it impact the state and what does it mean?


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More than 600 men have signed up to be mentors to young boys and teens in Atlanta.

In June, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms put out a call during her monthly “Ask the Mayor” conversation with GPB, for 100 men to participate in the city's My Brother's Keeper program.

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The secretary of state's office is reviewing a petition signed by more than 1,400 people asking for another, deeper look at the state's new voting system. 

The petition, delivered Monday morning, alleges several issues with the state's certification process of the Dominion Voting System, which includes ballot-marking devices, precinct-level scanners, electronic poll books and the election management system.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified the machines Aug. 9 after a third-party company tested the equipment "against the requirements set forth for voting systems by the Election Assistance Commission 2005 Voluntary Voting System Guidelines and the State of Georgia."

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Federal Judge Amy Totenberg has ruled Georgia will use its outdated voting machines for one more election.  Then, it’s time for a change. 

Georgia is currently one of five states that relies on electronic voting machines, but officials are currently working to implement a new $107 million ballot-marking device system that includes touchscreen machines with a printed paper ballot component.

A lawsuit filed in 2017 says the current touchscreen direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting system is outdated, flawed, and insecure. The ultimate goal of the legal challenge is to move Georgia to hand-marked paper ballots, though Totenberg has denied that request for the last two years.

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Judge Amy Totenberg has ruled Georgia will use its outdated voting machines for one more election. Then, it’s time for change. Delve into the 153-page ruling with GPB politics reporter Stephen Fowler.  


A metro Atlanta police department is trying out a pilot program to help opioid users go to treatment facilities instead of jail. Travel there for the story with GPB’s Ellen Eldridge.



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Two years ago, far-right groups gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, to oppose the city council's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a public park.

Those protests culminated in a "Unite The Right" rally, where members of Alt-Right, white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups clashed with counter-protestors ⁠— one of whom was killed. More than 49 people were injured. 


Georgia is aging … fast. Estimates indicate that by 2030, one in five Georgia residents will be 65 years of age or older. By 2050, the number of Georgians older than 85 will triple from 2010.

To get ahead of these demographic shifts, some businesses and organizations are trying to anticipate the needs of Georgia’s population by developing “age-friendly communities.”

The Atlanta Regional Commission recently held a forum on building age-friendly communities in both the metro Atlanta area as well as across the state.

L-R: Patricia Meagher, Georgia Historical Society; Rev. Dr. Charles Goodman, Senior Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church; Christine Miller-Betts, Executive Director of Lucy Laney Museum; Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis
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In the 134 years since its founding by the Rev. C.T. Walker, who was just 27 years old at the time, Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta has been much more than just a house of worship. The Georgia Historical Society recognized the church's contribution to the Civil Rights Movement by dedicating a "Civil Rights Trail Historical Marker" last week. 

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One day after a ruling was issued that requires Georgia to ditch its outdated touchscreen voting machines in 2020, a group of voters asked a federal judge to block the state from replacing it with a new $107 million ballot-marking device system.

Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg ordered the state to move to a paper ballot-based voting system after this fall’s municipal elections and to pilot hand-marked paper ballot voting in some elections this fall.

The new system selected by the secretary of state’s office satisfies that first order, as Dominion Voting Systems’ Image Cast X BMD combines a touchscreen tablet with a printer to produce a paper-based summary of a voter’s selection with a QR code that is then scanned and stored.

On this edition of Political Rewind, we look at news out of two of the country’s most hotly contested Congressional races. In the 6th District Republicans pressure a self-avowed white nationalist to withdraw from the GOP primary.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker delivers remarks at the Black Church PAC presidential candidate forum held during the Young Leaders Conference in Atlanta on August 16, 2019.
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Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker and Julian Castro were in Atlanta hoping to court the votes of black religious voters.

Speaking with Pastors Leah Daughtry and Mike McBride each was questioned at the Young Leaders Conference about why the minority and religious community should trust them with their vote. 

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro was the first to speak at the event.

Many Georgians are familiar with the long list of iconic movies filmed in Georgia — Driving Miss Daisy, Fried Green Tomatoes, Forrest Gump — back when filming in the state used to be a rare occurrence.

That all changed in 2008 when the film industry in Georgia exploded after the state legislature passed the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act — making Georgia the Hollywood of the South.

As film and television executives debate whether to stay in Georgia, there’s still a push to increase the diversity of voices on set.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Friday the relationship between the city and state should be a model for the country. 

Earlier this year, legislation made its way through the state capitol building that would’ve created the Georgia Major Airport Authority, giving the state control over Atlanta’s airport.  At the time, Bottoms called the move an “act of war.”

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Whether it's the twang of a blues tune, the finger-picking of a folk song, or the shredding in heavy metal music, the guitar is central to our concept of popular music. But how does the design — the look, sound and feel — play into how a guitar becomes iconic?

Right now, the Museum of Design Atlanta, otherwise known as MODA, has an exhibition exploring exactly that. It's called "Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars" and it's on display until Sept. 29.

Susan Rebecca White's new novel, We Are All Good People Here, follows two women from the 1960s to the late 1980s as they follow different political paths in a time of extreme change. 

Jameelah Nuriddin is an actor and producer who got her start in Georgia before it became the "Hollywood of the South."

Nuriddin is among those featured at the Macon Film Festival this weekend. She will be joining Making Room at the Table: Women in Georgia's Film Industry panel at the festival, but first she joins to On Second Thought. 

Watch Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answer questions from the community about everything from electronic scooters to tax revenue and the city's relationship to the rest of Georgia.

Submit your questions for the mayor on Twitter with the hashtag #QuestionsForKeisha, by email at or post questions during the live stream on the GPB News Facebook page on Friday, Aug. 16 beginning at 10 a.m.

Emily Jones

The Charlton County Commission Thursday evening unanimously voted to support the proposal to mine for heavy minerals near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. 

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Deaths from opioids have dropped nationally, but fatal overdoses are a top concern in Georgia. One police department is trying something new: instead of locking them up, officers are steering people who overdose into treatment.

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Dragon Con revelers rejoice: The Sheraton Atlanta has been cleared to open Friday after a fatal outbreak of Legionella last month.

One person has died of Legionnaires' disease, which is caused by the Legionella bacteria, according to the state health department.

A statement released Thursday says:

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In May, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed Georgia’s Hemp Farming Act. The legislation legalized the growth and sale of hemp. Federally, hemp contains 0.3 percent of THC or lower. The amount of THC present is what contributes to feeling high.

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Scooter-related incidents in Georgia have left four people dead and at least one person injured since May.

While many cities across the state have banned scooters, Atlantans of all backgrounds — pedestrian advocacy groups, city officials, scooter companies — are still arguing about what to do. 


Last summer, scooters simply showed up and began dotting the sidewalks and streets in Atlanta. Now, e-scooters are controversial among Atlantans and a burden for the mayor and Atlanta City Council.


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